Born and raised in Chicago, I moved to California when I was 13. In my 20’s I modeled in New York and Milan where I learned my most important lesson about fashion – personal style trumps trends.
When I was little, one of my greatest joys was flipping through the pages of Vogue waiting for the day when I could wear those outfits. My teen years were spent experimenting with such said outfits. I remember feeling incredible in those outfits, but in small town California I received odd stares from everyone, especially my peers. I felt horrible for a few minutes, but then the fabulous feeling returned. I didn’t care what anyone thought – I was creating my own unique style. Even today, I try to retain my early experiences with fashion by remembering that I get to define my style. Finding your own style means you’ll go too far sometimes and make mistakes along the way, and that’s okay.
I have been involved in fashion in one form or another since I finished college. I worked as a model, produced fashion shows, worked at Barney’s New York, Giorgio Armani and currently work as a personal stylist.
One of my greatest joys in life will always be the day of the month when Vogue arrives on my doorstep – even if they have shrunk it from 11×14 to 8×10.
Chelsea – Guest Editor
After graduating college I took a high-paying job in the mortgage industry and dreaded every minute of it, longing to do something creative. Soon after at a party a buyer for Lisa Kline offered me a job because she loved the skirt I was wearing. I quit my mortgage job the next day and began my climb up the retail ladder, entering the world I’m now utterly obsessed with. For me it has been a love affair.
In 2006, I opened a men’s store of my own called RPM Clothing (named after my brother and father–the men in my life) in Brentwood, California. Two years later I expanded the store and opened Chelsea Brentwood–RPM’s sister store for women. The endless hunt for the next great buy, the places I get to travel to and the fabulous people that I meet along the way are what I find most exciting about owning my own store. (Can she insert something here that describes the overall feel of the clothes she carries at the store?).
Growing up in Santa Barbara as a child many of my clothes were made by our dressmaker family friend. I loved the process of creating something unique, and was never concerned with fashion rules or trends. As a buyer, I have developed a strong appreciation for high-quality classic pieces because they always look stylish and are the best investment (think Audrey Hepburn, Jackie-O). However, I think it’s important to push the envelope now and again, to take risks in order to curate one’s own true style.