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We stopped by Dusty Rose, a converted garage space in Brooklyn, to talk about vintage clothing, style, and social media with fashion blogger Claire Geist.

Name:

Claire Geist

Current Location:

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Occupation:

Trainee in the fine art of vintage clothing evaluation, Blogger, Writer, Photographer, wearer of many hats.

Where are you from?

Woodside, Queens

5 words that describe you:

Eclectic, Shy, Performative, Open, Romantic, and Curious

What are you working on these days?

Trying everything out that I can! Not only is my training at Dusty Rose Vintage shaping the way I look at look at clothes, it is also teaching seriously interesting and valuable lessons on how pop culture can commodify history through vintage. When i’m not training, I’m writing pieces and photographing posts for my blog.

What's your idea of the perfect New York day?

A little bit of bite in the air, a relatively unclogged sidewalk and a warm conversation leading you to where you need to be next.

What's the best piece of advice someone ever gave you?

Don’t be afraid to have lunch alone

Do you collect anything?

Aside from the growing cache of stuff in my closet, I started a small collection of cupped hand-shaped ashtrays from Occupied Japan in which I keep my jewelry in. I also have a tiny record collection but I’d say it’s a standard amount one would see these days.

What are your pet peeves?

Getting impatient and stepping in puddles when you’re trying to can-can down the street

Where can you be found on a Sunday afternoon?

In-between bouts of napping, emails, cooking, cleaning up after a week of nonsense, and then possibly a movie

What's your guiltiest pleasure?

Taking photos of myself on a daily basis

If you were stranded on a desert island and could have one object, what would it be?

Google tells me a big pot and a tarp would be the most useful, but who needs logical survival solutions when you have a laptop and The Beatles’ discography?

3 things on your life-long to-do list:

Travel, and then after all the moving about, zero in the place that makes me feel most at home.
Cook a meal for all my closest family and friends in some awe-inspiring location.
Experience some kind of personal 360º and make it through the wilderness

Perfume?

A mixture of Commodity Goods’ “Pino” perfume and “Book” cologne, but if I’m feeling saucy I go for Elizabeth & James’ “Nirvana Black”

Do you have any superstitions?

Not really, I’ve come back from many graveyard visits and so far nothing has been following me around.

What is your favorite outfit?

Really high waisted bellbottoms, a turtleneck, a leather jacket and comfy boots with my favorite jewelry

What does style mean to you?

The most important thing about style is that it can change as you do- as you learn more about yourself. Style might be my favorite of-the-moment indicator when I wonder how someone is feeling.

What are you listening to right now?

Currently, someone is blasting Rhianna out of their apartment window, but soon it will be my record of “Court and Spark” by Joni Mitchell because I just woke up and it’s a record that goes well with coffee.

What have you learned from running a fashion blog?

Man oh, man, even after 5 and a half years I still feel like I have so much to learn! The most important thing has totally been to not let the Fashion world feed my ego and to be as humble as possible. Sometimes it’s hard for me to be fully confident about the fact that I take so many photos of myself, but I know that I do it because I love sharing my thoughts and meeting people who want to have meaningful conversations about why design is connected to almost everything we do and everything we choose to express.

Silver or gold?

Gold looks better on me, but a mix is my favorite!

Strangest thing inside your handbag?

A finger puppet who I found last November and now make little films with (On instagram he’s @Gentlemanheh)

Who are your heroes?

My parents have influenced me more than anyone else for sure, but I owe a lot to my favorite authors and artists because they made my own imagination feel endless. So thanks, Edward Gorey, Oscar Wilde, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Crumb, Johannes Vermeer, Claude Monet and Toulouse-Lautrec.

If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

George Harrison, always the favorite Beatle.