For our latest installment in our Local Portrait series, we welcomed two extremely well-dressed friends and Calgarians, Paul Conrad Schneider and Kinan(ti) Sachri. Read below as they give us the DL on what's good in Calgary, where they look to for style inspiration, and what exactly they think about sustainable fashion.
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New Classics Studios: Tell us a bit about yourselves!
Paul: My name is Paul, and I'm a local http://www.aperpetualstate.com/ living in Calgary! I'm a 21 year old Capricorn with an obsession with the oversized and layered. I've been blogging for a few years now, and also work full time at Nordstrom in the women's designer department (which attacks my wallet on a bi-weekly basis).
Kinan: I'm Kinan, an aspiring (because I have no idea what I'm actually doing) lifestyle blogger from Calgary. I'm a 23 year old cat enthusiast with a particular penchant for pretty stationery and chocolate...and clothes, obviously.
NC: How did you guys meet and become friends?
P: Kinanti and I have been friends for just about two years now! We met on our paperwork day at Topshop! I remember popping into the office to chat with some of the managers I knew, and to do some of the paperwork when Kinanti ended up sitting in there with me! We didn't really chat much, but after training and a few shifts together, they had to keep us separated because obviously we couldn't stop chatting.
K: We were basically petulant children with ADD and that's really why they had to separate us. Despite that, I feel as though we really balance each other out. Paul is super high energy in the best way possible, and I feel like the super chill pill in our duo. It also doesn't hurt that we both have an interest in fashion.
NC: Random fact about you?
P: Hmm. It's not much of a secret, but I like to call it my "secret obsession", I'm an extreme Star Wars nerd. I've seen the force awakens 4 times already, and know every word to Episode 6. Literally ask me anything about Star Wars and I can probably answer it within seconds.
K: I have a collection of airplane barf bags (unused; don't worry) from different airlines that I've traveled with over the years that I still continue to this day. I apologize for nothing. #noragrets
NC: Favourite places to eat in Calgary?
P: I have a few local spots that I LOVE. Anju is a place you'll find me at least once a week, getting some Korean Infusion. Pigeonhole is AMAZING! And there's this amazing Ramen house in Kensington that I love, but will honestly never remember the name. Like no matter what I do, I'll never remember it.
K: The Coup, Peters' Drive-In and Bubblemania. Boom.
NC: Where do you find yourself turning for style inspiration?
P: a lot of my inspiration comes from my favorite brands. J.W.Anderson, Loewe, Prada, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Lanvin etc. The Row is probably my biggest influence, and I'm so sad that I haven't had the chance to grow my collection anymore, but it's so damn hard to find in Calgary. I Use music as a pretty big influence too. I've noticed that it can really dictate my choice in clothing that day. And person-wise, Pelayo Diaz from www.katelovesme.net is a MASSIVE influence. from his style to his tattoos. He's been a huge influential force in my life.
K: I feel as though this is a cliche answer, but honestly, I kind of derive it from everything. I guess more specifically from observing other lifestyles or moods, whether it's strangers or close friends, I always tend to acquire bits and pieces inspirationally from people who influence my life either directly or indirectly. I'm basically an aesthetic succubus.
NC:What’s your number one guilty pleasure?
P: oh geeze. My biggest guilty pleasure is either shoes or strawberry shortcake.
K: There's too many to name. As of late, it's binge watching Jerry Springer first thing in the morning.
NC: Who are your style icons?
P: this definitely shoots back to Pelayo Diaz...Mary-Kate Olsen, Marcel Floruss, Mikko Putten, and a lot of London/Paris street style. I love looking through the Sartorialist's books for some amazing use of layers, simplistic and over the top outfits.
K: Edie Sedgwick, Bee (my bffl) and any character from Recess.
NC: What is one of your favourite things about living in Calgary?
P: chinooks. It saves me in the winter. And I think having so many close friends and family in the city. It's nice to always feel like I'm at home, or have a sense of community when it could feel empty in a new city, not knowing anyone.
K: All of my closest friends and family are here. Nothing ever gets boring with the right homies.
NC: Do you secretly wish you lived in Edmonton?
P: Erm... I'm sorry, but I don't think I could survive with the transit
K: Yeah. Ditto.
NC:What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “Sustainable Fashion”?
P: ethics. I love the fact that when you're wearing an item that's sustainable, you know you're wearing something that so much care went into. Not only are you wearing a really fucking cute piece of clothing, you're also helping so much. Environmentally friendly, sweatshop free, and naturally obtained materials is a MASSIVE plus for me.
K: Like, a bee to a flower. Sustainable Fashion is to have a mutual symbiotic relationship. Both parties benefit from each other without taking away or harming anything or anyone in the pursuit of doing so. *drops mic*
NC: Quality or quantity?
P: Quality for sure. I don't really support fast fashion as much as I used to. And I've noticed that the higher price point pieces I have in my wardrobe are such a crisp quality. I like to feel good in the clothes I'm wearing, and the fit from high quality is just so much better.
K: Quality. Always. I'd rather invest in one amazing, well crafted, sustainable white tee that will last me through the ages over buying three shitty but cheap tees that I'll ruin in a week only to end up spending more. Y'know?
NC: Now for the long answer question. Today’s mainstream fashion industry relies on the globalized mass production and over consumption of low quality clothing and accessories. While this allows consumers access to the latest trends for very low prices, fast fashion has an extremely high cost, and it is the environment and workers in the supply chain that pay. With this in mind, how can you make a difference and #WearTheChange?
P: I think the hard thing is now that fashion has an entirely new platform to really showcase these fast fashion brands, it's becoming a lot more easy to find compared to its designer counterpart. I think that the availability of the knockoff version is so much easier to locate, especially when the influencer attaches the cheaper version. It's so easy for someone to even go on Zara's website and find the nearly identical knockoff of those prada or acne boots that "blogger A" or "celebrity B" is wearing. I think the struggle with fast fashion being such an easy snag is the price point. As sad as it is, I think people are so much more inclined to buy that knockoff instead of spending the additional money to obtain the real thing. But I think the use of ethical promotion and awareness can make a huge change in that. Informing the consumer where these brands get the product or how it's made versus something made in a safe and environmentally friendly environment can have a huge impact. I'd much rather know that what I'm wearing didn't result in anyone's life or penny sized wage contribution.
K: As I get older, I'm starting to recreate my relationship with clothing in the sense that I want things with longevity, sustainability and are inherent to who I am as an individual. That being said, I want to be more aware of the people out there who put their heart and soul into making things that help me achieve that aesthetic nirvana. So knowing where and who I'm getting my shit from and sharing that with people I care about (ie. literally wearing the change) is a small but effective way to get everyone involved in the conversation. After all, sharing is caring.
by Alyssa Lau
- January 19, 2016