Name: Emily Theobald
Location: Bed-Stuy Brooklyn
Profession: Fashion Director at Golly Magazine, freelance stylist, film photographer, vintage clothing hoarder with a degree in Fashion Design
Cloth Username: emilyrosetheo
Cloth: How would you describe your personal style?
Emily: Ever changing. One week I will want to dress straight out of the Edwardian era in all whites and lots of layers lace, the next it’s all 505 Levis and vintage tee shirts. I certainly like to explore, and I feel like I can fit a lot of different looks. I love to explore pattern mixing and incorporating texture with layering whenever possible. But no matter where I wander with my style, I always seem to settle back into a relaxed 70s look by default.
Cloth: How did you come up with the idea for your blog and what are some outcomes from having your blog that you didn’t expect?
Emily: It can be a bit of a long winded story if I don’t watch myself haha. I guess it all started in 2006 on a Flickr community called Wardrobe_Remix. Very much like what Cloth offers, the members would post daily outfits, but focusing primarily around vintage and thrifted clothing with the idea of “remixing” items with different outfits. I met a lot of my early blogging friends there, it was a really great community where everyone was super supportive and the idea of looking at style as an art form vs. fashion as a consumer was encouraged. Anyhow! The natural progression from there seemed to be making a blog of your own, so I started one in Jaunary 2010 and for the next few years tried my best to capture my daily outfits with a self timer and a tripod. I think I wanted it to be a style journal, I never wrote too much in each post, keeping things more image heavy. I would certainly say I would not be where I am today without that blog. It opened me up to a lot of opportunities, I have met some really amazing people, and it showed me that one does not need to climb the fashion hierarchy in order to get ahead and be noticed.
Cloth: At what age did you gain you interest in fashion?
Emily: Hmm, I would have to say around 12 years old. In Newsday there was an article about Diane Von Furstenburg and Carolina Herrera that showed off some of their fashion sketches. I began trying to copy them and learn how to draw a fashion figure so I could dream up outfits for her. There were a lot of cats on my designs then haha. I grew up shopping at thrift stores and discovered vintage clothing on the racks and just sort of got swept away in it. I guess you can say I have always wanted to work with clothing in some capacity. Except for when I wanted to be a pet shop owner.
Cloth: Tell us why you moved to NYC and what impact it has had on your life so far?
Emily: I moved to Brooklyn end of summer 2011, but I grew up in the suburbs of Long Island, so I always felt pretty close to here. I moved out here with my boyfriend at the time, he got a job in the city and I guess it gave us that extra push to do it. It had been the plan for a while, there just ain’t much goin on out there in Suffolk County.
Cloth: What general life/and or business advice do you have to share?
Emily: If you want to get into the fashion industry, just know that there is a place for you, you just have to believe in yourself. It can be intimidating, but having drive and passion will get you far, and it never goes unnoticed. And this life advice can also be used as business advice, but always stay true to yourself. Be honest and unapologetic. And above all, give love freely to others, and accept love into your life as well. Passing on some positive energy and good vibes whenever possible will bring you good juju. Oh, and forgiveness, it’s is usually hard earned, but in the end holding onto a grudge will only bring you down.