Updated: Dec 2, 2019
One of the joys of living in New York City is popping into a locally owned shop and casually sparking conversation with like-minded ladies, who like yourself are casually strolling in and out of their neighborhood boutiques.
On one particular afternoon in September 2018, the boutique happened to be Malin Landeaus Vintage off of Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. Here is where the friendship of Farnaz and Andrea truly began. One thing led to another, and before they knew it, they were sipping orange wine, eating shoestring french fries while bonding over their love of vintage, and traveling to through untapped territories.
Andrea is the brutally honest girlfriend we all cherish and need, with a witty sense of humor whom you can’t help but have a girl crush on.
With an extensive background in the fields of contemporary art, architecture, interiors, and media – her keen eye for all things aesthetically pleasing contributes to her nonchalant sense of personal style.
One scroll through her feed, and quickly you’ll discover, Andrea has adapted naturally to her new California life like a true sun-kissed wanderlust.
IN CONVERSATION WITH ANDREA
What field do you work in?
Communications and Marketing for Architecture & Design
Who are your favorite authors?
Graham Greene for fiction, Beatriz Colomina for non-fiction
Absolute Favorite Film.
Where do we go from now, directed by Nadine Labaki
How would you describe your style?
Minimal, effortless, classic
What are the three things in your closet that you can’t live without?
Blue Levi’s, White T-shirt, Dark Blazer
How long does it take for you to get dressed in the morning? What's your morning routine?
Maybe 5-10 minutes, unless I start overthinking ‘what to wear’ and eventually end up wearing a different version of my uniform.
Moving from NYC to LA must have been quite a change. Has that affected your style?
I don’t think so except that I wear less black on black now. But I think that’s due to the weather. We are in November and it’s still 30 degrees Celsius. Normally I would be wrapped in a black sweater, black denim, and black boots.
What piece of clothing do you get the most use out of year-after-year?
My blue jeans, a classic white shirt (Equipment), good quality shoes (Gucci leather loafers), also my always go to black Celine trio handbag.
Do you prefer to shop in-store or online and can you share a few of your favorites?
Always in store. One for experience and two because I like to see what the piece looks on me before I decide to purchase it. Favorites – Malin Landeaus in NYC for Vintage and good leather boots, Maryam Nassir Zadeh for shoes and because her store is simply gorgeous, Blood Orange in Sydney. The store no longer exists, but Loren my dear friend always had her pieces beautifully curated.
The first thing we noticed when we stepped into your home was the suitcase full of shoes; can you tell us the story behind it?
The suitcase used to belong to my grandfather, and I believe my dad used it too. When you look up closely you notice there are two “diagrams” stuck to it. One of them is a list of packed items and the other one, in a diagrammatic way, shows the four different layers and where each item has been packed. It’s pretty marvelous. About two years ago I asked my dad if he could bring the suitcase for me to NYC, and he did.
Do you think about sustainability in regards to your wardrobe?
89% percent of my leather pieces (except my handbags) are second hand/vintage. Sustainability is one of the reasons why I am drawn towards vintage because back then things were meant to last for years, not just one season. Nowadays I also think twice before buying an item and ask myself whether I need it.
What does shopping sustainably mean to you?
Not buying pieces that are on-trend now, but pieces that I know I will wear this year and in the next 5-years and they will still look good. I prefer investing in one rather expensive item but knowing that it will last me for a while and I won’t have to throw it away after a couple of washes.
Is there one particular piece right now that you’re coveting?
The new Bottega Veneta Padded Cassette Handbag, Roly Poly Chair by Faye Toogood, and always a well-fitting pair of blue jeans.
You went on an incredible trip to Morocco this Summer with one extra empty suitcase,
what did you buy!?
I always purchase a ceramic piece during my travels. In Morocco, I got a beautiful vase, bowls, tajine and a couple of other small items. I also came back with 4 rugs; however, each was made using a different tribal weaving tradition. Two metallic handbags, artworks, tea, 5 rolls of film and an urge to go back.
You've lived in three different countries and multiple cities.
Which city has influenced your style up until now?
I’d say my way of dressing is still pretty European. While Australia was all about wearing denim shorts and t-shirts, I never got into their “going out” attire which consists of short dresses and high heels. I prefer to be comfortable and enhance the look with a pair of shoes and a handbag. And to be honest, I think that’s where the magic lies, in the shoes.