Chicago Looks: Treasure Hunter

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Liz Eckland

Liz Eckland was photographed by the Logan Square Blue Line station on Milwaukee Avenue. She was on her way to work at a vintage store in Wicker Park.

Do you own a lot of vintage clothing?
Yeah, I have a good mixture of new and used. I really love to collect. I love faux vintage Chanel because of the nostalgic tackiness that was implied at the time, the materials were so cheap! I also love mod pieces.

I can see that from what you’re wearing today. Tell me more about your dress.
It’s a label called Young Edwardian. It’s got this crushed velvet and this beautiful graphic color-blocked pattern on it. I think these colors are really complementary and unusual.

What’s your best styling tip?
Before you do anything else—even clean your kitchen—make sure you look really good. Get dressed first. Also: it’s not about the color or the pattern, it’s about the cut. Wear the size that fits you best.
What do you like most about working with fashion?
I love the hunt. I love searching for the treasure. It’s almost as if I’m thrifting all day and getting paid to do that.

What other fashion-related activities do you do?
If I’m not at work I’m constantly researching labels and blogs for fashion. I also have my own blog and my Etsy store. Oh, and I love to sew.

Interview and photo by Isa Giallorenzo

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