Crushing on Myrtle

Shangri-LA, Hell-A—whatever name you like to bestow on Los Angeles, I prefer to think of it of the home of Myrtle. The shop is run by cute-as-a-button Whitney Bickers, who sells independent clothing labels from all over the world, including totes by fellow WORN crush Fieldguided. Myrtle is a fine purveyor of handmade kitsch (and independent fashion magazines such as yours truly) that appeals to dreamy girls and boys.

How did Myrtle come to fruition? What inspired you to enter the retail business?
The store has come along so well that people ask me if it was a lifelong dream, but Myrtle was a true lightbulb moment for me. I moved to Los Angeles to go to film school and worked in the entertainment industry for almost seven years. I ended up making big “boy” movies (my name is in the Cowboys & Aliens credits!) and realized I wasn’t doing the right thing for me. I spent a long time knowing that I would do something else if I only knew WHAT and then it came to me all in one day—the idea of a store, what I would sell, what it would be called. I wish I knew how to make this kind of epiphany come about because I would have done it a lot sooner!

How did you dress in high school?
I dressed very differently in high school. My almost daily uniform was jeans, a button-down shirt and brown oxfords. I grew up in suburban Ohio and Abercrombie was definitely more prized than originality.
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Crushing on Fieldguided

My crush on Anabela started somewhere between reading her blog, fieldguided, following her twitter, and browsing her flickr. We share many friends and live blocks away from each other in the same city, but, until early in this new year, we’d never met. Fieldguided became a regular read (even inspiring the title for the zebra photoshoot from issue 11) and filled with lovely photography, soft, clean design, and a distinct taste that is clearly all her own.

What did you wear when you where in high school?
I went to a Catholic high school and so most of the time I wore my school uniform, which was navy blue with white and pale blue, with a pair of buckled Doc Martens that I actually hated at the time but wish I still had. I’ve blocked a lot of it out, but I remember trying to dress like the girls from the band Lush in later high school. I wore a lot of shiny, satin clothing in 1996. Oh dear.

What are your local fashion store crushes?
My favourite is Robber, on Queen West. I love the aesthetic; I love loose dresses, I love clothing that is feminine and unpretentious. I appreciate that most of the clothing is made locally to the brand. When I want to invest in something I know I will love for years, I go there (I have worn an APC Madras dress I bought there in 2009 approximately three thousand times — or so it feels). I love the shoe selection at Chasse Gardée. For vintage, I like Silver Falls and Penny Arcade and the 69 Vintage Collective.

What literary characters have interesting style?
I have been reading a lot about the Mitfords on blogs lately, and I think me and others are attracted to the idea of their disheveled aristocrat style. I’ll go with “the Hons” in The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford. Also, since I’m going through a weird VC Andrews obsession, I have to admit that her descriptions of makeup, perfume, hair, and clothing have stayed with me since I first read those books at the age of 12. I can’t pin-point an exact style (except, I guess, “filthy rich New England lady”) but I loved luxuriating in her descriptions of fabrics and textures and clothing details, as well as dressing rituals. It’s possible that I’m remembering it all wrong, though.

Did you make any fashion-related new year’s resolutions? If so, what are they?
I didn’t make any resolutions per se but I have resolved over the past few months to stop buying fast fashion. I have too many items of clothing in my closet that I have worn once or not at all. I find that as long as I stay out of those stores, I won’t be tempted, but I am always tempted once the season changes, particularly around spring or fall. I have also decided to try to hammer down what my specific aesthetic is over the next little while, and to stay faithful to it. It’s really just about making better choices, and being less wasteful. I also want to save up for a pair of clog boots. I have wanted them since 2008! It’s time. I love wooden heels.



As a huge cat fan, do you have any favourite cat fashions?

Leah Goren makes really amazing hand-printed clothing and bags with cat faces — the tee-shirt is on my wish list for sure! I also have a Paul & Joe Sister cat-face sweater that I got on clearance for about $10 a few years ago that is pretty special. The little knitted face is adorable.

Nothing beats the United Bamboo 2010 calendar for fashion for cats. If only I could get my calico, Pony, into that peach blouse and black skirt!

- Serah-Marie