Thursday, 14 November 2013

The Claire Closet

Last season of Eco Fashion Week I met an amazing lady.

She took part in the Thrift Chic Challenge and her school marmy inspired looks gave me the chills.

The Claire Closet EFW07 Thrift Chic challenge collage

That coupled with her positive and radiant energy I fell for her hard.

Claire Bouvier, The Claire Closet EFW07 Thrift Chic challenge
Claire Bouvier, The Claire Closet EFW07 Thrift Chic challenge

See even complete strangers couldn't pass up a photo op with this amazing lady.

Claire Bouvier, The Claire Closet EFW07 Thrift Chic challenge

Let's take a closer look at her creations down the run way.

Claire Bouvier, The Claire Closet EFW07 Thrift Chic challenge
Claire Bouvier, The Claire Closet EFW07 Thrift Chic challenge
Claire Bouvier, The Claire Closet EFW07 Thrift Chic challenge
Claire Bouvier, The Claire Closet EFW07 Thrift Chic challenge
Claire Bouvier, The Claire Closet EFW07 Thrift Chic challenge
Claire Bouvier, The Claire Closet EFW07 Thrift Chic challenge
Claire Bouvier, The Claire Closet EFW07 Thrift Chic challenge

After the show, I got to know her better in the EFW lounge. I found out that she is a school teacher and she teaches her girls the importance of eco-fashion. She calls them all CC (Claire Closet) girls. Claire uses thrift fashion as a tool to empower young women by giving them a voice and strengthens their personal style and identity via fashion. You can read up more about her mission here.

Her person story of how she found thrifting is very inspiring. She has grasped the importance of embracing uniqueness and loving oneself no matter what other people may think.

Check out her closet, The Claire Closet. On facebook, twitter and instagram.

I feel an extreme sense of kinship with this beautiful soul. I hope to be able to collaborate with her on many more projects.

Let's all get to know her a bit better but taking at look at her personal style while having her share some insight with everyone.

Q. Do you have any advice for girls who have always wanted to try thrifting but are intimidated?

A. I remember the first time I went. It was overwhelmingly exciting but also intimidating. There is SO much and you just don't know where to start! I always suggest to go through your closet and choose 2 things that you need. When you get to the thrift store "zone in" to the racks that have the pieces you are looking for and patiently go through the clothing. Take your time and be patient. It took me years to be able to spot quality and style quickly. You have to be persistent and know that after a few shopping trips it simply turns into an exciting treasure hunt. There is nothing more exciting than finding your new favourite _____________ for under $10.00.

1. Decide what pieces you are going to thrift for
2. Be patient and look through everything
3. Check for quality
4. Be persistent
5. Jump around when you find your lucky winner!


Claire Bouvier personal Style

Those are some great advices.

Q. Aside from thrifting, any other eco friendly fashion advices you can offer to budding eco fashionistas?

A. I would suggest to take your time and focus on your eco style. Define what your personal style is and what makes it unique. It's hard to style other people when you are trying to find your own style. Rock YOUR look and then that confidence will spark all the people around you. It's magical what can happen when you're confident in who you are.

Claire Bouvier personal Style

Speaking of styling.

Q. Your Thrift Chic runway show was so amazing, where did you get your inspiration from?

A. Thanks Jasmine! To be completely honest, I watched yours several times before making the voyage out to Vancouver. You were a HUGE inspiration.

(Aww shucks, I am so extremely flattered)

The inspiration for my show was the people in my life. I love people. I love their stories. However, I am particularly fascinated with the 30's, 40's and 50's. So, I brought those years and mixed it with the modern day woman. The inspiration was an electro swing feel.

(I must say she totally nailed it!)

Claire Bouvier personal Style

Q.Have you kept many of the pieces? And are they not integrated into your own wardrobe?

A. I have kept almost all of the pieces from the runway show. However, there were a couple pairs of shoes and accessories that I gave to my models after the show. They rocked them so well on the runway, they simply had to take them home. The rest of the wardrobe has become part of my teaching wardrobe. My collection was intended to be wearable therefore I happily wear each piece whenever I get the chance.

That's amazing, I know there are many pieces I would have loved to rock from the runway.

Claire Bouvier personal Style

Q. Any upcoming projects?

A. The Claire Closet is finishing up the first semester of eco fashion and art workshops. Once they are complete we will be hosting our second eco runway show in our new studio. We are so excited!

I am so excited too. Looks like a trip to the east coast is in order.

Claire Bouvier personal Style

Can't wait to connect with this amazing lady again. We are working on something with Value Village as well, hopefully everything works out. Stay tuned.

Jasmine Zhu and Claire Bouvier

Life is good.

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