“I would describe my style as a cross between Harry Potter, Jean Grey/The Phoenix, and Erykah Badu circa 2012.”
At Khafra Company, we want to dress our clients for every moment of every day - for work or play. How do you decide what you’re wearing during the week?
“In an interview that I saw recently, Erykah Badu said “when a person says she doesn’t have anything to wear, what she means is that she doesn’t have anything to wear for who she is trying to be today.”
“I completely understand this sentiment! When I decide what I am wearing during the week, the question I usually ask that- ‘who are you trying to be today’ or ‘how are you showing up as your full self?’”
“Operating from a place of authenticity is really important to me- and that includes how I decide to dress to myself, which is something I’ve had to work at and am constantly learning about!”
“I have thought a lot about the images of beauty and boldness that I carry, and where they come from: Is this image authentically mine? Or is it an image/expectation that has been assigned to me?
Luckily I have a profession that allows for a lot of freedom in my presentation- and I set it up that way. I got my first tattoo on my hand when I was 15- and I remember thinking 'this is my personal security against working for someone who would judge me on my appearance rather than my worth.’
At the very least I want to dress myself in a way that grounds me, and places me in the center of who I am - no matter what room I am walking into - be it a business meeting or a party with the homies. Again, I feel like jumpsuits cover all these bases!”
At Khafra Company, we take style super seriously. What items in your wardrobe can you absolutely not live without? Why? What makes them so special?
“The first thing that comes to mind is a Ruby stone that my mother gave me back in high school. I haven’t gotten it set yet- its not the glassy gemstone kind of Ruby, but a big beautiful rock- so I usually wear it in my bra or my jacket pocket that rests over my heart.
My mother used to call me Ruby growing up - so there is something about wearing it that makes me feel grounded in where I come from. But she also passed on to me the understanding that our adornment is also our armor. So whenever I am getting ready to face a challenging situation, or preparing to face the world with a personal intention, I hear my mamas voice in my mind saying 'You got your Ruby? Suit Up daughter’.”
”And I do. Every day, I Suit Up.
Also, I think jumpsuits might be my wearable soul mates.”
What 3 things are you most looking forward to adding to your wardrobe this season?
1. More excellent Jumpsuits - specifically lusting after a custom made from Pistolette NY
2. Anything I can get my hands on from 3rd Culture (@Third_Cult)
3. The Alivia frames from Oliver Peoples. or some sort of satisfactory bootleg.
At Khafra Company, we think that all of our clients and customers are slightly-more-than-fierce. What does that mean to you?
“It means working towards a vision of liberation through your own personal expression.
It means being rooted in your own understanding of self and love, rather than being shaken or shaped by others expectations of who you should or shouldn’t be. It means taking courage, heart, and a fierce determination to stand unapologetically at the center of who you want to be.”
The people who are my biggest style inspirations are usually the people that give none-of-the-fucks about the boxes placed upon them by others - usually little kids and elders. One of my friends kids has a full on spider-man costume that makes a regular appearance in his weekly wardrobe. That kind of bold and tender exploration of self expression is what I aspire to make a daily practice of.