You profile stylish Seattleites and their offspring and catalog kid–friendly design, art, and culture on your blog Hipsters with Kids. You’re certainly hip, but you don’t have kids. What gives? I am a product of the emo–boho–punk mash–up of the past few decades, and it shows—in my aesthetic, my lifestyle, and my indulgence in childlike wonderment. That said, everyone’s having kids—including a lot of my hipster friends, and I love how their values and self–expression set examples for wee ones. The blog is social observation of a population that’s superfun and close to my heart.
Draw a picture of the quintessential Seattle hipsters and their kids. I recently spotted an Audi Wagon with a Misfits bumper sticker outside my yoga studio in Ballard. The kids, rocking the androgynous look, were in skinny jeans, striped shirts, Converse sneakers, and hoodies. The parents—looking totally in step with the vibe of their ’70s punk band sticker—weren’t calling to them with proper names or anything; it was all “Wait right there, dude” and “C’mon man.”
Celebs and rockers make parenthood look so hip. Who would you most like to run into at your neighborhood market? Michelle Williams and adorable Matilda? Gwen Stefani, Gavin, and their little fauxhawked ones? It would be cool to pick out produce alongside Sofia Coppola and Thomas Mars and their little Romy. The latest album by Phoenix, Mars’s band, is a hit with kids; I’ve put a few of their songs on the kid–friendly virtual mixed tapes I do on the blog.
It’s never too early to introduce the little ones to the finer things in life.
What’s your take on Stella McCartney’s designs for Gap Kids and Marc Jacobs’s collection for the under–seven set? Is there something kinda weird about a fashion–forward kindergartner? I was working at Marc Jacobs in New York in 2005 when Little Marc began percolating as a response to all the women in the company who were having kids. I say it’s never too early to introduce ’em to the finer things in life—designer duds and classic vinyl records, vintage hand–me downs, and finger–painted wall murals. Nurture an appreciation for function and form.
Yeah, that high and low thing. It’s a defining hallmark of style in the boom–to–bust 2000s. I’m into collecting the supertrends. I had to hunt for both the Balenciaga cardigan and the vintage blouse I’m wearing. My favorite treasure troves in Seattle are Totokaelo, for special pieces, and H&M for the latest craze. In my closet Prada hangs next to paint–splattered Levi’s. Everything goes.
Whose closet would you like to raid? Easy. The art–world darling Daphne Guinness. Her parents and grandparents were true society hipsters, and even though she has three grown children, she mixes vintage couture and Alexander McQueen runway pieces like life is one big dress–up party.
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