Annie Georgia Greenberg, or @theagg
as her Instagram followers may know her, is a personality that on screen looks larger than life. After meeting her, we can confirm that the images that fill her digital feed match up to her real life persona. One part fashion editor, one part on screen personality, all parts vintage maven, Annie's closet is nothing short of what dreams are made of. Remember how Carrie Bradshaw felt the first time she was in the Vogue closet and found the Manolo two tone Mary Janes which she claimed were "urban shoe myths", that's pretty much how we felt about Annie's closet. Aside from the obvious coveted vintage designer pieces, Annie's closet felt special in that each item seemed to be accompanied by a story of how she found it. First up, we pulled a vintage ensemble acquired in a shop in Tel Aviv and got to shooting.
Over the years, your role at Refinery29 has evolved and changed in many different ways. How did you get your start at Refinery?
I actually met the founders of Refinery29 just after my 19th birthday. I was finishing up my first year at Barnard College and interning at Nylon Magazine. A coworker sent around an open casting call for the host of a webseries, which in 2008 was a pretty unknown world/word. I got the role and the rest is history.
As Fashion Editor at Large, what takes up most of your time during the work day? How do those duties shift when you're primarily working on your R29 video series?
Being a fashion editor and a video producer are two totally different jobs. But, I love that I get to wear so many different hats and work across so many internal departments. As a fashion editor, I attend market appointments, put together trend stories, and find interesting subjects or styling tips for larger franchises. As a video producer I'm generally developing, researching, shooting, hosting, and camp counselor-ing large sets all around the world.
With a travel schedule like yours, what are your main to-dos wherever you go, be it exploring cultural sites, thrifting, or eating amazing food - what takes priority when you go somewhere new?
It's definitely been a crazy year of travel and I feel super lucky to have that as part of my job. One thing that's important to remember, though, is that it still is a job. Meaning that when I'm on set it doesn't matter if I'm in my own apartment or in Antarctica — I'm still single-focused on the shoot and what we need to do to get it done. That said, I always make sure to try local cuisine, stay in neighborhoods known for their personality, and, yes, if I have the time, hit up a vintage store (or two).
Which upcoming trips are you most excited about?
In April I'll be hitting the road to film in Seoul, Bangkok, and Beijing for my series 60 Second Cities (#60secondcities)! BINGO (and, stay tuned).
Were you always drawn to vintage? What was your first foray into thrifting and what excites you about it?
I've always been a vintage fanatic. I grew up in suburban New Jersey where I attended a pretty preppy private school. Except, I couldn't really afford all of the name-brand clothes all the other kids were wearing to fit our school's dress code. And I didn't want to wear double-popped collars, either. Instead, I would deep dive the Goodwill and Salvation Army to find one-of-a-kind gems. I'd shred jeans, cut up floral dresses, and wear grandpa sweaters with huge gold chain necklaces (it was the early aughts and my influence was very Rachel Zoe's Olson twins vision). That's what excites me about vintage though, that not only can you find any kind of style from any moment in time — but you can find it for a fraction of the price.
What are some of your favorite vintage spots (doesn't have to be New York specific)?
I love The Manhattan Vintage show, Fairfax Flea in LA, all the stores on Brick Lane in London, Thanks God I'm A VIP and Celia Darling in Paris, Tagpop for weird t-shirts every month.
Any items you are currently on the hunt for?
Really good plaid pants.
And lastly, any tips for first time vintage shoppers?
Don't forgive stains, a bad fit, or weird buttons. Make sure the shoes are comfortable. Try everything on no matter what size it says on the tag. And, if you're anything like me, take one thing out of your bag at the register.