Cherie's closet is the kind vintage lovers dream about. Her Instagram is filled with treasures both designer and non, all indication of a highly developed personal style. In person Cherie's just as confident as she seems on the internet. As the team & culture manager at cult favorite cosmetic brand Glossier, it makes sense that her home is just as lively as her job. Her roommates make breakfast and coffee, vibrant plants fill the communal area and we get to work pulling pieces.
Originally from DC and raised in PG County, Maryland, Cherie made her way to New York by "sabotaging" all her college applications to nearby schools and focusing in on schools in NYC. She ultimately went to Pace University and decided that New York City was where she'd plant her roots.
"I was part of the business program at Pace. I had an idea of what I wanted to do when I was at Pace but then that all changed. It went from hospitality, to maybe fashion, to hell no to fashion, to business management. I got into throwing parties from my experience of going out during school. We were always rolling deep with 15 or 20 people and getting in anywhere was always so hard, so I thought that if we wanted to party we have to throw our own parties. That's how I fell in love with creating experiences for other people. I started off doing something completely different from events and now I have a dream job at Glossier that the company basically helped me create."
Aside from her work with Glossier, Cherie also throws her own party called "Ting & Ting Party" with her friends Kitty Cash and Deidre Dyer. Ting & Ting is a Caribbean themed party that they throw once a month. "We try to bring a band and performers. Maybe it's during the day or just something different. We want people to connect with what we're doing. Everything that we work on, everyday, I think, 'wow, I can't believe we did that'."
How'd you first get into vintage shopping?
I was a real thrift store hater when I was younger. I got bullied a lot, and kids would find any and every reason to say something. I was really embarrassed to thrift but my mom was always really into it. She'd always tell us, 'I know you guys want to shop in the mall but if you want unique pieces and just don't want to look like anyone else you should give this a try'. So I think that's eventually what changed thrifting for me. I'd still wear my hoodie and sunglasses so that no one would see me and be dramatic.
How would you describe your current style?
I think I'm all over the place. When I worked at Opening Ceremony I stopped thrifting for a while but I hate fast fashion. I never want to go somewhere and look like someone else, so I think that my style is really just me dressing for myself.
Who are your fashion inspirations?
My friend Lizzie Okpo has a sick style. Solange. Mary Kate & Ashley Olson.
What are your favorite vintage places to shop?
- 10 Foot Single
- Urban Jungle
- Miss Master's Closet was amazing but it just closed.
- I also love Depop and The Real Real but for those places you need to have a specific idea of what you want in mind.
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