Gina DeWolfe always had a knack for design. She started off in fashion, earning a degree from The School of Fashion Design in Boston. It wasn’t until she inherited her grandfather’s leather-working tools that she realized her passion for crafting leather goods. Soon after she turned her love for making things into a business. Her company, deWolfe Leather Goods, handcrafts artisanal products like backpacks, wallets, purses, and leather bands. Everything is designed with “beauty and function in mind” and ensures “quality and dependability.” Gina recently won aBest of Boston award for her designer bags, aptly called Wolfepacks.We talked with Gina about her personal style and how she has created a wardrobe that works with her lifestyle and values.
In middle school, I was a major tomboy. At that age, I never thought about fashion. I grew up in a family of motorcycle racers, so my style was grungy, cool, and masculine. Little did I know it would end up laying the groundwork for my fashion style in later years. But it took awhile to get there. At one point, I thought, “The more accessories, the better!” But that has totally changed. I began to minimize my outfits and my wardrobe. I’ve cultivated a style that is much simpler. Now, I think, “What’s theleast I can wear that represents themost of who I am?” I’ve gradually gone from over-the-top to less-is-better. This mentality has allowed me to create a more curated closet. Everything is hand picked. My wardrobe is at a point where I can just grab something and know it’ll match well with something else. My whole closet is streamlined. I can wear an outfit at home while I’m working all day. Then, I can put on some fancier heels and go out for the night in the same clothes.
I think the reason I’ve been able to create a curated closet is because I’ve always been a very thoughtful shopper. I prefer to buy a couple pieces as opposed to shopping and filling my cart. I always look for very unique or meaningful pieces. I am obsessed with collecting vintage t-shirts – but only shirts that are meaningful to me. My favorite tee is from my Dad and, in my opinion, it has nevernot been cool! Although I have always been a thoughtful shopper, my shopping habits have definitely changed just as my style has. I now try to be more conscious of supporting other small brands. Since starting my own business I know how much it means to the artist. I try to think about how I feel when someone buys my product and I want to give others that experience as well. I also love thrift shops and finding second-hand pieces. Like I said, I have so many vintage t-shirts!
Earlier I talked about being a tomboy, which has been true throughout my whole life. But now my personal style is a mixture of tough and feminine. It is simple, sleek, and easy. I believe personal style is the purest way to represent yourself. It’s a celebration of your spirit. Over time mine has evolved and become more aligned with my lifestyle. I like my wardrobe because it allows me to get ready in 20 minutes. It used to take me a lot of time and hard-work to look good, but now my style is effortless.
These pieces fit very well, match with other clothes in my closet, and are all pieces I consider timeless. Wearing each one of these is so effortless that I actually enjoy getting dressed! Each piece is also personally meaningful to me.
Wait until you are ready to invest in higher quality, as opposed to buying into the trend of disposable fashion. It’s more important to invest in staple pieces and pieces that will never go out of style.
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