In Focus
Maggie S. Chan
What is it about your blog that you are most proud of?
There are always improvements that need to be made, but I think the one thing that I ’m most proud of is how far I ’ve grown. When I first started, I didn ’t think quality photos mattered that much, but I was wrong. I can ’t say I have the best photos, but I make more of an effort to deliver good ones.
Where do you live and how has your environment shaped your life?
I go back and forth between Los Angeles and the Bay Area a lot, but I mainly reside in Northern California at the moment. I grew up as a suburban girl and being in the city can be overwhelming. LA is rich with culture and the Bay Area is just a great escape from all the craziness of the city. Being immersed in both cultures has definitely changed my perspective on a lot of things in life. LA has taught me to take opportunities that I normally wouldn’t take and the Bay Area has taught me that sometimes, I need to take a break and relax.
"I don’t think clothes define who the person is, but I do believe it is a medium that is used to express oneself. My style changes everyday and like art, I use clothing to tell a story."
What made you pick the style and color you chose?
I’ve been wanting a clutch for sometime even though I gravitate towards crossbody bags. I love the snakeskin detail in the leather and the simple gold hardware with the tassle. The magenta color is also great for the Fall Season.
If you look at our complete collection, what leather or product most intrigues you and what would you like to see more of?
I love all the embossed python leather products! They’re just a great way to add a bit of edge to a plain bag. I’d love to see different colors in them like the goldwash embossed leather. I think it’d be very unique because it creates the illusion of different textures.
Who/What has inspired you to start blogging?
I actually started blogging in 2008, but then quit because I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I realized that I wanted to pursue costume designing in... film so I went to graduate school. It wasn’t until my final year that I thought to myself, "Movies inspire fashion all the time, why not create a blog about it?" That’s how it all began. I love costume design and fashion so naturally, I started featuring both on my blog. I wanted not only to inspire others, but also showcase the vast majority of talent that costume designers deserve.
Are clothes a means of defining yourself or a means expressing something else?
I don’t think clothes define who the person is, but I do believe it is a medium that is used to express oneself. My style changes everyday and like art, I use clothing to tell a story.
What is one thing your readers would be surprised to hear about you?
I can’t stand scary movies. The last horror film I watched was "Sixth Sense." For some reason, I’ve developed a photogenic memory and it’s quite terrible. My goal is to work on a horror film set so I can physically see how fake everything is. Haha.
What is your first impression of the GiGi New York brand?
I’m a lover of minimalistic bags because I believe they can be passed down from generation to generation and GiGi New York has just that. Every piece is so timeless and the attention to detail in the leather and hardware is just perfect.