Olivia Kim knows a thing or two about mixing personal style quirks with high-fashion trends. A former vice president of creative at Opening Ceremony, the New Yorker-turned-Seattleite is now lending her expert eye to Nordstrom, where she serves as the director of creative projects and curates “Pop-In @ Nordstrom,” an ever-changing series of themed pop-up shops in select stores and online. Her most recent of these, appropriately titled “Surf City,” opens today with a fresh mix of goods—think neoprene Lisa Marie Fernandez bikinis, gauzy Lemlem cover-ups, and t-shirts from California surf institution Mollusk—for beach babes and surfer dudes alike.
Here, she fills us in on her go-to pieces, latest purchases, and summer must-haves.
Define your style in three words:
Schizophrenic. Casual. Fun.
Simple button-down shirt. Outrageous skirt. Socks. Oxfords or sneakers. Watch.
A Haile Selassie t-shirt I bought at the airport in Kingston, Jamaica. Anything Junya Watanabe. A Supreme x Playboy varsity jacket my boyfriend gave to me on one of our first this-is-not-a-date dates. White-on-white with white soles Doc Martens. Bamford x Nordstrom all blacked out submariner [watch].
Comfortable, flat and cute.
2 squirts of Kyoto by Comme des Garçons.
Same as my daytime look. Maybe just change my shoes. Maybe not. LOL.
Best recent discovery:
The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek, Denmark. Best cafeteria I’ve seen and eaten.
Style pet peeve:
Too much makeup. Wedge sneakers.
Cindy Mancini in “Can’t Buy Me Love.” She wins my best-dressed award!
A coffee from Starbucks.
A baby French bulldog brother for Secret Spy (my French bulldog).
White tees, white jeans and white shoes.
What's always in your bag:
A small snack. I’m always hungry.