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Bree Hylkema

Persons of Interest, Storytellers  /   /  By Audrey Kim

Co-Founder, Vermeulen & Co.

*What she’s wearing:

Vermeuleun & Co. ikat coat, Bonde Jewelry earrings, red heels


Oakland, California

Describe your style:

Vivienne Westwood said you have a more interesting life if you wear impressive clothes. I try to keep life interesting.

How do you translate your look from the workplace to the weekend?

I don’t really. If I’m going to be building and painting, I put on things that can get dirty; otherwise, I put on something nice.

What’s in your makeup bag?

Red lipstick. Have fun—you look beautiful just the way you are.

Latest obsession:

Making shrubs, growing fava beans, and hand-stitching a Turkish-style coat.

Your saved eBay search words:

Margaret Howellharibako

Who is your style icon?

Tziporah Salamon and Isabel Toledo.

Next on your must-buy list:

A great pair of oxfords.

What’s at the top of your wish list?

Black Hero tulip bulbs .

What’s one piece you plan to keep forever?

The peplum day dress my great grandfather gave to my great grandmother in 1927. 

What can’t you see yourself wearing, ever?

A football jersey.

Favorite eBay find ever:

Beautiful vintage chandeliers.

You collect…

Textiles and old suitcases. You need somewhere to put all that cloth.

Dream getaway:

A trip to Scotland. I’d like to take some time to explore, visit family, and see some Mackintosh architecture.

Song most played on your iPod:

Right now, it’s “Bul Ma Miin” by Orchestra Baobab.

Favorite city to shop in:

Oakland, although you can find treasures in any city.

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