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Jenny Ton

Persons of Interest, Storytellers  /   /  By Audrey Kim

Co-Founder, Creative Director, and Stylist for Retrofit Republic

*What she’s wearing:

Mustard turtleneck, vintage wide-leg plaid trousers from Pendleton, vintage silk pajama shirt, vintage hand-beaded Emilio Pucci jacket, vintage curved metal collar bib necklace.


Baldwin Park, CA. Home to some of the best Mexican food in the California and the first In-N-Out.

Describe your style:

It really depends on my mood, but certainly a synthesis of vintage and avant-garde with a nod to menswear.

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

I'm fortunate to work in a flexible and creative industry, in which my everyday attire is a reflection of our fashion brand and aesthetic. Therefore, my work attire is often synonymous with my weekend attire.

What's in your makeup bag?

A plethora of lip balms, lip stains, and lipsticks from an array of drugstore brands to brand names. My current favorite is the Super Lustrous Lipstick by Revlon in Black Cherry. I'm ecstatic for dark lip colors. It's befitting and provocatively alluring for fall and winter.

Latest obsession:

Wide leg trousers.

Your saved eBay search words:

Vintage watches.

Who is your style icon?

I don’t have one in particular, but I am surrounded by many purveyors of style such as my brilliant Retrofit Republic team and friends. I do have to give distinction to M.I.A. and Solange. Their fashion and music are on point.

Next on your must-buy list:

If I could afford it, a vintage Patek Philippe men’s wrist watch for myself, but I’ve been eyeing some of the vintage Patek Philippe gold women’s watches on too.

What’s at the top of your wish list?

An around the world vacation.

What’s one piece you plan to keep forever?

My mom’s vintage 70s floral print scarf.

What can’t you see yourself wearing, ever?

Nothing is off limits. Katherine Hepburn said it best: “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”

Favorite eBay find:

An affordable but quality dress form that I purchased for my favorite vintage find, a stunning 1950s dress.

You collect…

Vintage buttons and CDs (especially from every concert or live music event I attend). Old school is relative, but in current times, with the ubiquity of MP3s, CDs are considered old school now. I still have my Sony Discman. Yes, you heard right. It was the world’s thinnest Discman CD player. It might still be since Discmans have become obsolete. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of your readers are perplexed right now. If you don’t know what it is, search it on, and you might as well purchase one too.

Dream getaway:

Africa, but if I have to be specific, South Africa.

Song most played on your iPod:

I recently bought my first vinyl record, Etta James “Peaches,” for my new vintage inspired record player. Ever since, it’s been on repeat. I love the raw, analog quality of vinyls. “At Last” is a classic.

Favorite city to shop in:

That’s as difficult as choosing your favorite pair of shoes! Hong Kong is high on my list.

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