It's "out with the old, in with the new," for some, but FOF Linda Cohen
likes to have it both ways.
This style consultant's outfits fuse designers pieces (many are her friends or clients) with vintage accessories. Today, we snapped photos of Linda outside our FOF office where she was helping with the launch of our new FOF e-shop (coming soon)! She was wearing a sleek, comfy cardigan by White + Warren (her friend Susan White is co-owner of the company) and her grandmother's vintage European ring. "I buy what I like, and it just all goes together somehow," says Linda, who says her upbringing inspired her modern vintage style. Her mother Inga, a "blonde bombshell with a thick accent from Germany" always got so dressed up. Her father, Lee, was "a simple guy from the Bronx."
"My childhood was like Eloise at The Plaza goes to a Yankee game."
Where are you from?
Port Washington, N.Y.
What do you do?
I'm in fashion consulting and merchandising. I've had my own consulting business since 2007. Before that, I owned retail stores for 27 years.
How would you describe your style?
Modern vintage. I'm always about buying great items and mixing them up. I invest in good pieces, whether it is clothing or accessories.
What is your signature piece?
Accessories are very important. I always wear my silver bangles.
What are your favorite stores?
In New York, I love Barneys
. I also like Barneys
, and my favorite vintage store, My Inheritance
, in Montclair, New Jersey.
Where else do you shop vintage?
I attend the Manhattan vintage shows about three times a year at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York with my daughter. My mother was a European model with great style who taught me how to shop at consignment stores and flea markets since I was five years old.
Not necessarily one designer. I like Stella McCartney
, Rick Owens, Paige Jeans
and vintage Jean Paul Gaultier
Who is your fashion influence?
My mother. She was like a mixture of Marilyn Monroe and Zsa Zsa Gabor, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She always got so dressed up.
Is there something you don't wear?
I don't wear a lot of color. I wear black all winter and light neutrals in the summer. I don't have to think about it. My accessories, shoes, and bags have color and texture so it works .
Advice for other FOFs?
Take the time to embrace who you are. Be confident in your own individual style and the choices that you make. At this point when I look at all my "stuff" I know less is more.
Necklace: Paige Novick
in ombre tie-dyed silk
Cardigan: White + Warren
Silver diamond hoops
Wedding Band: Cathy Waterman
Vintage (a European heirloom passed down from her grandmother!)
M + J Savitt (from the 70s)
Vintage (from the 40s)
Shoes: Tila March
Photos by Katherine McPherson for faboverfifty.com