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Let's go inside some of the industry's greatest closets off the runway and off camera.  Everything on this site is handpainted by the author. Follow me on Instagram @theclosetinterview and @annthaden.

Erica Kendrick

Erica Kendrick

Today I’m meeting Erica Kendrick in Raleigh, NC.  We bonded over coconut shrimp and Chardonnay at a party at the North Carolina Museum of Art  We're co-chairs of Wake County Elementary Arts and good friends! Follow Erica @kendrickerica.

Hello, It’s Ann.  It’s great to see you.  Can I interview your closet?

What’s your favorite T-Shirt? Where and why did you buy it? My favorite T- shirt is this “ y’all means all”  created by The Equality NC.  It shares an positive  message and I dig the design.

Are you a sweater person or a sweatshirt person? I’m typically a sweater person especially oversized super soft comfy sweaters. Recently I fell in love with this sweatshirt by MinkPink “leader of the pack”  I picked up this sweatshirt from Le tote an online clothing subscription and wore it almost everyday for a week. 

What did you wear on your last date? I wore  leopard sweater from Summer & Sage with some distressed jeans and black boots. 


How did the date go? What did you do?  I went to the Criterion bar in Durham, NC with my fiancé Jim. We enjoyed a variety of craft beers and meet up with a few friends.  Criterion has a cozy ambience and Art Deco feel. Afterwards we enjoyed tacos and churros at Dos Perros. 

What do you like to drink while getting ready for a night out? Before I go out typically I drink something with caffeine, Diet Coke.
What music do you listen to while getting ready for a night out?  Often I listen to podcasts like“NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour” or “Switched on Pop”,



Where was the last place you traveled to?  I traveled to Boone,  NC and Blowing Rock, NC over the holiday. We spent time visiting cute shops in downtown Boone and driving along the scenic blue ridge parkway.

 What was the most important thing you packed?  Layers and layers of clothes as it was very chilly in the mountains. I have a fur cowl from Abercrombie & Finch that has been my go to winter accessory. 
What was the most non-essential thing you shouldn’t have packed but packed anyway?  7 pairs of shoes -2 boots knee high, 2 booties, dress shoes, ballet flats and house slippers. Maybe half would have sufficed.


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What rules if any did you have about getting dressed when you were young?  I wouldn't say I really had any rules. I have childhood pictures for myself wearing all sorts of interesting clothing choices. I was given a ton of room to experiment. 
What is the first item of clothing you bought with your own money?  As a child is was probably a T- shirt with cartoon characters.
What is the biggest splurge or investment piece you purchased?  I've spent a few hundred dollars on dress coats but I try to be thrifty.

Do you feel the investment has been worthwhile?  Yes, some pieces are timeless. 

What is your favorite fashion bargain? How much do you wear it?  $19.99 plaid flats from Kohl's.  These are pretty versatile and great from everyday. This winter, I've been wearing these at least once a week, when it's not too cold.




Who was your style icon as a youngster?  Janet Jackson.
Who is one of your style icons now?  Kate Middleton.

What do you wear when you work out?  Nothing too interesting.  Yoga pants and beer festival t-shirts.
What do you wear to the grocery store?  Usually just my work clothes because I stop there before getting home. On the weekends,  I might wear a J Crew sweater with jeans and new balance sneakers. 

What shoes do you wear when the weather is bad?  I love rain boots they can really fun. 
What shoes do you wear when you want to show off?  I have a pair of Cole Haan flats that I enjoy wearing to work.

What do you wish you had in your closet but don’t have?  A pair of over the knee boot in black and in camel. Leopard print flats.
What do you have in your closet that you should throw away but still haven’t?  Old work clothes. 

What’s in your closet that you inherited from another person and still like to wear?  I have a watch and a variety of vintage pairs of clip and vintage watch given to me by my mother.

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What is the best piece of clothing or accessory that someone else bought for you?  My future mother-in-law bought me a Starry Night umbrella from MOMA. I just adore it and look forward to rainy days so I can show it off!
What piece(s) of jewelry do you wear everyday?   Usually just my engagement ring

Do you wear a fragrance?  Lately I've been wearing Victoria Secret “Heavenly”.  It was part of gift set I was given for Valentine's Day.  I wore perfume more in the teens and early 20’s. I wore “ Calotine of Gres” thoughout the 90’s  and Clinique’s “Happy”while in college.

Thanks for letting me interview your closet, Erica.  I’m glad I got to know you better too.  Now would you mind if I borrowed your tribal print skirt that you wore to the 21C Museum Hotel art opening this summer?


Sean Swanson

Sean Swanson

Zynani Nakhid

Zynani Nakhid