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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.



Today I’m meeting Marina Polo and Britt Cosgrove in Brooklyn.  Britt and Marina are the incredible designers behind the sustainable brand SVILU, which was recently inducted into the CFDA.   I can't tell you how many times I've worn my SVILU silk dress to art openings, dates and work.  The silhouette is gorgeous and it's beyond comfortable.  It boggles my mind that everything they create is mindfully made not to mention that we love to jam out to all of the same music! Follow @svilu and shop their SS17 collection now!

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?
M:My Aerosmith t-shirt.
B: My Cleveland Cavs world championship t-shirt.


aerosmith and cleveland t shirts

Are you a sweater person or a sweatshirt person?
M: Sweater! Right now our botanical tie-dye sweaters are perfect for the transitional weather.
B: Sweater too! Love my SVILU ivory lace up-crewneck. Winter white is a nice way to change it up from all the black and navy in my wardrobe. (Sadly this sweater is no longer available!)


svilu tie dye sweater

What did you wear on your last date?
M: Our Tie Dress,  it’s convertible and can be tied different ways- I wore it cap sleeved.
B: Our Merce dress. 

How did the date go? What did you do?
M: We went to see an opera at BAM and then drinks at Berlyn across the street.
B: Dinner with old friends at Tasting Kitchen in Venice, CA.


svilu tie dress

What do you like to drink while getting ready for a night out?
M: Moscow mules.
B: Anything with mezcal.


What music do you listen to while getting ready for a night out?
M: I love streaming Radio Nova out of Paris – it’s really eclectic and I always discover new artists.
B: 90’s hip hop – biggie, aaliyah, outkast.

Notorious BIG

Where was the last place you traveled to?
M: London to see my family.
B: Venice, CA to see friends.

What was the most important thing you packed?
M: My Bose headphones to get some sleep on the plane.
B: Our SVILU Work Jacket- perfect for cool LA evenings.

What was the most non-essential thing you shouldn’t have packed but packed anyway?
M: A vintage cape that I wore for 5 minutes on New Years Eve.
B: Heels…always bring and never wear.

What rules if any did you have about getting dressed when you were young?
M: I grew up in London- there weren’t really any rules, the weirder the better.
B: So many rules – that’s why I became a fashion designer : ) .

What is the first item of clothing you bought with your own money?
M: A pair of Vivienne Westwood pirate boots.
B: Blue bottega veneta wallet.

What is the biggest splurge or investment piece you purchased?
M: A navy and black (my favorite color combination) Pierre Hardy bag.
B: Navy Velvet Miu Miu bag.

Pierre Hardy bag

Do you feel the investment has been worthwhile?
M: I wear it to this day- the lack of hardware makes it timeless
B: Yes! Wore it to death and think it is prime for a come back.

What is your favorite fashion bargain? How much do you wear it?
M: Rondini sandals from Saint Tropez- they are made to measure and the best quality- they last forever and ever.
B: Birkenstocks – I wore them as a teenager, took a break and now I think they are part of my wardrobe for life.


Who was your style icon as a youngster?
M: Angela Chase (Claire Danes’ character in My So Called Life) / Tai Fraser (Brittany Murphy ‘s character in Clueless).
B: Gwyneth Paltrow in Great Expectations, Liv Tyler Empire Records.

What do you wear when you work out?
M: Satva organic cotton leggings and old tee shirts.
B: Alternative Apparel tanks and Electric & Rose tie dye yoga pants.

What do you wear to the grocery store?
M: I have been known to go in my pajamas and a big coat on top on weekends.
B: Sweat pants – I have an unnatural love for “fancy” sweats.

electric rose pants and top

What shoes do you wear when the weather is bad?
M: Aigle rubber riding boots.
B: All black timberland boots.

What shoes do you wear when you want to show off?
M: my vintage woven Maud Frizon heels.
B: Stella McCartney nude silk heels.


woven slingback shoe

What do you wish you had in your closet but don’t have?
M: Our striped dolman top- we sold out and I wasn’t able to nab one in time! (But a limited number and sizes are available here if you act fast!)
B: Mary-Jane shoes by The Row.


The Row Maryjane shoe

What do you have in your closet that you should throw away but still haven’t?
M: Really old, holey aforementioned t-shirts.
B: Seafoam green fuzzy bathrobe with my nickname on it.

What’s in your closet that you inherited from another person and still like to wear?
M: My grandmother’s gold charm bracelet.
B: My mothers watch.

What is the best piece of clothing or accessory that someone else bought for you?
M: An art deco ruby Jack In the Box necklace from the 1920s.
B: Saudi “bridal” beads that my best friend gave me for my wedding.

What piece(s) of jewelry do you wear everyday?
M: A delicate evil eye bracelet to satisfy the superstitious side of me.
B: Wedding bands and nothing else – I'm somewhat of a minimalist when it comes to jewelry.

Do you wear a fragrance?
M: Rose 31 by Le Labo- it’s floral yet woodsy and musky at the same time, just the right amount of feminine without being too girly smelling.
B: This body oil that I got in Corsica that smells like summer.



Rose fragrance

Thanks for letting me interview your closet Britt and Marina!  I’m glad I got to know you better too. Now would you mind if I borrowed the Merce and the Tie Dress?  They are both so gorgeous and I can't decide between the two!

Conor Donovan

Conor Donovan

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