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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.

Peppertrain Jewelry

Peppertrain Jewelry

Today I’m meeting Kaitlin Ryan of Peppertrain Jewelry in Raleigh, NC.  We immediately bonded over our obsession with heavy statement jewelry that you would notice across the room at a crowded party! You can find her edgy and versatile pieces at Vert and Vogue and online.  Follow Kaitlin @peppertrain1.

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? I love Rxmance Tees (based out of California) They are the softest, and most clever! 

Are you a sweater person or a sweatshirt person? Hmm, depends are the occasion I guess?? I have a good amount of both.

What did you wear on your last date?  Black silk tunic, Raleigh Denim black jeans (slightly destructed for lots of wear, Madewell leopard ankle boots and Vanessa Bruno sweater coat. 

Vince Sweater

How did the date go? What did you do?  I've been in a relationship for about 4 years, so all my "dates" go well! HA! Dinner. 

What do you like to drink while getting ready for a night out?  Rose' all day OR Tito's Soda.

What music do you listen to while getting ready for a night out?  Lemonade - BEY the Queen B. 

Where was the last place you traveled to?  San Diego + LA. 

What was the most important thing you packed? Hair products by BAXTER and Virtue Labs.   

What was the most non-essential thing you shouldn’t have packed but packed anyway?  Just too many clothes in general. I'm a total overpacker.


What rules if any did you have about getting dressed when you were young?  Not look like anyone else!

What is the first item of clothing you bought with your own money?  Oh gosh, I have no idea. I started buying my own clothes in high school because I wanted them SOO OFTEN.

What is the biggest splurge or investment piece you purchased?  CHLOE boots.

Do you feel the investment has been worthwhile?  Totally!

What is your favorite fashion bargain? How much do you wear it?  I always find really great VINCE items at TJMAX. I've purchased a few sweaters and I wear them all the time. Super basic and great shape.

Who was your style icon as a youngster?  My mom was always so put together, and I wanted to dress like the girls on 90210.

Who is one of your style icons now?  Too hard to pick one but a few include SJP, Jenna Lyons and Kate Lanphear.

What do you wear when you work out? It's all about comfort. I love LuLu pants.

What do you wear to the grocery store?  Umm...I don’t have specific grocery store attire, HA. So whatever I have on at the time I need groceries. Literally, anything is fair game.

What shoes do you wear when the weather is bad?  I'm not a rainboot person and this area doesn't get much snow. But usually black leather ankle boots.

What shoes do you wear when you want to show off?  I have some super sassy Robert Clergerie platforms.

Robert Cleregie platforms

What do you wish you had in your closet but don’t have?  Not really a specific item, I just wish my closet was more organized so I could see what I do have! 

What do you have in your closet that you should throw away but still haven’t? College t-shirts. 

What’s in your closet that you inherited from another person and still like to wear? My best friends college sweatshirt! 

What is the best piece of clothing or accessory that someone else bought for you? Eekks hard choice, I've been gifted so many lovely things!  Probably a handmade ring from  Jerusalem.

What piece(s) of jewelry do you wear everyday? I wear something Peppertrain, and then 7 rings everyday. 

Do you wear a fragrance?  I do. Friends of mine in LA just started a company a few month ago and I wear an essential oil fragrance of theirs and ECLATS PRECIEUX by GIVENCHY. 

givenchy fragrance

Thanks for letting me interview your closet Kaitlin.  I’m glad I got to know you better too.  Now would you mind if I borrowed your Robert Cleregie Platforms ? 

Emile Woon

Emile Woon

Pernille Loof

Pernille Loof