I first heard about Bittersweets when Monsieur Robot showed me the vampire necklace he bought in NY. Since then, I somehow keep reading about this Brooklyn boutique, and I am pining for a New York holiday to finally get my paws on the gorgeous Vampress Engagement ring.
Although really I’d like my boyfriend to get his paws on it. That’s another story. Hi Justin!
This is what the very clever Robin had to say…
❤ How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is a little bit boring, considering that I could be wearing huge Vampire necklaces everyday. Over all, I guess practicality wins out.
❤ What are your inspirations? Designers / artists you admire most?
I love to use movies as an inspiration. Sci-fi and horror are some of my favorite sources.
Recently, my boyfriend and I were watching Inferno and one of the actresses is wearing the coolest “evil eye” I’ve ever seen.
❤ Which of your creations are you the most proud of and why?
I guess I like any design that I feel that I’ve completed. Sometimes, I have something in my drawer for a few years waiting for me to finish.
So, when I finally get around to solving how I want the piece to look, that’s pretty cool for me. They’re like my babies, I can’t just pick one.
❤ Which trends do you think will be big this Fall? Which ones will flop?
Good question. I have no idea. The leggings thing is weird in my opinion. People wearing winter clothes in the summer and then shorts in the winter look pretty dumb.
I’m against trends. I think after 8th grade, you shouldn’t all be wearing the same thing, unless you’re in a parade or it’s part of some cultural tradition. Another exception to this is uniforms, I love uniforms.
❤ What’s the most fashionable city in the world at the moment?
Sorry, I don’t feel qualified to answer this question since I opened up a shop a few years ago, and haven’t had a chance to travel lately. However, many years ago, I was in Vietnam and I was struck by how beautiful their traditional dress was. It’s this flowing, silky top and bottom that looked really practical but incredibly sexy. The sleeves go right to the wrist and the pants are to the ground, so at first glance, it looks like this very conservative style, but then there’s that open slit that goes all the way up the sides. I was in awe of how elegant the women looked in this very simple dress, that was something that they wore everyday and was obviously a very practical solution to living in that climate.
❤ Which websites do you go to regularly?
❤ What would you wear on a date?
I would wear whatever I happened to have on that day, hopefully.
If it’s some kind of special event, I’ve got some stuff I can look decent in.
Portrait of Robin drawn by Hope Gangloff.