JR: What is a normal day like for you and how has it changed within the last two months?
EZ: On a normal day – quarantined or not – I am working at the Innocence Project between 9 AM – 5 PM. At least now I am able to work from the comfort of my living room or kitchen table. Though it’s often tempting to stay in my pajamas all day, every morning I get dressed (in comfy clothes, of course), brush my hair, and do my usual skincare routine to strive for some semblance of normalcy. I’ve also realized doing this morning routine helps my productivity throughout the day. It’s funny to think about how, just a few months ago, I would take a crowded train every morning and spend all day in an office, running around and frazzled by the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I would spend my weekends working on Berriez, either in a photo studio, at a thrift store, or both. While I still spend my early mornings, nights, and weekends working on Berriez, it’s all at home–which is more convenient, but I now have to be the stylist, model, MUA, and photographer all at once. Or, I send pieces over to my friend / Berriez photographer, Jess, so she can photograph them. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I feel like I am finally adapting to this new reality.
JR: What does the future hold for you and your brand?
EZ: I am hopeful that, once this is all over – if it’s ever over – I can continue to grow Berriez. I want sustainable and secondhand style to be available to, and accessible for, more plus size people. I’d love to see the merging of the vintage/secondhand world with more independent designers and artists. And on that note, I want to continue collaborating with other vintage shops, artists, and designers, such as Shop Journal and The Series. Lastly, my biggest goal for Berriez is to rent a studio space where people can comfortably try on clothing IRL and hang. But, who knows what the future of IRL shopping will look like after all of this!
JR: What are some things you’d like people to know about you that they might not know?
EZ: I used to be a professional jazz singer. I retired at the ripe young age of 27.
JR: What’s your favorite piece in your closet?
EZ: A vintage Nicole Miller silk blouse with a psychoanalysis-themed print.