ZX Friend: Abby Temple


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Friends Of is a series of dialogues with women in the ZX community which seek to celebrate the journey of self-definition at the core of personal style. Through each woman’s narrative, we aim to discover and share insights into delivering a better, more emboldened self through style and living.

I am excited to introduce you to Abby Temple, a traveler, soon-to-be law student, and ceramics maker. We met for the first time in Buenos Aires back in February (when things were almost normal, remember that?) after exchanging a few DMs over Instagram. She’d ordered a pair of boots online for and asked if she could pick them up in Buenos Aires since she would be spending a few months here before heading off to Bogota, Colombia and later, to law school in the fall. If you’ve been following ZX, you know that I don’t have a physical location and run the business from my home in Buenos Aires. Though inviting people who want to buy shoes into my living space is something that lies just outside my comfort zone and erodes my public/personal boundaries, connecting with the people who support my business offline is one of my favorite parts of this job. When I finally met Abby in person, I was immediately relaxed by her warmth, intrigued by what brought her to Buenos Aires, and inspired by her eclectic style. Since the launch of the spring collection was around the corner, I asked her style her favorites from the collection and tell us a little about the things she likes and what makes her tick. Below, a Q + A and photos with Abby shot around the Buenos Aires neighborhoods of Chacarita and Colegiales.

Photos by Pilar Condomi


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Where did you grow up? Where do you live now?

 I grew up in Denver. I went to school in Seattle, and feel like I grew into myself as an adult in Seattle. I recently moved to San Francisco, so I’m working on making this new city feel like home. 

what is your sun sign/moon sign/ascendant (if you know them)? 

Eek– I don’t know anything other than I’m a Leo. The first day of Leo! 

How would you describe your style and the kinds of clothing and accessories are you drawn to?

I would describe my style as minimalist and modern. I love playing with different silhouettes (tight on the bottom, loose on top or vice versa). I love exaggerated shapes and lengths. I go through periods where all I want to wear is color, and then transition back into wearing more neutral tones. I’m sure that has a lot to do with the seasons. I’ve never been big into prints (except for small details), and I always feel more comfortable in pants than I do in a dress or a skirt. I usually like to wear big earrings almost everyday, and a few rings. I’ve always wanted to be a necklace wearer, but I guess I haven’t figured out how to do it yet.

How do you acquire them?

I find a lot of my clothing through instagram, actually. It’s been a great resource for me to find designers and brands that I connect with. I try to get as much of my clothing as possible from small female-owned brands. It’s really important to me to be able to support slow-fashion. I realize that is a privilege that is not accessible to everyone. But it’s something I care about both socially and environmentally. Instagram is also a great way to find vintage clothing! So I shop a mix of both vintage and modern. I also look for clothing on Garmentory.

 


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Who do you dress for?

 I do think I have gotten to the point in my life where I can say that I dress for myself. I used to worry so much about what other people thought, and about what we’re taught is “beautiful.” But as I’ve gotten older I’ve un-learned a lot of those ideas, and I almost like to wear things that I think other people might see as “ugly.” I’ve always felt the least comfortable in my skin when I’ve been told what to wear, like working in an office. Being able to choose what I wear each day purely for myself is perhaps my most outward way of expressing myself. 

What do you put on when you want to feel like the best version of yourself?

 I always feel my most confident in a high waisted pair of pants that hug my curves, a boxy cropped top tucked into the pants, a pair of big earrings, a little bit of lipstick and a shoe with a very slight heel. I feel like the best version of myself when I’m completely comfortable– when I’m melting into my clothes and shoes and they’re covering me in a way that’s both comforting and beautiful. 

Who are some women you admire or are inspired by?

 One of the women I’ve been most inspired by in these past couple of years is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She’s incredible. She’s unwaveringly determined, she’s able to explain systems and ideas to the general public in ways that actually make sense, and she is an example of what I think our government should act and look like. Yes to more women, especially women of color, in our government! 


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What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? 

I find it pretty debilitating to make decisions. A piece of advice that’s always helped me (and that is actually from my dad is), “Logistics are just logistics. Don’t get lost in them.” 

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I feel like the best version of myself when I’m completely comfortable— when I’m melting into my clothes and shoes and they’re covering me in a way that’s both comforting and beautiful.

 


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What are 5 of your favorite film and/or books of all time?

I’m going to go for a mix of books and movies. A few of my favorite books are: White Teeth by Zadie Smith (or really anything by Zadie Smith!), The Book of Embraces by Eduardo Galeano and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. A couple of my favorite movies are Away We Go (I love the soundtrack by Alexi Murdoch), and Obvious Child with Jenny Slate.

What did you want to be when you were a little girl? And what do you want to be now as an adult? 

Honestly? I wanted to be a cat. Hahaha. Now, well, I’m really not quite sure. I know there are things I’m passionate about. Like immigration reform, and criminal justice reform. I’m starting law school in the fall. But I want to be able to maintain the artistic side of myself throughout my life, too. Most recently I’ve really gotten into ceramics. 

What are some things that you are passionate about?

 Learning about people’s individual stories. I love small interactions that let us learn about each other. Like laughing with a stranger about a shared experience. Or learning about your cashier’s favorite food. Or your favorite designer’s story. 

Abby (@altempss) in on Instagram

 


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Inés Ybarra is a photographer & art director currently residing in Madrid. Inés is also the founder & creative director of CasaHari.
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Derek Henderson
Fasianos Workshop
State of Escape,
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Estelle Dévé Studio

D1 Models
Derek Henderson
Fasianos Workshop
State of Escape,
Net-A-Porter
Estelle Dévé Studio

D1 Models
Derek Henderson
Fasianos Workshop
State of Escape,
Net-A-Porter
Estelle Dévé Studio

D1 Models
Derek Henderson
Fasianos Workshop
State of Escape,
Net-A-Porter
Estelle Dévé Studio

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