A few months back, I was picking up Joel, our 16-year-old from basketball practice and I had Sirius XMU playing and Interpol or, I don’t now, XX or Bon Iver or something similar must have been playing. He got in the car and incredulously was like: “Your music makes me sad!!” And I was like: “Exactly.”
I learned about this t-shirt when I interviewed Julien Baker, mistress of sad songs guaranteed to make you cry, at Outside Lands Music Festival for Forbes in August. I tend to lose my cool a little (completely, actually—working on that one), when I interview super-talented artists. I kept with that tradition by gushing to Julien that I usually end up crying when I listen to her music, but that I actually really love to cry (I was blathering, basically). She tried to comfort me, saying: “All the best people love to cry!” And then I loved her even more.
She proceeded to tell me about the t-shirt by Vanessa Jean Speckman. She went through a stretch when she wore it to perform all her shows because it captured her whole music thing so precisely. When I got home I immediately bought one for my NYC BFF Robyn, whose birthday was approaching, and with whom I’ve enjoyed many a sad song. I couldn’t resist buying one for myself, too.
WEARING: Revice Paris Bells; Vanessa Jean Speckman t-shirt; Soko bracelets; Sheila B earrings; Glasses USA glasses—they’re having a hug fall clearance! Use codes FALL25, FALL50, or FALL100, click through for deets!
[Photos by Anna-Alexia Basile]