MODA: And so we’re getting Todd Alden’s story through this collection.
EMILY: Right, the overall story of Todd is following him through camp – you’ll see Camp Nor’wester t-shirts – then through school at Williams College, into when he worked at the curation department at MoMA. We’re following him throughout his career but especially his childhood, collecting memorabilia from his youth.
I recognized the old-school milk bottle tops from my youth, which you used in a very inventive way. In my day we called those pogs.
Yeah, I collected pogs as a kid. But it was more a commercialized pog – not the actual milk caps. I remember being at a friend’s house and hearing, like, “You need to clean up all your pogs!” They were all over the carpeted floors of suburbia.
Last question: What are some of your favorite cities for vintage shopping?
Oh gosh. I do all the fleas in the summertime, all along New England, looking for American textiles and bedding, domestic textiles. In Paris I look for old textiles, old mattress fabrics and laces and linen. And France has great trimmings, in general, like buttons and lace. In Atlanta it’s more boyish. There was one store –it closed – that had all 1940s and ‘50s gym clothing that I bought. I grew up antiquing in Atlanta, so that holds a special place in my heart.
Interview by Moda men's Editorial Director Andrew Matson
Photography by Creigh Lyndon