Love for clothes
Ellie Geerards (1953) lives in Malden. I met her in Delft, with one of her daughters, who has a store in second-hand clothing and accessories. The apple never falls far from the tree, in their case, that is true. Ellie: “I inherited the love for beautiful clothes. Especially my father was fond of beautiful fabrics. At our home, it was a tradition that when we turned 18, we were given a new coat. We were allowed to choose the fabric ourselves and my father’s brother, who was a tailor, made the coat. We were all taught to make our own clothes and if we needed something new, we received some money to buy the fabric ourselves.”
“I come from a large family of 10 girls and all my sisters share the love for clothes. The oldest is 76, the youngest 62 and every year we organize a ‘sisters day’. The exchange of clothes is a regular part of the program. We all have about the same size and exchange our clothes with closed wallets. I am always looking for second-hand quality clothes. The quality of fabric and design that I’m looking for, I cannot afford. Even when we are in France I search for finds for example at the Emmaus and on markets. I also regularly buy clothes for the store of my daughter. My other daughter lives in Stockholm, I always go to a branch of Emmaus in the city center. There I often find beautiful clothes from well-known designers. It seems as if they keep the most beautiful pieces for that shop in the center of the city.”
“I like to wear black, I love to combine black of different textures, but I also like black combined with bright colors. This jacket and the necklace I bought in France at an Emmaus branch in Chateau-Chinon, the button I found at a flea market. My favorite designers are Dries van Noten and Marni, but also Jill Sander.”
Most beautiful piece
“My most beautiful and dearest piece of clothing was given to me during my first pregnancy. It is a black, silk dress by Kenzo. I still have the dress, it is a simple A-line model. One of my daughters has worn the dress as well for a while. And like many other clothes from years ago, I also keep this dress. ”
“I do not always search for things in shops and markets on my own, my husband Sjaak likes to come along. He is also interested in clothes and we often buy stuff together for our daughter. Today we are in Delft to see which new ‘treasures’ she has in her store. ”
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