Humans of Staples

Emerson Kobak ’18 struts her homemade first day of school outfit.

Emerson Kobak ’18 struts her homemade first day of school outfit.

Ashton Dedona and Ivy Prince

The typical Westport teen outfit can be found anywhere throughout the halls of Staples: A Brandy Melville top, Lulu Lemon leggings and bleach white converse seems to be the go-to apparel for any high school girl, except one. Sophomore student Emerson Kobak ’18 makes her statement by wearing homemade clothing and is becoming a known trendsetter.

Q: What got you interested in fashion?

I have loved fashion ever since I was little. When I was about five or six, my grandma taught me how to hand sew and I fell in love with it. Ever since then I have been sewing, drawing and creating.

Q: What do you want to do when you grow up. How do you want to pursue your passion?

I would like to be a fashion designer. My dream job is to have my own line and create clothes for celebrities to wear to events such as award shows, Met Gala, etc.

Q: What differentiates yourself from the normal Staples student?

I am different from many normal Staples students because I have known what I want to become since I was a kid. There are also very few kids who are interested in fashion. I love making my own clothes so I can be different from everyone else.

Q: How is your fashion style unique?

My fashion style is unique because I like to take risks and I really take the time to pick out what I am wearing because I enjoy it. A huge factor of my unique fashion style is designing and making a lot of what I wear. I get to create my fashion style on a different level than shopping (although I do that too!).

Q: What made you want to start your fashion instagram and website?

I have been following fashion blogs for the longest time. I was so excited when I finally made my own blog ( last year. I love sharing what I make and anything about fashion. Blogging about fashion is a way to share the things I love with people who feel the same way or just want to see. I started my fashion instagram to share my designs on social media.

Q: Who is your mentor/fashion idol?

There are so many to name. If I had to choose one mentor it would be Coco Chanel. She inspires me because she started from nothing and became such an amazing designer. Some other designers I love are: Marchesa, Zuhair Murad, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Roberto Cavalli and many more.

Q: What do you think your signature look is?

I do not think I have just one signature look. I like to dress whimsically, chic and edgy.

Q: How do you incorporate your fashion talent in school?

Last year I made costumes for Staples Players and I went every day after school to work on making them. This year I am co crew head of costumes. I am also working to create a fashion club which I need members for! I would like the club to make things once a week then have a fashion show at the end of the year.