I'm going to open this by telling you what I told Alex before I met her, in all its candidness: she's come up in my Facebook and Instagram feed about half a million times before i even met her and knew who she was. Whether it's through friends' posts with her, through her being on the Livery Instagram account, or any other number of local connections, by the time I actually met her, she had reached near mythical status.
I only say this because apparently I am not the only person who has had this experience, and it's not surprising considering how in touch and how cool Alex is with the local community. This column is meant to recognize women doing something unique and interesting and promoting diversity in various aspects of the local culture. With an educational path and skill set not shared by most other creatives in or outside of Calgary, Alex does just that.
I set out to find how she merges all these talents into an eclectic personality, and try and understand how she seems to know absolutely everyone:
First off, what’s your name and what do you do here in Calgary for work?
I am Alex Remondini. My work is twofold. One half of it consists of being a full time student at the University of Calgary. I am pursuing a concurrent degree in Political Science and Secondary Education, as well as hoping to enter into Law School in 2017. The other, much more enjoyable part, is working part time at The Livery Shop in Inglewood.
How would you describe your own style, and how would you comparatively describe the style of Calgary as a whole?
A. My personal style is eclectic. I love to take a little bit from everywhere and everyone. I’m a sucker for vintage, but I also like clean lines and sleek silhouettes. In comparison to Calgary, I feel a bit mismatched. Fitting in has never been my strong suit, but that's why I love style and fashion, it's a collective of misfits.
Who are some of your biggest influences (in and/or outside of Calgary)?
A. On a personal level, my friends and family are my biggest influences, they inspire me everyday and support me in every way. They play a special role in how I dress and style myself because they are the ones that give me the confidence to do so.
However, I find most of my influence outside of Calgary. I am absolutely obsessed with Alexa Chung, The Beckerman Blog, Rihanna, Manrepeller, Negin Mirsalehi, A$AP Rocky, Jaden Smith; the list is endless. Within Calgary, I am lucky to have local style visionaries such as Paul Schneider and Ania Boniecka to draw inspiration from. To be fearless in Calgary proves you can be fearless anywhere.
After working at a local shop with so many local brands, what is your perception of our creative scene here in Calgary? As a city and a community, what do you think we’re really good at and what do you think we could do better at?
A. Calgary is a very creative city, the arts scene is on the brink of something incredible, but Calgary is still bridging the gap between being a young city and becoming a central hub within Canada. Calgary is an amazing city because it acts like a community. Calgary artists are like family members, and the city shows undying support for them. The most important thing for the city to do is showcase its continued support explicitly. The more that we can show that Calgary is on the rise, the more that other people will start to believe it.
You’re currently pursuing a fairly unique education path amongst young Calgary creatives. How would you say your work, lifestyle, and/or experiences in Calgary have influenced your career aspirations, and do you plan to somehow incorporate your current degrees back into the creative community?
A. At 22 and almost at the completion of two degrees, I think I am finally starting to realize where I can overlap my passion for art and fashion with my work and education. In the past they have always ran as parallels to each other, and I have flip flopped between two worlds that have seemed to be very different. Working at The Livery Shop has shown me that my lifestyle has given me a duality that allows me to apply myself both artistically and intellectually. My two seemingly different worlds can, in fact, overlap.As I mentioned earlier, I am hoping to enter into Law School and I am a huge fan of Alexa Chung. How do these fit together? Alexa Chung is part of a YouTube series for British Vogue called The Future of Fashion, in this I was enlightened to the existence of fashion law. I am hoping that this is something I can learn about in the future and incorporate back into the creative community.
What do you think your greatest achievement is thus far (in any medium or aspect of life)?
A. This one is difficult for me, I’ve had a few outstanding sporting and academic achievements, but I think my greatest achievement is finding contentment in what I have and who I am. Everything is a matter of perspective, life is too short to be spent yearning for something new when everything that you need is right in front of you.
Lastly, if you could pick three things you couldn’t live without, what would they be?
A. Excluding the obvious necessities (air, water, food etc.) :
1.) Alexander Wang (duh.)
2.) The Granville Island Brewing Lions Winter Ale
3.) Dogs (I have two, they mean the world to me). Dogs are everything, and life is nothing without them.