Where did you get this? Stylist Beverly Nguyen.

Photo-Illustration: The Cup. Photos: Courtesy of Beverly Nguyen and retailers

Beverly Nguyen never wears sneakers – unless she’s running, of course. The New York-based stylist has been wearing a pair of heels since she was 7 years old (well, almost). Taking inspiration from Monica Bellucci and her mother, she describes her style as sexy and feminine. Think 80s and 90s Norma Kamali spandex dresses, wedge heels and a lot gold jewelry.

“I love when people wear things they’re not really supposed to wear in an environment where they’re not supposed to,” she explains over the phone. “When you’re at black tie and you’re wearing something completely unconventional – like an extremely loud ballgown or something that’s completely crystal, and you’re wearing a giant hat or some crazy thing – but you own.”

So don’t be surprised if you see her in Dimes Square in her seven-foot-long Bernadette ballgown. This goes hand in hand with his style philosophy: “You should dress like you’re going to meet your worst enemies on the street.”

A strong believer in retail therapy, she prefers to buy vintage and local small businesses to connect with other shop owners. Nguyen herself owns Beverly’s, a pop-up store currently in Nordstrom that offers homewares and has collaborated with Material. But when she’s not running her own boutique, she shops at Landline and Café Forgot, which she says fills the void left by the closure of the Opening Ceremony store on Howard Street.

Photo: Courtesy of Beverly Nguyen

I got a print by Osamu Yokonami at the Printed Matter book fair in New York. It brings me so much joy because it was a time in my life when I had just moved to New York. I had been to the Printed Matter book fair for the first time after working all summer (three different jobs, seven days a week), and finally had some money. I couldn’t afford the books at the librarian’s stand, but they sold them.

It was something that I could finally afford, and I was so happy about it because it’s a picture of four Japanese schoolgirls, and it’s their backs, and they’re looking up at the sky, and they’re standing in a forest. It’s so peaceful and so representative of my childhood. I love landscape, nature and sky, and hope, and that was something I could buy back then. He’s always in my room no matter where I go. It’s something that makes me feel so connected and reminds me of when I started in New York.

Libraryman 'Assembly in Okinawa, 2016,' by Osamu Yokonami, Print

I bought my Louis Vuitton Epi Noé bag at Vestiaire Collective when the site was launched. I had just left La Garçonne, where I was assistant stylist. My personal wardrobe at that time was very Margiela: oversized button-up shirts, long pants, and very simple leather shoes like Lemaire’s. Then a year after working there, I was hired by celebrity red carpet stylist Kate Young.

I jumped into high fashion so quickly, and after a few months of starting with her, I realized I needed to invest in a real working-girl bag. I needed to look like the director of his studio, and I needed to feel more empowered. I needed to feel serious. So I decided to look for the right bag. I’ve never been interested in monogrammed bags or anything with too many ruffles, buckles and trimmings, so the Epi Noé bag was perfect.

Inside, I always have a phone charger. I keep my perfume, a notebook and several pens. I also carry my film camera, and usually face spray and hand sanitizer, and cash. I love walking and I love taking yellow cabs so I always try to keep some cash on me just in case.

Louis Vuitton Noé leather bag
Mophie portable charger

I have two pairs of glasses on my bedside table from Kate Young x Tura. I worked with Kate Young for nine years, and she started a collaboration with Tura. I was able to help him in the design process. These are transition lenses and are available in baby pink, tortoiseshell or matte black lenses.

I wear contacts, but at home I wear corrective lenses and over the years I have collected so many different prototypes.

Kate Young for Tura K349 glasses

Photo: Courtesy of Beverly Nguyen

My Prada skirt from Italy. I got it after a break up. Retail therapy is extremely real to me. There are all those little acts of self-care that make me feel really beautiful and safe and protected, like having the luxury of shopping and finding a piece that I know will change my life.

It took so long to go from a girl who couldn’t even afford a draw to a girl who can afford one [splurge] item per year, like the Prada skirt. I needed something to feel confident, strong and intellectual. Prada really does that. It really changed my life. I had this skirt and everything was fine.

Prada mini skirt in double satin

Photo: Courtesy of Beverly Nguyen

I received my Contax T3 film camera as a really precious birthday gift for my 30th birthday. I love taking pictures. I have a collection of albums and I also make photo books for people. I was using an iPhone, so when I got the Contax I immediately started playing with it.

There’s a whole new culture when you pick up a new hobby. As someone who has always been part of the photographs, you may feel like you have to stay in your lane. But as a secondary hobby, you are not afraid of anything. You don’t care if you look naive. I don’t even understand when I’m supposed to use certain movies or anything about sizing. It freed me from all anxiety.

I buy my Maison Louis Marie perfume oil at Assembly New York, but discovered it in Paris. I wore it for ten years. Perfume stories are always so interesting. This [scent is] an extension of my personality. I always carry it in my bag. All my friends and everyone in my life is like, “Oh, it’s Beverly. It’s his smell.

Maison Louis Marie Antidris Blackcurrant Perfume Oil

Photo: Courtesy of Beverly Nguyen

My Sophie Buhai pearl necklace was a gift. I’m a, like, girl girl about jewelry. I like big jewelry. Oversized freshwater pearls are gigantic. I think it has something to do with the armor; it is protection. [Every time I wear it] it reminds me of who gave it to me, and it gives me an instant boost.

Baroque pearl necklace Sophie Buhai

Photo: Courtesy of Beverly Nguyen

I’ve been traveling for work and vacation for a long time, and always like to bring back something they can’t get on their own.

Stationery, or simply paper, is so romantic because it inspires people to write. I really like to send letters. It’s so thoughtful in such a simple way. In some cities, I try to find the oldest stationery. It’s so much fun to do that.

Sometimes they’re greeting cards with goats or cats on them, but they’re so soft and embroidered or printed and embossed in a good way, and I find that lovely.

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