Our series Girls, Girls, Girls returns with photographer Katie McCurdy, this week visiting the Brooklyn apartment of Hannah Metz, a Canadian-born lingerie designer, and co-owner of the west coast vintage store, The Loved One.
With an ever-charming sense of style, Hannah describes herself as a "sometimes photographer, a wrapper of cookies, and a washer of dishes", so we decided to check out her home, with her two cats, to find out more.
Can you tell me more about your lingerie line, and your Pasadena-based vintage store, The Loved One?
I can only take half the credit for the lingerie designs and the shop as I co-own it with Elvia Lahman. Our designs are often inspired by the vintage lingerie pieces we come across on our buying trips, and by the B movies we've named the garments after. We stock our store and online shop with vintage pieces from the teens to the nineties, whatever catches our fancy. Typically, we will curate themed collections for each season. In the fall we had a large collection of animal printed garments ranging from cats to moths — right now we're working on a collection of ballerina style items for spring!
Do you tend to work from home?
While I love working from home, the distractions can be too much for me, such as my two kitties and the temptation to procrastinate. I'm a bit of a work nomad, as I haven't got an office of my own at the moment, so some work is done at home, and some elsewhere, in various coffee shops and parks around town.
What's it like managing a store on the other side of the country?
It really is the worst. I knew it would be hard when we opened the shop, but it is torturous visiting there for such brief periods, and being in absolute heaven, and then having to leave. I have loved living in New York for the past four years, and I can't imagine ever moving back west, but it really does feel sometimes like I've left my heart in The Loved One. I am eagerly anticipating the day I feel all those wonderful feelings about a project here.
What is your favorite thing to do during your downtime?
Go to the movies, hike and eat a lot a lot of cheese — all kinds! Pretty much anything I test at the Bedford Cheese Shop comes home with me.
You seem to have a lot of plants, are you a green thumb?
I wish I was more of one, really! I've been a horrible plant mum this year with all the travel I've done. They are all in desperate need of fertilizer. I'm going to try and be better though, starting right now.
Read any good books lately?
I'm reading an incredible book right now on the history of homes by Bill Bryson, called "At Home".