**This post was written as part of my collaboration with eBay**
My dad inspired me to start Grechen’s Closet, and came up with the tagline : “it’s not you, it’s your closet” – he is an entrepreneur (he had a tennis shop in our house growing up, and he still strings racquets today) and the best at what he does; I aspire to be the best at what I do because of him.
My dad loves photography, and was/is always taking pictures. I never really caught on, until now, but I remember trips to Colonial Photo & Hobby as a kid, looking at cameras, photography equipment, and posing for photos all around town. We used to go out for photoshoots as kids with my dad. No wonder I’m so good at posing for outfit photos…!
My dad took me to my first concert: Foreigner/Night Ranger in 1986. I have a photo to prove it. He also used to take us fishing out on his inflatable pontoon boat, a la Jacques Cousteau.
My dad nurtured my love of fashion and style. I may have grown out of wearing color, but I appreciate individual style because of my dad (he loves his crazy socks!). We were always trying to stay up to date on the latest fashions, as you can probably tell from the photos. The first photo was taken back when skate shoes were FIRST popular, in the mid-80’s. It’s hard to see, but I’m wearing a pair of Van-type sneakers, and they were ripped to shreds because I wore them constantly. I also have a mullet.
In the second picture, you’ll notice the pink sweater, oversized, of course, as was popular in the later half of the 80’s, and the blue stripes on my socks match my earrings. Oh yes. I was subtle, but still deliberate.
In the third picture, I’m proudly wearing my Night Ranger sweatshirt (who cared about Foreigner in 1986?), which could quite possibly have been where my firmly entrenched love of sweatshirts came from. I wish I had it today.
My dad is one of the most amazing men I have ever known. Not only because of his impact on me and my life today, but because of who he is: a father, husband, entrepreneur, photographer, tennis racquet-stringer, grandfather, shopper, lover of good food, and overall enjoy-er of LIFE.
And it is because of him that I do what I do today. Thanks, daddy.
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I’d love to hear about your dad!