maven46 meets: Michelle Moldinger Emery

The Stockholm based Fashion Buyer shares all

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Words by Síomha Connolly
November 29th, 2016

Michelle Moldinger Emery lives in Stockholm and works in H&M’s Head Office as a Fashion Buyer. We chatted to Michelle about her lifelong passion for fashion, her endless travels and the key pieces she’s wearing this season.

On her 9-5…
Either I spend a lot of time in front of the computer communicating with our offices located worldwide or in meetings regarding our collections.
We also receive samples daily by post so these we check and do fitting on, talk about upcoming trends and colours.

On getting into fashion buying…
I always knew that I would work with fashion somehow from an early age. I used to bore my grandparents by frequently inviting them to my personal “fashion shows” which would mean me walking up and down the living room in different outfits for hours while they were applauding. Poor things. I didn’t have the patience to become a designer so I ended up being a buyer instead.

On the highlights of her job…
That I work with what I love the most; fashion. And my fantastic colleagues, the dream team.
I also love travelling and I am very fortunate to be able to do that within my work.

On great career advice…
“But first… Coffee.”

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On this Winter’s top items of clothing…
Right now I am into finding an oversized padded jacket that is still stylish to survive this winter. Every season I also tend to stock up on a bunch of new cosy sweaters, preferably oversized and fluffy. I want to layer it with shiny materials, wide legs and faux fur.

On favourite shopping destinations…
There are many… ZARA, Acne, Ganni, vintage shops, H&M of course. I love browsing on the internet to find new brands and I also do a lot of my shopping when travelling. For inspiration I love Stella McCartney and the way she coordinates prints and colours.

On the three items of clothing she couldn’t live without…
A biker jacket, a pair of leather trousers and anything with an animal print on it. I also value my jewellery very highly and never leave my home without them.

On next season’s trends…
Right now I am dreaming of Valentino’s SS17 show. Give.It.To.Me.

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On the perfect day off…
If I stay in town I love to have a sleep-in with a long breakfast in bed. After that I usually workout and then me and my boyfriend take a long walk into town where we might end up shopping for things we shouldn’t and finish the day with some spontaneous Cava and pinchos at our favourite hangout. For dinner, we hopefully have some friends over. We eat and talk for hours. We might end up dancing in our living room as well.
We also try to take the opportunity to go to the country house as much as we can during the weekend and then it’s all about my boyfriend’s parent’s dogs. I LOVE dogs and these two are our sweethearts. If I could I would have an unlimited number of dogs!

On her favourite travel destinations…
I totally love airports! Because when I’m there I know I am going somewhere and for me that is one of my favourite feelings; being “on-the-road”. I always tend to say, “I want to move here” whenever I travel, wherever I travel.
I love seeing new places but some I just never get tired of. I always need my dose of NYC every year, I love long weekends in Barcelona, I could travel to London just to visit Topshop and a place that is very close geographically but still quite different compared to the city I live in is Copenhagen. The perfect place for a last-minute escape. I also visited Rome and Amalfi this summer- if you haven’t been there you need to go. Super romantic and everything looks like a postcard.

On travel essentials…
Water, magazines and green Pringles.

On dream living locations…
I always tend to say that I was born in the wrong country. Mainly because I prefer to be hot rather than cold and Sweden is not really known for its tropical climate.
I do love the shift in seasons which lets you dress differently throughout the year but they need to be more even. I used to live in the USA when I was a child and would really love to have the opportunity to do so again one day, in NYC or LA. Otherwise, I am very open minded about living in a lot of different places and adjusting, for every city I have a new business idea.

All images are taken from Michelle’s Instagram page @michellemoldingeremery which you can follow to keep up to date with the latest fashion and even get a sneak peek at some of H&M’s newest releases.