In my sock drawer, I’ve got a pair of peach socks that my mom bought me in sixth grade. I sported them during my first concert – Milli Vanilli. Every day I wear a ring that was my grandmother’s. She used to slip it off her finger when we would bake together. And the black Doc Martens I wore as an angsty teen are now front and center in my closet.

I’m not overly sentimental. Nor am I a hoarder. I just feel a strong connection to the memories that accompany clothing. Which is why I started Worn Stories.

A little bit more about me:
Currently, I am the creator and writer of Threaded, the Smithsonian’s only fashion history blog. For six years, I was the Executive Director of Shop Well with You, a New York-based national not-for-profit organization I founded which helps women with cancer improve their body-image and quality of life by using their clothing as a wellness tool. Since 2007, I have collected stories about clothing and memory from eBay posts for a website I curate, Sentimental Value. I’ve also hosted creative writing workshops at Philadelphia’s Institute of Contemporary Art and The First Person Arts Festival using clothing as a trigger for personal narratives.

Worn Stories will be published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2014.

– Emily Spivack