Stashed behind downtown Phoenix's panoramic skyline and collection of neighborhood hideaways, sits Metro Retro, the modern furniture and accessories shop for the evocative soul.
Owner, Heidi Abrahamson, is responsible for her store's nostalgic ambiance and constructive fashion, suitable for any on-the-go, working woman. Her resume includes a modeling career, jewelry design, and an avant-garde artistic point of view. She describes her style to be classic, yet comfortable.
What are you wearing right now? Tan, thin Wale corduroys, black riding boots, a thin black cashmere sweater and a big, bulky Missoni (not from Target) sweater, and black Chanel silk scarf.
What's the last item of clothing you purchased? I got a nice light-gray long, thin wool cardigan and a thin wool black sweater by Eileen Fisher at Last Chance.
What sort of fashion do you create? As far as the jewelry goes that I make, it's clean, modern, Scandinavian-inspired.
What's the last thing you designed? Right now I'm getting ready for another opening at Flow Modern Design Gallery in Palm Springs in February during Palm Springs' Modernism Week, so, I'm working on several things at once. Today, I will finish a sterling silver women's ring that has a "wood grain", and an onyx and Tahitian pearl pendant.
What's the favorite thing you've ever designed? A ring with coral and a 12 millimeter pearl. Also, a sterling brutalistic pendant with 18kt gold. Can you tell me a little bit about your own style? I like classic things that won't go out of style. A good jacket, scarf, little black dress. Changing accessories with basic pieces goes a long way. If you buy a good, investment piece of clothing, it will last a lifetime and will always look good. Trendy things fall by the wayside and you can waste money.
What's your favorite item of clothing in your closet? Do I have to name just one? I can't. I love what I have. To keep up with the times, I put things together a little differently to keep current. I love vintage. I have a pair of 1940s jodhpurs that are dear to me. I have a Peppernell late 1930s chambray shirt that my husband Douglas found that I adore. My favorite thing, I suppose, is a simple black dress that I have, an Yves St. Laurent simple back dress from Vintage Fashion, Inc. that I can make look different every time I wear it.
What's a fashion trend you can't stand? UGG boots, pajama pants ... I don't know really one specific thing, but I do think people could dress better. You really don't have to spend money to look good. I hardly ever, and I could probably count on one hand the times I've spent full retail. I am inspired when I look at fashion magazines. I study them from beginning to end. I then look at my pieces, then go from there. Like I said, put things together a little differently to make it current.
Give us a childhood memory of you and your clothes... More like me and my mother's clothes! When I was home by myself, I would try on her clothes and jewelry.
What do you like to accessorize with? Jewelry. I love my scarves. I worked at Hermes in the early '80s and started collecting scarves then. I have three drawers full of scarves, all kinds.
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Name five items every woman should have in their closet.... 1. A classic little black dress. 2. A good blazer. 3. Nice flats. 4. A silk scarf. 5. A classic handbag.
What's your piece of fashion advice for Phoenix? Study your fashion magazines. Look in the mirror before you leave the house. Keep it simple, polished.
Catch Abrahamson's style in person at Phoenix Metro Retro, 708 W. Hazelwood St., in central Phoenix.