Charles Street boutique Holiday has racks of fashionable finds, but the most stylish thing in the store might just be manager Damon Bassford, who also designs his own jewelry. “So many things inspire my look, including shape, color and texture, but most of all, my undying love of jewelry,” says Bassford, who can frequently be found in layered necklaces, stacks of bangles and a ring for every finger.
His look in a few words: It’s a mix of edgy/chic, gender-neutral finds enhanced by jewelry and accessories that inspire me on the daily.
Shopping philosophy: A piece has to instantly sing to me, not just merely hum. I am always on the lookout for new jewelry treasures that sing to me, especially during my travels. Being a jeweler myself, a lot of the pieces I wear are ones that I’ve created and didn’t have the heart to part with.
Fashion regrets: Sometimes I’ll look through my collection and think to myself, “What in gay hell were you thinking?!” Ha! When that happens I simply let the piece sashay away.
Words of wisdom: I always have a favorite quote running through my head from Gabrielle Chanel: “La mode se démode, le style jamais.” “Fashion changes, style remains.”
How people respond to his look: I’d say they react bewildered, befuddled, bemused, but always intrigued and hopefully even a little inspired.