Polyvore’s Most Stylish Employees Show Off Their Duds And Cool HQ!

[UPDATE: This story was originally published on November 9.]
Sure, we’ll admit to having a pretty-lengthy online browsing and shopping habit — as if this wasn’t apparent by our flurry of jam-packed roundups! And while the thrill of the hunt for us may be scouring pages and pages of e-tailers’ goodies, it can be somewhat dizzying to hone in on what we’re looking for in a snap. So, when Mountain View-based Polyvore came along, we knew it was a match made in shopping heaven.
The fashion-centric, search-engine-like site doesn’t just make it seamless to find garb on the web, but it also has a super-cute community, filled to the brim with lovingly crafted “sets” (a.k.a. shopable collages) created by users.
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Naturally, we couldn't wait to trek down to the South Bay to have the Polyvore gals show us around, flaunt their office-chic style, and give us the 411 on what it’s like working at the crossroads of fashion and tech. Start your engines, and let's go!
Photographed by Aeschleah DeMartino
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Ready to meet the lovely ladies of Polyvore and take a tour of the sleek HQ? Let's go!



Photographed by Aeschleah DeMartino
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Stylish sets on the wall as you enter the office!
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Name: Nadia Hussain
Department: Community
Hood: San Jose

Tell us exactly what you do at Polyvore.
"Our community is the very core of Polyvore and our team focuses on keeping a pulse on the conversations within the community and making sure our members know we care about them. My day can vary from emailing directly with users to writing a blog post about a product launch to brainstorming new community programs to writing an international consulate regarding a visa for a member to attend a Polyvore meet up. True story!"

What’s the most exciting thing about working at Polyvore?
"Working with an amazing, brilliant team and being inspired by such a positive and creative community of people from all over the world. There’s a lot of love here!"

How would you describe your style?
"Modern with an edgy twist. I love leather accents, hardware, asymmetrical cuts, and oversized pieces. I’m also the girl who insists on wearing fall fashion in the summer. Lucky for me, we keep the temperature kind of cool in the office."

Nadia lounging near the fan mail in a Theyskens' Theory sweater, Citizens of Humanity jeans, Forever 21 necklace, and Christian Louboutin booties.
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If you could buy any item from one of your current Polyvore sets what would it be?
"Definitely the blue velvet Chanel 'Boy' bag. I’m obsessed with the combination of lush velvet and edgy silver hardware. I dream about this little beauty."

What’s one item in your closet that gets the most mileage?
"My black and rose-gold Alexander Wang ‘Emile’ handbag. It’s as heavy as a brick, but it practically never leaves my side."

Nadia in her red-hot Louboutins!
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What’s the most inspirational story from one of your members?
"To say our community is awesome would be an understatement. Not only is it a great place to express your sense of style, it’s also like a family of positive, supportive individuals. Hearing from one of our members that Polyvore gave her a fresh sense of self-confidence really moved me. I believe every one of our community members has a special story, and to know that Polyvore is encouraging them to follow their dreams and that people are building meaningful relationships with one another on the site is the most inspirational thing ever."

What do you think is the most exciting part about the intersection of fashion and tech?
"It’s pretty cool that anyone with a passion for fashion can have a voice and be part of the conversation, regardless of where you live."

That sweater! We need!
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Tell us about some of the beautiful sets found on the office walls!
Nadia: "What better way to decorate our space than with the artwork of our amazing members? We have enlarged sets up from members all over the world, showcasing all the different layouts they create. One of my favorites happens to be on the wall right in front of my desk and is by member Mauriciofredes from Chile. He creates his sets with one item as the focal point and styles two different outfits around it. I wish I could own every outfit he’s created, they’re beautiful."
Chrystal: "Every set on our wall is so different. Our community is super talented and creative. We tried to represent all of the different people on our site. A set that stands out to me is a set from Golestaneh. She is a lawyer and fashion blogger who, after joining Polyvore, was inspired to open her own retail store in Germany. It’s pretty cool to follow her and see how she creates beautiful sets to promote her store."

What’s your go-to work outfit?
Chrystal: "They’re pretty different day to day. I usually wake up and pick the shoes I want to wear that day and go from there. Shoes have totally different personalities, so my outfits are my interpretation of what each shoe wants to be worn with."
Nadia: "Skinnies, pumps, and an oversized sweater. I keep it pretty simple."

Community love!
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Name: Chrystal Chan
Department: Community
Hood: San Mateo

Tell us exactly what you do at Polyvore.
"I work on our community team, which is focused on making sure Polyvore members always have someone to turn to with questions and help. We want everyone to know that we’re always listening and we care about them. On a day-to-day, I’m usually responding to messages from the community about any issues the members are experiencing. I’m also searching the site to make sure it’s a safe and happy community."

What’s the most exciting thing about working at Polyvore?
"I love how we’re working on a product that millions of people passionately use every day. It’s amazing to see how we’ve created an outlet for self-expression and communication between people. It never ceases to bring a smile to my face each time I hear about how Polyvore has touched a member’s life. It’s also been such an honor to meet some of our community members who have been on our site for years and have helped make Polyvore what it is today."

Chrystal looking ultra adorable in an H&M dress and Balenciaga boots.
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What’s one item in your closet that gets the most mileage?
"My Elizabeth and James knuckle ring. I know I couldn’t hurt a fly if my life depended on it, but the ring makes me feel like a badass."

If you were to make a set right now, what items would we find in it?
"Here’s the set I just created!"

How would you describe your style?
"I’m a chameleon, my style changes every day depending on my mood and the weather. I’m a sucker for things I haven’t seen before. I’m currently in love with cool textures and patterns. I also adore a mix of feminine looks with tough accents. My style is kind of all over the place."

A close up of those swoon-worthy Balenciaga shoes.
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What’s the most inspirational story from one of your members?
"One of our members had lost her father and she told me that she couldn’t have gotten through it without the support of the Polyvore community. It’s crazy that people you have never met can help someone get through such a difficult time in their life. Our community continues to surprise me every day with how positive and kind everyone is."

If you weren’t at Polyvore, what would you be doing?
"I love working with people and being in a position to help others. If I weren’t already working with another lively community, I’d probably be trying to bring people together through common interests and goals. In my spare time, I’d definitely be making Polyvore sets and trying to get cool ideas from existing ones."

Smiles!
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Where can we find you on your off time?
"If I’m not relaxing in bed watching movies, I’m probably out and about in the city with one of my three dogs. During the winter months, there’s also a pretty good chance you’ll find me looking for or carving up fresh snow."

A ping-pong table? What more do you need!
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Name: Eugenia Chien
Department: Marketing
Hood: Lower Pacific Heights

Tell us exactly what you do at Polyvore.
"I create and manage programs for bloggers who are on Polyvore. This ranges from making sure we have the right product features for bloggers to creating sponsored opportunities between bloggers and brands. As a blogger myself, I couldn’t imagine a better job."

What’s the most exciting thing about working at Polyvore?
"The most exciting part of my job is supporting the blogging community by creating new channels and opportunities for their content. I love being a part of a new-media model and working with bloggers who are as entrepreneurial as they are stylish! "

Eugenia kicks it next to the Polyvore cooler in an Armani Exchange top, thrifted jacket, H&M skirt, Nine West shoes, and a Lauren Wolf ring.
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How would you describe your style?
"I love minimalist, but feminine pieces. But I also grew up in the '90s, so most of the time when I get dressed, I’m thinking, 'What goes with motorcycle boots?'"

What’s one item in your closet that gets the most mileage?
"My black patent-leather platform pumps. They instantly dress up any outfit and make me feel tall and polished."

If you could buy any item from one of your current Polyvore sets what would it be?
"I’m coveting this beautiful Helmut Lang leather jacket — it would be my very first leather jacket!"

Eugenia sipping and showing off her cool accessories!
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What do you think is the most exciting part about the intersection of fashion and tech?
"I love that the intersection of fashion and technology offers a lot of entrepreneurial opportunities for creative people."

What are some memorable or funny moments from around the office?
"Recently, we decided to prank our CEO, Jess Lee, on her birthday by dressing like her. Jess is known for wearing cut-out shirts and skinny black jeans. All day she kept complimenting us on our outfits without realizing that we were copying her style. She finally realized what we were doing when our founder, Pasha Sadri, walked into the cafeteria wearing a black Polyvore t-shirt with cut-out shoulders and a big cut-out back!"

Where can we find you on your off time?
"On my off time you’ll find me … blogging! I run a blog called Muni Diaries where transit riders in San Francisco submit stories and photos about life on the bus. My friends Jeff Hunt, Tara Ramroop Hunt, and I run the site and organize live spoken-word shows where people come up on stage to tell their Muni stories. It’s a lot of fun — anything can happen on the bus!"

Blacked out!
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What’s the most inspirational story from one of your members?
"When I started working at Polyvore, I found out that Julie Sarinana of the blog Sincerely Jules had been a Polyvore member for years. She’s been using the site as a creative outlet and inspiration. It’s really cool to see her success as a stylist, blogger, and designer now."

We're digging this collection of goodies on this quirky desk!
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Name: Emily Craig
Department: Editorial and Design
Hood: Mission

Tell us exactly what you do at Polyvore.
"When I first started at Polyvore, I worked on building out the branding for the company. I was working on everything from business cards to office signage and our monthly Polyvore Intelligence Report. A few months into the job, I began working on an ad-hoc editorial project with Nadia and Jess Lee. A year later, we have a whole editorial team! Now I spend my time working with the editorial team to design sets for our guest-editor program, contests, and other editorial features."

What’s the most exciting thing about working at Polyvore?
"One of the great things about working at Polyvore — besides the free lunch and never-ending snacks — is the collaborative environment across teams. I get to work with amazing engineers, writers, and front-end designers every day! But it’s not just my fellow employees that make Polyvore a great place to work, it’s the community of dedicated and talented members of Polyvore that inspire me every day. I read their stories, look at their amazing sets, and spend time working on things that will delight and inspire them."

Emily looking pretty and pattern-y in a Roberta Freyman dress and thrifted jewelry.
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What’s one item in your closet that gets the most mileage?
"I have a pair of brown leather ankle boots that I bought from Urban Outfitters about two years ago. I’ve gone through the soles three times, but still can’t part with them."

If you were to make a set right now, what items would we find in it?
"I just made a set! I’m a huge fan of Acne, so I included a pair of black boots and a long-sleeve shirt from the Swedish brand. I also have fallen in love with the sister design team behind Dannijo and their playful approach to jewelry design. Finally, I’ve added a copy of The Gentlewoman, which is a stunning biannual magazine that highlights art, fashion, and personal style."

Pop of lip!
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If you weren’t at Polyvore, what would you be doing?
"Before I worked at Polyvore, I worked at Chronicle Books as a publishing design fellow and then designer in the marketing and communications department. I will always be interested in publishing and the tactile book. I try to align my working life with my creative life so that the eight-plus hours I spend at work fulfill my creative needs. Some interests that I would like to pursue include processing, more interactive and motion design, and more collaborative projects with my friends."

What do you think is the most exciting part about the intersection of fashion and tech?
"One of Polyvore’s goals is to democratize fashion. Polyvore not only provides a platform to make fashion, art, and design more accessible, but it also harnesses the power of our community to identify the latest trends and to take the collective pulse of what consumers are interested in. Polyvore makes fashion less exclusive and empowers our members to express themselves creatively."

Emily hanging out by one of Polyvore's many plants!
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Where can we find you on your off time?
"I end up spending a lot of time with my family since I grew up here. We go to El Metate at least once a week because it’s right near my house. I recommend the carnitas. In terms of night life, you might find me at the Knockout for Debaser or Booty Basement, Makeout Room for DJ Purple’s karaoke night, Dear Mom for the pop-up kitchen, or Jay’n Bee Club to watch baseball. I’m a sucker for a well-designed book or magazine, so I try to visit Ooga Booga’s pop-up shop at the Kadist Art Foundation, The Booksmith, or William Sout Books as much as my wallet will allow. Finally, I try to visit my alma mater, California College of the Arts, as much as possible. They have outstanding exhibits at the Wattis gallery and great lectures!

Paper planes!
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Name: Lacey Gattis
Department: Editorial
Hood: Mission

Tell us exactly what you do at Polyvore.
"Being Polyvore’s editor is unique because we’re a social network, so a lot of my day involves finding new trends and curating. I’m the one you’re talking to on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest, too. I also get to interview designers and other fashion peeps, which is a dream come true."

What’s the most exciting thing about working at Polyvore?
"I love seeing trends begin and finding out which pieces from collections are going to be big. So much comes out of Fashion Week, but the style community really decides what makes the cut."

How would you describe your style?
"I think my fashion consciousness was born while watching Catherine Deneuve in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg when I was three or four. I covet everything about that look — the perfectly teased bouffant, the flick of eyeliner, the delicious little confections she wore … I could just live in it."

Lacey looking charming in a collared dress from Therapy, a Zara cuff, and Pour La Victorie boots.
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What are some memorable or funny moments from around the office?
"Polyween 2012 was pretty epic! The editorial team stole all the office plants to create a faux Jurassic Park in one of the conference rooms, and yours truly won the prize for scariest costume. I was trying to be a saber-tooth cat, but someone — I’m looking at you, Cheryl — kept insisting that I was a walrus. At least I have my trophy."

Where can we find you on your off time?
"I’m hopelessly devoted to the Saturday-morning market at the Ferry Building, the Moss Room, the faux rainforest in the Academy of Sciences, my Kindle Paperwhite, and Bad Movie Night at The Dark Room!"

Hanging out with some stuffed pals!

Photographed by Aeschleah DeMartino
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