Iris Apfel Does NOT Like What You're Doing At Home

Photo: REX USA.
It's impossible to count the ways we love Iris. From her giant bangles to her purple hair, we're understandably smitten. And, after her latest interview, we've fallen even harder.

Speaking with The New York Times about her new documentary, Iris, Apfel candidly dished on clutter and how it's her M.O.: "I love clutter. I think being totally minimal shows a lack of history and soul, and I find it sort of pitiful. I think it’s wonderful to have stuff and live with memories and things you enjoy." To that we say, amen. With all the pressure to purge of late, it's refreshing to hear her firm support of "stuff." And, surprisingly, she makes the point that one's items ought to be storied — the same sentiment as organizer and purging expert Marie Kondo, whose book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, spurred on the national passion for purging.

But, in this interview, Iris reminds us that it's okay to have a lot of stuff. Owner of BKLYN Dry Goods Jahn Hall recently shared his admiration for the style icon and how she's inspired him to start an heirloom story with a piece from her One Kings Lane sale. For Hall's sweet homage to her (and some incentive to collect), click here.

More from Home


R29 Original Series