Q&A With: Decades' Christos Garkinos
Co-owner of acclaimed Hollywood consignment shop sounds off.
June 27, 2012
As the co-owner of Hollywood-based consignment shop, Decades, Christos Garkinos has been a highly influential figure on the LA fashion scene for over 12 years. Now with his new Bravo reality show (tentatively titled Decades) debuting late 2012, Garkinos is on his way to becoming a household name.
Along with business partner and Decades co-owner, Cameron Silver, Garkinos will be giving an up-close-and-personal look at the inner workings of the famed boutique and the bevy of stars they style. We chatted with Garkinos about fashion, the new show, and his love of the ‘90s.
You and Cameron Silver have run Decades together for over 12 years. What makes that partnership work?
CHRISTOS GARKINOS: We are definitely fashion’s odd couple. We approach things much differently. I’m like the mass guy and he’s like the one percent guy. We’re both very funny, hopefully. We both enjoy retail and meeting people and experiencing the crazy world we live in.
What’s are we going to see behind the scenes at Decades?
CG: I can’t give too much away but it’s a very rarified world of fashion that we live in—dressing people for the Oscars, running a business, having to source things. We make a joke that we have someone outside Cedars-Sinai to see if someone’s dying so we can get in their closet. It’s truly fashion-forward and [involves] storytelling; I don’t see our employees as sales people, I see them as storytellers.
What’s your most beloved decade of fashion?
CG: The ‘90s. I was working in London in the ‘90s and saw street style [come] to life, like when Kate Moss came out in her photo shoots with [stylist] Melanie Ward and the big influence of i-D magazine. It was also the Tom Ford era [as creative director] at YSL and Gucci he was very influential. The whole idea of grunge was set up by Marc Jacobs’ first collection, which was inspired from his time [as creative director] at Perry Ellis. And I love supermodels, and that’s when they were at their height. And another big thing was the Internet, where fashion became much more democratic.
How would you describe your personal style?
CG: I think sexy but accessible, like a guy you’d want to go out on a fourth date with.
You've seen a lot of trends come and go. What is one trend you love?
CG: I’ve always been a big proponent of color and think there’s been a post-New York influence of color. New York is known for being very dark with color and I feel designers have been thinking more about the rest of the world. People do wear a lot more color around the world.