Meg Kazukynas

Meg Kazukynas out for a walk near Yale's new School of Management building. (Alison Geisler / March 20, 2014)

Meg Kazukynas, a New Havener and local business owner, caught our eye while out for an evening walk near the Peabody Museum on Whitney Avenue. We caught up with her to ask her about her skirt and her boots, which it turns out are a favorite wardrobe staple of hers.

CTNow: How would you describe your style?

MK: My style certainly varies but the majority of the time I'd say it's "Southern inspired." Lots of plaid, denim, seersucker, lace, and cowboy boots with every outfit.

CTNow: Where do you buy your clothes?

MK: I wear a lot of clothing that I get from the independent designers that I work with. Since opening a shop that exclusively sells clothing made in the U.S. and Canada, I have a really hard time buying clothing that is not locally made. This winter I added to my sweater collection by shopping at the Salvation Army so I could at least reuse what is already here.

CTNow: What do you look for when shopping for new pieces to add to your wardrobe?

MK: Something I can get a lot of use out of. I'd much rather spend a bit of money on a quality handmade item that I know I'll wear over and over.

CTNow: What is your most prized piece of clothing?

MK: My Frye cowboy boots! Anyone who knows me knows that I have a serious admiration for the South. I lived in Charleston, S.C. for a while and I miss it every day. Wearing my cowboy boots helps keep a little bit of the South close to me. The first day I got these boots was the last day I wore high heels! I do everything in them from digging in my garden to dancing at weddings.

CTNow: How are you keeping fashionably warm this winter?

MK: I'm wrapping up in some gorgeous handmade scarves I've received as gifts this winter. One is a beautifully knit scarf that was locally made in Connecticut and the other is a plaid scarf my sister made me for Christmas.

CTNow: What are you looking forward to wearing once it warms up?

MK: I have a dress made by Fischer Clothing (from Brooklyn, N.Y.) that I basically wear once a week when it's warm enough. It's so comfortable and it's one of those dresses that isn't super fancy but makes me feel really beautiful when I wear it. One of the things I love about wearing clothing from small independent designers is I know I will (probably) never run into anyone else wearing the same dress!