clos-ette case: Tuleste Market's Satu & Celeste Greenberg

Posted on October 23, 2012 by Melanie Charlton

As the designers behind Tuleste Market, sister act Satu and Celeste Greenberg have mastered the art of the unexpected. Their jewelry collection, after all, boasts a singular mix of vintage glam and modern moxie (see: oversized star earrings; gold rosette chokers).  It’s not the same-old, same-old –and neither is their distinctive style. The native Californians –who cop to a thrift store habit dating back to high school –are known to pair dollar-bin finds with Dior and hoard accessories from by-gone eras. Here, they open up their closet doors and chat packrat problems, Courrèges collections, and more. 

clos-ette case: Tuleste Market's Satu & Celeste Greenberg

How would you describe your personal style?

Satu Greenberg: Granny chic. I love raiding older women’s closets, finding things that I can wear, and mixing it in with current accessories to make them look modern.

Celeste Greenberg: I would say moody and effortless. I get in certain moods and I want to wear a certain thing for a couple of weeks, then I’ll think of something else and I’m on to the next thing.

What’s your daily workday uniform?

SG: I wish I could dress in a uniform, because life would be so much easier! I rarely wear the same outfit twice, and I really like to mix things up depending on my mood. So one day I might be wearing a girly, floral dress with braids in my hair, and the next day a head-to-toe black pantsuit.

CG: For me, it really depends. I will go through phases of wearing one thing for four days straight, and then it will be put away –never to be seen again.

shoe collection on shoe racks

What are the most cherished items in your wardrobe?

SG: Any vintage Courrèges that I have. I have a lot of vintage Courrèges leather jackets and handbags, and they come in amazing colors, like baby blue and bright orange. They just make me happy every time I see them in the closet. Any Pierre Hardy shoe as well. Neither will go out of style, and they look like little pieces of art sitting in my closet.

CG: My cherished items can go anywhere from designer to something I found in a thrift store 20 years ago. I get very sentimental about clothing and accessories. It doesn’t have to be something expensive –it can be beautiful things people give you as a gift, or little things you found yourself over the years that remind you of certain things.

SG: And we both have the glitter Miu Miu loafers. I think those are cherished items for both of us.  

Would you consider yourself packrats?

CG: I’m definitely more of the packrat, but then when it comes down to us getting rid of stuff, I’ll be like, ‘I’m so over that,’ and Satu’s like, ‘no, we need to keep it!’ We go back and forth – it’s hard for us to get rid of stuff.

SG: It’s a major problem. We basically live in a walk-in closet. And we have a storage space.

What do you collect?

SG: We’re total suckers for vintage anything –shoes, belts, hats, sunglasses. Even if they don’t fit, we still by them, because if the design strikes us as unique, we use it for reference.

Tuleste Market interlocking star necklace

Whose closet would you like to raid?

SG: Irene Albright –she basically has the mecca of all closets. She owns the Albright Fashion Library in New York. It’s basically 7,000 square feet of clothing heaven –it’s like every designer you can imagine, and she’s collected for over thirty years. Every time I see that space, I just bow down to her.

CG: And I’d want to raid Brigitte Bardot’s closet from 1978. 

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