I met Sophia last year, when she sent us a picture of herself performing in a Paper People Clothing dress similar to the one she is modeling here. We chatted a bit through Facebook several times about various things and just got to know each other through there. She told me how much she LOVES Fresh Collective, and how she has bought a lot from us over the years, and it just seemed a natural match to feature her as a Style Profile model, especially given the launch of her tour! Make sure you check out this lovely lady at a gig near you soon!
– Laura-Jean Bernhardson, CEO and founder of Fresh Collective
Name: Sophia Perlman
Occupation: Singer, musician, teacher and creative co-consipriator
Lifestyle: Always on an adventure of some kind.
What’s a typical day like for you? A typical day means that it wasn’t anything like any other day I’ve had, and will probably not be like any other day to follow! Some days I’m performing, other days I’m teaching (everything from Kindergarten to College), or living my double life as my own booking agent/manager/publicist. Rare days are the ones where I get to hide out at home and practice or work on my songwriting – when the weather’s nice, I’ll take Tallulah – my precious junk-shop rescue accordion out and find somewhere outside to sing and practice (which I think my neighbour upstairs much prefers to my staying home!). Most days will be a combination of some or all of the above. I have a hard time keeping still at the best of times. Luckily my husband Adrean, who is also a musician, is really grounded and patient and into doing things one at a time. He helps me remember to slow down and keeps me grounded!
What in your life is really important to you? Music has woven its way into all the other most important things in my life: 8 years ago I met a wonderful pianist at the late night jam at the Toronto Jazz Festival, and last week (by the time this is published), we celebrated our five year wedding anniversary. I met my BFF passing like ships in the night through various clubs and bands in the city, and now we’re heading off to see the world with our new band. Music has always somehow brought me to the people, places and things I needed most in my life, and I owe a lot to my parents and grandparents who found the time and resources to make sure I had the opportunity to discover it, and I’m drawn to finding ways to helping other people find their own musical voice – especially people who through circumstances, or resources or fear don’t think they can. I also come from a long line of people who believed in community, and helping others, and I am always inspired by the myriad of little ways that ordinary people find to make a positive difference in the world.
What would you like to be remembered for? For being a loving, compassionate, person, whose humble abilities as a musician help people to overlook, in some small way, my eccentricities!
What role does fashion play in your life? My closet as a child was very much divided in two – the collection of practical, durable, every day clothes, acquired (often from the second hand shops in our hometown of 1980’s Kensington) with the intention of being able to pass them on to the succession of little brothers that followed, and beautiful, extravagant and totally impractical dresses, bought for me by my two adoring grandmothers – which I loved, but which only ever got worn once or twice before they were outgrown. My parents raised me with a pretty utilitarian view of clothing, and what was the point of a pretty dress if you were going to paint, or inevitably end up in the mud, or sprawled on the grass in the park or riding your bike a long distance. And plus, frankly, the pretty dresses always had some little foible – they were hot. They’d get wrinkled sitting on the streetcar. They itched.
For the bulk of my teenage years and 20’s, fashion was more of a stress than a joy – the girl who could hardly remember to run a hairbrush through her hair in the morning was onstage in front of people and having to think about how to put herself together. And I still had the same problem with the pretty dresses – anything that looked right onstage at a club wasn’t right for sitting on the floor or hopping like a bunny in music class with little children. Anything I wasn’t going to wear right away had to be able to travel in my backpack all day and still come out looking like it hadn’t. I have been told, since my first real attempt at 18, that I look like a baby giraffe in high heels. And I still hate wearing anything itchy!
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What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective? It was heat-wave July a couple of years ago, and I was walking up Roncesvalles feeling bummed that someone had figured out that the dress I was wearing onstage the night before “must be your favourite – I’ve seen you wear it a bunch of times”. I’m not sure exactly what brought me inside, instead of pressing my nose to the glass like I usually did; I’m certain it’s because on a rack near the change rooms there was a red and black Paper People Clothing Scarf Dress that was screaming my name as loud as it could. The top half was black (which, admittedly, I like) and felt like pyjamas. The bottom half was the most beautiful array of red and black silk, and could be transformed any which way. It was equal parts punk and aristocracy, and it was love at first sight. That dress (and the little collection of wonderful pieces by Fresh Baked Goods and Mandala I have acquired since then) have traveled across the country with me twice now, and come rolling out of my suitcase looking far less travel worn than I. Any time I’m in the store, I love looking at the wall of pictures of the designers behind the register, and feeling like I’m wearing something that was made by someone with as much love and passion for their craft as I have for mine.
What are you up to these days? This summer has been all about the new adventure of starting a band with my best friend Terra Hazelton. We’re called PERLHAZE (www.perlhaze.com) and our little EP of special home recordings, Pleased To Meet You is available online at http://perlhaze.bandcamp.com – it’s helping us fund our first little tour. At least it was supposed to be a little tour, until it turned into almost 7 weeks of driving through Alberta and BC and back. The day this publishes we’ll be settling onto the train where we’re entertaining passengers as far as Edmonton where our tour van is waiting. When we get back in September, I’m looking forward to some really fun shows at some of my favourite Toronto haunts like the Rex and the Reservoir Lounge, teaching at Mohawk College in Hamilton, starting as the new director of the We Are One Jazz Project’s children’s choir (www.weareonejazzproject.com) and spending some much needed time with Adrean and our two cats Elvin and Eloise!
Where can people find you on social media? Usually people can find me at: facebook.com/sophia.perlman or twitter.com/SophiaPerlman
but for the next seven weeks, I’m far more likely to be lurking at facebook.com/PerlHaze and twitter.com/PerlHaze