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Q&A: Woman Behind the Business

ReFashioner's Kate Sekules

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Former professional boxer Kate Sekules could beat the tar out of us.

Which — as intimidating as that sounds — is not why we’re featuring her today. The brains behind ReFashioner (our favorite OG in the clothing swap website industry) is charming, irrepressibly British, and admirably fearless when it comes to constructing an outfit. When you meet Kate in real life, you get the sense she always has a trick up her sleeve (in addition to some killer bracelets).

But we’ve said too much. Below, her thoughts on New York, RuPaul, and all things fashion.

Name: Kate Sekules

Neighborhood: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

Occupation: ReFashioner founder, a.k.a. Chief of Fashion Police

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten in New York?
As a former travel ed at Food & Wine mag lucky enough to eat everything everywhere, that’s really hard. But lately, fried green tomato sandwich at genius local joint Seersucker.

Who’s the most stylish New Yorker living or dead, real or fictional?
Daphne Guinness, my pal Oberon Sinclair (come to think of it, they’re both from England), Katharine Hepburn (was she a New Yorker?). RuPaul. Definitely a New Yorker.

Weirdest thing you’ve seen on the subway?
More cute than weird: dude calling himself Orinink who sketched everyone and gave us the drawings.

What was the last movie you saw in a theater?
Skyfall. Very highbrow.

Which fictional character would you most like to hang out with?
The Marquise de Merteuil. Or Winnie the Pooh. Both together would be fun.

What designers make your heart beat faster?
Short list: Junya Watanabe! And Rei Kawakubo. Maria Cornejo. Phoebe Philo. Alber Elbaz. Dries van Noten. Ann Demeulemeester. McQueen.

Do you have any superstitions?
Never buy a house while Mercury is in retrograde.

Who was the last person you said “I love you” to?
My daughter, Beatrice. Just now.

Best way to bust out of a creative rut:
A magnum of Pol Roger.

What is your greatest fear?
Forever 21.

What is your favorite piece of clothing?
Ann Demeulemeester boots times two. And a Dries-ish black-and-white graphic floral silk tee from Topshop.

Who is your favorite rock star?
David Bowie, of course.

Want more Kate? Sign up for ReFashioner. Then buy her newly published memoir,
The Boxer’s Heart: A Woman Fighting, at amazon.com, $13. Check out our other favorite cool kids here.

Photo: Courtesy of Kate Sekules