Interview with Evelina Edens, Founding father of Put on Your Snacks


This text is a part of an interview sequence referred to as Women Who (Put on) Lunch, an exploration of the intersection of meals and vogue.

I’m a sucker for meals puns. However I’m not the one one.

When meals puns meet vogue, the intersection appears nearly common in its enchantment—who can resist a design that’s as intelligent as it’s appetizing? That’s the place Evelina Edens, self-proclaimed CSO or “Chief Snack Officer” of Put on Your Snacks, enters the chat. Her playful clothes and niknaks line took off in 2020 as an operation devoted solely to beaded food-themed jewellery that she made as a latest school grad dwelling along with her dad and mom and in search of one thing to maintain her busy.

Quick-forward a number of brief years and she or he’s expanded her choices to incorporate athleisure, socks, and my private favourite, meals pun shirts. All of this occurs after hours on prime of her full-time advertising job at Seed + Mill (should you haven’t had their halva, run, don’t stroll). I referred to as her as much as chat steadiness (or lack thereof), Bratwurst (my new favourite Put on Your Snacks t-shirt design), and naturally, allll her favourite bites.

This interview has been edited and condensed for readability.

Photograph by Molly Corrigan & James Needham

MADISON TRAPKIN: ​​Are you able to describe your superb lunch date? The place are you going? What are you consuming? What are you carrying? What’s your dream?

EVENLINA EDENS: Let’s examine, is that this in a great world the place cash and urge for food aren’t any object?

MT: Oh yeah, limitless urge for food and price range.

EE: I am like a giant French brasserie lady—I like a loud, bustling spot, like Pastis, Balthazar, or some kind of Lafayette-adjacent restaurant. I’d love to start out with a fats seafood tower, regardless of the largest possibility is, and I would most likely need to throw in some steak tartar simply to verify I’ve coated all of the uncooked meals teams. I dwell for a niçoise salad, in order that must be on the menu in some unspecified time in the future.

MT: We love a palate cleanser second.

EE: Yeah, get some greens in there. We’d want fries for the desk, after all, and non-negotiable aioli on the aspect. For the heavier stuff, I’d go together with steak frites, as a result of, extra French fries. I’d spherical it out with some chocolate mousse and possibly somewhat espresso to wake me again up after consuming sufficient meals to feed a small household.

Photograph by Evelina Edens

MT: What are you consuming?

EE: A unclean martini with gin, which is essential. On the dry aspect, possibly on the rocks. I do know individuals have very sturdy opinions about that, however I like somewhat ice in my martini. Possibly somewhat Champagne with the seafood tower.

MT: Would you put on an identical seafood tower costume?

EE: I feel it might be a requirement, sure, however I additionally wouldn’t be against a change of outfits mid-meal to accommodate somewhat bit more room for the remainder of the meals.

MT: Sure, possibly a Put on Your Snacks martini shirt within the largest dimension you make. Have you ever at all times recognized that meals would discover its manner into your profession?

EE: Undoubtedly. Ever since I used to be teeny tiny, I have been fixated on meals. I’d watch cooking reveals like Martha Stewart’s, and I used to be obsessed with Emeril as a four-year-old. I feel subconsciously I knew I’d go into meals in some capability, however I undoubtedly was on a hardcore artwork trajectory for some time and wished to be a graphic designer. I most likely would’ve ended up doing graphic design for a meals enterprise had I not leaned in direction of advertising, so yeah, I feel that was at all times part of the plan whether or not I knew it or not.

MT: Did you’ve gotten somebody near you rising up who was concerned in meals?

EE: None of my relations labored in meals formally, however our household likes to eat. That is our factor, it is at all times a operating joke that each meal we have now collectively, we’re simply planning our subsequent meal.

MT: Are you able to inform me the Put on Your Snacks origin story?

EE: For positive. I graduated within the well-known 12 months that was 2020, so I used to be residence for the final three months of school. I did a number of hanging out with my dad and mom and as quickly as I graduated in Could, I used to be like, “All proper, I must do one thing to fill my time or I’ll go loopy.” I should have seen somebody carrying a letter bracelet on Instagram and was like, “Oh, it would be enjoyable to make meals ones.” I figured possibly a number of associates would purchase them if I bought them on Instagram, which they did, however associates would inform associates and unexpectedly I had a foolish little enterprise. Now, my fingers really feel loopy on a regular basis from beading.

MT: Yeah, that work is so intricate and you continue to do all of it your self, proper?

EE: Yeah, I do, which is why I’ve restricted the quantity of beaded stuff I’ll make. It’s additionally why I pivoted to food-themed clothes. I discovered so much actually rapidly about how you can construct out an internet site and do my very own advertising, on prime of designing and making the merchandise.

MT: Now you’ve gotten a fairly substantial following, and I’m positive you’ve gotten far more than simply your folks shopping for your stuff. You’ve transitioned to clothes, clearly to avoid wasting your fingers, however was this at all times the objective for Put on Your Snacks?

EE: I undoubtedly began with none kind of plan and had zero expectations that it might grow to be something. It has been very versatile and aimless. I’ve had a number of massive concepts that I have never essentially had the capability to comply with by means of on, however it’s enjoyable and I am at a stage the place it’s totally manageable. I am about to type of dive again into performing some extra designs and extra model collaborations, plus I have been having a number of enjoyable working with a few small retailers.

I did a extremely enjoyable popup at this wonderful classic store in Nantucket referred to as Present Classic—it is half classic store, half wine and cheese store, so I did a popup and wine tasting there. I wore my seafood tower costume, after all. It was so enjoyable to get to satisfy individuals and see my merchandise in an precise retailer! It made me really feel like all of the bins of socks in my room that take up a lot area are literally value it. My bed room may appear like a warehouse, however that is okay.

MT: What was the primary piece that you just designed?

EE: The primary one I designed was an anchovy necklace, which may be very on model. It had main colour blocking and the phrase “anchovy” with little gold beads in between.

MT: It sounds very cute and I do not even like anchovies. Are you able to discuss to me somewhat bit extra about your garments? The place do the unbelievable meals pun designs come from?

EE: Across the identical time that I began my enterprise, my now-roommate Kate Snyder was additionally dwelling along with her household and she or he began an internet retailer referred to as Backside Drawer. She was making humorous t-shirts and had wonderful designs, just like the Timothee Chardonnay, the Decide Your Poisson, and the Bratwurst. Since we dwell collectively now and she or he’s tremendous busy along with her day job, we determined to hitch forces and promote them on Put on Your Snacks as a result of they’re very a lot my vibe.

Photograph by Molly Corrigan & James Needham

Photograph by Molly Corrigan & James Needham

MT: What are a few of your prime sellers?

EE: The Spaghetti Western tee is persistently vendor for positive, and so are the olive socks and the pickle socks. So far as beaded stuff goes, the pickles have been the largest by far. Pippa Allen, or @allpurposepippa on TikTok, ordered a pickle necklace, posted it in a TikTok, and tagged me. I actually needed to shut down my web site final July or August as a result of I obtained so many orders for pickle necklaces from her.

MT: What number of pickle necklaces are we speaking?

EE: I bought 80 pickle necklaces.

MT: How lengthy did it take you to make every necklace?

EE: By the tip it was most likely like seven or eight minutes, so not too dangerous.

MT: If we’re saying 10 minutes to be somewhat beneficiant, that is…800 minutes. That is so many podcasts!

EE: I feel I listened to all of Armchair Knowledgeable for positive. All of Conan O’Brien’s podcast. All of Search Remedy. All of Las Culturistas. So many podcasts.

MT: Plenty of your merchandise—particularly whenever you had been doing the beaded stuff—function substances and dishes which can be both ultra-specific or very generic, from truffle salt to toast. The place do these come from?

EE: Once I first began, I got here up with every little thing myself, however as soon as individuals began ordering customized issues I simply did not have time to consider my very own. It was similar to regardless of the individuals wished, they had been getting, they usually had been actually overlaying a number of floor.

MT: So the customized initiatives grew to become the prototypes for what you’d promote in your website?

EE: Yeah, precisely. And so far as t-shirt designs and stuff, it is principally the bizarre area of interest issues that I am obsessive about, that are martinis and tinned fish and all that good things. However then, yeah, you consider pun with Spaghetti Western, one thing silly like that.

MT: Do you’ve gotten a favourite meals reminiscence?

EE: My largest meals reminiscence is from enterprise journeys to Atlanta I’d go on with my mother and grandma. We’d drive there from my residence in Virginia and we’d cease in Asheville to interrupt up the drive, which is like one in every of my favourite meals cities. We’d eat at this hyper-seasonal, farm-to-table restaurant referred to as Desk yearly as a result of the primary time we went the meal was so good—nothing fussy, simply scrumptious. On the finish of the meal, my mother was actually crying as a result of it was so good. I used to be additionally most likely like 12 years outdated, so peak like, “Oh, my God, my mother is crying in public.”

MT: I’m positive that is additionally one thing my mother did once I was a child.

EE: Yeah, like what? This peach that was grown one mile from right here is making her sob.

MT: Truthfully, if a restaurant’s meals isn’t making you cry blissful tears, what are you even doing there?

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