10(is) Questions: Get to Know Jonnie from Nonnie Threads
We love the versatile, functional, yet undeniably stylish menswear in Jonnie Rettele’s line Nonnie Threads. We also love that all of her designs are produced right here in Chicago. So, we asked the designer to answer a few questions for us about her inspiration, her designs, and her favorite pieces this season.
I love my job because… it’s MINE. Every decision you make in a day has a chance to be rewarding.
I would describe my style… as creature of habit/borderline uniform. I tend to wear the same silhouettes from day to day, which include my favorite vintage pieces accompanied with some interesting jewelry.
I get my inspiration from… life. The most arbitrary experience can fuel a new idea.
On my playlist right now… Today it has been Edith Piaf and episodes from This American Life.
If I lived anywhere other than Chicago… I would probably not hate winter so much, but I would miss the restaurants and the people.
I can’t get through the day without… coffee.
My studio/office is… shared with other amazing designers who make it easy to go to work everyday.
When I’m not working… I’m cooking, gardening, playing board games, sitting by the lagoon in Humboldt Park with my dog, or starting some new hobby with my husband.
Did you always want to be a designer? I didn’t recognize it as an option until the people in my life were encouraging me to follow that path.
What makes Nonnie Threads unique? Since a female is behind the design, the overall aesthetic is really soft and simple. Each piece is still interesting without being excessive.
Who is the Nonnie man? He is a man who cares, but doesn’t obsess, about his appearance. A man who embraces individuality while blending in.
How do you start a collection? It’s sort of one big tornado or ideas, fabrics, and colors that lands into place eventually.
What is your favorite piece in your current collection? The Twill Shawl Collar Vest! Both the plaid and the twill vest has been a big hit so far, but the twill is my favorite.
Where did the name Nonnie Threads come from? Nonnie was a family nickname created my by niece, who was unable to pronounce my name correctly.