Style Profile

Tori Kirihara Pairs Masculine with Feminine

Photo by Lauren Max

WHO Tori “Baby” Kirihara, the 25-year-old artist born and raised in Seattle. After attending the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, Kirihara returned to the Pacific Northwest to pursue photography, painting and philanthropic work. She recently did some heavy lifting to help mount the grand opening of LoveCityLove’s newest space on Capitol Hill. Her February event The Feels Pt 2, brought together designers, performers, musicians and artists from across the city to mount a dazzling fundraiser for the nonprofit.

THE LOOK “All over the place. If you see me around, 95 percent of the time I’m in straight cozy mode. I love pairing menswear with women’s—it’s so much more interesting and I have way more fun putting outfits together. Don’t get me wrong: I do love a bomb dress and some killer heels, but more often than not I’m in some dope kicks.”

ICONS “There is something about women who do not need to always be wearing skirts, dresses or skin-tight clothing to be sexy. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! Women like Aaliyah and Left Eye or now SZA and Kehlani are known for their tomboy style mixed with their own girly flair. And when it comes time to serve looks on some grown-woman shit, they come through. That’s the one inspiration that remains with my constantly changing style.”

UP NEXT Kirihara’s upcoming projects this year include a summer LoveCityLove event and art events in Las Vegas and New Orleans. “When I first entertained the idea of putting on art exhibits or [working with] nonprofits, I knew my ultimate goal was to bring the community together, especially people of color,” says Kirihara. “I’ve heard time and time again that this city lacks diversity, but there is a dope little scene of Seattle creatives that is growing quickly.”