Meet Aretha Sack

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Born and raised in Austin, Texas. Aretha studied painting at California College of the Arts, where she met her business partner Janine, after selling her a custom nail polish she had made. They founded Floss Gloss Ltd in San Francisco in 2011 over a mutual admiration of each other as well as of fashion, music, color and nails. In April 2016, it will have been 2 years since they moved to Brooklyn and expanded.
Top, Pleats Please ; Pants, Vintage
Outfit: Misguided

Outfit: Misguided


I wake up embarrassingly late after sleeping through no less than 10 alarm times and sprint to our office looking like shit.

on her personal style

I am broke because I own a small business but I like vintage. Aesthetically, I’m all over the map - from Axl Rose to The Undertaker. I shop wherever honestly.

on starting her business

In college I was selling custom nail polish colors, specifically a Tiffany’s turquoise that I couldn’t find. I would mix in colors and sell them to the girls at school for $5 a bottle while also waiting tables at night. I met Janine at an English class and she bought some of my Tiffany’s turquoise nail polish. After graduation, Janine called me and said she bought a business license with my name on it and so I decided to roll the dice and just do it.It was hard as hell both waitressing and launching a business at the same time.I strategically kept a job I hated as it was ridiculously easy and lucrative to stay inspired.

Trench, Yang Li Men ; T-Shirt, Vintage ; Choker, Vintage YSL ; Pants, Sonia Rykiel
Music has been my main interest since the beginning. I love rock as well as rap but never together. My prized possessions are my slayer poster given to me from an old roommate, my No Limit belly chain that I bought at a gas station in Texas in the 90’s and my David Lee Roth autobiography. My WWF record is hilarious. I love that you described it as beautiful, I wouldn’t disagree!
— on her love of music

on knife throwing

I read Knife Throwing front to cover - I got it at a truck stop in Arizona and its actually taught me a lot.

on her skincare routine

I love me a face mask. I try to do that every day since I’m old as the hills now and I’m pretty rough on everything as you can see.

on her beauty routine

I like to play with makeup but I usually do simple because it’s hard and I’m always in some kind of rush but I’d like to get better at cool elaborate stuff. I always do mascara and brows with a black little wing on the corners. I use the Urban Decay Naked Palette, and LA-Splash Cosmetics Lip Couture Lipstick like products with minimal ingredients and I really try to avoid lotions with alcohol and the bad stuff. I love to moisturize proper.  I also love the Versace Eros Pour Femme Eau de Parfum and Floss Gloss Smoke on the Nail.


Top:Witchfinder General, Skirt: Forever 21

Top:Witchfinder General, Skirt: Forever 21

Outfit: Misguided

Outfit: Misguided

aretha's favorite books

Knife Throwing: Sport Survival Defense by Black Collins, Monster Trucks by Tom More, Red Nails by Robert E. Howard, The Best of Metal: The Essential Cd Guide by Paul Elliot & Jon Hotten

Aretha's favorite records

Reign in Blood by Slayer, I Wanna Be Somebody by W.A.S.P., Beyond the Valley of 1984 by Plasmatics, Ice Cream Man by Master P, WWF: The Wrestling Album + Piledriver by WWF

aretha's favorite places IN new york city

El Cortez for drinks

King Noodle for food

Outfit: Vintage, Bag: Mandee, Shoes: Misguided

Outfit: Vintage, Bag: Mandee, Shoes: Misguided