Tegan Bukowski’s Well-Traveled Wares Would Make Indiana Jones Jealous

Yale architecture student cum world traveler Tegan Bukowski gives us a peek inside her well-traveled closet.

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The jacket is one my mom used to jump horses in when she was in high school. The belt was also hers in high school. I love that we are the same size. The pants are J.Brand and the the shoes are Steve Madden. This is my lazy architecture student look, but with a set of pearls and cute jewelry is perfect for fall.
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The jacket is one my mom used to jump horses in when she was in high school. The belt was also hers. I love that we are the same size. The pants are J.Brand and the the shoes are Steve Madden. This is my lazy architecture student look, but with a set of pearls and cute jewelry is perfect for fall.
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TB: I was in the Air Force Academy for a year and possibly the most important thing I learned was that you can find some really amazing accessories and Army/Navy/Air Force surplus stores! This bag is from a particularly amazing surplus store and is actually from World War II. It has perfect pockets for my cell phone wallet and camera (I just have to try to forget that these pockets were probably for extra ammo.)
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TB: I had this skirt made by woman in a remote village of Rwanda. I was performing an energy audit on an orphanage there, and on one of my days off I bought this fabric and decided to get a skirt made. It took a really long time to explain what I wanted, I had to explain in French, English and broken Kinyarwandan. But alas, the skirt came out beautifully!
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So many of my college friends moved to West Village after graduation, and I quickly learned that this was to my advantage in the shopping department. I picked this dress up at a tiny store near my friend's house. You cant see it in this picture but the back has a peek a boo hole that shows my back. Its formal in the front and a party in the back.
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TB: This ring was a gift from my grandmother, who is also my best friend. She used to wear it instead of her wedding ring for many years, but its actually a 17 karat light colored aquamarine.
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TB: Ever since my first trip to Uganda in 11th grade, I have loved African leather thongs. I bought several pairs on that trip, but of course they wore out after several years. So now every time I travel to Rwanda and Kenya (where my non-profits do a lot of work) I make sure to pick up as many pairs as I can pack in my bag! These particular sandals are from my last trip to Kenya when I traveled to the island of Lamu near the coast of Somalia.
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These earrings are (left to right) made from Chilean Alpaca fur sent to me from my best friend in Chile. I am visiting her in Argentina over Thanksgiving break. The second pair is from Rwanda, made by basket weavers there. The third is from Nairobi, a company called Kazuri Beads. It is a factory that employs HIV affected women. You can buy them online, but these were purchased at the factory.
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This is my favorite set of Mikimoto pearls and vintage Piaget watch. Love them!
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I had this laptop case custom made by a woman at the Peponi Hotel in Lamu http://www.peponi-lamu.com/. This hotel is such a diamond in the rough, literally in the middle of nowhere. You have to fly to the island because bandits make driving dangerous and pirates make boating dangerous.
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This is a vintage Swiss bomber jacket and a sweater that I found on the Amalfi coast in Italy.
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TB: I studied architecture abroad in Florence Italy two summers ago and picked up a bunch of leather goods. This purse has been one of my favorite purchases. It is big enough to carry my laptop and a book or two, but is so shiny and stylish and has gold buckles! I wear a lot of gold.
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