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IN MY DOC’S: CHRISTINE

Dr. Martens has a rebellious history often associated with free-thinkers, creatives and different subcultures. This is not only true of the Dr. Martens customer, but also our hard-working family of staff. They are our brand ambassadors that embody the DMs way of life. Keep following the blog as we highlight our staff and contributors from across the globe and celebrate their achievements and style.  
 
Meet Christine, our US Marketing Assistant at our Portland, OR headquarters. We spoke with her to find out more about her relationship with Dr. Martens, and what she’s currently listening to. 
 

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Christine wearing the Solaris shoe.
 
 
Introduce yourself:
Aloha! I’m Christine, the US Marketing Assistant at the Dr. Martens Americas HQ here in Portland, OR. I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. I came to Oregon to attend Willamette University. I reside in Portland with my husband Todd. While, I enjoy standing out, I’m quite introverted and enjoy being behind the scenes. Over the years I’ve been involved Portland’s music scene, worked as a fashion show dresser, as well as a costume designer for Sowelu Theater. 
 
What Dr. Martens shoes are you wearing in your photo:
The Solaris shoe from the new DM’s Lite range
 
Tell us about your first pair of Dr. Martens:
I got my first pair of DM’s in the early 90’s from a store here in Portland named the Big Bang. They were Made in England 1460s. I wore them when I was working as a house cleaner. I don’t have them anymore. I didn’t get another pair of DMs until 2009 when I got a pair of Industrial Zone boots. I wore my Zones to my interview with Dr. Martens in 2010 and I still have them, along with other pairs I have amassed since I’ve been with the company. 
 
How would you describe your style?
From being inspired by Asian traditional dress and street style, to mixing patterns and embellishments with prints, florals, Aloha wear etc. To incorporating work wear, to being about bright colours, but also very much about wearing black, navy and grey. To mixing decades together, my style? All over the place. I love vintage and thrift shopping. Since January 2016 my ‘go to work’ look has been Dickies coveralls; I own seven of them! 
 
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Three tracks you’re listening to right now:
1. RIP Bowie, Prince, and Maurice White
2. KMHD Jazz Radio 89.1
3. PJ Harvey, Stromae, The Only Lovers Left Alive and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night soundtracks; and a bunch of 80’s new wave on vinyl 
 
What’s your favourite thing about the city you live in?
All the creative thinkers and do-ers, many of whom are longtime friends of mine and friends to Portland. I enjoy the art of collaborating and acting as a catalyst to put artistic people in touch with one and other, to support and promote friends’ endeavors. Since you’re asking I’ll connect you to a few of my current favourites: 
 
1. My neighbors Jason Thibodeaux and Sarah Frechette, who mix traditional story-telling with modern content via puppetry – bringing it to a level of “coolness” that puppetry is not typically known for. Along with portland-based artist Gabriel Temme, they are pumping out punk music videos like Lil Taste – Japanther; and most recently The SPooKy Girls about a coven of young witches who evoke more than their Instagram brains can handle. 
 
2. Poster designer and artist Mike King is finishing up Maxium Plunder – a project that has been 5 years in the making. This labor of love, Mike has personally chosen 1,000+ selected pieces of his poster art spanning over a 30+ year career. 
 
3. I’m very proud of the work I did at Sowelu Dramatic Theater, they focus on process over product, and believe that discovery happens out on the edge. 
 
4. I’m also inspired by Gretchen Tresser and PROPERbeast, who is designing beautiful one-of-a-kind, made-to-order pieces mostly sourced here in Portland. 
 
5. Last but certainly not least, Portland is the home of Darcelle XV Showplace the oldest running drag revue on the West Coast. Darcelle (Walter Cole) is 85 and holds the Guinness Book Of World Record title of being the ‘World’s Oldest Drag Queen Performer’. 
 
And finally, what do you stand for?
I stand for Aloha, Family, Authenticity, and Friendship.