After winning three Oscars – for Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture – on Sunday night, Everything everywhere all at once co-creators Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan are talking about Tinseltown.
Now, adding to the buzz, word that Scheinert’s “champagne carpet” look – a black tuxedo suit with multicolored buttons worn with a black tie and dark red shirt – was a store-bought second-hand outfit from Alabama called Unclaimed Baggage, known primarily for storing items taken from suitcases that have been abandoned for at least 90 days by airline passengers across the country.
According to Jennifer Kritner, the store’s vice president of retail and corporate culture, Alabama-born Scheinert and his family are longtime customers and have made routine visits over the years to grab various looks for big events.
“Daniel shopped here growing up,” Kritner told Yahoo Life. “It’s wonderful because her parents are from Guntersville, Alabama, which is probably about a 25-minute drive” from the store in Scottsboro.
On the rewards circuit for Everything everywhere all at once, Kritner says she heard that Scheinert may have worn funky items from the store, which immediately inspired her to contact the family to confirm the rumors.
“We reached out to his mom and his mom confirmed, ‘Yeah, it’s hysterical. It’s from Unclaimed,'” Krister explains, noting that “at the start of Daniel’s career, they needed to go at award ceremonies, so he landed [a suit] in the store that suited a very tall, very thin man. So they added it to her wardrobe.”
Representatives for Scheinert did not immediately respond to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for comment.
Kritner adds that Scheinert’s mom, Becky, also took a chance on finding a special Oscars item, but didn’t comment, “Her mom actually came here to buy her Oscars dress for this season, but unfortunately, she was not lucky enough to find the right dress,” she notes.
Becky confirmed the purchase at local outlets over the weekend, saying: ‘Years ago Daniel bought an old tuxedo from the unclaimed baggage center as a prop,’ she said at a local station in Birmingham. “He thought the suit fit him perfectly – Daniel is tall and thin, but it was a perfect match. Daniel thought he would wear it to the Oscars. Also, his shoes were made by a cobbler who pulls his material old tires.”
In an interview ahead of the big event, Becky told AL.com that while the Oscars red carpet isn’t her first, it’s certainly the most significant.
“Ten years ago he took me to the Grammys when one of his music videos got nominated,” she said at the time. can have a full view for photographers. And that’s fine. I know he will make it a celebration for all the cast and crew.”
Known for his “wacky wardrobe choices”, Kritner says local buyers of unclaimed luggage felt a “sense of pride” watching Daniel and his mother at this year’s ceremony.
“We think it’s really cool that one of the Alabama people who grew up here is representing Alabama on the champagne carpet this year, like you would, with a tux bought here,” she said. . “We have everything you can imagine. People from all walks of life shop here, and it’s one of the coolest things about our store.”
Kritner also hopes Scheinert’s choice to wear used clothes on the carpet might inspire others to do the same, noting the importance of sustainability in fashion.
“Sustainability is so important to us,” she says. “It is important that nothing is wasted.”
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