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Victoria Elman and George Wong

Boston, MA 021913 George Wong and Victoria Ellman were photographed on February 19, 2013 for the upcoming 25 Most Stylish at La Montagne Gallery in South Boston. On this photo they share the space with: Liberdade 2012, a taxidermic bear, chair, hand-drawn paper and books. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff/ MAG ASSISTANT: CECILLE AVILA

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Victoria Elman and George Wong at La Montagne Gallery in South Boston.

VICTORIA ELMAN

Age 30

Occupation Attorney at Goodwin Procter

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Residence Carlisle

GEORGE WONG

Age 32

Occupation Director of the LaMontagne Gallery

Residence Carlisle

Did you two have a similar clothing aesthetic when you started dating?

VICTORIA I think we’ve influenced each other. When we first met, I was working as a buyer at a vintage clothing store in Brooklyn, and my style was very broad. I saw what George wears and that kind of reined me in a bit, whereas I’ve pulled him out.

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GEORGE  I was managing the Max Protetch art gallery in New York, and I always wore polished suits to look professional. My wife opened my eyes to vintage clothing. Now, since I’m new to the Boston art scene, I am definitely aware I stand out, but I hope I’m not perceived as a frivolous fop.

Who’s the more compulsive shopper?

VICTORIA George didn’t start out having much stuff and now he’s become a hoarder! Because I was a buyer, at certain points I probably owned 100 pairs of jeans in different colors and 100 pairs of boots. I’ve tried to become a minimalist. We’ve switched.

GEORGE   I buy a lot on eBay. I’ve gotten to the point where I can spot the vintage jacket cuts and styles that will fit me best. Nobody else seems to bid on them, so they usually cost under $100. I also collect historical items like a silk Noel Coward-type smoking jacket and bowler hats, mostly just to have, but also for special occasions.   —  Tina Sutton

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