Twenty Questions with Lily Gibson


Welcome To Twenty Questions!

Every week I’ll be sharing a new twenty-something on the blog and their responses to twenty quick-fire, intimate questions. No one featured on Twenty Questions is a celebrity or public figure, and most of these people I don’t know very well, or at all. My hope is that by taking a peek into someone else’s soul you will realise that, despite our fundamental differences, we still have similar insecurities, make similar mistakes and have fought similar battles to become the people we are today.

Lily Gibson, 24

What is your full name?

Lily Gibson.

How old are you?

24 and ¾.

How old do you feel?

24 and not a day over.


Where were you born, and where do you live now?

I was born in Auckland and I now live between Tokyo and Auckland because of my business, Super Mizu Store.


What do you do for work?

After living in Tokyo for two years, I came home to realise how difficult and expensive it was to buy the clothes I wanted to wear here in New Zealand. So, I started Super Mizu to make the clothing I love more accessible to everyone.

Each garment on Super Mizu Store is sourced individually in Tokyo, from a network of specialist vintage and recycle suppliers, collectors, and friends.

It was important to me to source recycled clothing as a more sustainable option but especially because it’s much more affordable. I’m excited for designs from Comme des Garcçons and Issey Miyake for example, to be within the realm of possibility for more people. I hope that Super Mizu encourages people to dress more creatively with less restriction around gender and appropriateness!


What do you do for fun?

Spend time with animals. Read the news. Cook for friends. Build an empire. Same as everyone.


Did you go to university? If so, what did you study? If not, why?

Yes. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese.


What is your favourite movie of all time?

I don’t know. I feel like a ‘favourite movie’ is really indicative of someone’s personality so I don’t know what to say.


What is the biggest risk you have ever taken that has paid off?

I’m not sure how to tell if it’s paid off yet.  I’m lucky enough to feel safe taking career risks because my family and friends are a big safety net. I’m getting good at trying and failing which is the first step to success…possibly.


Hardest moment of your twenties so far?

Starting my first job in Tokyo and only speaking Japanese is tied with leaving my job in Tokyo.


Best moment of your twenties so far?

That it gets better every day.


Who do you miss?

My best friends scattered around the world. They’re doing good things and I love them.


What do you like the most about yourself?

Probably that I’m hard to get a hold of. I don’t like to be pinned down.

No one else likes this quality, which makes me like it more. I am aware that this is, objectively, terrible.


What do you like the least about yourself?

My depression and anxiety, but I take antidepressants so we’re good.


 If you had to get a tattoo, what would you get and where would you get it?

I wouldn’t get a tattoo. I don’t even stand by the outfit I wore yesterday. I’d change my mind immediately and wouldn’t have the best sense of humour about it.


How would your friends describe you?

Clean freak.


How would your parents describe you?

Unbelievably messy.


When was the last time you cried?

I dropped in on my parents watching the Masterchef finale together and shed a few tears re: that. #hormones – am I right ladies?


What are you afraid of?

I wouldn’t say I’m AFRAID of bugs – I just hate them and don’t want them anywhere near me or my family.


If you could start your twenties again, what would you do differently?

Ask for the things I want without apology, and not wait to hear the answer.

It took me a long time to realise that I was the one who could give myself permission to start a business. It’s a journey, though, so…it’s going ok so far.