As Fashion Director for Bergdorf Goodman & Neiman Marcus, we know that fashion must play a comforting role in your life, have you found your style has changed now that you’re working from home?
Yes, Fashion is definitely a comfort. I have always been a big fan of the traditional French chore jacket and wear them often, as a relaxed sportjacket/outerwear hybrid. I’ve been pairing the jacket with denim work shirts and these very comfy, fuller cut khaki pants that I have in heavy rotation. Not a surprise, but all are signature items in my B. shop at Bergdorf Goodman (BG.com/bshop). So I would say that I am staying true to my style but with a bigger emphasis on the casual component.
We know you are a keen traveller, we often see you in Florence at Pitti – are you missing your travels at the moment?
Travel has always been a big component of my work and it is an aspect that I am incredibly grateful for, to be able to experience and absorb other cultures regularly is something I have never taken for granted. It is necessary inspiration for me and for my work and something I deeply love. I am missing traveling for sure, and look forward to when we can return in a thoughtful, safe way. For now, I am choosing to appreciate the time I am having here, and enjoying remembering the places I will look forward to visiting again. I have a small bathroom here that I have papered over the years with postcards I’ve collected while traveling, tacking them up and covering the walls. They’re a nice reminder of trips taken and times well spent.
Working from home is new to a lot of people, do you have any tips or advice on how you are dealing with this new routine?
I enjoy the structure of the workplace so I very much try to recreate that here. I wake up as usual, at the same time, and get ready in the way that I did when going to the office. I then take my place at the table with my necessary electronics and commence my work day, take a lunch break, and then restart work. I enjoy my regular group work calls as a way of remaining connected to my coworkers who I don’t get to see regularly these days. I think there is an aspect to having a routine that I appreciate.
Are there any positive books or podcasts that you’re reading / listening to?
Ah! Yes. For sure. As I mentioned above, for fiction I am reading ducks, Newburyport. I enjoy listening to Blamo, an insightful menswear focused podcast created and hosted by Jeremy Kirkland. I also listen regularly to The New York Times’ “The Daily” podcast for news focused pieces and to Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert for entertainment. He did a very amusing episode with David Sedaris a while back that still makes me laugh.
Do you have any upbeat albums/playlist recommendations?
I have loved rediscovering some artists that I haven’t listened to in quite a while, and then delving into their catalogues on Spotify. K.D. Lang has been a big one, remembering how amazing all of her work is, especially Ingenue. Annie Lennox is another one, and her Instagram feed is amazing and inspiring, with numerous videos of her at her piano while at home. Also Natalie Merchant and 10,000 Maniacs and I have to mention Dolly Parton. Clearly, I’m enjoying female vocalists.