Occupation:Jewelry Designer, Gemma Redux
Home:NYC; hails from Grand Rapids, MI
Own This Look
Wearing: Vintage Irish cape and bustier, J. Crew blazer, Acne skinny pants, Cole Haan heels, Domestic Holding bag (her new brand)
First thing she consumes in the a.m.: Black coffee
Personal style: Modern staples mixed with eclectic accents like vintage pieces and original jewelry
When she knew she wanted to be a designer: "About 3 years ago when I was working as an attorney in NYC, not sleeping, and running to the corner bodega during lunch to buy magazines with Gemma Redux placements. I knew I wanted to be on the other side of that equation."
If she weren’t a designer, what she'd be: A line cook
What inspires her most: Stones. "I LOVE shopping for interesting stones and natural elements for the collection."
Designer she most admires: Diane Von Furstenberg. "We (the CFDA Fashion Incubator designers) had a little sit-down with her in her studio, and she talked about this enviable path to where she is now, with plenty of setbacks along the way; but she focused on living her life in the meantime. She’s amazing."
Her current “uniform:” Long-sleeve mini dress, tall vintage riding boots, cashmere cape and a fabulous necklace
Advice she’d give to anyone entering her field: "You need to go with your gut, listen to your heart, and make the collection that speaks to you."
How long it takes her to get ready each morning: 25 minutes. "The no-makeup thing saves a lot of time."
What she'd never be caught dead wearing: A baby doll dress
Worth the splurge: "Any shoe that you love and that fits amazingly."
Cheap thrill: "One-off french manicures. I like to go in and get only red tips or some other random color on the ends."
Beauty must-haves: Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser and night cream
Signature scent: Verbena
Always in her bag: Chapstick and bobby pins for unruly curls
Music she grooves to: "Nothing beats The Roots when I’m designing."
Fave restaurants: Keens for cocktails in the Garment District, Daniel for a fancier cocktail, Minetta Tavern for a great burger, Freemans for a great seasonal meal, Blue Hill at Stone Barns for my favorite eating experience."
Daily read: New York Magazine
Top online shops: Net-a-Porter, Etsy, eBay vintage
Fave real-world shops: Uniqlo, Opening Ceremony, Barneys, Kirna Zabete
Book that's bedside now: On Food and Cooking
All-time fave travel destination: "Tanzania, where I went on my honeymoon and got a gorgeous hunk of tanzanite that’s on my fave cocktail ring."
How she's reducing her carbon footprint: "We make everything to order in New York, so we cut down a lot on transport emissions and costs and we have very little waste – everything gets used eventually."
Charities she supports: ASPCA, American Cancer Society, Dave Nee Foundation
Photo by Bruno Gaget