I think travelling changes everything. I truly believe it’s one of the most important things a person can do for themselves.
IF YOU WEREN’T A CELEBRITY STYLIST, WHAT WOULD BE DOING?
I’d be a travel writer and a National Geographic explorer in residence based in the Okavango Delta!
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
I’d probably describe my ‘everyday style’ as edgy and my ‘dressed up’ style as minimal. I like to feel comfortable and my clothes to work for me. I love pieces that are easy and look fantastic paired with jeans and a pair of sneakers.
I spend my days moving trunks and on the ground pinning hems, so I never want my outfit to feel too ‘precious’, because then I can’t do my job.
When I go out I’m all about having fun and relaxing with friends so I don’t like wearing heels or tight dresses. I might even just keep my fave ZJ knit that I’ve been wearing during the day, add a pair of cute shorts and brogues and I’m good to go!
YOU LIVE IN BETWEEN NEW YORK & LOS ANGELES, WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT NY THAT YOU CAN’T FIND IN LA?
All sorts of people! New York can be a little overwhelming at times, having so many different types of people from all over the world and from all different walks of life in your space everyday is incredibly humbling.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE NEIGHBORHOOD OR STREET FOR SHOPPING?
I love that every time I walk home from a meeting or from the subway there is a new store that I come across. It may have even been there for months but because we are so often absorbed in our phones or in a hurry we can miss what’s right in front of us. My little square between Bowery and Lafayette and from Kenmare to Houston is a hot bed of gorgeous shops. Wendy Nichols is one of my favorites and it’s right next door to Gitane, so you can stop off afterwards and review all your purchases over an Americano.
WHAT NEIGHBORHOOD EXUDES YOUR PERSONAL STYLE AND PERSONALITY?
That’s a tough question. For someone who absolutely loves New York I don’t really feel like a New Yorker. I grew up on a farm in Africa and feel way more at home in the middle of nowhere than in a bustling city. I guess I’d take a little bit of each neighbourhood. I love the raw edginess of the Lower East Side & the West Village appeals to my more ‘English’ sensibilities. I can fully appreciate the Upper East Side the more traditional New York experiences and sense of calm and order in a chaotic city.
WHAT DOES A PERFECT WEEKEND IN NEW YORK LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
My perfect New York weekend would start with a lazy Saturday lie in. Brunch of poached eggs & avocado at Jacks Wife Frieda, followed by a good hour reading my book. Then an afternoon walk from our apartment over the Manhattan Bridge and then an English High-tea at the Crosby Hotel. Drinks with friends at Forget-Me-Not, dinner next door at Kiki’s and perhaps a nightcap at The Lead Belly.
Sunday morning might be of to a slow start if said nightcap at Lead Belly did occur. I usually try and keep it free of plans so that we can do what we feel like, whether it’s a long lunch at Freemans or an afternoon at the Frick.
YOU LOVE TO TRAVEL, DO YOU THINK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE HAS SHAPED YOUR STYLE?
Without question! I think traveling changes everything. I truly believe it’s one of the most important things a person can do. It’s always so inspiring: whether it’s a glamorous trip to Capri, a colorful journey in Marrakech or even just going home to Africa and being on my parents farm. The colours, the people and the sensibilities can’t help but influence you.
WHAT DO YOU TAKE ON THE PLANE TO KEEP YOU BUSY?
I don’t like to think of my plane time as ‘dead time’. It’s actually one of my most productive work pockets. I knock out all of my computer admin during my bi-weekly flights. I also absolutely love to read, so if I’m feeling like giving myself a little treat, I’ll allow myself an hour or two of reading time whilst no one can see me playing hooky!