“I’ve had my own hat brand for the past two years. I really enjoy it and I’ve collaborated with some great people. [My designs] channel a dark romanticism, there’s a lot of black but at the same time it’s pretty kooky. They are dark and a bit witchy and also very ladylike. I’m really drawn to the 1920’s and Art Nouveau. I use a lot of alligator skins and only top couture materials; most of them are sourced from Paris.
[For cleansers] I usually wash my face with Cetaphil or Purpose. I have very sensitive skin and they are the only things that are no fail. I live and die by my Clarisonic. My dermatologist says it’s the best thing for your skin since soap. It makes a world of difference in terms of exfoliating. It allows the products to penetrate deeper and I use it about every other morning. I use La Mer gel for my lotion. I’ve been using it for about two years and usually get it for Christmas ‘cause it’s a big splurge. That works great in the wintertime. I use La Mer eye cream at morning and night; I think it’s important to do both.
My lazy day look is just blush and mascara. I do a little bit of my By Terry concealer. I do a touch of NARS blush in Deep Throat and just put mascara on and a quick brow pencil. I love that Benefit mascara, They’re Real. That is really my typical get-up-and-go kind of day.
If I know that I’m going to be seeing an important person or I need to take it up a notch, I use Chanel eye shadow in Safari, it’s kind of mauve. Then I do a little bit of Kevyn Aucoin black eyeliner, it’s my favorite. I do a pencil on my eyebrows, but if I am going to be fancy I’ll do a powder. I have to use a lot of under eye concealer because I use Latisse and it darkens my eyes. It makes such a difference with my eyelashes though! My lashes are very blonde and it makes them so much longer and darker, so I don’t care if it makes my eyelids dark.
I have my Cle De Peu lipstick in Number 12 and it has incredible texture to it. It’s so soft and super moisturizing. When I want to go bold I use Tom Ford’s Cherry Lush – it’s a real red. I feel so much better in it. It’s a bit of a mask ‘cause if you have red lipstick on you can get away with anything — even if I don’t have mascara on, I still look finished.
I usually don’t do organic products — when I have tried them in the past they have been a failure — but have recently found this incredible cream called Be Yummy. I bought it at Live Live Organics and it’s completely edible. It’s made from the same sea algae as La Mer and is also made from honey cappings; it works so well. Everyone I give it to is absolutely hooked. It’s not heavy enough for when it’s really really cold, but in the summer it’s killer – and it’s only forty dollars.
I’m naturally blonde and I’ve never highlighted it. I love fellow blondes, like Marilyn. She’s so classy and glamorous. I like to have a dark black eye and a high blonde bun. I get my hair cut by Tommy Bucket at Marie Robinson and he is my favorite person. I’ve been going to him since I was nineteen years old. He is one of my good friends and always gives me the perfect wash-and-wear haircut. Most of the time I don’t blow-dry but occasionally I will… I love Bumble and Bumble spray and dry shampoo, whenever I go to Europe I stock up on Klorane powder.
I love working with my hands and you’ve actually caught me on an off day — I have really nice nails today but I usually don’t because I’m working with glue and stuff all the time. I like that making hats is kind of a dying craft, there are only ten or twelve of us here that are really a young voice in the field. It’s getting harder and harder to find supplies and there’s a small amount of people who want to wear hats. It’s the preservation of something that’s slowly dying.”
-As told to The Formula / Photos by Aimee Blaut in New York