I caught up with the Tory Burch crew back in September during New York Fashion Week. I had just arrived for the shows that morning and taken a 6 am flight to the city. I went straight from the airport to the NoLita Tory Burch store to select an outfit for the shoot, and then hobbled off with my luggage and yawns to wash my face and change. Many thanks to the TB team for making me look decent on a day when I was half-awake! You can see the photos from our shoot and real the full interview. . .
“My husband Bertrand and I created Caudalie back in ‘93 after we met Professor Vercauteren from the University of Pharmacy in Bordeaux. We were touring my family vineyard, and he told us that we were growing the best part of the vine. He let us know about the French paradox, how French people drink more wine than anyone else in the world but have the least cardiovascular disease, even though they eat a lot of foie gras and good cheese (laughs). It is because the polyphenols found in red wine strengthen your blood vessels and prevent cardiovascular disease. Those polyphenols are extremely efficient at fighting free radicals, which are responsible for four out of five wrinkles. But they were extremely unstable and turned creams red. So we met with him the next day and learned that he was patenting a way to stabilize these extracts. We convinced him not to sell his patent to a big skin care company but to work with us.
“At Refinery29, I’m responsible for all of the New York newsletters that go out everyday. Gosh, it’s so nerve-wracking, once it’s up, even after there’s nothing else I can really do, I still click through it probably four or five times. I also put up seven to nine stories per day on the New York channel. If I don’t write them I edit them, just making sure it’s a good mix of beauty and fashion and keeping it local and in our voice. It’s different everyday and that’s totally fun.”
2012 is days away — what better time than now to find a signature scent for the new year?
On my quest for my next favorite fragrance, I linked up with Laurence Bouard, the newly appointed Director of Mauboussin on New York City’s Madison Avenue. This was my first trip to their recently renovated five-story townhouse. The store is elegant and whimsical with a touch of 1900’s Paris. At Mauboussin, they boast that “luxury should be the universal language.” The French jewelry house manages to make luxury affordable with a broad range of inspired fragrances, hand-crafted by master perfumers.