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From Our Friends at Goop

Day in the Life

 

From Our Friends at Goop

Day in the Life

How a Creative Director’s Travel Schedule Inspires an Entire Collection

For Emily Smith, inspiration starts when she looks out her window in the morning. “The architecture in New York is totally captivating,” says the creative director of Lafayette 148, who lives in lower Manhattan and walks to work in SoHo. “The old and new, the clean lines and innovative buildings—it always gets my wheels turning.”

 

Smith spends four months a year in Shantou, China, visiting Lafayette 148’s factory, so she knows what she’s talking about when she says that “getting the most out of a garment is really important to us. We’re designing for a woman who needs to move from one commitment to another without missing a beat.”

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6 am

“I like to say I’m a morning person, but I do hit snooze a couple times. The majority of my emails come from our factory in China, which is thirteen hours ahead, so checking my email first thing helps me get my to-do list in order. I’ll read my emails before I get out of bed. If I don’t do it then, I won’t get to it.”

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A Courtesy of Russs & Daughters

7:30 am

“Once I’m up, I’ll have a water with lemon followed by an espresso—I’m addicted to my Nespresso machine. I’ll make myself eggs most mornings, but my guilty pleasure is a bagel and cream cheese or a babka from Russ & Daughters.”

8:30 am

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“Morning time in the studio is the best. The light is fresh—as is my brain—and of course it’s quiet, which gives me space to think. I have an amazing team of eager creatives that I need to keep moving, motivated, and challenged. Having that quiet time in the morning allows me to think about all the things I want to share and collaborate with them on.”

“Morning time in the studio is the best. The light is fresh—as is my brain—and of course it’s quiet, which gives me space to think. I have an amazing team of eager creatives that I need to keep moving, motivated, and challenged. Having that quiet time in the morning allows me to think about all the things I want to share and collaborate with them on.”

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“We have fittings twice a week with our prototypes, and then we’ll brainstorm details, finishing, and shapes. Our fabrics are something we’re known for and an essential part of our designs. I spend a lot of time collaborating with our printers and in-house fabric team.”

 

“We have fittings twice a week with our prototypes, and then we’ll brainstorm details, finishing, and shapes. Our fabrics are something we’re known for and an essential part of our designs. I spend a lot of time collaborating with our printers and in-house fabric team.”

12:30 pm

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“Balthazar is the best for lunch—they have the most amazing French onion soup and fries; I’ll order a glass of rosé, too.”

4 pm

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“I’ll drop by the Concept Store or our Broome Street store to see the collection and meet customers. I usually don’t tell them I work there—that way, they’ll be honest. If I have time, I’ll wander around SoHo and do some window-shopping.”

 

“I love the contrast of beautiful, artistic prints in clean, pared-back shapes—we don’t like things that are busy or over-the-top.”

 

8 pm

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La Mercerie Café, Courtesy of Roman and Williams

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“I’ll work late and then, during the week, have dinner with friends or colleagues. La Mercerie in SoHo is beautiful. I love the Emily Thompson flower arrangements throughout, and the little flower shop she has by the entrance. I always order the egg and truffle dish. They’ve got a great wine list, too. At the end of the night, I’ll walk home to turn off the stress of the day.”

“I’ll work late and then, during the week, have dinner with friends or colleagues. La Mercerie in SoHo is beautiful. I love the Emily Thompson flower arrangements throughout, and the little flower shop she has by the entrance. I always order the egg and truffle dish. They’ve got a great wine list, too. At the end of the night, I’ll walk home to turn off the stress of the day.”

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