Photographed on Nantucket, MA
Photographed on Nantucket, MA
It's been a good summer. The inaugural internship program has been a lot of work as we've been toiling away on content for Unabashedly Prep, photo shoots, and the launch of the e-commerce shop. We feel pretty good about it so far. I've got a good group of kids from NYU, SUNY, Georgia Tech, and a couple Ivies writing, curating content, assisting on photo shoots—they'll certainly be missed as August quietly slips out the back.
But before that happens, we moved the office up to Nantucket for the week. Mackenzie has been a gracious host to what has become a welcome respite from the Manhattan heat wave of 2013 (it's perfect here now—highs of 75). A little work, a little play, a little work, and it goes on. The two ebb and flow into each other throughout the day. It's an idyllic balance. Katie, Alex, Jocelyn, and Aliana all meet the island for the first time. They may be falling in love. Tucker is chained to the city for a FBI background check in order to get his Spanish visa to study abroad in the fall. No one feels sorry for him. He’s going to Spain...for a year. Alright, enough work, we're off to sail.
One of my favorite things to do in New York is pop into an independent bookstore and walk out with the first three titles that grab my eye. Yes, I’m knowingly overpaying for titles (thank you, Amazon) but I tell myself that I’m paying for the experience of discovery. Overnight it seems I’ve become a voracious reader. It’s the subways here. Spend two hours a day on a train and see how long it takes for your “incredibly original” band’s new album to get old. I’ll spare you the social experiment—it’s three days.
I judge books by their covers. It may not be fair but it’s the world we live in—first impressions are everything (the occasional insufferable meth-head zombie thriller being only of little consequence to this approach). Daily Rituals: How Artists Work is beautiful—on the inside and out. Mason Currey brilliantly compiles and edits vignettes of writers, composers, painters, choreographers, playwrights, poets, philosophers, sculptor, filmmakers, and scientists on how they create (and avoid creating) their creations.
Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley) had to have a stiff drink before she began writing. She kept a bottle of vodka by her bedside, reaching for it as soon as she woke and marking the bottle to set her limit for the day. F. Scott Fitzgerald, although, eventually concluded the contrary—”It has become increasingly plain to me that the very excellent organization of a book does not go well with liquor.” Capote couldn’t write unless he was lying in bed, and with a coffee and cigarette in hand at that. Picasso would shut himself in his studio at 2p.m. and typically paint until dusk. Hemingway wrote standing up at a typewriter resting on top of a chest-high bookshelf (and no, contrary to popular lore, he did not begin each session by sharpening twenty number-two pencils). George Gershwin composed at his piano in his pajamas, bathrobe, and slippers—a fitting uniform considering he typically worked for twelve hours or more a day.
If you're a freelance creative, Daily Rituals is a magically inspiring read. There’s a calming sense of relief discovering your routine is not all that different from the greats who came before. Hell, you might realize you're the weird one for not being more eccentric.
Iconic look: Trench coat, bangs
Key accessories: Large sunglasses, cheetahs
Thing you can't imitate: The air of je ne sais quoi about her
Photographed in Brooklyn, NY
Noteworthy: bangs, striped nailhead canvas shorts, simple summer uniform. Alex is one of my summer interns and has this quirky but classic personal style.