Meet eco?brand ambassador Amanda Hearst. Although this born and bred New Yorker is constantly inspired by the energy of the city, this uptown gal has also managed to champion the cause of supporting ethical fashion around the globe.
1. How would you describe your own style?
Simple, Casual, Comfortable.
What do you love most about New York and how does it inspire your everyday style routine?
I love the diversity of New York. There are artists, playwrights, fashion designers, finance types all in one place. I can?t think of another city that is as dynamic and so I am constantly inspired by the people that live here. In terms of fashion, it?s exciting to see everyone?s unique style of dress. I personally am a typical born-and-bred New Yorker who sticks to mostly all-black ensembles (I probably have 20 LBD?s!) but it?s fun to see that not everyone is as traditional.
Can you share a few of your favorite spots in the city for eating, drinking, and shopping?
I grew up Uptown, so my favorite place to eat is Via Quadronno. I always get the same thing: parm salad and veal Milanese. Yum! For drinks, I like Acme Downstairs although I recently went to the Marlton Hotel and they have a very cozy drinks area. For shopping, my favorite store is Maiyet. I love that all the clothing is artisanally made.
Via Quadronno: 25 E 73rd St, New York, NY 10021, (212) 650-9880. Acme Downstairs: Acme, 9 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012, (212) 203 2121. Marlton Hotel: 5 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011, (212) 321-0100. Maiyet: 16 Crosby St, New York, NY 10013, (212) 343-9999.
Name three of your favorite shopping destinations anywhere in the world -- these can be shops or markets -- and please tell us why you like them so much, and of course what you buy there.
In Punta del Este, I like this shop Lupe. It has a bunch of locally made kaftans and beach cover ups. In Tulum, the hotel Coqui Coqui has an amazing boutique with chic beachwear. And Seville, Spain has the best hand made ceramics in the world. I usually find my favorites just walking the tiny streets near the Sevilla Catedral.
What is the mission behind the Ethical Pop-up Boutique you have been curating at Miami Art Basel?
My partner and I started Maison de Mode to showcase our favorite ethical fashion brands and erase the stigma that eco fashion is ?ugly? or ?frumpy?. It?s also important to support brands like Maiyet, Suno, Anndra Neen because they are working with artisans and doing great things in the world.
Souk or Department Store?
Department store, souks overwhelm me!
DIY or Concierge Service?
Buy Everything or Buy Nothing?
Buy something ;)
Camping or 5-Star Hotel?
Drive or be Driven?
Be driven. I don?t have a license!
Room service or Street Food?
Room service. Better safe than sorry!
Lots of Luggage or Carry-on Bag?