When my sweet Instagram friend @elegantcountrystyle asked for my favorite design books, Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan immediately came to mind. Her post has so many inspirational suggestions and can be found here.
This week on Wynne's World, we meet Clemency Buddenhagen, a British Creative Director who is living and working in New York City. She studied at the legendary Central Saint Martins School of Art in London and worked for some of the most prestigious brands including, Armani, Calvin Klein, Burberry and Karl Lagerfeld. Clemency has two sons, Sebastian aged nineteen and Luca aged twenty. Clemency has lived and worked in London, New York, Paris, Milan, Amsterdam, Hamburg and Barcelona.
Clemency also had her own line, Clemency London, which was worn by the Chancellors' wife at the Royal Wedding of Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge and tipped The Times Best Dressed List.
On a personal note, Clemency is one of the loveliest people I've ever met and I have wanted to interview her for quite some time now. This week on Wynne's World we learn more about Clemency and how motherhood has enhanced her life.
Please tell us how you will celebrate Mother's Day:
My sons and I usually celebrate Mother’s Day in conjunction with the country we are currently living in. My children were born in NYC, we later moved to Barcelona, Spain and the boys are now both at University in London while I am in the US and unable to travel, due to restrictions. It was UK Mother’s Day in March and for the first time ever, I was unable to spend the day with my sons as I am in lockdown in NYC. We had a family Zoom and the boys made a beautiful painting which they sent digitally, they told me they were sending virtual hugs, a true sign of our present times. I did however, manage to have flowers delivered to my Mother in the UK. For Mother’s Day last year, my sons took me to the Bill Viola exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts in London, afterwards we had cocktails at Dean Street Townhouse then dinner and live jazz in Soho.
The Royal Academy of Arts, London
What has motherhood meant for you?
For me, having children is such a blessing and the most precious gift in life. You become so selfless and giving, it’s a pure, unconditional love felt with the greatest intensity. I am beyond grateful to have brought two beautiful souls into this world. We have naturally experienced every emotion together and guiding them and watching them grow into kind, compassionate, smart, creative, fun, caring individuals is the most incredible feeling I could ever dream of experiencing.
My boys have always and continue to enhance my life. They are both truly inspirational as we continue to learn from each other and constantly deepen our love and respect. It is often difficult to be apart from my boys during this time, however we have such a strong and innate bond that we still feel close even when we are apart. The boys are very heavily into music, fashion, technology, art, film, cooking, literature, a whole array of exciting pursuits which keeps me very current and in tune with all generations.
What are you working on right now:
I am currently working on launching a High and Fine Jewelry Company, created and produced with consideration to environmental and social impact. I’m working with a gemologist, who is responsible for implementing the world’s first Fair Trade gem protocols, working with governments, non-profit organisations, miners and cutters globally. Ultimately, the process ensures that people and the earth are treated with respect, while focusing on truth and justice within the industry. With a focus on social awareness and Human Rights, 5% of profits from each piece sold, will go directly to UNICEF and Amnesty International. I have designed ten pieces around ethically sourced sapphires and 18-Karat Fairtrade gold and I am currently working on CAD’s and molds while illustrating the collection to capture the brand DNA and aesthetic. Of course, my initial strategy and business model now needs to be adjusted as the world and industry has changed. I have been listening to multiple podcasts, live streamings and panel discussions with industry leaders and innovative and progressive minds about how to put ideas into a new perspective and work with creative ideas to adapt to a new way of working and reassess our values.
What are you currently reading:
At the moment, I am reading a few things simultaneously, Sapiens- A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. One of my sons was reading this over the holidays this year and he was so inspired, I had to read it. I am also reading, The Cartiers, the untold story of the family behind the jewelry empire by Francesca Cartier Brickell. My boys gave me a signed copy as a Christmas present. I love theatre and have been studying acting for a couple of years and I am also reading the play, Woman Descending A Staircase by Phoebe Eaton. I extracted a monologue from the play, which I have been rehearsing during lockdown.
I have been watching Fleabag, created, written and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge who is so talented. Also, I can’t stop watching The Office (American version). It’s so cleverly shot and I love the documentary style and the characters. It’s hilarious. I recently watched the film Her, featuring Joaquin Phoenix, on Netflix.
What are you looking forward to doing after this challenging time is behind us?
Firstly, I want to go to London and give my boys and all my friends and family a hug and celebrate being together at last. It has been far too long! My eldest son and I send each other videos constantly of places we want to travel to once this is all over. Philippines, India, Bora Bora, Brazil and Iceland are at the top of our list, it may be a dream but it keeps us going! My youngest son wants to go to Japan and I would love to take them to the Chichu Art Museum and Benesse Art site on Naoshima Island, one day.
The garden of the Benesse Art Site Naoshima
This Spring, I will be wearing wide leg Bottega Veneta trousers with vintage Armani and Calvin Klein blazers, which I have saved since I worked there and are so timeless and current right now. I love tailoring and the sartorial look, if it has a feminine edge. I will be wearing these with my Chanel sandals and I have been looking online at vintage, resale Hermes scarves to wear as a face mask.
Calvin Klein ad blazer designed by Clemency, Calvin Klein navy blazer, Bottega Veneta wide leg pants, vintage Hermes silk scarf, Chanel sandals
What are your beauty essentials?
My favourite beauty products are Hourglass nude lipsticks, C E Ferulic serum by Skinceuticals and Shiseido eye patches.
Skinceuticals C E Ferulic, Shiseido Eye Patches, Hourglass Lipstick
Who inspires your style:
My fashion beauty & fashion icons are Charlotte Rampling and Bianca Jagger.
Bianca Jagger and Charlotte Rampling
What are your favorite cities to visit?
Barcelona, Tokyo, London, Paris, Rome and Florence.
How do you feel that life has changed during this time of quarantine?
I think there is a general shift and re-evaluation of values and priorities right now and personally, communication and time has become even more important and more meaningful in my life right now. I am having deeper, more lengthy conversations with friends and family, now I can be fully focused with no distractions, having to run off to a meeting and cutting a conversation short. Friends from the past who I haven’t heard from for such a long time, some for many years, have reached out and it’s beautiful to hear about their lives, families, work and ideas. My entire family are obsessed with Zoom, which has become an incredibly humble, ‘show and tell’ of creative pursuits of things that they have grown, drawn, sewn, invented and painted to cooked, produced, ran for charity, designed and built under lockdown. Hours of love, sharing, appreciation, fun, creativity, giving, ideas and laughter spanning across all generations. We have promised to keep this and continue once all this is over. It has made me appreciate my family more and find inspiration in all their creative ideas, pursuits and positive attitudes towards our current situation and respect and compassion for others.
The past month I've been all about feeling cozy and have been living in cashmere sweaters, sweatpants and socks. I think that wanting to be as comfortable as possible will last well beyond quarantine as more people appreciate the comfort of lounging at home. In addition to being cozy, socks are a nice way to update your wardrobe. We love to support fellow women entrepreneurs and my friend Elizabeth Reid, founder of a chic collection of stylish yet comfortable socks, is offering a special 15% discount with code Spring15 for the month of April. This weeks on Wynne's World we will learn more about Elizabeth Reid and how she started her company.
Please tell us about yourself and the inspiration behind your brand:
After two decades as a marketing executive building luxury brands like Valentino, MAC Cosmetics, David Yurman, and Mulberry, I decided to follow my dream and entrepreneurial passion to develop my own brand of socks made of the finest yarns from Italy.
Why socks? Traveling the globe for work literally gave me blisters.
I began my entrepreneurial journey doing research on the expanding sock market and the need for an elevated sock-wearing experience at an approachable price point with a focus on comfort. Socks are the springboard that says you’re on your way. Dressing up starts by putting your best foot forward, designed by me, my socks are a chic and feminine addition to any outfit.
With mood-lifting dress and sportif styles unconventionality is a shoe-in with the Elizabeth Reid Collection. Each pair is specially designed for those on a different journey…because life is too interesting to stand still.
Isabel Marant dresses: they don’t wrinkle and l love the sexy, flirty looks, ALC T-shirts: They make the best dressy crisp white shirts. Come in great colors, too, L'Agence Jeans: I love the high-waisted white jean with its magical limb-lengthening effects, Golden Goose sneakers: I am a sucker for sparkly stars, Strappy Azzedine Alaia Sandals: My go-to for dinners out. They are the sexiest heels on the market, Elizabeth Reid Sheer Kiss Socks: to wear with my sandals, Elizabeth Reid No-Show Kiss Socks: for sneakers, Elizabeth Reid Terry Socks: for the travel and cozy nights at home, Elizabeth Reid Stud socks: I love wearing these embellished socks with loafers and pumps.
Diana Vreeland - gifted designer; successful; independent, and consummate New Yorker.
Favorite place to visit:
I recently traveled to Bryce Canyon National Park, although not technically a canyon despite the name; it is a collection of giant natural amphitheaters - startling and awe-inspiring. I love nature and hiking, so it was invigorating and beautiful during the day and at night it was an incredible spot for stargazing. This was like no other trip in recent years.
Elizabeth's beautiful collection of socks can be found on elizabeth-reid.com and you can find her on Instagram as @elizabethreidxo. Don't forget to use her discount code Spring15 which is valid for the month of April. Enjoy!
One of the most thoughtful things to do during this challenging period of time is to send an unexpected gift to a friend or family member to enrich their lives. It is also a perfect time to practice self care care and give a gift to yourself. It was so nice to discover that Faulkner House Books is offering personalized book subscriptions based on a dossier of your interests. They will ask questions to understand your interests (or your recipient's interests), encourage a call for further discussion and every month they will select 3-5 books just for you or the recipient of your gift.
If you’ve been to the store, Joanne has likely recommended a book or two that are now among your favorites. She's been part of 624 Pirate's Alley for 25 years and gives the best reading advice around. Now you can get the same every month, delivered to your home. Full details and online checkout are available on our websitehttps://faulknerhousebooks.com/and we're posting updates and reading to social.
And please email us with any questions at email@example.com.
Thank you for all of your continued support during such a challenging time for all small businesses.
Faulkner House Books is located in the heart of New Orleans’ beautiful and historic French Quarter, just off Jackson Square, behind the Cabildo and opposite St. Louis Cathedral’s rear garden. Founded in 1988 by attorney Joseph J. DeSalvo Jr. and his wife Rosemary James, Faulkner House Books is a sanctuary for fine literature and rare editions, including, of course, books by and about Mr. Faulkner. Faulkner House Books has been described by both collectors and writers as America’s most charming book store.
Garner Robinson and Permele Doyle
My dear friend Permele Doyle's fiancé, Garner Robinson, recently became an owner of this beautiful shop and together with his partner they are keeping the spirit of the store alive. The personalized gift subscriptions are a wonderful way to support an independent book store while giving yourself or a loved one a gift they will adore.
You can follow along on Instagram here. I look forward to visiting in person as soon as we are able to travel again. Hope you are all healthy, happy and safe! xo, Heidi
Jennifer Alfano of The Flair Index: "Where do I splurge on vacation clothes? I always have an Eres bathing suit, they last forever. I have the one piece shown here (which I bought last year) and the bikini version that is at least 6 years old. Where do I spend less money? Beach cover ups. They get dingy from sun tan lotion etc. and I prefer an oversized shirt like this Muji tunic. Shorts with cotton poplin shirts (like the Toteme ones I recentlyposted on) for day and night, easy linen and cotton dresses for post beach and dinner, a sexy jumpsuit (it’s the one thing I bought for this trip–mine is fromMalia Mills) and always a silk slip dress and my Wrangler denim jacket I’ve had for decades. I like this new Bembien leather bag which works for the beach and traveling, and always my Dezso by Sara Beltran choker, which I’ve been building up pendant by pendant over time (the one shown here from Net-a-Porter is similar)."
Our Winter Favorites: Heidi Wynne Fisherman Knit Crewneck, Cindy Hat and Black Isabelle Wrap, Aesop Hand Balm, Tom Ford Soleil Glow Bronzer, Aquazzura Boots, Bottega Veneta Panelled Leather Skirt, Nars Afteglow Lip Balm in Wicked Ways and Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color in Organdi