From an exclusive interview with the amazing woman who founded Chico’s, to a chat with an iconic fashion writer, to words of wisdom from a yoga guru, to a local’s favorite Miami finds, we got to meet a lot of fabulous people this year. Here, we’ve collected a few of our favorite stories for you. We hope you enjoy!
“It was our intention to make our customer feel as good as humanly possible and make ourselves feel as good as humanly possible. Helene Gralnick, one of the Chico’s founders, (along with her husband Marvin,) sparkles, shines, and charms effortlessly. She lights up every room she walks into. We were lucky enough to spend some time with Helene, learning what drove her to start Chico’s, and her thoughts on its evolution, while on location at the first ever Chico’s shop in Sanibel Island, FL this summer. Learn more about the artisanal roots behind your favorite store (we hope!) here.
Currently the editor for fashion and interior design at Phaidon Press, William Norwich has an eye (a sparkling eye, in fact) for fashion, design and style. Over the course of his career, he has written and edited for The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, Town & Country, Architectural Digest, and New York magazine to name a few. He’s just published his second novel, My Mrs. Brown, a lovely fairy tale about a modest Rhode Island widow who falls in love with an Oscar de la Renta suit. The opposite of a Cinderella story, the book is all about how clothes aren’t about transformation, but can make the woman into her best self. We couldn’t agree more. Read more about William and his wonderful book here.
Glenda Harrison is the influencer behind the fabulous blog “So What To Twenty“. We met her at the B@M conference earlier this year, where she was a guest speaker. We couldn’t wait to learn more about why she does what she does, where she gets her great style, and what makes her tick. Read more about Glenda and her blog here.
Colleen Saidman Yee
Colleen Saidman Yee is one of the most radiant people we’ve ever spent time with. Her joie de vivre is evident in everything she does. A world-renowned yoga instructor and owner of the popular Yoga Shanti studios, she spends much of her time traveling the world, learning and teaching. We thought she was a lovely embodiment of our Zenergy line, which is all about living life to the fullest, from morning ’til night. Here she shares her words of wisdom on taking care of yourself, why yoga is more than poses, and why we need to reframe the conversation on aging.
Chic City Guide: Local Leticia Herrera’s Miami
With the advent of winter comes dreams of a warm weather getaway. We love ours with a little culture to boot, making Miami one of our preferred destinations. Leticia Herrera, the owner of one of Miami’s chicest restaurants, Casa Tua, and the star of our December swim story, shares her notes on the Magic City, where art and leisure go to play. (Our bags are already packed.) We’re sharing her ideas on what the locals really do in Miami. Read more about Leticia’s Miami here.