Yesterday was one of those days where time flies by, but you’re having so much fun you don’t realize it! We know, firsthand, that this is not always the case…so if you want to live vicariously, read on about our shoot yesterday and the incredible HEUCY Gals (nee “real life” models), Robin and Asa, we were lucky enough to photograph. Hopefully they will inspire you too.
Setting: it’s 10:30am, on a Thursday. Suwha and I are consuming our third (or fourth?) cups of coffee, working. At that moment, a beautiful, statuesque, cheerful woman appears at the door of HEUCY HQ. It is Robin Wilson, our first model for that day. We knew Robin was attractive. And we knew that she was an entrepreneurial powerhouse; her second book, Clean Design: Wellness for Your Lifestyle just came out (she’s currently in the midst of a 12 city tour now to promote it) and she is the CEO of Robin Wilson Home, a line of eco-friendly home products that is sold at Bed, Bath & Beyond.
We wanted to photograph Robin partly because of her advocacy of green living, a natural synergy with HEUCY. But as we chatted with Robin after she arrived, Suwha and I realized that we had won the model lottery! Not only would Robin look amazing in a potato sack (I mean, those arms…), but she also had a lot of invaluable business advice for us. Robin has been incredibly successful in a variety of roles, and she has learned a lot along the way. And, because Robin had been a model back in the day, she was a natural in front of the camera. Robin is also a mom, and she successfully juggles her growing empire with being a doting parent. It was really encouraging to talk with her about motherhood and running a business.
After bidding Robin adieu, and best of luck on her book tour, we trekked to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to photograph our other new lady crush Asa Larsson. Picture Gwyneth Paltrow with a shorter haircut and a slight Swedish accent. Asa Larsson had been head of PR at Marc Jacobs for years, and she made the brave choice to leave one of the most coveted jobs on the planet after her adorable son Odin was born. She decided to pursue a path that was just as creative and challenging, but more flexible than that of high fashion PR.
Asa and her husband David recently launched ATELJÉ 71, a line of Swedish-inspired shoes that are featured throughout HEUCY’s Spring 2015 look book. They are seriously some of the coolest shoes we’ve ever seen. When our stylist Kristen Ingersoll introduced us to ATELJÉ 71, we said we had to meet the founders because “Nordic Spring” was our inspiration for this season…and because ATELJÉ 71 and HEUCY are brands rooted in the same conventions and aesthetic. Both are focused on creating beautiful and thoughtful design for strong, dynamic women…who do a lot of sh*t and who move around a lot! These women need a practical, chic uniform to accommodate a full life.
I don’t exaggerate when I say I wanted to move into Asa’s apartment. I was really hoping she and David would adopt me, so I could just hang out on their sick terrace (that view!!) all evening and drink wine and laugh and chat about life.
But, alas, we needed to give Asa, David and Odin some space since they had hosted us for a few hours and Asa and David had to get ready for a night out on the town…as cute couples do. Yesterday was one of those days when you realize how important it is to get out and meet women like Robin and Asa to get inspired, and to feel connected to the world around you. This is especially true now, when so many people have lives and careers that are more gray than black and white.
More photos to come. Until then, happy May Day and TGIF!
The HEUCY Team