VIOLETTE

VIOLETTE

Makeup Artist, Consultant and Art Director

Think YouTube beauty tutorials aren’t for you? Think again. This Parisian makeup artist is rescuing the beauty how-to from tween-dom and reinventing it for women who’d never contour, at least in daylight. Catch her expertly applying makeup in the back of an Uber (her “second bathroom”) or in murky restaurant light, complete with requisite shaggy bangs and Breton Tee. Her artistic touch bespeaks her time at École du Louvre (she studied painting and fashion design). She's an ambassador of La Mer, and has worked with Vogue, Mert & Marcus, MAC Cosmetics...
You name it, Violette's done it.

WHAT SHE WEARS

HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START?
I studied painting and fashion design initially. One night, I did a friend’s makeup for a party, and realized it was like a combination of painting and fashion—but on the face. I suddenly realized my two passions could be merged!

WHAT ADVICE DID YOU RECEIVE?
Someone once told me, "Give yourself four years. If you still haven't made it by that time, change your career path." Hearing that helped me keep a deadline in mind and to try to stay true to my vision. I'm so happy it worked out!

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?
It’s when people trust you. You don't have to fight to prove anything.

JEN ATKIN

JEN ATKIN

Celebrity Hairstylist and Founder of OUAI Haircare and ManeAddicts.com

She’s who the Kardashians call when they’re having a bad hair day and the New York Times has suggested she may be the world’s most influential hairstylist. It might sound cliché, but Atkin’s story champions true passion. Her words say it best:

 

“As a teen in Utah I was obsessed with Natalie Imbruglia’s short haircut in her ‘Torn’ music video. No one could give me the cut I wanted so I bought a pack of shaving razors and started cutting my own hair. Soon I was cutting all my friends’ hair in my parent’s garage. After high school I drove to California with $300 and contacted all the salons in Allure’s beauty directory until finally someone returned my call.”

 

Starting out as a receptionist in a Beverly Hills salon, within the year Atkin found herself assisting on Madonna’s world tour. A move to Paris to work with Galliano and Guido Palau followed. Today, the “SHE-EO” has a newly launched haircare line as well as a successful editorial site, Mane Addicts.

WHAT SHE WEARS

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
Making women feel better about themselves. Traveling. Sharing my journey.

WHAT WAS BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED?
Serge Normant said not to be threatened by your peers, but be inspired by them. There is enough work for all of us to go around and we should support and encourage each other. Ricky Gervais also said “No one else knows what they’re doing either".

WHAT IS YOUR OFFICE STYLE?
Anine Bing T-shirt, Fallon choker, RE/DONE jeans, and my Gucci fur loafers with a Pablo merch sweatshirt tied around my waist.

SYLVIE LODAY

SYLVIE LODAY

CEO and Co-Founder of Ex Nihilo Paris

“…Then I drive my scooter to work.” It should come as no surprise that Sylvie Loday, co-founder and CEO of luxury perfume house Ex Nihilo, lives in Paris. She also takes a glass of water with her coffee, a full hour for lunch, and she’s never in bed before 1am.

 

The niche brand (run by Loday and her two partners) burst onto the global scene in 2014 when Harrods included it inside its prestigious Salon de Parfums. Ever since, stores have popped up around the globe, including a stunning flagship (painted in the house shade of vivid royal blue) on Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris.

WHAT SHE WEARS

WHAT WAS THE BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED?
What matters is not the final goal but to enjoy the journey.

IS THERE A KEY PIECE IN YOUR CLOSET ESSENTIAL TO YOUR WORKWEEK STYLE?
A Goyard laptop case personalized with my initials to carry my computer. I also love my vintage Saint Laurent tuxedo jacket.

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?
Building something that I am proud of, giving back to people that I love and ultimately being happy.

SUSANNE KAUFMANN

SUSANNE KAUFMANN

Owner of Post Bezau Hotel & Spa and Founder of Susanne Kaufmann Organic Treats

Family plays an important role in Susanne Kaufmann’s success story. At the age of 23, she inherited the family business, an Austrian hotel started by her great-great grandfather back in 1850. The “typical alpine hotel” already had a small health department, but 23 year-old Kaufmann immediately set about transforming it into a professional wellness destination. The Spa was one of the first of its kind to offer an extensive set of holistic treatments (from facials to acupuncture to color therapy) in a low-key atmosphere. A line of completely organic, chemical and toxin-free products—“treats”, as she calls them—shortly followed. Today, ingredients such as mallow, witch hazel and pine oil, locally-foraged from the Bregenz Forest where Kaufmann grew up, make their way into the bathroom cabinets of women around the world.

 

But what’s her greatest achievement to date? Her kids. As we said, for Susanne Kaufmann, it’s all about family.

WHAT SHE WEARS

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
That I have a lot of variety.

WHAT WAS THE BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED?
That I need to take time for myself, for my family and friends.

WHAT WOULD YOU ADVISE SOMEONE TODAY?
Take your time off.

IS THERE A KEY PIECE IN YOUR CLOSET ESSENTIAL TO YOUR WORKWEEK STYLE?
High heels.

JIN SOON CHOI

JIN SOON CHOI

Editorial Manicurist and Creator of JINsoon Nail Lacquer Line and JINsoon Spas in NYC

From painting the nails of top models at fashion shows and photoshoots (for Vogue, W, Interview… the list goes on!) to running a successful nail line and managing her four boutique spas in NYC, Choi is undoubtedly a master of her craft.

 

Starting out as an ordinary manicurist at a Korean-owned New York nail salon (and taking English lessons on weekends) she worked her way up doing at-home mani/pedis before landing a photoshoot gig. Eventually, she’d find herself onset with some of the greats, including photographer Steven Meisel. Choi’s first salon opened in the East Village in 1999 and line of nail polish—known for its glossy finish and harsh-free formula—followed in 2012. Her flagship nail spa (designed by her architect husband John Coughlan) opened earlier this year in TriBeCa.

WHAT SHE WEARS

WHAT DO YOU DO?
I consider my work to be applied art. I am a manicurist but I create the designs that I paint. It’s the same with my nail polish—I create the colors, names and packaging as they are inextricably connected.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
Coming up with stories and themes for each season and creating colors around a particular concept. Naming each shade is also one of the most fun parts!

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?
Success to me occurs when you determine a goal and you achieve it.