About the Designer & the Ladies of TessaReed


An interview with designer Hilary Star de Roy

Inspiration
Fave discovery: Sobriety & the real me 

What inspires you: Vintage textiles and design. Travel. Nature. Love. Kindness. Authenticity.

Necessary extravagance: 8-9 hours of sleep a night, sunbathing, reading real books 

Fave place in the world: My home, Palm Springs, the desert, Greece, Mexico, my local beach & the Catskills 

Fave movies: Overboard, Troop Beverly Hills, Harry Potter (all of them), Mean Girls, Clueless

Fave colors: Super saturated cobalt blue, deep forest green, tomato red, all the colors of the beach, sea glass 

Fashion idols: all the ladies who dress for themselves 

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Clothes

Underwear: Mostly simple gapbody & Urban Outfitters with some fancier stuff mixed in that I never wear.

T-shirt: Fruit of the Loom boys tees that I tie dye. Vintage. Alternative Apparel that I use to screen print for Royal Native.

Jeans: Levi's wedgie fit or ribcage

Day bag: Small Cabana tote that I had monogrammed 

Fave accessory: My rings that I never take off. Most of them made by my amazing friend Kat DiResta.

Fave boutique: Flea markets and thrift stores for hidden treasures and TessaReed for shoes of course!  

Fave online shopping site: Free People for basics and fleece jackets, Etsy for vintage

Shoes: I have too many shoes (no such thing) but my go to top 3 at the moment are Old Skool Vans, knee high Schutz faux snakeskin boots from TessaReed and Birkenstock Teddy Arizonas.

Sneakers: I'm a California girl at heart so I have about 7 pairs of Vans. I wear them everywhere. My husband and kids rock them too. We are a Vans Fam. 

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Home

Where do you live: A suburb of NYC, in Long Island. I'm back where I grew up and love (almost) everything about raising my kids in the town my husband and I grew up in. We even bought his childhood home from his parents.

Fave art: One of my best friends is a painter and her work is my absolute fave! My kids' art hangs all over the house and it fills my need for the abstract modern works that I love. Nature photography also is a love of mine. And luckily I have so many talented artist friends whose art is around the house.

Sheets: Serena and Lily, Brooklinen and LL Bean flannel in the winter

Luggage: Dakine rolling suitcases in all different sizes

Pets: Our rescue pup, Kermit. He's a wire hair fox terrier mix and he's an old soul. And we have a bearded dragon, Jake. The two of them get along great!

Fave flowers/plants: Wildflowers, daisies, anything that grows in unlikely places. Otherwise I am a total plant lady! I love love love succulents and have pots of them everywhere. Ferns, Philodendrons, Palms, Snake plants. I add crystals and shells and feathers in the soil. I'm a hippie at heart.

Fave restaurants: When we are in Manhattan we go to La Compagnie wine bar, my brother is the chef and the food, wine and atmosphere are amazing. And Takahachi in the East Village for the best sushi ever!

Fave drinks/cocktails: Oat milk coconut cappuccino from Karmic Grind. I don't drink alcohol so when I’m in the cocktail mood I mix half ginger beer with half sparkling water, lots of lime and jalapeño. Spicy kombucha. Fresh pressed pineapple ginger juice.

Fave snack: potato chips and onion dip (unhealthy) or vegetables and my tahini dip (healthy)

Top 3 TV shows: Schitt's Creek, Mad Men, Sex and the City

Music to lounge to: all of my parents and grandparents old records. Some faves are Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Simon & Garfunkel; Stan Getz, Jimmy Cliff; Elvis; The Temptations.

Fave spot in your home: My kitchen cooking for my family and my bedroom reading and writing and dreaming.

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Beauty/Health

Lipstick: Don’t wear it but I always have a tube of Glossier balm dot calm on me.

Mascara: Diorshow Blackout

Shampoo: Pantene or some health food store volumizing one

Moisturizer: Acure and Beautycounter 

Perfume: Amber oil from the health food store

Toothpaste: Rise Well

Soap: Dr. Bronner's Peppermint

Nail polish colors: Essie Lacquered Up or Clambake in Summer and Essie Tomboy No More or Wicked in the Winter only for toes. No polish on my fingers.

Can't live without product: Glossier balm dot com in every jacket pocket and next to my bed. Essential Rose Gold face oil. Dr. Gross Glow Pads for my face. I swear they take 5-10 years off overnight. I use once a week.

Workout: Walking 10k to the beach as many days a week as I can. Riding my bike. Solo yoga. 

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Jessica Granger co owner & buyer TESSAREED

Inspiration

Fave discovery: Do not be afraid to travel alone and go outside of your comfort zone

What inspires you: Architecture

Necessary extravagance: Going out to dinner

 

Fave place in the world: In the ocean (diving)

Fave movies: Harry Potter

Fave colors: Forest Green, Blue-Grey

Fashion idols: Morgan Stewart

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Clothes

Underwear: Commando

T-shirt: JCrew

Jeans: Rag & Bone, Agolde

 

Day bag: Dagne Dover backpack, Kempton & co. cross over

Fave accessory: signet ring, heart ring

Fave designers: Ganni, Isabel Marant

Fave boutique: TessaReed, Westside (introduced by LG, so we’re deff twinning)

 

Fave online shopping site: Amazon

Shoes: Castaner, Schutz, Penelope Chilvers

Sneakers: Superga, APL

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Home

Where do you live: New York

Fave art: Photography

Sheets: Brooklinen

Luggage: Away

Pets: Cat named Kat

Fave flowers/plants: Hydrangea

Fave neighborhood spots: Basil Leaf, Kingfish Oyster Bar, Loring Place

Fave drinks/cocktails: Dirty titos martini w/ 3 olives & 2 cocktail onions

Fave snack: Extra cheddar goldfish

Top 3 TV shows: Chicago PD, Law & Order SVU, SchittsCreek

Music to lounge to: The Carters, Sylvan Esso, Maggie Rogers, Motown

Fave spot in your home: Couch

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Beauty/Health

Lipstick: Chapstick!

Mascara: Beauty Counter

Shampoo: ArtNaturals Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

Moisturizer: Fresh, Dr. Jart

Perfume: I have a very sensitive nose and do not like carrying a scent

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify

Soap: Dove

Nail polish colors: Lace Me Up Essie – gel

Can't live without product: It’s a 10, Harry Josh Detangling Brush, Mason Pearson

Workout: A nice run and a low intensity/targeted workout (i.e. SLT, pilates, quick abs, etc.)

Facial/treatment: Heyday