About the Designer & the Ladies of TessaReed

An interview with designer Hilary Star de Roy

Fave discovery: Yoga & breathing 

What inspires you: Artisans all over the globe. Nature. Love. Kindness. Authenticity.

Necessary extravagance: 8-9 hours of sleep a night, occasional sunbathing

Fave place in the world: Tulum, Palm Springs, Greece, my local beach at sunset with my family

Fave movies: Overboard and Troop Beverly Hills

Fave colors: Super saturated cobalt blue, deep forest green, tomato red

Fashion idols: Jane Birkin, Chloe Sevigny, Sienna Miller, Michelle Williams



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

T-shirt: Fruit of the Loom boys tees that I tie dye.

Jeans: Levi's wedgie fit or ribcage

Day bag: Small Cabana tote that I had monogrammed 

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

Fave designers: Isabel Marant, Ulla Johnson 

Fave boutique: Flea markets and thrift stores for hidden treasures and Tessa Reed of course!  

Fave online shopping site: I love Reformation, Zara and my fave blog lecatch.

Shoes: Too many to list but my black knee high Schutz boots from Tessa Reed have been my go to all season.

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. 



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 Spring through Fall 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: Peonies from our backyard for the two/three weeks they are in bloom. 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 quit drinking recently so when I’m in the cocktail mood I mix half ginger beer with half sparkling water, lots of lime and jalapeño.

Fave snack: guacamole and chips

Top 3 TV shows: Homeland, 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 office, where I am inspired and surrounded by African wax everywhere



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: Glossier or Dermalogica

Perfume: Amber oil from the health food store

Toothpaste: Crest whitening

Soap: Dr. Bronner's Peppermint

Nail polish colors: Essie Lacquered Up (tomato red) 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: Dr. Bronner's chap stick in every pocket and next to my bed. Weleda Skin Food for my dry hands. Dr. Gross Glow Pads for my face. I swear they take 5-10 years off overnight. I use once a week.

Workout: Yoga, Vinyasa Flow at Gritty Buddha. Walking my dog.


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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



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



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



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