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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Day with Aerin

I have written about Aerin Lauder a couple of times on the blog (see here and here) and I still can't get enough of her effortless style. While reading through Traditional Home Magazine I stumbled on an article about "A Day in the Life: Aerin Lauder". I purchased the magazine immediately because I knew that the article would tell about how she goes about her day being chic.

Aerin Lauder has the kind of fame that makes her familiar—if not totally recognizable—to people on the street. “People often come up to me saying, ‘Excuse me, don’t we know each other?’ ” says Aerin, the much-photographed granddaughter of Estée Lauder. “They know my face, but they just can’t place it.”

Running the business while raising a family—she and husband Eric Zinterhofer have two teenage sons—seems to come naturally to Aerin, who has a formidable work ethic and the preternatural ability to look crisp and put together even before her first cup of coffee. 

She starts her day with fresh flowers. That sings to me already...

[8:30am] Fresh flowers are a necessary luxury in Aerin’s life, and she pops into Plaza Flowers on Lexington Avenue about once a week. “I love picking out my own arrangements,” she says as she grabs her handbag and one of her own empty vases on her way out the door. “I always have blossoms next to my bed, in my living room, and in the office.” Today the shop is filled with an extravagant riot of pink, purple, and lavender blossoms, the air heady with the green scent of freshly snipped stems. She asks owner Connie Plaissay to make an arrangement of the fuchsia peonies in her gold vase, which he promises to deliver to her offices later that day.

[9:10am] “Estée always said your office should be as homey as possible because you spend a lot of time at work,” says Aerin, arriving at the landmark Art Deco-era Fuller Building. Indeed, her work space feels like a glamorous Manhattan home, complete with a Baguès chandelier, Arctander armchairs, a striking George Condo canvas, pretty bowls filled with candy, and multiple touches of gold. “Estée believed in using gold as a neutral, and so do I,” she says, taking a seat at the mirrored table in the conference room for a meeting with Veronique Nguyen, Aerin’s merchandising manager. 

[1:15pm] Lunch is takeout salad and Diet Coke at the office, then her driver picks her up for the afternoon’s appointments. First destination? The Met Breuer—the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new annex. The museum opened in its new guise just two weeks ago, and Aerin hasn’t had a chance to see it yet. “It’s so strange to think it isn’t the Whitney anymore,” muses Aerin, whose uncle, Leonard Lauder, is the Whitney’s chairman emeritus. “When we were kids, my sister and I would come to see the Calder’s Circus and have burgers in the restaurant downstairs.” She spends most of her visit on the fourth floor, admiring two pieces by one of her favorite artists, Brice Marden. (In fact, she has a Marden hanging in the entry hall of her apartment.) “I think his work is really magical,” she murmurs.

I love how she goes on her lunch break to look at art. 
Very chic, isn't it?

If you want to read the rest of the article you can see it here. It is quite wonderful and inspiring. 

(photos via Traditional Home, text via Catherine Hong)


  1. What a fabulous article, thanks so much for linking or I'd never have know about it. Aerin always inspires me :)

    1. I am glad you enjoyed it! Have you read her book "Beauty at Home"? I loved it. So wonderful...