Net-a-Porter’s vice pres­i­dent of global buy­ing shares her New York sched­ule. By Gerald Tan.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - THE NEWS -

5AM It doesn’t mat­ter what time I go to bed – I tend to sleep only around four hours. Even dur­ing the week­ends! It’s a pain in the neck, ac­tu­ally. It’s never enough. There’s lit­tle chance of it go­ing back to how it was, even on va­ca­tion. You in­crease the hours of sleep and then it’s back to work, and the vi­cious cy­cle starts again. I’m su­per fast when it comes to get­ting dressed. It takes me 15 min­utes from start to fin­ish. 5.30AM I al­ways have a bath at night to re­lax, so the morn­ing shower’s just to wake me up. I don’t get dressed in trends. Yes, I work in fash­ion, but my style is very nat­u­ral and I don’t over­think it. My clothes are very chameleon-like and they work hard for me. When you travel as much as I do, you want ver­sa­tile pieces that you can wear in four or five dif­fer­ent ways. I al­ways wear a large men’s watch such as a Rolex be­cause I like that con­trast. 6AM I can­not func­tion be­fore I have a cup of English Break­fast tea with three sug­ars. I have a sweet tooth. I go through five cups of tea a day. It’s not very New Yorker. I live in a cor­ner apart­ment on the 20th floor with an amaz­ing view of New York – I can see the Em­pire State build­ing, the Chrysler Build­ing ... even the Statue of Lib­erty! I look out the win­dow and see what the weather’s like be­fore dress­ing from the feet up. Shoes are my ob­ses­sion. I have about 250 pairs all laid out. My life in New York means I walk a lot – the of­fice is just two blocks away and I’m still able to walk in heels. 7.30AM I have a cor­ner of­fice, which means there are lots of win­dows. I go through some fash­ion publi­ca­tions, both print and online. I up­date my­self and skim through all the mag­a­zines in my free time. I like to have a mag­a­zine in my hand be­cause it’s some­thing tan­gi­ble. I tear things out that in­ter­ests me. Morn­ings are spent catch­ing up with Lon­don. We’re a tight team in New York. It’s not as big as Net-A-Porter’s head­quar­ters, but in­ti­mate, quiet and we get a lot of work done. On an av­er­age, I re­ceive 180

emails a day. Ev­ery­one wants a piece of

Rutson’s pen­chant for

struc­ture in flu­id­ity is am­pli­fied in this

ver­sa­tile coat

Sarah Rutson

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