In24HOURS STUART VEVER S
The Coach designer’s life by the numbers. By Tara Lamont-Djite.
6.30AM Since moving to New York from Madrid, I’m waking up earlier. The first thing I do is check my phone. I have two iPhones, a work one and a personal one. I usually go to BBC News and see what’s happening, as Europe has already been awake for a few hours. If I have time, I love to take a bath. I add a very sophisticated product called Mr. Bubble, and I like to lie there and check my phones. I look at Instagram – I follow Idea Books, Dree Hemingway, Colette, Zoë Kravitz, and Coach – I read the news, and I’ll take a look at the weather. 7AM Once I’m done with the bath, I get dressed. I have a uniform for work, so it takes me about two minutes to get ready. I’m very much the kind of jeans, T-shirt, sweatshirt guy in the studio. I usually end up in Acne jeans and a J. Press shirt. I don’t have a big wardrobe; I’m quite good at clearing out my clothes. A friend of mine calls it “life laundry,” where you go through all your stuff and get rid of things. Every day I wear a different pair to work. I always spritz some of my favourite fragrance, Blanche by Byredo, before I leave the house. It smells like clean sheets. 7.15AM After I’ve finished dressing, I pack my bag. I like to try out new styles we’re working on at Coach, and I encourage the rest of the design team to do the same. I know some designers are like, “Oh, I don’t want it to be seen on the street before it comes out.” But I’m not precious about trying out new styles. So I’ll use a first prototype to give it a road test. I like to hang charms off my bags; at the moment, I have Woodstock from the Coach x Peanuts collection. I’ll typically take a notebook, my Coach leather wallet, my phones, and a book. I like reading educational and advice-type books, but I’m currently reading A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. I like novels that show the New York experience through the eyes of a dark horse. I used to read a lot of Bret Easton Ellis, like American Psycho. His style references definitely informed my take on fashion. 7.30AM I love to walk, so I walk to work and back home every day. It takes half an hour, and it’s a great time to clear my head and think about the day ahead. Sometimes I listen to music, and most days I walk along the High Line, which is a real treat. 8AM I arrive at work early, and the first thing I do is speak to my executive assistant, who briefs me on my schedule for the day, then I’m straight into meetings. I’m not really an e-mail person. I prefer to have a meeting and talk face-to-face or on the phone. I probably get only about 20 e-mails a day. 8.30AM I have breakfast at work, normally during a meeting, and it’s the same thing every day – coffee with just a tiny bit of milk and a ham and mushroom omelette made with whole eggs; I’m not an egg white person. One of
the things I love about my job