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is that there’s never a typ­i­cal day. There’s al­ways some­thing dif­fer­ent hap­pen­ing, and I’m con­stantly work­ing about four sea­sons ahead. My day is very, very reg­i­mented, with half-hour meet­ings – some­times as many as 14 of them – usu­ally with­out a break in be­tween. It can feel re­lent­less, but you get a lot done, which can be re­ally sat­is­fy­ing. I spend a lot of time with my style di­rec­tor, and we’ll look at colour pal­ettes and in­spi­ra­tion images. For the past few years, I’ve spent my va­ca­tions trav­el­ling around the US, mostly by train, just ex­plor­ing and hav­ing an ad­ven­ture. Last sum­mer, I took a train from Charleston, South Car­olina to Or­lando, go­ing from stately man­sions and land­marks of the Civil War to Dis­ney World. Noth­ing takes you from high cul­ture to pop cul­ture and back again like a jour­ney in Amer­ica. It’s the in­spi­ra­tion for what I’m do­ing at Coach. 1PM I have lunch in the of­fice dur­ing a meet­ing, usu­ally grilled chicken and green veg­eta­bles. Oc­ca­sion­ally, I’ll have a salad or sashimi, but I find it eas­ier not to have to think about what I’m go­ing to eat. 3PM In the af­ter­noon I’ll drink tea, some­thing quite Bri­tish like PG Tips or Builder’s tea – a proper black tea. Ev­ery two or three days, I’ll block out four hours or the whole af­ter­noon just to do some­thing cre­ative like sketch or work closely with a de­signer on some new ideas. I try to keep that bal­ance of a dis­ci­plined, or­gan­ised day with mo­ments where we can just do some­thing fun. 7.30PM I usu­ally leave work be­tween seven and eight, and either head home to have din­ner with my hus­band [il­lus­tra­tor Benjamin Sei­dler] or go out with a meal with friends. The Waverly Inn is just down the street from me, and it’s my favourite restau­rant in New York. I al­ways end up hav­ing the Amish chicken there, and I’ll of­ten have a glass of red wine. If I’m home, we’ll or­der some Ja­panese or a salad and sit on our ter­race. I’m like most peo­ple in New York and have the tini­est kitchen, so I don’t re­ally bother to cook much. 10PM Walk­ing is very re­lax­ing for me, so if the weather is nice I like to take a stroll along the Hud­son River af­ter din­ner with my hus­band. Re­ally, I’ll walk at any op­por­tu­nity. 10.30PM I like to un­wind be­fore bed by read­ing or watch­ing TV or a film. I’m a huge fan of watch­ing old movies that I’ve al­ready seen. I’m very nos­tal­gic that way. Work­ing Girl is a favourite. I love the de­pic­tion of pow­er­ful women and how there are dif­fer­ent ways to suc­ceed. I also love the ’80s fash­ion and the idea of self-im­prove­ment and trans­for­ma­tion that the movie pro­motes. Then I wash my face and ap­ply Estée Lauder Ad­vanced Night Re­pair serum, and I put every­thing on charge – my phone and my Ap­ple Watch – and set my alarm. Just be­fore I go to sleep, I check my phone one last time. I go to bed quite early th­ese days, and I’m re­ally happy if I can get eight hours – I like my sleep

Coach Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’15

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