This Fashion Insider Has a Penchant for Jimmy Choo

Haute Inhabit’s founder, Lainy Hedaya, on why she hated fashion growing up and why she can’t stand lipstick.

By: Jodi Taylor
Styling: Jodi Taylor, Noah Lehava

To say that being given access to different people’s homes is interesting would be an understatement. We truly never know what we are getting ourselves into, yet we still arrive with expectations (Instagram will do that for you). And walking into Lainy Hedaya’s Midtown East New York apartment was everything we thought it would be and more—the beautiful and bright space matched Hedaya’s aesthetic to a T. From a crazy-amazing fireplace she built herself (no joke) to a painting in her front hallway that she also created (we couldn’t make this stuff up if we tried), our mouths were practically dragging on the floor as we took it all in. Then there was the fact that a good quarter of her living room is dedicated to the most Pinterest-worthy home office, complete with a desk that is littered with designer accessories and two clothing racks full of some of the most stunning pieces we’ve ever seen IRL.

We could lie and tell you we got right down to work, but that simply wasn’t the case. We spent the first thirty to forty minutes taking in Hedaya’s impressive (to say the least) shoe collection, her multiple closets, and, well, everything else that you might imagine exists in blogger-slash-model paradise. Let’s just say that the girl is crafty with a capital C—apparently she finds DIY crafts soothing, which is how she ended up with her reupholstered shearling chair. Obviously we quizzed her for the breakdown of every single piece, praying at the same time that her artistic ways would rub off on us.

Once we finished ogling everything in her place, it was time to (finally) get down to business (which essentially amounts to more ogling). Hedaya’s closets are stuffed to the brim with designer goodies—there was Proenza Schouler, Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Charlotte Olympia, Giuseppe Zanotti, Pierre Hardy...we could honestly go on and on. While we got to work balancing shoes on a skateboard and kimonos in the shower (as we do), Hedaya was a natural in front of the camera, looking next-level unreal in a black lace Alexis dress. When it was all said and done (many hours later), we snacked on toast with za’atar and chatted about pretty much everything under the sun. We left with an invitation to visit again soon to experience some of her home cooking, so, like, see you next week, Lainy?

Click through the below gallery to find out about how Hedaya got started, what made her change her mind about fashion (for the better), and what jeans she can’t get out of her head.