We Got to Dig Around in Caroline Issa’s Insane Closet

She’s the perfect mix of brainy and babely, and has a killer coat game (the sort that doesn't go unnoticed by the fleets of street style photographers trailing her every move). London.

By: Meagan Wilson
Styling: Meagan Wilson
Photography: Renée Rodenkirchen

Can you believe it? Exactly one year ago we released our very first book, The Coveteur: Private Spaces, Personal Style. To celebrate, we’re going to be bringing you some of the super-exclusive closets we shot from the tome, all of which have never before been published online. Love what you see and want more? It’s not too late to order your own copy!

Take one business degree from Wharton; add a multicultural upbringing, time advising for corporate clients ranging from Dr. Pepper to Boots, and years living everywhere from Seattle to Singapore and Texas (and Montreal—Issa’s a fellow Canadian). Now, throw in a return to working in the fashion industry (she had a brief, awkward stint as a teenage model) as both consultant and editor, and the sort of idiosyncratic personal style that has brands breaking down your door to collaborate; and you might have something (or more precisely, someone) like Caroline Issa. Only after you wrap the whole thing in a traffic-stopping sky blue peacoat, that is.

As the executive fashion director of Tank and editor-in-chief of Because magazine, Tank’s sister publication, Issa juggles consulting for an entire range of brands while editing content on the daily. What we love most about Issa’s work, though, is that she manages to intellectualize fashion without diminishing the elements of indulgence and fantasy that are so crucial to the whole thing. Fun fact: Because of her (and admittedly, ours too) unrelenting schedule, Issa is one Coveteur who, after five years, despite collaborating a handful of times, we’d somehow never gotten the chance to actually see where the magic happens—the “where” being Caroline’s closet—until we actually began work on this book. Convenient, right?

The wait was worth it—Issa’s place was precisely as we imagined it would be. A collage of eccentric art and found images covered the entryway, which gave way to a largely open-concept, minimal loft (save for a sprawling dining table and a cozy couch covered in blankets from Issa’s travels). The whole thing was all exposed beams, glossy hardwood floors, and greenery dotting every corner, with a wall-to-wall bookshelf leading out to her balcony. In other words, it was the exact sort of space we’d want to call home, too, should we find ourselves ever calling London home. After catching up and trading fashion month plans over a round of coffee with almond milk, Issa led us to her closet and we let the games begin.

If we’re going to attempt to describe her wardrobe, we first need to acknowledge the sheer volume of it all—Issa has a closet occupying an entire wall of her bedroom, and a separate one in her storage-cum-dressing room just to house her shoes. This also happens to be where we saw firsthand the real perks of designing your very own namesake collection with a brand (Issa’s done so with both Nordstrom and LK Bennett). Issa has every single pair from the latter, with backups to spare tucked away for safekeeping, too. Call it Coveteur-approved hoarding.

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