Eleanor Strauss

Style Director, Shopbop. New York

There are few things that can convince us to cross the bridge to Brooklyn: a mission for skinny rings and Jacquie Aiche at Catbird, Jenné Lombardo, Stacy London, Mary Alice Stephenson and Eleanor (“Elle”) Strauss.

Strauss graciously welcomed us into her home, introducing us to her photographer husband, James Dimmock, and adorable daughter, Honor. The British-born, N.Y.C.-based editor and stylist may have planted her roots in BK, but she hasn’t forgotten her home across the pond. While the sweet smell of Santal 26 filled her home (it’s a unanimous Cov-favorite across the board), it was the scent of Honor’s dinner that really made us hungry. Throughout our shoot, Honor was all giddy and running laps around their apartment, squealing “Mummy! Mummy! Mummy!” We couldn’t help but watch a little Peppa Pig (a British animated kids' show) with her before diving head first into Strauss’s walk-in.

We girl-talked with Strauss about everything from memorable cover shoots (“It was with a certain infamous diva who shall remain nameless,” she said. “She arrived three hours late and wouldn’t get out of the limo until her hair stylist bribed her with free hair extensions!”) and even the shoot where she met her husband!

“I began my career in fashion over ten years ago as fashion assistant at The Face,” Strauss told us. “I actually owe a lot to The Face since I met my husband on a shoot for the magazine. He caught me burning a shirt with the iron, and he’s never let me near one since!”

The topic of conversation casually turned to designer purchases: namely, Strauss’s first pair of CHANEL T-strap heels she bought as an intern. With only about £5 left in her bank account, Strauss admits it was totally worth eating “beans on toast for a month” after. “I still wear them to this day!” she confessed. The things we do for fashion, right?