Model. New York
Rushing home to meet us from a whirlwind of fashion week fittings, Heather Marks is looking as fresh-faced as ever—but then again, she’s a model. We were graciously greeted at the door by Marks and her adorable pup Otis, whose signature slobbery tongue became a prime discussion topic. But Marks is used to it; Otis is a total spotlight stealer. Her apartment was glowing with scented candles and a killer playlist of Lana Del Rey on repeat. Before we invaded her closet, the Calgary native showed us her Canadian hospitality by offering us tea (her personal favourite) and plenty of snacks. After getting the grand tour of her East Village home, we were eager to get inside her walk-in. We did feel a little sorry for her roommate and our pal, Matt, who happens to have a much smaller closet than Marks, whose own closet is packed with pieces she’s collected over the years. Many of Marks’s most treasured pieces have come from her time working as a model abroad—a Givenchy bag bought in Paris during Haute Couture and a leather jacket from All Saints in L.A. are merely a few amongst them. And Marks has got the ‘model off-duty’ outfit down to a science: Isabel Marant sneakers (or sometimes the Westwood buckle boots), Rag & Bone shearling coat, Alexander Wang bag, denim cut-offs and Ray-Bans. Although she’s constantly travelling the world for work—modelling for Meisel, McDean and McGinley as well as fronting the campaigns of Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino and Nars—Marks has not forgotten her hometown stomping ground. She regularly returns to Calgary and spends her summers by the lake, driving around in her custom Harley Davidson truck. And Marks proudly reps her Canadian roots: wearing pieces from renowned Canadian labels such as Aritzia, Jeremy Laing frocks and Joe Fresh boots whenever she can. When it came time for Jake to shoot Marks’s portrait, he quickly realized he was working with a veteran. Even Otis got in on the action; taking cues from momma Marks, it clearly wasn’t his first time in front of the camera.