Aerin Lauder

Founder and Creative Director, AERIN. New York.

By: Alicia Cesaro
Styling: Alicia Cesaro

In our day, we've seen some OTT Dior, Mary Katrantzou and Balmain. It’s not surprising then that it's the closet we visited with the old mahogany library, piles of timeless Manolos, denim and black cocktail dresses, that felt like the breath of fresh air we didn't even know we needed. When streetwear reigns, DHL-employee-esque T-shirts are all the rage, and neon sneakers have replaced any semblance of a ladylike heel, the timeless elegance of classic style feels really right.

Entering Aerin Lauder’s uptown home evokes all those feelings and more. Once you pass the aforementioned mahogany library filled with books on everyone from Richard Avedon to Yves Saint Laurent and fresh hydrangeas in glass vases, you get to the real gem: Lauder's wardrobe. Which, guys, just may be the closet of our dreams. It’s covered in the dreamiest of floral wallpapers, and there are gold accessories living atop an all-white vanity and dressing table across from her wall-to-wall wardrobe. Which is where we found the good stuff—hanger after hanger of Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, Erdem, and gowns from Met Galas past. From there your eyes scan over to the piles of handbags and pom-pom flats from Lauder's namesake line, AERIN, Chanel, Hermès, and the like. Plus the pieces passed down from her grandmother Estée (because of course).

After we were properly exhausted from all the wardrobe raiding, we sat down with the entrepreneur over tea to chat about—what else?—the line’s latest collection of flats (which you’ll want to add to your fall wardrobe, right about now), her efforts with The Adventure Project, what lessons her grandmother and mother have passed on, and lots more.