A few weeks ago I was invited into the home and wardrobe of Emily Shepard Smith, Co-owner of Pacific Standard. Emily welcomed me with a lovely cheese plate and prosecco. What a darling lady and what a fantastic sunday!
So you're from Moscow, Idaho. What brought you to Seattle?
I went to undergrad in Seattle, met my husband, and then went to law school in NYC.
You studied at Columbia University and lived in NYC for ten years. Do you miss the city?
Yes, New York is such a great city and it's so inspiring. My ideal is to be bicoastal.
You're the Business Director for Pacific Standard. Can you tell me a little about the company?
Where do you see Pacific Standard heading in five years?
What's been your proudest moment in the past year?
I taught a class at UW's law school and survived. I will also be very proud when the first issue of Pacific Standard is released on June 15th.
What are some of your favorite past times?
I love reading, sitting down with a magazine, looking at art, talking about art, camping, hiking, being outdoors, and working on Pacific Standard and making it a reality.
If you could be anywhere, where would you be?
Out on the coast. I really like it in the spring when days are getting long and its still pretty cold.
Do you have a daily mantra?
No I don't but I probably need one.
Who are some of your favorite designers?
Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, Raf Simons, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Comme des Garcons, and Pierre Hardy (shoes).
Do you have any fashion faux pas?
Seeing a girl walk in heels looking uncomfortable and not natural. Everyone has a look that works for them.
Where do you gather your style inspiration?
Magazines and places. I think about matching clothes to the environment and vibe I'm in. Old photographs from the 70's, it reminds me of growing up in Idaho-- "the whole hippie, back-to-the-land movement."Bill Brandt's photos can also really set the mood.
What's the last book you read?
Just Kids- A Patti Smith memoir
What are you currently reading?
Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
What's on your personal soundtrack?
A$AP Rocky, Grimes, Burial. In terms of local bands I think Witch Gardens is amazing.
How do you typically spend a sunday?
Recently it's been working on the magazine but normally I'd spend a sunday drinking coffee, reading the times, and cooking dinner.
What's your vice?
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
What are you looking forward to?
The completion of the magazine, first show of contributors, curating, and thinking about the second issue.
Emily Shepard Smith, Volunteer Park, Seattle, WA.