Movers & Shakers

Movers & Shakers: Brett Heyman

June 15, 2018

Brett is wearing our Miller Dickey Jacket, Remi Blouse and Lou Gaucho.

Looking to step up your handbag game? Let Brett Heyman, the woman behind beloved luxury accessories line Edie Parker, be your guide. We caught up with her at her Madison Avenue store to talk all things summer style, career and guilty pleasures.

NAME & OCCUPATION:

Brett Heyman, Mom, Wife and Founder and Creative Director of Edie Parker

HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START AS A DESIGNER?

I worked in the public relations departments of both Gucci and Dolce and Gabbana for years, covering ready-to-wear but also accessories. I thought there was room for a luxury evening bag brand based on acrylic clutches from the 1950s. I had collected these bags beginning in high school and with the confidence of my fashion experience and connections I started designing.

WHO IS THE EDIE PARKER WOMAN?

She is ageless, but she has a specific attitude. She is bright, optimistic, has a sense of happy exuberance, a love of color and always gets the joke. 

WHAT WAS THE FIRST BAG YOU DESIGNED?

Simple acrylic box clutches in solids and stripes.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?

Creative freedom. We are small and nimble, so if we have a wild idea we can execute it. It’s not always successful, but it’s always fun.


BEST CAREER ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED?

Be nice to everybody.

THREE THINGS ALWAYS IN YOUR CLUTCH:

Black eyeliner, By Terry lip gloss, my phone.

THE ONE BAG YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT:

Our new mini-tote with molded acrylic handles.

YOUR #1 STYLE TIP FOR SUMMER:

Wear breathable fabrics.

DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE IN FIVE WORDS:

Contradictory - classic but often tacky, sophisticated but often androgynous.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?

My children. 

WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL CONFIDENT?

My husband and my therapist.

GUILTY PLEASURE:

The Real Housewives of any city.

CAMO OR LEOPARD?

Leopard.

RED LIP OR SMOKY EYE?

Eye.

UPTOWN OR DOWNTOWN?

Uptown.

VERONICA BEARD IS…

The MILF I want to look like. They are my friends and two women I greatly admire.

Shopping at our Madison Avenue store? Head a few blocks down and visit Edie Parker at 781 Madison Avenue!

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