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Inside the Glam Office of NYC’s Hottest Bag Designer

Inside the Glam Office of NYC’s Hottest Bag Designer
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Right now Reece Solomon, the designer behind in-demand bag line Reece Hudson, is having a major moment. Just ask Jennifer Lawrence, Miranda Kerr, Leandra Medine, and Rihanna, who’ve all been spotted with her cool leather bags draped over their shoulders and tucked under their arms. It’s a zeitgeist of sorts, one that’s centralized in a small office with sky-high ceilings, seriously good light in the buzzy NYC neighborhood of SoHo.

We gave her airy space a major makeover to bring the decor up to the level of chic she achieves with her hot bag designs, and stuck around to chat about inspiration, work-space must-haves, and, of course, personal style.

Atop a plush Moroccan rug, a midcentury leather sofa acts as a relaxed, no-pressure brainstorming zone where Reece can get creative away from her desk.

Atop a plush Moroccan rug, a midcentury leather sofa acts as a relaxed, no-pressure brainstorming zone where Reece can get creative away from her desk.

Describe your personal style in five words or less.
“Easy, eclectic, edgy, and sophisticated.”

To what do you attribute your success?
“Having a great business partner with whom I share a singular vision.”

Layering is what it’s all about: A rock-and-roll bible shares table space with a swatch of vintage Malian mud cloth and a bundle of fresh blooms.

Layering is what it’s all about: A rock-and-roll bible shares table space with a swatch of vintage Malian mud cloth and a bundle of fresh blooms.

Do you have a favorite material to work with?
“The look of leather changes with age and wear, which makes it constantly evolve—and I love that. No two leather bags can ever truly be identical in that respect. But really, all natural materials are interesting to work with because they always have slight imperfections, which I find make them more beautiful and special. I also love working with metal and plastics—primarily in my hardware and evening bags—for the exact opposite reason: I find their permanence really appealing.”

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Reece, a devotee of all things ’70s, rocks the high-waisted jeans to prove it.

Reece, a devotee of all things ’70s, rocks the high-waisted jeans to prove it.

As artful as this wall appears, it acts as an ever-changing inspiration and mood board above all else.

As artful as this wall appears, it acts as an ever-changing inspiration and mood board above all else.

So this is your first proper office space—what feeling did you want it to capture?
“My primary concern was creating an environment that was inspiring, but didn’t visually compete with whatever work I was currently doing. I also wanted a space that looked professional but was also incredibly comfortable.”

Did you have a specific design style in mind?
“I wanted to create a neutral, but elegant, backdrop that felt modern with eclectic touches. We were lucky enough to find a space with great natural light and high ceilings, both of which are very important to me.”

Though hits of pattern are introduced here and there, a subdued palette of black, white, tan, brown, and brass keeps the work space feeling sleekly understated.

Though hits of pattern are introduced here and there, a subdued palette of black, white, tan, brown, and brass keeps the work space feeling sleekly understated.

A custom Curtis Kulig piece hangs on the wall behind Reece’s desk. Look closely and you can spy “Reece” painted amidst the “Love Me”s, his signature phrase.

A custom Curtis Kulig piece hangs on the wall behind Reece’s desk. Look closely and you can spy “Reece” painted amidst the “Love Me”s, his signature phrase.

If that’s your office style, what’s your home decorated like?
“It’s actually a similar vibe to my office: a mix of midcentury and traditional with bohemian touches.”

Those bulletin boards are pretty amazing. What’s your approach to art?
“I go with what I like. Art is supposed to elicit a feeling or reaction in the viewer, so if a piece doesn’t move me then it doesn’t interest me. I like supporting friends of mine who are artists—it makes the pieces more personal to me, which in turn makes them more special.”

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To the designer, black-and-white photography hits the trifecta of beauty, drama, and neutrality, creating a mood that can’t quite be replicated with a color photo or other piece of art.

To the designer, black-and-white photography hits the trifecta of beauty, drama, and neutrality, creating a mood that can’t quite be replicated with a color photo or other piece of art.

The breakout designer’s coffee table books should be on the must-read list of any fashion obsessive.

The breakout designer’s coffee table books should be on the must-read list of any fashion obsessive.

You have your dream office, but—truth time!—is there anything you’d like to change?
“I never seem to have enough table space, or enough free space on my bulletin boards.”

If you had to play favorites, which piece in your office would it be?
“Definitely my vintage side table.”

On Reece’s desk: a few of her favorite things plus necessary clutter (papers, paper clips, and push pins) neatly corralled in trays and pretty boxes.

On Reece’s desk: a few of her favorite things plus necessary clutter (papers, paper clips, and push pins) neatly corralled in trays and pretty boxes.

When are you…
…sitting at your desk?
“When I am on the computer, writing emails, working on line plans or charts, and doing general research. Also, I’ll be there if I’m having a Skype meeting with one of our international partners.”

…sitting on the couch?
“When I am sketching, reading the newspaper, or having a design or strategy meeting.”

…sitting on the floor?
“Often when I am laying out different materials or color options. Or just during my process of assembling my mood boards.”

A marble ashtray combines form and function as a chic catchall.

A marble ashtray combines form and function as a chic catchall.

Black and brass are always a winning combo, especially when it’s supple leather against vintage scissors.

Black and brass are always a winning combo, especially when it’s supple leather against vintage scissors.

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Love Reece’s style? Follow her on Instagram to keep up with her fashion-forward life.

Love Reece’s style? Follow her on Instagram to keep up with her fashion-forward life.

As a designer, who are your favorite designers?
“At the moment Raf Simons and Proenza Schouler.”

Is there any piece of clothing you’re currently coveting?
“I’m on the hunt for the perfect pair of vintage Levi’s. I have a jean obsession!”

And last but not least, what’s in your bag right now?
“Wallet, MetroCard, rosebud lip salve, iPhone, headphones, Altoids, keys, a lighter, a small notebook, and a pencil.”

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