Lauren Edelstein, Style Director, @sequinspandex
Jenna Gottlieb, Editorial Director, @jennagott
As Style Director and Editorial Director at Shopbop, Lauren Edelstein and Jenna Gottlieb know a thing or two about the art of dressing for the office. We caught up the dynamic duo in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to chat about work, wardrobes and after-work hangouts.
What do you do?
LE: “I’m Shopbop’s Style Director. I oversee all styling for editorial photoshoots.”
JG: “I’m Shopbop’s Editorial Director. I oversee the editorial copy and social content teams.”
Best thing about working with your BFF?
LE: “It’s so fun! We have different skill sets but often collaborate. And we take lots of pictures. I have a genius idea to start an account called @sequinsandsuits (a reference to our very different aesthetics). The handle’s taken but we’re working on it.”
JG: “The best! We went to college together and have now worked at two companies together back to back, side by side. We can’t seem to separate. It’s maybe embarrassing?”
Favorite spot for a mid-day break?
JG: “Sixteen Handles, though Lauren makes really gross toppings combinations, like wet walnuts, kiwi and gummy bears.”
LE: “I really do love the wet walnuts.”
Favorite spot for an after-work drink?
LE: “We do dinner a lot with friends after work. Greenpoint, which is nearby, has some cute new-ish spots, like Di An Di and Oxomoco.”
JG: “The Hoxton Hotel is also a fun scene and close to our Williamsburg office. It’s great for a drink and after-work snacks.”
What are your go-to wear-to-work outfits?
JG: “When it’s cold out, like it is now, I’m big on layering anything and everything over a turtleneck—sweaters, dresses, blazers, jumpsuits.”
LE: “I’m on set for photoshoots a lot, so I like to keep it pretty casual. I do a lot of denim, and will add personality with a big slouchy, cropped sweater or an embroidered leather jacket. And when I’m really feeling adventurous… SEQUINS.”
How do you style a tailored blazer?
JG: “I usually mix them with other crisp pieces, like a big, cotton oxford and loafers with socks. I also really love a suit look.”
LE: “I love a suit too. If I’m doing a blazer, I like it extra oversized and paired with vintage-y denim.”
Tailored clothing makes me feel…
JG: “The most like myself… and like I stepped off the set of School Ties or Dead Poets Society.”
LE: “Like Sue Ellen Crandell in that amazing Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead montage. I’m right on top of that, Rose!”