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PAMELA MUNSON Founder, Pamela Munson
The kids are down, your work is done - how do you spend your “me” time, when you get it?
Besides my morning iced cappuccino, one of the day’s greatest luxuries is a hot shower. After my children are down, I usually unwind with a hot shower or bath where I reflect on the day, turn into my pajamas and then finish any outstanding emails, Skype with my factories overseas or relax with a little TV with my husband.
What is the thing you bought in the last three months that you have most enjoyed? (In any product category)
A house! After living in Manhattan for 20 years, my family and I felt it was time to move to the country. The change has really agreed with us and we haven’t looked back.
What is the quality you most like in yourself as a mother?
I’m fairly hard on myself as a working mother but I try to focus on the quality of our time together instead of the amount of time. My two daughters are individuals, Beatrix (6) and Agatha (3) – they are each their own person - and I try to support their own interests, ideals and passions. I also like to think I’m warm and compassionate. Deep down, I’m usually a pushover when it comes to the girls! I’m due next week with my third – a boy! – so curious to see how the dynamic changes.
What is the quality you most like in one or all of your children that they did not inherit from you?
My youngest daughter Agatha is a beautiful blonde, blue eyed girl – she did not get that from me! She is a product of recessive genes.
What is the other career you’d most like to try out, given a second professional life?
I feel like I’m exactly where I’m meant to be professionally or at least on the right path as PAMELA MUNSON is in its third year, evolving our straw handbag collection and expanding into new categories. My husband and I always fantasize about opening a café or bakery. Anyone who knows me well, would say that I have a major sweet tooth so opening an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, café or bakery would be a dream project.
What are the nicest things your partner does for you, and you for them?
Too many to count! My husband is very supportive and one of my biggest cheerleaders – he has always valued my work as important as his own. Truly, I couldn’t have created my brand without his love, support and technical expertise. It helps to be married to a tech guy! Ha! After a long day, Adam is equally wonderful at massaging my legs and feet and I can always count on him for a late night dessert run. As for me, I’m very good at thoughtful, personalized gifts and love celebrating special moments big and small.
What are the three beauty products you always have in your rotation? We always love to know someone's go-to lipstick color too...
I’m pretty minimalist and natural when it comes to makeup and products. I’ve used Cle de Peau eye concealer for years, Aquaphor on my lips, and then Dior Show Mascara.
How important is routine to you? What parts of your routine are sacrosanct?
Routine is somewhat important, but I usually exist and thrive in chaos! One of the things I love about running a small business is that each day is unique and not like the day before. It’s dynamic, I work on multiple projects simultaneously and two to three collections at once. I love the dance between the creative and analytical.
What are your professional goals and how do you go about achieving them?
I’ve always been a very driven person. While I worked in fashion for my entire career, I always knew I wanted to do something entrepreneurial, create a product and signature style. To mark the launch of our new Resort Collection, we made a pivotal shift in our business, transitioning to a direct-to-consumer model, allowing greater accessibility to the line and value to customers. While we’ve been fortunate to sell our products at some of the finest retailers in the world – Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Forty Five Ten – I’m excited for this new path where we’ll be able to focus more on developing the brand, evolving our product range and connecting in a more direct and meaningful way with our clients. I truly believe it’s the future of retail.
What are the things that make your home personal to you and your family
Pictures and heirlooms make our home feel warm and keep us connected to family that came before us. I have several sets of china from my grandparents and great-grandparents, beautiful gold rimmed crystal, and a grand piano that was originally my paternal great-grandparents. The piano is the main event in our living room and I can’t wait for my girls to learn to play on this treasured piece where many family members learned to play before.
What maternity style or clothing item could you not find this time around that you most wish FH would create?
A fabulous coat! In NYC especially, a coat – or handbag – is often the only piece of clothing you see or the most memorable.