SUZI JONES SKYE PARROTT DOUBLE OR NOTHING

SUZI JONES

INTERVIEW

PhotographED IN BROOKLYN
by Skye Parrott

 

THIS PAST SPRING, ROBERT H. FRANK REGALED NEW YORK TIMES READERS WITH AN HISTORIC EXAMINATION OF THE ORIGINS OF “SUCCESS.” TALENT AND EFFORT, HIS ARTICLE DETAILS, PLAY KEY ROLES, BUT SO DOES LUCK: WHERE YOU ARE BORN, THE LEADING LETTER OF YOUR LAST NAME, EACH SEEMINGLY INNOCUOUS DECISION YOU MAKE ALONG THE WAY. ULTIMATELY, HOWEVER, THE JOURNALIST CONCLUDES, SUCCESS IS A PRODUCT OF ONE’S ABILITY TO IDENTIFY AND APPRECIATE PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT.  

 

 

Anecdotally, accomplishment today is often measured by packed calendars and elevated stress levels. Conversely, Suzi Jones, like Frank, defines success as happiness, a status she achieves by digging in (to opportunities and individual passions) and letting go (of jobs, experiences, convention) to make space for whatever’s next. This inspired method has anchored a prolific creative career that includes stints at leading fashion institutions, ranging from Barneys New York to Warby Parker to her current roles as the Creative Director at Bergdorf Goodman and mother of two. 


 
 
 
SUZI JONES SKYE PARROTT DOUBLE OR NOTHING
 
SUZI JONES SKYE PARROTT DOUBLE OR NOTHING

 

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU WISH YOU COULD GIVE YOUR 20-YEAR-OLD SELF?
Move to New York City. Don't wait. 

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR MOST ADMIRABLE VIRTUE?
I'm very good in a crisis.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST IRRESISTIBLE VICE?
Gossip.

 

 

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A SUNDAY AFTERNOON SONG

 
 
 

A SONG FROM THE FIRST ALBUM YOU OWNED

 
 
SUZI JONES SKYE PARROTT DOUBLE OR NOTHING
 
SUZI JONES SKYE PARROTT DOUBLE OR NOTHING
 

 

 

AN IMAGE YOU WISH YOU'D TAKEN

 
SUZI JONES DOUBLE OR NOTHING BROOKE SHIELDS RICHARD AVEDON KEITH HARING
 

 

 

WHO HAVE BEEN YOUR GREATEST MENTORS?
Simon Doonan. Working with Simon was nothing but creativity and fun. Nothing was too outrageous to try. And he taught me to let things go, which I now think is absolutely imperative to a happy creative career.

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHAT WOULD YOU TALK ABOUT?
Diana Vreeland. I’d love to know how she stayed so relevant and passionate, not only about fashion but about everything. 

WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR LIFE WILL LOOK LIKE IN 20 YEARS?
Diana Vreeland's. 

 

 

A HERO

 
 
 

 

AN IMAGE THAT HAS INSPIRED YOU

 

 

 

 

 A PLACE YOU HAVE CALLED HOME

 
 

 

A SONG THAT MAKES YOU FEEL NOSTALGIC

A SONG THAT YOU'RE EMBARRASSED TO LOVE
Anything by Britney Spears

 

 

A NEW YORK MOMENT

SUZI JONES DOUBLE OR NOTHIGN SUDDENLY SEEKING SUSAN

 

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?
Being happy.

WHAT IS THE BEST RISK YOU'VE EVER TAKEN?
Quitting jobs that didn't make me happy.

WHAT DOES THE WORD FEMINIST MEAN TO YOU?
Equal pay for equal work!

 

A PLACE YOU DREAM OF VISITING

 

YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS

 

 

A KIDS' MOVIE THAT MAKES YOU CRY

 

 

WHAT IS THE BEST PART ABOUT BEING A WOMAN IN A POSITION OF POWER, IN A MALE-DOMINATED INDUSTRY?
I don’t feel like I’m in a male dominated industry. Ever since getting into fashion I feel like I’ve worked with a lot of women in power positions. 

WHAT IS THE HARDEST PART?
Fashion isn’t always family friendly. 

 

 

 

YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD PICTURE

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A SONG THAT REMINDS YOU OF YOUR PARENTS

A SONG THAT MAKES YOU THINK OF YOUR HUSBAND
I walked down the aisle to this on a boombox.

 

AN IMAGE THAT WAS ON YOUR WALL AS A TEENAGER

 

A PERFECT STYLE MOMENT

SUZI JONES DOUBLE OR NOTHING

 

 

YOUR LAST GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH

 

 

YOUR FAVORITE FEMALE CHARACTER

 

 

HOW DO YOU WISH FOR YOUR DAUGHTERS' LIVES TO BE DIFFERENT THAN YOURS?
I hope that breast cancer will be eradicated and global warming will be addressed. 

HOW DO YOU HOPE YOUR DAUGHTERS WILL DESCRIBE YOU WHEN THEY GROW UP?
Happy, fun and understanding.

 

 

AN IMAGE OF POWER

 

YOUR MOST PRECIOUS OBJECT

 

YOUR FAVORITE BODY PART
Lips.

 

 

THE LAST THING ONLINE THAT MADE YOU LAUGH

 

THE LAST THING LINK YOU SENT
 

YOUR ONLINE QUILTY PLEASURE

 

WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?
My health, my family and friends. 

WHO ELSE SHOULD WE INTERVIEW NEXT AND WHAT'S ONE QUESTION WE SHOULD ASK THEM? 
Jenny Gage and Tom Betterton. Ask them about their documentary "All This Panic." 


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