My muse is not a person. It is the sophisticated equestrian lifestyle and those that inhabit it. My inspiration tackboard (in addition to Pinterest which I love) is filled with outakes from the multi-dimensional, well-travelled and highly discriminating equestrian lifestyles that populate the AA show world. Those outakes provide context and literal form to my designs…the idea of the Amateur-Owner who travels from her busy editorial job in New York to Wellington on the weekends… the mom who showed as a junior / young adult and now is the best groom/supporter at the children’s ring… the picturesque black tobacco-turned-broodmare-barns in Lexington and those that own them… my inspiration goes well beyond what they are wearing, or carrying, and includes the artwork, interiors and books they love… I am building a new farmhouse and have been using Pinterest to gather inspiration. Seeing what really resonates with the sophisticated equestrian lifestyle followers, and how it is reflected in different dimensions has given me so much insight and inspiration… for example, black is really the new black in my book – especially cool in various textures and/or when combined with gold… and particularly when tempered with a dose of classic, which inspired our new Maude Bag (top left) and Work Tote (bottom right) from Italy.