[8 Things] Sophie Lou Jacobsen
Sophie Lou Jacobsen founder of her eponymous brand told us 8 Things.
1. What's the last thing that inspired you?
Right now I'm in Seattle, and a couple days ago went out to the old growth rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula. Being near these enormous trees that are anywhere between 500 and 1000 years old, feeling their trunks and the thick wet moss and ferns that surround them was incredibly grounding and inspiring. A great reminder of the magnitude of this earth in comparison with our time here.
2. How would you describe your aesthetic?
Joyful, minimal, and mindful.
3. What does your daily routine look like?
I can't say I really have a set routine. I'm very lucky that my boyfriend wakes me up every morning with coffee and a smoothie, and I like to take a long time with those and slowly wake up. Working for myself means setting my own schedule which I really appreciate, and every day looks a bit different which I find to be a very important aspect of my happiness. An average day would see me either running errands, going to my studio to work on orders, staying home and answering emails from my dining table, or a mixture of all of the above. Before the lockdown I would go to my studio for full 8 hour days everyday of the week, but since getting used to working at home it's been a bit more flexible. In the evenings I like to have a drink, a late dinner, and unwind with an episode of Seinfeld and/or a book.
4. What are two hidden gems in your city?
In New York, what was formerly known as the restaurant at the Four Seasons (now it's called The Grill or something like that), which was designed by Mies van der Rohe and Phillip Johnson in 1959, is one of my favorite gems in the city to go and have a martini when there is something to celebrate. It feels like stepping into a time capsule back to the glory days of Mad Men, and is probably the only setting where I would willingly surround myself with business men having happy hour! Bemelmans Bar is a close second, which is in the lobby of the Carlyle Hotel and who's walls and lampshades were painted by the author and illustrator of the Madeline books. Another hidden gem I discovered this summer is "The Lemon Ice King of Corona", an Italian ice stand in Corona, Queens. We went there on a hot evening and the whole neighborhood was so lively and vibrant and wonderful, and definitely the best Italian ice I've had in New York!
5. What is your favorite item in your closet right now?
Birkenstock clogs with the thickest possible wool socks.
6. What is the last thing you bought for your home?
Storage bins to put away seasonal clothing! A real game changer for my small bedroom/closet space situation.
7. Did you pick up a new hobby or interest during quarantine?
I tried to pick up a lot of new hobbies during the lockdown but none of them stuck. I found that I had an extreme inability to focus on anything but daily routine tasks like answering emails and preparing food [like the rest of us, cooking did become a new hobby by default.] The only thing that started to settle my mind and focus was when the weather started to be good and I would go on long bike rides with friends. One of the reasons why I'm in New York is that I'm an extremely social person, and I need social interaction in order to be inspired and motivated.
8. Do you have a secret talent?
Sophie Lou Jacobsen provided the images above. Collected and taken by her in the last few months they represent her lifestyle, her inspiration, and her travels.