Bags and Beauty: A Night with Aerin Lauder and Edie Parker

by Kristen Heinzinger

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Designer Brett Heyman of Edie Parker and Aerin Lauder attend AERIN Beauty x Edie Parker Collaboration Launch at Bergdorf Goodman on November 19, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for AERIN)

Last eve, the handbag department made an appearance on the beauty level at Bergdorf Goodman—Aerin Lauder and Edie Parker designer Brett Heyman celebrated their limited-edition collab. The duo designed a gray pearlescent acrylic clutch with white rose motif (à la Aerin’s classic perfume Rose de Grasse), and inside they’ve included a specially created Rose de Grasse lipstick and gold-tone travel comb. We headed over to Bergdorf to see for ourselves, and to grab a coveted minute with the ladies of the hour. 

Would you say this collab was destiny?
Aerin: We’ve been friends for many years. It’s funny—because [the line] is called Edie Parker, I didn’t realize it was Brett behind it, and I always loved the bags. Then I made the connection and it made even more sense to me. I think her vision and sensibility is so modern, so feminine, and so fun.

What was working together like?
Brett: It was awesome. I’ve known Aerin for years, but I’ve never worked with her in this capacity. The best thing about Aerin is that she’s incredibly decisive. She knows what she wants…and she has really good taste! So it made it very easy.

And how about the design process? How did that work?
Aerin: It really was 50/50. We talked about a few different colors and we tried a few variations. Gray is so timeless and so pretty. It felt fresh. And when you see the other colors in the palette, it makes a lot of sense.
Brett: We definitely wanted to do a rose design, so it was a question of, are we going to do a literal rose or a figurative rose? Are we going to do something bright or holiday or metallic or something really subtle?

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How long did you toss around this idea?
Aerin: We talked about it about a year ago, and we started saying that it’d be great for holiday, but it took a few tries to get the color and the pattern. We were both very much on the same page, so it was quite easy and fun.
Brett: And I’ve always loved beauty. I like to say if I didn’t make bags, I’d make cosmetics. I made a science project in high school—Berry Beautiful—it was Bare Minerals before its time. I smushed up fruit and I put it on my face. Didn’t have much of a shelf life. I didn’t win the science fair.


So what’s your regular beauty routine like? Any musts?
: I don’t leave the house without a lot—I always put on a Perricone nude foundation to even out skin tone. I do not leave without mascara and a little light gloss.

And Aerin, what’s a key feature of your ideal bag?
Aerin: It needs to fit a phone and a lipgloss or a lipstick. In this collection we have an exclusive lipstick and a comb—so it’s the idea that you can put in a few things. Something that’s too small doesn’t make sense, and something that’s too big doesn’t feel as feminine.

Why a comb?

Aerin: My grandmother Estée always used to have a comb and a little mirror in her bag, so it’s something from the past that’s still relevant today.


The Aerin x Edie Parker clutch is available for $1,350 exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman.

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