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November 19, 2013

The Taste Makers

These days, well-dressed can describe both what you make out of a closet and inside a kitchen. As foodie-ism has come into fashion, the fashionable set has flocked to the world of food. Meet eight women making their way at the intersection of sustenance and style.

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of David Schulze

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KERRY DIAMOND, 44 and CLAUDIA WU, 37
NEW YORK 

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WHAT THEY DO: Diamond is editorial director of Cherry Bombe, a biannual food and style glossy, and co-owner of Brooklyn restaurants Seersucker and Nightingale 9 and coffee shop Smith Canteen. Wu, a graphic designer, is creative director of Cherry Bombe.

DAILY UNIFORM: Diamond favors Chance striped T-shirts, Zero + Maria Cornejo dresses, and Me&Ro jewelry. Wu prefers dresses by Thakoon Addition and 3.1 Phillip Lim and cashmere from J.Crew.

FASHION CRED: Diamond was a public relations executive at Lancôme and Coach, and Wu launched the cult indie magazine Me and freelance art-directed for Prada Beauty. This past April, they raised more than $40,000 through Kickstarter to launch Cherry Bombe. "There's this desire to reconnect, and it's easy to reconnect over food," says Diamond. "You might not run out to buy a new handbag every week, but you do need food every day."

FOOD FORAY: "A great fashion brand is all about the details, and the same is true for a restaurant," says Diamond, who opened Seersucker, the first of three Brooklyn eateries, with her chef boyfriend three years ago. Somehow she also finds time to put out the much-buzzed-about Cherry Bombe with Wu. "Baked"—in all senses of the word—is the tongue-in-cheek theme for their second issue, which covers everything from gluten-free baking to a vegan stoner blog. "We did talk to a few fashion folk about sharing their pot brownie recipes, but no one wanted to go public with them!" says Diamond.

PERFORMANCE REVIEW: "Launching two magazines revealed a sadistic streak in me," Wu jokes. Her partner can relate. "I definitely miss all the comforts that come from working for a corporation," says Diamond. "But sweat equity makes you a stronger person!"


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