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.
By Heather John
Photo Credit: Courtesy of David Schulze
KERRY DIAMOND, 44 and CLAUDIA WU, 37
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!"