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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.


Photo Credit: Courtesy of David Schulze

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The Do-Gooder

WHAT SHE DOES: Philanthropist and board member of Citymeals-on-Wheels; cofounder of Suite 1521.

DAILY UNIFORM: A dress by Prabal Gurung or Wes Gordon, a pair of heels, and usually something glittery. "I love a sparkle!"

FASHION CRED: Tisch is the chair of the Friends of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. With her business partner, Kim Kassel, she recently launched Suite 1521, a members-only shopping club that introduces subscribers to edgy designers—like Rodarte, Mary Katrantzou, and Libertine—through private events. "The biggest challenge has been to remember that we're not purchasing for ourselves," she says about marketing the work of designers for whom she was once purely a client. "We have to put our opinions aside."

FOOD FORAY: As a board member of Citymeals-on-Wheels, a charity that brings meals and companionship to elderly New Yorkers who can no longer shop or cook for themselves, Tisch has helped to make the three-decade-old organization more relevant to a younger generation—in part by utilizing social-media tools like Twitter to promote events and to spread the word about the need for donations during emergencies like Hurricane Sandy. She's also involved in the charity's Women's Power Luncheon, which assembles female leaders in business, politics, the arts, and philanthropy, and which has raised more than $13 million since 2000.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE: Though Tisch knows her social media, her techie transformation is a work in progress. She carries two phones at all times. "I'm the last person still using a BlackBerry, but I can't give it up," she says. "I need the iPhone for my Instagram obsession."

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