Inside The Studio With Lady Grey

After meeting at school in Boston, designers Jill Martinelli and Sabine Le Guyader discovered that they not only shared the same aesthetic, they shared the same entrepreneurial spirit. The ladies made the move to New York after graduating, and immediately began production on their line, Lady Grey. Martinelli and Le Guyader invited us into their Brooklyn studio space, and spoke to us about their experiences as female business owners, how they get inspired, and what it's like working with a best friend.. Photography by Kathryn Wirsing.

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    Marie Claire: What is it like working as a pair of female friends? Are you guys friends first and partners second, or has it always been easy for you to navigate that business relationship?

    Jill: It’s always been pretty easy I would say.

    Sabine: Yeah, we're definitely friends. We hang out together outside of work.

    Jill: We're very close. It’s kind of weird. No—it's not weird, but we’ll go out for a drink after being in the studio together for 12 hours and still have things to talk about. I guess at this point it's not awkward if we’re disagreeing on something—we just figure it out. We both respect each other.

    Sabine: We also used to live together when we started the label. Until two years ago our studio was in our apartment on another floor. And we would start the morning with coffee, talk about the dreams we'd had the night before, then go to work downstairs in our pajamas all day.


    Kathryn Wirsing
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