Q&A with High Society's Tinsley Mortimer
Your handbag line has gained a lot of acclaim in Japan. Do you get to travel there often?
It's been an amazing five years. I've visited several times, but the most recent was about a year ago. [The company] actually likes to shoot me in New York. Sex and the City has really taken off over there, and they love all the different backdrops. Plus, I live just a block from the factory where all of the products are made.
Why did you get involved with Samantah Thavasa?
It's been an amazing five years. I've always wanted to design - my mother was an interior designer. Plus, I've always been a girly-girl. When I was growing up, I never wanted to play with baby dolls - I always loved Barbie. I was offered the opportunity to do this line and jumped on it. I've had the chance to do my own clothing line, Riccime, but it's only available in Japan.
The bags are great - tell us a bit about the most recent line.
I was really inspired by the 80s, so a lot of the pieces have great studs and detailing.
We loved the bag Mortimer was sporting during our talk - an oversized platinum clutch from her own collection. The "Deborah" retails for just $225.
We're noticing that you're sporting some great new "style elements" yourself - what do the tattoos on the inside of your wrist say?
They say "BeBe" and "Bella," the names of my Chihuahuas. They're my babies. If I want to cover them up, I can - by wearing great bangles!
The tattoos are Mortimer's second - she has her ex husband Topper's initials inked on her hip. Despite the divorce, Mortimer says she plans to keep the first inking - saying that the memory is part of her life.
Your show, High Society shows some rather ... interesting moments. What do you hope to be remembered for?
I don't love the socialite label. I'm a really hard worker - I went to Columbia, played competitive tennis, have worked at Vogue. I think it's possible for women to go our and be social, but not to be considered a gossip or a party girl. I'd like to show girls that there's nothing wrong with being successful and pretty and having fun.
What do you see as the next step in your career?
I'd like to do more in fashion, perhaps becoming a creative director.
What's your "must have" luxury?
I might design handbags, but I'm more of a shoe girl. Right now, I'm loving everything by Brian Atwood, and this spring, I loved open-toed booties and shoes by Alexander Wang and Giuseppe Zanotti.
What's your on your summer wardrobe wishlist?
Color! I can't get enough. Unlike previous seasons, I am loving short things - particularly rompers.