Joy Gryson has fashion in the bag, literally. The Korean-born FIT graduate has worked with brands like Liz Claiborne, Coach, Calvin Klein, and even became Marc Jacobs' Director of Design and Development for the brand's handbags and accessories before striking out on her own in 2006. She hasn't slowed down either, snagging a nomination for the CFDA Swarovski Accessories Designer of the Year Award and creating a limited edition collection for Target in 2008 and steadily working to create must-have bags for downtown fashionistas. Glam checked in on the designer as she debuts her Spring 2015 line to the press and puts the final touches on her Resort/Holiday 2015 collection -- all before she picks up her daughter from the school bus:
iPhone alarm goes off, as it does every weekday. So NOT a morning person, but have to wake up my daughter, Olivia, for school.
Walking my Mini Australian dog, Captain, and getting Olivia on the bus for school.
Do a 10 min. meditation session that then turns into a 15-30 min cardio workout, and then some stretching exercises. I am a big fan of the app - Barre - a friend turned me on to it, what a great way to do some exercise within MY realistic time frame.
Quick breakfast consisting of eggs and an avocado. Recently came back from LA visiting a friend of ours - who is a Pilates instructor amongst many other things, and she got me into the avocado/egg thing. It's so filling, I am not hungry for hours, and feeling healthy, at least until I get my 5:00 p.m. Starbucks.
Walk to work with my dog Captain, only a few blocks away, but it's so nice to be able to enjoy the outdoors even for a few minutes before in the office all day.
This week has been Press Preview week for me - so had a lot of magazines come in to show my most recent Fall '15 line. Just showed another editor the entire Fall 15 line of both JOY GRYSON and IIIBeCa by Joy Gryson - she loved the shearling bags. Yeah!
Just had a fun sister duo blogger visit to the store, always love when I get visitors that want to say hi and see what we are doing for the season. Showed them our Spring '15 line in the store, and really nice compliments on the clean relaxed vibe of the line.
Quickly try to get through my gazillion emails - I always call emails a "necessary evil" - there's lots to communicate between the factories overseas, tanneries from Italy, business partners from Korea, accounts from everywhere in the world, it can get overwhelming. But I do not want to spend too much time on this, as I have lots of design and development to work on.
Meeting with my Production Team to discuss status of wrapping up Fall 15 production. Tying up any loose ends, ensuring that we are on schedule with factories and vendors.
Meeting with my Design team. First, reviewing Holiday/Resort 15 development status. Reviewing prototypes that just came in - working on a specific pattern that the factory is having some difficulties with, and problem solving on how to make it work - I do not want to give up on the concept, but ultimately the factory has to be able to produce it nicely and neatly! Then onto Spring 16 Design meeting. Reviewing sketches, materials, leathers, hardware, and working on colors. Feeling a bit stressed because we are a little late on our time and action calendar.
Go out to walk my dog Captain, and grab a quick lunch from Baked around the corner - Baked is the perfect go-to when I do not have a lot of time. I always get an All Greens Liqueteria drink and a savory veggie turnover - the filo dough satisfies my need for treats, yet I don't feel too guilty since I had my Green juice.
Run off to the TriBeCa Grand to have a meeting with a friend and her staff, with whom I am hosting a Spring Shopping event with at my store on Thursday evening. Discussing the final plans for the Shopping event, to ensure it successful and always fun!
Quickly dash to meet my daughter at the bus stop and take her home. I love being able to run out of the office to get some "Olivia" time during my hectic schedule. This always gives me a big smile on my face, and no matter how the day is going, I know that she will brighten up my mood.
Heading back to the office, and getting ready for more internal meetings: Social Media meetings and Website/E-Commerce meetings.
Wrapping up the day - and sending my last work emails to the factories and vendors. Trying to clean up all of my emails I have received all day, so I can start the next work day somewhat clean and fresh.
Going over to a friends apt in the West Village, picking up Olivia from her friend's, while enjoying a glass of white wine, and doing a little socializing and unwinding from the day.
At home with the family, and enjoying our weekly Korean dinner from KORI in TriBeCa. My favorite dish is the Kimchi soup with lots of tofu and rice cake.
Put Olivia to sleep. She may be 12 years old, but I love tucking her in and giving her my goodnight hugs and kisses.
Catching up on reading, mostly magazines, newspapers, and articles that I have been holding onto for the week. Depending on what I'm reading, either it keeps me awake all hours of the night and hopefully spurs up some great design inspiration (I do most of my designing at home in the wee hours), or whatever I am reading soothes me and helps me fall asleep.
Time to go to sleep. I am trying to get a good 8 hours sleep every night - tonight it will be close!