Isaac Mizrahi Believes Tweezers Are Collectors’ Items

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Isaac Mizrahi revamped some of the most painful beautifiers in our arsenal in a whirlwind of whimsy as part of Tweezerman’s Limited Edition Designer series. This week we got to chat with the designer about the collaboration process. Find out how he reinvented the polka dot and even some of his “extensive” grooming habits.

Q:

What was your inspiration behind the prints for the beauty tools?

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The prints that I used for the tweezers and the beauty tools are ones that I turn to all the time. We wanted to reinvent the polka dot and reinvent the splatter print. And I thought it would be really to do that in a lot of color because A.) I thought they were really cheery and B.) they would be really easy to find in your purse or medicine cabinet.

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What was the difference between working on the collaboration as opposed to your regular collections?

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It wasn’t that different. One of the strongest reasons I was drawn to it was because I love Tweezerman and always have. I just really think of it as such an incredibly friendly, wonderful, quality thing in a woman’s life. In terms of the design, of course when I design a blouse or a necklace, I think about being classic, and in that way, it’s the same. But of course it isn’t a blouse, it’s a tool for grooming. So there were a whole bunch of things that I had to consider: what is a print that you won’t get tired of looking at for a number of years when you have these tweezers? By the way, I really think a pair of tweezers should stay around for, like, 40 years or something. I think of these things as collectors’ items in a way, too.

Q:

Given that you’re working with Tweezerman, do you believe beauty is pain?

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I don’t exactly. It’s a nice way of putting it. That’s a way that us with humor have to look at the whole situation because absolutely! High heels don’t tickle. Tweezing your eyebrows doesn’t necessarily feel good but it’s all in the line of looking better and feeling better about yourself. I mean, if was all just about vanity, I don’t know so much, but if it really is about feeling better and feeling like you’re more in control and together and with it. I’m all for feeling a little pain in order to look good and feel good.

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Do you have any beauty tools that you keep on hand at home?

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Sure, I have so many things. I swim every day, and I have a locker at this pool I’ve gone to every day for the past 30 years. People laugh at me when they hear about how many beauty products I dig out of there. I have all kinds of razors and tweezers, clippers, and files – all kinds of things. I can’t tell you the crazy regime that I have. It’s a really important part of people’s lives this idea of grooming, especially as you get older – there are more errant hairs that need tweezing when you get older, trust me.