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Style Q&A: Jessica Schmidlapp



Style Q&A: Jessica Schmidlapp
March 2019

Catching up with the globe-trotting jewelry designer behind Dudley VanDyke, which this spring launches new necklace fobs, plus earrings and funky rings

Q Why are you inspired by Victorian watch fobs?
A I’ve always been interested in jewelry with history, and I think fobs lend themselves particularly well to becoming heirlooms. I like that Victorian pieces were very focused on symbolism; for example, snakes represented eternal love.

Q What do you splurge on?
A Currently, rosé (I love Chateau d’Esclan’s Whispering Angel); oysters; and Violet Grey’s Erasa XEP-30 skin cream, which is destroying my brown spots and wrinkles. And always, any experience that will create a lasting memory.

Q How does your fashion aesthetic translate to your home decor?
A In my previous life, I was an interior designer. Our home is full of funky pieces, some antiques, old suzani bed covers, John Robshaw linens [the “Kesar” sheet set in ‘indigo’ is above], and pieces picked up while traveling.

Q Most exciting career moment thus far?
A My first press junket in New York with our PR team. I got to visit all the magazines I’ve followed for decades, including Harper’s Bazaar, W, and Vogue.

Q Tell us about your other new venture.
A This spring, my husband and I are launching a floating VRBO on Harbour Island in the Bahamas. You can check out Gypsea on Instagram @bluewatergypsea.

Q What’s on your spring wish list?
A Figue’s “Paolina” kurta [above] for our upcoming trip to Greece and some Redington waders for fly-fishing in Alaska this summer

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Photographs courtesy of (3) Dudley VanDyke, (kaftan) Figue, (linens) John Robshaw, & (wine) Chateau d’Esclan