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What are some examples?
Roma: During Miami swim week in July, we hosted an event for Lorenzo Martones bicycles with signature red chains inspired by Christian Louboutins red soles. 4141 Design in the Miami Design District collaborated by offering Memory chairs that look like crumpled tin foil by designer Tokujin Yoshioka for Moroso. And to emphasize the intense creative rivalry between Hedi Slimane, creative director of Saint Laurent, and Raf Simons, creative director at Christian Dior, we installed a skate ramp, where a metaphorical face-off might take place.
Since the store is also known for art, what do you have planned there?
Erika: Contemporary painter Kehinde Wiley will show through our annual Art Basel exhibit produced by Sean Kelly Gallery in New York. In fact, the art dealers daughter, who grew up surrounded by Marina Abramovics gory works, gave us the okay to purchase Yoshitomo Naras lithograph of a dolls head being ripped off for Lilas nursery. We got her all these fun baby art books, too, full of Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jeff Koons.
What else did you score for her?
Roma: The owners of Chrome Hearts, the American luxury brand, sent us a killer diaper bag that I would actually carry. Its black suede with sterling silver zippers and has Lilas name stitched in Old English letters.
Erika: I also became a fan of Jessica Albas eco diapers, creams and wipes through her Honest Company website and have a ton of it at home. Roma: But Lilas most exclusive possession is probably the white minimal stroller by Mima that my dad brought home on the plane from Paris. As the first grandchild and girlI have five brothers!shes a bit spoiled.
Is she already rocking serious style?
Erika: Oh, yes she is. The baby versions of Dolce & Gabbanas Sicilian-themed lace dresses for women are so sweet, and I cant get enough of Stella McCartneys childrens line, especially her printed tees.
Roma: And Miami jewelry designer Luis Morais gave her a pink beaded bracelet with her initials and a heart diamond. Considering all the current innovation in kids stuff, Im really embracing this baby thing.
How about your style? Has it changed as a result of becoming parents?
Erika: Roma always described my clothes as pregnant-looking even when I wasnt. For example, I wore a pleated kimono by Rick Owens during a Basel party that I would have worn regardless of whether or not I was expecting. Ive always gone for a sexy, flowy Saint Laurent blouse over something skin-tight.
Roma: I favor minimal as opposed to theatrical mens wear, so I work, sleep and travel in Rick Owens, which is really comfortable if you have kids. Im excited about his upcoming collaboration with Adidas to make real athletic versus his former fashion sneakers. I still tend to like smaller, cultish labels, too, like Julius from Japan or MA+ for leather pants and motorcycle boots.
Erika, do you have any fashion tips for expecting or new mothers?
If you dont want to go the maternity clothing route, Givenchy makes many loose silhouettes, and Celine is awesome for modern, functional dresses all with pockets because designer Phoebe Philo is a mom who gets it. She also created mink-lined Birkenstock-style sandals dubbed furkenstocks that I was extremely grateful for during my last trimester. Roma: I thought they were ridiculous especially for a spring/summer item, but Erika insisted we order them. Good thing, too, because they were a hit at the store.
Whats a typical date night?
Roma: After Lila was born, our first night out was drinks with other new parents at Soho House.
Erika: We usually go to dinner and a movie on Sundays.
Roma: Its funny because we never made time for one before becoming parents.
Where else do you like to hang out?
Roma: Were really into all the new spots in Sunset Harbour like Lucali pizza and Ice Box. Umami burgers are amazing, too. Most likely were at our new houses pool since Lilas a water baby. Her first swim was on Fathers Day.
After traveling so much for work, do you prefer staying home or taking vacations to unwind?
Roma: Working in Europe a lot, its easy to steal a few days for a quick side trip. Erika often reminds me that we didnt take a proper honeymoon, so we also plan bigger annual excursions and have visited many places like Istanbul, Hong Kong and the Amalfi Coast. Erika: For this years summer vacation, we chose Corsica, which has gorgeous, crystal clear water. Romas relatives recommended a place in Porto-Vecchio.
Whats it like living, traveling and working together constantly?
Roma: Many people would think its tough, but I actually get lonely on the sales floor and will go back into the office to see Erika. Id bother her all day long if I could.
Erika: Its true!