On the Road with…Laura Brown, Executive Editor at Harper’s BAZAAR

Running a global iconic fashion magazine, while rewarding, is no cake walk — just ask Laura Brown, Harper’s BAZAAR’s Executive Editor, who is desperately seeking a “lie down.” The fashionista and businesswoman is one busy lady. Between the meetings, the travel, and the interviews, Laura Brown may not get to rest when she wants, but at least she knows she has a comfy backseat in an Uber to relax between point A and point B.

We caught up with the magazine executive to learn more about her day-to-day (and to get summer fashion tips, of course!).

Name: Laura Brown

Give us the Reader’s Digest version of what you do: Executive Editor and professional jazz hander for Harper’s BAZAAR. Every crazy thing you see in the magazine — I had something to do with it.

How did you get started in your field? Interning! There’s no other way to get started anywhere.

What does your typical day look like? Something high protein then either an intense day in the office, or an intense few days of traveling to shoots and interviews. Either way, intense!

Where can we typically find you on your day off? In bed!

What are your top 3 NYC go-to spots (restaurants, bars, museums, workouts, etc.)? Barbuto in the West Village — best neighborhood restaurant in NYC. Soul Cycle — less for the “soul”, more for the cycle. The Met — it’s in my neighborhood and I still can’t believe it. And Central Park — for the mental health benefits.

What are you looking forward to most about this summer? Lying down — detecting a theme? And seeing my arms in the daylight.

What are some summer trends we should get on board with right now? Birkenstocks, apparently (I’m not, but the fashion editors are). You can’t do better than an easy pair of white jeans and a bateau striped T-shirt. Bardot-at-the-beach style.

What songs or artists are currently on your playlist? Black Keys, Jack White, Lykke Li, Pharrell.

Where are you shopping lately? (Favorite stores.) Mostly all online. Best T-shirts from Jac and Jack in Australia, sales on Net a Porter. If I could, I’d shop at Dolce & Gabbana every day. Just loving their summer dresses right now.

What’s the most common Uber trip you take? UES to Brooklyn down the FDR.

What’s the best experience you’ve had in an Uber? A driver took me home from Brooklyn and played the most amazing 70’s soul music. We were one of those loud music cars.

Do you have a favorite Harper’s BAZAAR issue? Or one that you are most proud of? So many — sometimes it’s just the last one we did! The issue right now, June/July, is pretty great. It has a great collaboration I did with John Baldessari that was a total career highlight. And September is shaping up real fine.

What’s next for Laura Brown? What’s next for Harper’s BAZAAR? For Laura? A lie down. For Harper’s BAZAAR? BAZAAR never stops…

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