Valerie Macaulay

Valerie Macaulay is the co-founder of fashion consultancy La Marque (which means "the brand" in French), and La Ligne, a clothing store built around the iconic stripe. But it's not all about fashion, as Macaulay once told us, she jumps at the chance to surf, whether it's the waves of Nicaragua or Montauk or a break not yet explored.

What would the title of your autobiography be?
“I Played with Barbies, and Other Assorted Stories.”

What can’t you travel without and why?
These days my iPad – I always need a good read, my music, and Google Maps is my  compass.

Where is your favorite travel destination?
Any place with a surf break.

If you could choose one person to show you “their New York City,” who would it be and why?
Woody Allen. I feel I have seen his vision of New York through many of his films, but would love a complete tour.

What or who inspired you recently and why?
Richard Phillips. He is an artist represented by Gagosian best known for his oil paintings of photographs from magazines. I really have been inspired by his use of fashion editorial and advertising in his work  and how well he modernizes photographs taken in the 60s; some are indistinguishable from paintings he has done from a picture taken last year. We had a wonderful discussion about today’s obsession with starlets and branding and the power of fashion in art and society… It has made me look at the magazine and the imagery we produce in a new way.