MATTE10: Creative Conversations w/ Edward Barsamian
When Edward Barsamian tells you something is chic, you’d better believe him. Beginning as the Assistant to Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, and currently serving as the Editorial Director of The Michelin Guide, Barsamian has redefined the world of fashion and digital content. As the former Style Editor for Vogue and Head of Editorial for Victoria Beckham, he has pioneered the marriage of popular celebrity culture with the once exclusive gates of fashion.
In your own words, how would you identify as a ‘Creative’?
What is one of the greatest challenges of working in a creative industry in NYC?
Other people. Collaboration is what makes this city great.
Where or who do you go to when you feel burnt-out?
Raquel Medina-Cleghorn (@raquelmedinacleghorn) my aesthetician. Some people go to therapy, I go to Raquel. She gives me the “Carlabella” special - that's a hybrid of Carla Bruni and Bella Hadid - every week.
Where or who do you go to when you feel inspired?
My mom. Talking to people. Listening to outside voices.
How are you measuring your own success recently?
I will when I achieve it.
What advice can you give to someone looking to build their own creative community?
Surround yourself with people who have differing opinions and life experiences. It helps to bring perspective to all aspects of life.
Do you feel that a healthy amount of risk is important to creative growth, or growth in general?
I wouldn’t say risk, I’d say freedom.
How does one ‘survive’ as a creative in New York City?
Good food and a glass of sake.
What was most important to you 10 years ago?
Making a mark in the industry as an editor. Still true today.