profile: laetitia stanfield & selina mcpherson of roarke new york

rooney & kate mara, serena & venus williams, kate & pippa middleton and the queens of celebrated sister duos…mary kate & ashley olsen. there is something about a sister/sister team that is intriguing and empowering. so when sisters Laetitia Stanfield and Selina McPherson teamed up to create ROARKE New York greatness was bound to ensue. ROARKE, which is most widely known for their beautifully and intricately designed scarf necklaces that have adorned the necks of every IT girl (see jessica biel below), create strikingly unique necklaces, bracelets and anklets and a small collection of kaftans that are perfect for your next vaca or over skinny jeans while boppin’ around the city (we are stylists, trust us). Laetitia, a former buyer for bergdorf goodman who founded the company in 2009, and Selina’s designs are inspired by textures and patterns influenced from their trips to destinations around the globe, as well as their parisian and new york up bringing.

and this wouldn’t be a deuxmoi profile with out some do-gooding…all ROARKE pieces are designed in new york but hand beaded by communities in india. ROARKE is proud to support the artisans in these regions which have their own niche in the embroidery world. love that ROARKE gals!

ROARKE New York is available through high-end retailers or at www.roarkenyc.com. find out more about Laetitia and Selina and see their “favorites” below…

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laetitia and selina’s favorites:

piece in the entire Roarke New York scarf necklace collection:
we are both in love with our newest NAVAJO piece. it’s so beautifully made and goes with everything. there are 16 different color beads being used in this piece.

Roarke New York piece for a sexy date night:
the anklet, over a pair of simple strappy sandals

Roarke New York piece for keeping it stylish at the office:
the IKAT piece in tonal colors. it can be very subdued which is nice sometimes.

Roarke New York piece for shopping & brunch with the gals:
l: the leopard bib, it makes me feel sassy 😉
s: the TULUM worn as a head scarf, i get stopped on the street

Roarke New York piece for going hard during a night out on the town:
anything with fringe, it makes dancing so much fun

Roarke New York piece for your bridal shower:
our garter of course!!

Roarke New York piece for a black tie event:
the JAMAICA. Laetitia originally designed it to go with her wedding dress, but we find ourselves wearing it to black ties all the time.

designer:
pheobe philo for celine; everything she makes is so chic

shoe designer:
l: normally, pierre hardy. these days, del toro because I’m 9 months pregnant and only wearing flats.

handbag designer :
balenciaga

t-shirt designer:
the row for tees, the line for button downs

sneaker brand:
nike – but only airmaxs, air force ones and dunks…Laetitia’s husband is a sneaker addict!

scent:
l: serge lutens – a la unit…i’ve been wearing it for 15 years now!
s: serge lutens – fleur d’oranger

beauty products:
l: tata harper for the face. cica biafine of the body, i stock up whenever i go to paris.

makeup:
l: ysl mascara (in mauve), it gives my green eyes a nice pop
s: aquaphor – i’m addicted

nail color:
l: in the summer it’s essie clambake for toes and fingers clean, short and buffed these days
s: neon pink for toes and fingers clean, short and buffed these days

hair products:
l: bumble and bumble curl conscious
s: moroccan oil

hair salon:
sally hershberger

vacation spot:
st jean de luz, it’s where we used to go as kids, formentera, spain, Selina spent weekends there this summer and jose ignacio in the winter!

hotel:
round hill resort in jamaica (it’s where Laetitia got married)

restaurant:
l: the runner in clinton hill. we just moved there and they have the most amazing kale salad.
s: carbone!

magazine:
french vogue

housewarming gift:
anything that we can look at that reminds us of you on a daily basis

candle:
rosamundi by diptyque, they only sell it on special occasions

gadget:
iPhone

splurge:
l: most recently…an UPPA baby vista i am due in a month with my first child!
s: a plane ticket to see my best friend in tanzania

7 questions with laetitia and selina:

who is your hollywood crush?
our girl dakota johnson and paul newman when he was in his prime

how would you describe your style?
we are both quite eclectic, we love to mix and match things that don’t seem obvious. but great tailoring and classics are the perfect sounding board. our parisian grandmother taught us the importance of accessorizing, so that’s always been a real staple.

what is your secret obsession?
if we told you, it wouldn’t be a secret anymore 😉

what was your childhood nickname?
l: loulou
s: sisina

biggest turn on:
laughter

(fill in this sentence) if nobody ever found out we would…
get a massage every day

(fill in this sentence) we would just about do anything for…
unlimited airline tickets to anywhere in the world