In Bed With Tyler Alexandra Ellis
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In Bed With Tyler Alexandra Ellis
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The goldi-locked Tyler Alexandra Ellis, daughter of the late American fashion designer Perry Ellis, and founder of her own luxury handbag line, needs no encouragement to slip out of her white fringed Isabel Marant mini dress and between the sheets of her bed in her suite at The Arts Club, a private members club first established in 1863 by, among others, Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope and Lord Leighton. “I love to be in bed,” enthuses the designer, snuggling back against the pillows. “It’s so comfy!” Located in a Georgian town house on Mayfair’s Dover Street, the club comprises a nightclub, three restaurants and an attractive garden as well as the hotel which, designed by David d’Almada of London design house Sagrada, opened a matter of days ago. (Tyler is the penthouse’s first guest, and this the establishment's first ever shoot.)

The space is light and airy, with dark-wood floors throughout and furniture chosen to evoke the spirit of some of the 20th century’s most iconic designers: Jacques Adnet, Gio Ponti, Finn Julh, Piero Fornasetti, Hans Wegner. In the bedroom eglomise mirror panels and an embossed leather headboard add to the warm, cosy mood. It suits Tyler, who is at once effervescent, open, and whip smart. "This is somewhere I’d live,” she remarks, approvingly eyeing her surrounds. In fact, Tyler, 30, lives between L.A. and New York – she favours the former, but her financier husband (they were married last year, she wore Dior Couture by Raf Simons) works in the latter. They recently acquired an apartment at 10 Madison Park West; the building is being designed by Alan Wanzenberg, and will include a 5,000 square-foot park for residents.

The designer at the time of the interview was in London to host a trunk show – following a valuable stint with Michael Kors, she launched her bag line, Tyler Alexandra, in 2011  and examples of her elegant creations, in a spectrum of colours and skins, are arranged around the suite. “I’ve always been a fashion girl,” she explains, and goes on to recount her earliest memory of the monde, when she first met Marc Jacobs in the Perry Ellis design studio. "He had long hair and ripped jeans and was wearing a motorcycle jacket, and I grew up in L.A. and my Mom was a Brooks Brothers-type lady and it was the first time I had seen anyone like that!” she laughs. “I was hiding behind Mom’s leg I was so scared of him, but then we became closer, and now we’re good friends. And he looks totally different."

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The facade of The Arts Club
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ESENSUAL LIVING: Do you spend a lot of time in bed?

TYLER ALEXANDRA ELLIS: Yes! I’m a diddler. I like to stay in bed in the morning.  I check emails in bed, and if I’m working on a new bag I’ll sit in bed and look at it and open it, thinking about how I can make it better.
 
EL: What’s your favourite aspect of your bedroom at home?
TAE: Aside from my closet?! It has very high ceilings and it’s a huge room with a huge bed, very white, and big windows with a balcony. I like to be able to see outdoors, to see nature and the pool; I like openness.  
 
EL: And your favourite aspect of your bedroom at The Arts Club?
TAE: I love the dark floor, I love this mirror, I love the headboard – we’re actually having a bed made with a crocodile skin headboard, though it’s going to be white, and very subtle; I had a crocodile skin across the ceiling in one of the rooms of my former New York apartment!
 
EL: How is your bed at home dressed?
TAE: It’s all white, with a lot of pillows. Pillows are very important to me, and we’re having some fun mink pillows made. And a cashmere throw – we were given a beautiful one as a wedding gift.
 
EL: Is there ever anyone else in your bed, aside from your husband?
TAE: Yes! I have three dogs that sleep with me: a Maltipoo, a Cavalier-Maltese and a Pomeranian-Poodle, they’re called Bella, Bailey and Bruni.
 
EL: And where do they live?
TAE: L.A. So, actually, when I’m there, I sleep in their bed.
 
EL: And what do you wear in bed?
TAE: Nothing!
 
EL: What’s beside your bed?
TAE: Scented candles, an eye mask (I like it pitch black when I sleep), water, a book – and a handbag. Inspiration, right?!
 
EL: How is your interior design aesthetic reflected in your bags, and vice versa?
TAE: I like very clean, very simple interiors with a lot of white and fun pop-coloured art, my aesthetic for both is clean and modern.
 
EL: What’s the favourite thing that you remember about your childhood bedroom?
TAE: The windows... literally three quarters of the room was window. It was bright and happy, and I think it’s because of that I always love a great view!
 
EL: Is there anywhere else you find yourself sleeping?
TAE: On a plane!  I’m constantly commuting between New York and L.A. and Europe – just now I was in Rome then in Paris for fashion week and then I’m heading back to Rome and then on to Miami and then L.A.
 
EL: And what are your in-flight essentials?
TAE: A Tyler Alexandra ‘Caroline’ bag, containing an eye mask and a cashmere throw.
 
EL: Do you have any unusual sleeping habits?
TAE: Sometimes I have to wake up at three in the morning to answer emails, and talk to the factories in Florence, which I’ll do from bed, and then I’ll go right back to sleep!
 
EL: What’s the most amazing bedroom you’ve ever slept in?
TAE: My hotel room on Laucala Island in Fiji; tropical, romantic, and an absolutely stunning view of our pool overlooking the beach.

Eva Robe

Morpho+Luna

Eva Robe

 

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