LADIES WE LOVE: FOUNDER OF GIRLS RUN NYC, JESSIE ZAPO

 

Our month-long celebration of International Women’s Day ends on an extra-motivating note, thanks to Jessie Zapo. She’s a runner, art therapist and founder of the ladies-only running collective Girls Run NYC—just listening to her talk about the sport with such passion had us ready to get some miles in. Learn more about Jessie’s day to day, her favorite spots around the city and how Girls Run NYC came to be.

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LADIES WE LOVE: FOUNDER OF 17.21 WOMEN DORIS HO-KANE

To continue our month-long celebration of International Women’s Day we caught up with Doris Ho-Kane, founder of 17.21 Women, an Instagram archive of influential Asian women throughout history. 17.21 refers to the 17.21 million square miles that make up the continent of Asia, and it’s a fitting title when you consider the range of people Doris represents—from anonymous Vietnamese-American girls of the ’80s New Wave scene to someone as well-known as Yoko Ono. See what Doris hopes to do with the project in the future, plus get to know her go-to outfits, neighborhood spots, favorite modern-day mixtape and more. Continue reading

LADIES WE LOVE: JEWELER ARPANA RAYAMAJHI

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The International Women’s Day celebration continues (!). We’re back with another one of our favorite ladies—Arpana Rayamajhi. With a degree in painting and sculpture from the esteemed Cooper Union school, Arpana blends her artist’s sensibility with inspiration from her home country of Nepal to create jewelry that feels distinct, personal and special to wear. She’s also the cofounder of Dispose, a project that encouraged contributors from all over the world to tell their unique stories by using a disposable camera in one day. (Check out the archives here.) Read on to learn more about the jeweler-slash-artist-slash-Neil-Young-enthusiast, from her ever-changing coffee orders, to her tips for starting a business, to her own list of inspiring women.

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LADIES WE LOVE: WRITER JULIA PIERPONT AND ILLUSTRATOR MANJIT THAPP

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Presenting: an extra-special edition of Ladies We Love in honor of International Women’s Day—the first of four features this month. We snagged an interview with Julia and Manjit, the writer and illustrator behind our new favorite read, The Little Book of Feminist Saints. Don’t let its slim, fits-into-a-crossbody size fool you—this small but mighty title is filled to the brim with inspiration, telling the stories of 100 extraordinary women from Maya Angelou to Malala Yousafzai. Get to know the creators, plus find out what else we’ve got going on for International Women’s Day below.

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LADIES WE LOVE: EDITOR AND ARTIST BIANCA VALLE

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If you’re not following Bianca Valle on Instagram yet—prepare for lots of double-tapping. We’re big fans of her uniquely personal style that’s equal parts tomboy, vintage inspired and unexpected. Originally from the West Coast, Bianca now lives in New York working as an editor and pursuing creative projects on the side. She shared her inspirations, most-frequented Chinatown spots and more, below.

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LADIES WE LOVE: ARTIST CAMILLA ENGSTROM

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It’s hard not to appreciate Camilla Engstrom’s playful art, which includes sculptures, drawings and paintings. It’s almost always funny, often bizarre, and above all, relatable. We visited Camilla in her Brooklyn studio and talked about how she overcomes creative hiccups, the key to success as a woman in the art world and her current Cardi B obsession. Continue reading

LADIES WE LOVE: PASTRY CHEF AYAKO KUROKAWA

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One of our favorite NYC secrets is Burrow, a tiny, charming patisserie tucked away in a nondescript building off the cobblestone streets of Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood. And one of our favorite NYC ladies is Ayako Kurokawa, the pastry chef (or pastry artist really, but she prefers a more modest title) behind every mouth-watering, eye-catching treat made there. We visited her on a weekday afternoon just after closing up shop to talk about, among other things, David Bowie, favorite desserts and a very special grandmother.
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LADIES WE LOVE: CERAMIST-SLASH-FLORIST LINDA BUI

We’re all about passionate women who are making it happen. Like Linda Bui—cosmetic-supply-chain guru slash ceramist slash master of plants—who is doing just that. We spent a day with her (and her pup, Quincy) in Williamsburg as she tried on some of our favorite summer dresses and talked creative inspiration, true-crime podcasts and otherworldly flowers, among other things.

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