Recently I had the pleasure of reconnecting with Marin Hopper with whom I worked at Vogue many moons ago. Back then we were both starting our careers and working at Vogue was a fashion lover’s dream job. It was at Vogue where we worked with the crème de la crème of editors, stylists and photographers; we were learning from the very best talent in the industry. Catching up with Marin felt like no time had passed; she is still the kind, funny, self-depricating and down-to earth person that I fondly remember. In the world of fashion this is rare and most refreshing!
After Vogue Marin worked at Mirabella and at Elle where she was the fashion director. Later, as a consultant to several brands including Diego de la Valle, she saw that when launching a brand everyone is looking to tell a story; and that as the daughter of actor-photographer Dennis Hopper and actress-author Brooke Hayward, and grand-daughter of Leland Hayward, the Hollywood and Broadway agent and producer, her own life was glamorous, real and very much worth talking about.
As she looked through her grandfather’s archives, filled with correspondence with famous movie stars like Ernest Hemingway and pictures of family travels to exotic places, she knew she had the perfect elements to launch a line of handbags which she named Hayward.
Hayward House, the beautiful setting for her salon of treasures
I caught up with Marin and her husband, film producer and Hayward co-founder John Goldstone at Hayward House, their salon-like store located in the 1906 town house of architect Grosvenor Atterbury. With its floor-to-ceiling hand-carved woodwork, hand-painted gold-stiched ceilings and gilded fireplaces, the setting perfectly showcases her expanded line of American made handbags, as well as men’s and women’s accessories, books, photographs by her father Dennis Hopper, and collaborations with artists and brands. The bag collection will begin selling at Bergdorf Goodman this fall.
Window seating at Hayward House
The men’s section is filled with Dennis Hopper’s photography, art books and collaborations with artists
Bronze objects by Viennese artist Carl Aubock a close friend of Dennis Hopper
Hayward bag collection
Her signature bag, the H Crossbody. The ‘H’ of the logo came from her grandfather’s watch fob links which spelled his name
Mini Maggie (named after her grandmother, actress, Margaret Sullivan)
The Hobo in python and suede
The Slim (named after her step grand-mother, socialite and fashion icon, Slim Keith)
The Shopper made from Fortuny fabric
A clutch made with Fortuny fabric and the H signature logo
Jewelry by Burkindy which means integrity
Diana Vreeland’s perfumes
A Murano glass chandelier
A taxidermied peacock in flight
As I walked around admiring the beautiful items, perfectly displayed in this landmark building rich in American history, I remembered Marin’s words when explaining her vision for her brand:
“With Hayward, I am building the first American luxury fashion brand that draws on generations of Hollywood history and glamour. My vision is to share this quintessential, evocative, sometimes surprising, often unconventional — but always dazzling — American experience with the world.
Perfectly said and beautifully captured at Hayward House
131 East 70th Street
New York, NY