This week’s Meet a Mom is Darien-based stylist Brooke Hastings, who moved to town from New York City with her husband Brandt 7 years ago this September. We spoke to her about her growing business, her Darien life as mom to two children, Charley (7) and Mimi (2), her personal style and more.
Why did you choose to move to Darien?
Brandt and I both lived in a few different parts of the country growing up. Brandt was born and raised in New York City and moved to Upstate New York before settling in Greenwich, CT. By way of New York City my parents moved to New Canaan before relocating to Denver, CO when I was born. When I was 10 years old we moved to Cape Elizabeth, Maine to be closer to family. When Brandt and I decided that it was time to move to the suburbs we chose Darien because of its close proximity to the water, to New York City and for its reputation as a supportive, close-knit community. My favorite part of living in the ‘burbs’ are the friendships that Brandt and I have formed since moving to Darien.
How would you describe The Master Edit?
The Master Edit is client-centric and individualized. It includes wardrobe editing, closet organization, and styling. My focus is to optimize your current wardrobe and identify must-have items that complement your dynamic lifestyle, and silhouette in a mindful and aesthetically pleasing space……and what inspired you to go into the styling business? I come from a long line of men and women of great style and have always been a lover of all things fashion. For as long as I can remember I have always enjoyed my spaces neat and tidy and even volunteered to fold my own laundry in elementary school! After 2 years on Wall Street I left and took a job as an Assistant Stylist however I quickly learned that I couldn’t pay the bills and returned to high finance. I retired in 2012 after Charley was born to become a full-time mom. Brandt and my girls inspired and encouraged me to launch The Master Edit and they continue to support me everyday!
How would you describe your own style?
I would describe my personal style as inclusive. I like to curate a closet with a little bit of everything so that I can dress according to my mood each day. I try to keep it fresh, modern and always chic. Whether I’m out and about with my family, commuting into the City or shopping with a client you’ll often find me in a pair of premium sneakers. However, in the dead of winter when I’m “off-duty” and cooking dinner you’ll catch me in a cozy pair of sweats.
What is the thing you hear most often from your clients?
I most often hear from women (and men) “I’m in a rut. I have a closet full of clothes but have nothing to wear”. To me this is music to my ears.
What is your favorite part of what you do?
My favorite part of what I do is when I’m styling a client and they try on a new look. When I step away they look in the mirror, smile and fall in love with what they see—their reflection. It gives me the chills and reminds me how much I love what I do.
Who is your typical client?
My typical client is someone looking to elevate their own personal style. Rather than focusing on particular brands or labels, I help my clients find the looks that evoke a special feeling from within. Each and every one of us deserves to tap into that emotion. My style crushes even seek advice and a second set of eyes.
If you weren’t doing The Master Edit, what would you be doing?
I’m currently a part time student at the Fashion Institute of Technology. If I had not started The Master Edit I would be taking a heavier class load at FIT. I love being back in the classroom and find great happiness and inspiration when I’m in the City.
We love supporting local businesses…What are your favorite places in your local area to:
Grab a drink with friends: The deck at the Noroton Yacht Club
Spend time together as a family indoors/outdoors: In the Summer – out on the Long Island Sound. In the winter – skiing at Mowhawk Mountain. We love going to the movies at the Darien and New Canaan Playhouse on rainy, nasty days.
Shop for yourself/shop for your kids: For myself: Mer Mexichique. Marta Ruiz brings her fabulous finds from her worldwide travels to her shop on the Post Road. For the girls: Wee Mondine. I’m looking forward to their new store front location when they expand into Women’s so I can shop for myself!
Spa/salon (or anywhere you go to treat yourself):
Color: Orania at Andrew Stefanou
Cut: Ty at Andrew Stefanou
Facial: Nancianne at Peau
Eyebrows: Lizzy at Lanphier
Deep Tissue Sports Massage: Kelsey at Lanphier
Grab coffee: Roost! All day, everyday!
Any hidden treasures or other favorites you want to share? Reilly, the resident golden retriever at Barrett Bookstore in Darien. The sweetest, most lovable dog in town!