Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
Owner and creative director of Michelle Vale Handbags. Currently working on the Spring 2012 Collection and recently co-founded the “Make it in Manhattan” Initiative. Currently producing a documentary which is part of the initiative.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I lived between New Jersey and New York City growing up and now reside in New York City and East Hampton. Going to… not sure, but the sky is the limit.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
My children and husband are my biggest heroes. Without them nothing would be possible. They inspire me every day to try and do great things!
5: What book is your bible?
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
Love, love… food, wine, dining (my second passion), the beach, walking barefoot in the grass, sitting by a roaring fire–the simple things in life. Oh, and top quality linens. As for hate, hate breeds hate.
7: What is your raison d’être?
To be a positive role model for my family. To be kind and help others whenever possible, and to be known for doing great things.
8: What is your favorite color?
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
Mystique from X-Men.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
11: What turns you on?
My husband… always.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
What are some things you can do to create a better living environment both here, NYC, and abroad?
Michelle Vale is the owner and and creative director of Michelle Vale Inc. All of her bags are exclusively made in New York, and her line is the first to have custom removable hardware. This feature allows the hardware on her bags to be altered and for many of them to be easily converted from shoulder, to cross-body, to clutch. She recently won the Independent Handbag Designer Awards, out of 800 designers, for “Most Innovative Line” and was nominated for the 2011 Rising Star Awards. Her bags have had editorials with Vogue, Elle, W, Instyle, and many others. She has a celebrity following including, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Bosworth, Cameron Diaz and Kate Beckinsale to name a few. She recently cofounded the “Make it in Manhattan” business initiative which includes website, documentary, and networking seminars. This project was created to celebrate New York Design and the importance of local and domestic manufacturing.
Overseen by Jillian Mercado
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Trevor Vale / Courtesy of Michelle Vale
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Michelle Vale in her backyard, East Hamton, NY, 2010, Photography by Trevor Vale / Courtesy of Michelle Vale