A fashion industry veteran with a twenty year career, Editor-in-Chief of Essence Magazine Constance White has left her mark on nearly every major fashion publication, from Women’s Wear Daily and the New York Times, to Glamour and Elle, where she served as Executive Fashion Editor. Described by Essence President Michelle Ebanks as “A visionary and consummate communicator,” White has proven to be just that. Prior to her appointment as the Editor-in-Chief of Essence, she served as the style director, brand consultant and spokesperson for Ebay, where she was responsible for creating the company’s first online magazine. She is also the author of the ground-breaking book Stylenoir, described as “the first how-to fashion guide with black women in mind.” Here, she shares her heirloom with us, two inherited dessert dishes that were a wedding gift to her parents, who married in the 1950′s.
What is your heirloom? Tell us how you came to own this precious object. Was it something you grew up with? If so, did you appreciate it then as you do now?
Two matching cut glass coral dessert dishes. I grew up with the bowls. They were part of a set that was brought out to use on special occasions. They were a wedding gift to my parents.
How do you live with your heirloom? Is it in your home, office, or elsewhere? Which room? Is it somewhere you can enjoy it every day?
My heirloom is locked away in the highest reaches of my kitchen cabinets so no one can reach and break them.
Who in your life has most influenced your personal style and taste?
My mother was a big influence. Diana Ross, Angela Davis and women on the street are an inspiration to me.
Fill in the blank: Whenever I look at _my kids_, I can’t help but smile. (Why?)
They are a miracle of life right in front of my eyes. And sometimes they’re funny.
What’s the best part of your day? What makes it so special?
When I finish the day. I feel a sense of accomplishment. And it’s sometimes a period of peace and reflection.
What was the most memorable gift you’ve ever given or received? Why?
My wedding ring. But also experiences for my mom or my kids. I think you remember time together doing something, forever.
What was your last purchase that you believe (or hope) will mean something to you 10 years from now? What makes it significant?
It’s a carved wood head. I bought two – one man and one woman – and gave one to my Dad and the other to my then boyfriend – now husband. My husband still has his and whenever I look at it, it reminds me of our love and of my late Dad.