Meet Aparna Saraf, ambitious attorney and busy bride-to-be whose sophisticated style and unyielding drive for success has been a constant inspiration to HEM. We had the privilege of making a custom jacket for Aparna this Spring, which she models above in her downtown Tribeca neighborhood. Read on for more details on our made-to-measure process and for an interview with our very first HEM Muse!
After meeting in our showroom to select the perfect piece, Aparna decided on the tuxedo jacket as she can easily take it from work to evening. We scheduled a fitting with our master tailor where we took her measurements and she selected her fabric, lining, and fit preferences.
Then we got to work, creating a pattern exclusively for her. Two weeks later, the basted fitting was complete and Aparna returned for her second fitting. We made some minor adjustments to the shoulders, the most important part of any jacket. One week later, the jacket was finished and fit her like a glove. We had so much fun working with Aparna, and are so honored to hear that her HEM jacket has become a favorite for the office, and for date nights out with her fiance, Omar.
Here Aparna shares with us her career advice, style tips, and more.
To be truly successful in business women need to….
"Constantly assess where they want to be in the next five to ten years. If you think that your current position won’t take you there, then you need to look for other opportunities with more upward potential. It can be easy to become complacent in a job that does not seem to be advancing. I don’t think anyone is ever truly successful in business without taking some degree of risk."
Daily must-visit websites and reads:
"I love to read the HEM blog for style tips and career inspiration. I always read certain sections of the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, various daily publications for the asset management industry, and my guilty pleasure, Page Six."
My go-to look for the office:
"When the weather is hot, I wear dresses - shift dresses and wraps and keep a couple of versatile blazers in my office for any unexpected meetings."
My go-to look for a night out:
"Jeans, 5 inch heels, an embellished top, and my HEM tuxedo jacket."
My favorite colors for the office:
"Navy and black because they are easy to accessorize and hide coffee spills well! I also love to wear white, light grey, and throw in splashes of color with a light blouse under a suit, a patterned scarf, a colorful handbag, or a chunky necklace."
My favorite travel destinations:
"Istanbul, Amalfi Coast, Mumbai"
Favorite spot in the city:
"The Gardens at St. Luke in the Fields is the most beautiful and peaceful oasis in the West Village. In the spring when the flowers are in bloom, it’s my favorite spot to sit, sip coffee, and read a good book. A huge plus is that cell phones are prohibited.”
The best style advice I’ve ever received:
"Focus less on quantity, more on quality. I have a few pieces that I splurged on that I tend to wear a lot, and I find that they last for years and instantly make me feel more put together."