We’re just going to go ahead and say it right now—intelligence is the ultimate in style. Living proof—Jennifer Bergstrom, SVP and Publisher of Gallery Books Group. Now that’s what we call book smarts, baby.

She’s the lady responsible for best selling memoirs from Amy Schumer and Grace Jones to name a few. With a packed schedule launching new tomes to the top of the New York Times bestseller list, this tastemaker is constantly on the move. And she needs a wardrobe that can keep up (and, oh, go from business meeting to book launch party in a blink, NBD). We raided Jennifer’s closet to get the lowdown on how she makes her wardrobe work as hard as she does. Hint… editing is everything.

"Working with Grace Jones on her memoir was a career highlight for me. Among many things, she taught me the importance of being comfortable in my own skin and that there’s nothing more attractive on a woman than confidence."

Describe your current relationship with your closet?

We’re in a good place right now. One of my authors, George Brescia, is a great stylist who taught me that clothes really can change your life. He edited my closet so all that’s left are all of my favorite pieces.

What’s your pet peeve when it comes to dressing?

Uncomfortable shoes. I have to be able to move quickly in this city. If I can’t run to catch a cab, then my heels are too high.

Describe the outfit that makes you feel like the most authentic version of yourself.

White jeans, t-shirt, ballet flats… and a vintage bangle or two.

When did you last push The Reset Button?

Last weekend in Paris with two of my best girlfriends. We stayed up until dawn laughing and dancing.

What has been your most memorable book/author you’ve worked with?

Working with Grace Jones on her memoir was a career highlight for me. Among many things, she taught me the importance of being comfortable in my own skin and that there’s nothing more attractive on a woman than confidence.

Who is your dream client?

I’d give my right arm to publish Bill Murray. He’s my spirit animal.

What inspires you to be your best self?

At the risk of sounding corny, my authors motivate me to be my best self. I also aspire to be the person my dog thinks I am. She’s a very tough judge of character.

What’s your favorite R|Label piece and why?

I’m digging the black Essential Blazer right now because it’s easy to dress up or down.

How or where do you go to rejuvenate?

I’m a big fan of naps on the weekends and I take at least one hot bath a day.

Describe your personal style in three words:

Contemporary, chic and confident (Thanks, Grace Jones).

What would the title of your memoir be?

“I’m Having a Ball”

If you were to write your own morning mirror what would it be? (Daily Affirmation)

You have to put on your oxygen mask first before you can help others.

 


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