We had the good fortune of connecting with Julia Edelman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julia, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Growing up in a large family of entrepreneurs, specifically in the design industry, I grew up with the best in trade. Work/life was one and the same, but it was always exciting. It still is, in the most fulfilling and colorful way. My key to balance is putting back as much or more than I take. If I work nonstop on a project, life comes knocking and demands attention. Not stretching myself too thin/over obligating myself. After a big project, I take a few weeks to recharge through art/culture/rest/time alone.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Edelman New York (ENY) is a multi-disciplinary design firm that specializes in interior design, custom furniture, fine art, and leather goods. We create unique spaces and contemporary heirloom pieces. Our designs captivate, drawing your hand in closer, taking your eyes for a walk around the room. Through the use of rich and natural materials, ENY carries on a legacy that lives on for four generations strong – a trade that fills life with adventure, patinated with passion, devotion, and a love like no other.
ENY was founded by Julia Edelman in 2018 after the passing of her grandparents, Teddy and Arthur Edelman – a couple as married to each other as they were to their careers in fashion and interior design. Growing up in a world where life and design were one and the same, ENY is a tribute to their everlasting love and legacy, a true heritage brand, and homage to the tradition of making and collecting treasures.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Monday: Welcome to New York! Check-in at the Crosby Street Hotel.
Dinner at Carbone, settle in early for an exciting week ahead.
Start the morning with breakfast at the hotel, followed by Lyons Den Yoga on 17th Street. Next up, gallery-hopping through Chelsea. Lunch at Los Tacos at Chelsea Market. Dinner at Union Square Cafe.
Start the day with a healthy breakfast at Newsbar on University and then an early morning class at SLT. Spend the day walking through Soho and the West Village. Have lunch at Thai Diner, and then rest for a few hours before dinner at EN Japanese Brasserie and then comedy cellar.
Have breakfast at Balthazaar, followed by a museum day at the Met. Rest up before dinner at Lola Taverna, followed by drinks at Butterfly Soho. See where the night takes you.
Museum Day #2 – Breakfast uptown, and then either the MoMa or the Guggenheim. Dinner and drinks at Cipriani, followed by an evening at Socialista.
Sleep in and recover from the night before with a delivery of Murray’s Bagels for breakfast. Afternoon workout at New York Pilates West Village, followed by a stroll through Washington Square Park. Have dinner at Lucien, see where the night takes you – perhaps Casablanca.
Schedule a late checkout. Brunch at Balthazaar, followed by a visit to the Museum of Natural History to check out the new Gem exhibit before you go. If you have time, have dinner at Raul’s.
Thanks for coming 🙂
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Childhood is the smell of leather and the cold touch of steel. Between playing hookey and snow days, my time was split between my grandparent’s leather company,” Edelman Leather” and my parent’s metal fabrication company, “Edelman Metalworks.” I learned about advertising and color with my grandparents and how to weld and use a blowtorch with my parents.
At the age of 9, I started interning for my uncle Sam. He had just launched “Sam Edelman,” and at the time, it was just him, his one designer, and myself. After two days of working there, his designer asked to hire me full time – shocked to discover how old I was. We worked long hours (for a 9-year-old) because time flew by before we even knew it. From then on, I went to work for him every chance I could. He took me seriously and taught me everything. He asked me the big questions, and I had plenty of answers for him. Those memories of getting a glimpse, in real-time, of what budding success looked/felt like – I have been chasing that ever since.
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