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The lingerie designer discusses her playful aesthetic and what her mother taught her about taming curly hair.
Written By JAYME CYK
Three-and-a-half years ago, when Morgan Curtis set out to design Morgan Lane, a collection of lingerie that blurs the lines between sleepwear and ready-to-wear, she needed a muse—one that incorporated bits and pieces of her own personality (think: whimsical, a bit retro, and the perfect mix of feminine and classic). The result: a doll named Lanie (illustrated by Curtis) who serves as the playful and alluring spirit of the brand. “The Morgan Lane girl is enchanting, mischievous, and modestly seductive,” says Curtis. “She appears to be an innocent girl on the outside, but inside she’s a bit of a troublemaker. She loves art, fashion, and luxury. She likes to travel and make discoveries, and she is a big collector of beautiful trinkets and objects.”
Growing up around fashion (Curtis is the daughter of Jill Stuart and launched Morgan Lane while she was working full time for her mother), Curtis wanted to create something that was personal. “I have been in love with lingerie my whole life,” she says. “I enjoy all the little details that go into it and the relationship it has with one’s body.”
Although Curtis wanted something to call her own, she credits her mother as her icon, main source of inspiration, and best friend. “I worked for her officially for five years, although even when I was a little girl I couldn’t stay away from her office,” she notes. “One of the most valuable things she ever taught me was to always trust my gut and myself, and to create things that I love and I am proud of.”
Here, Curtis chats with The Violet Files about her minimal yet dedicated beauty regimen and why she will never be a morning person.
What is the atmosphere of your bedroom?
My fiancé and I live in a loft in New York where our bedroom is up the stairs and hangs over the living room. It feels like our little nest, with white wood floors and white fencing around the edges. We leave for work around the same time, and often find our best hours of sleep come around 8 a.m., when we find each other in the bed and get into a really effortless, unbreakable snug.
Please describe your bed and your favorite thing about it.
Our bed is big, white, and fluffy. My favorite thing about it is probably my blankie, which I may have had since birth (yes, since I was a baby). I’ve slept with this little pink bundle my whole life, and I’m not ashamed to share that. Or should I be?
What time do you wake up?
On an ideal day, I would like to say 8:30 a.m., but I am not a morning person and honestly can sometimes sleep until 10, making me late for work almost every day.
How many hours of sleep do you require?
I think for some reason I require more than most, maybe eight or even nine hours.
Any bedside beauty essentials?
I love keeping all my little silk Morgan Lane sleeping masks hanging next to my bed. When my fiancé won’t turn off the TV they are the best escape. I also love using Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Cream before bed because it has a calming scent.
I enjoy all the little details that go into lingerie and the relationship it has with one’s body.
Do you drink coffee or tea, eat breakfast?
I drink espresso every morning that we make at home with our creamy Nespresso machine.
Do you work out in the a.m.?
I wish! Since I’m not a morning person, I have a bit of a hard time with that. I prefer to do a late evening or nighttime run or take a Rumble boxing class.
What’s your hair situation in the a.m.?
I like to wash it with Christophe Robin Shampoo and Conditioner. Then I blow-dry the roots and let the rest dry wavy. Finally, I spray in Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and keep the travel size in my purse—I cannot live without it.
I come from a long line of girls with very curly hair—so for as long as I can remember we have been desperately trying to tame my frizzy head. When I was younger my mom used to straighten it and then wrap it in a big scrunchie on the very front of my head—I still use that method today to keep the volume and decrease the frizz.
What’s the first thing you read each morning?
I usually do my morning catch-up on The Skimm or CNN, and sometimes I’ll read Vogue.com.
What business do you conduct before 10 a.m.?
I answer a lot of emails from my phone, corresponding with some of my factories overseas and fabric mills in Europe. I’m addicted to waking up in the middle of the night just to take a quick look and answer my phone.
What time do you head to your office?
I usually head to my office around 9:45 a.m. I wish it was earlier! But I’ve always been a girl who would rather stay at the office late all night, until 1 a.m. even, than wake up early.