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As president of L’Oréal USA’s Luxe division, Carol Hamilton oversees such tony brands as Lancôme, Kiehl’s, Yves Saint Laurent Beauté, Ralph Lauren Fragrances and Giorgio Armani Beauty. In her role, substance and style are synonymous. Here, she shares her go-to resources for a life well-lived, both personally and professionally.
This story first appeared in the May 11, 2012 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Celebration Restaurant: Señor Pancho’s. They have great guacamole and margaritas. Its atmosphere provides a great escape and ensures a good time.
385 Main Street South, Southbury, Conn.; 203-262-6988
Champagne: Veuve Clicquot.
Clothing Store/Business: Giorgio Armani, YSL, Viktor & Rolf and Stella McCartney.
Clothing Store/Evening: Tom Ford, YSL and Armani.
Clothing Store/Weekend: Ralph Lauren, Scoop.
Coffee Order: A tall black coffee, preferably from the original Starbucks at Pike Place Market in Seattle. 102 Pike Street; 206-903-8010
100 East 53rd Street; 212-751-4840
Florist: Danny at Floralia Decorators. He makes gorgeous arrangements for every occasion.
110 E 50th Street; 212-759-6910
Hideaway: My weekend house in Litchfield, Connecticut, where I can relax and indulge in one of my true passions, gardening.
Ticket Broker: Mario Pascale Entertainment Service.
Vacation Spot: It’s hard to pick just one! I love to travel more than anything. I just had to add more pages to my passport.
Shoe Store: Yves Saint Laurent.
3 East 57th Street; 212-980-2970
Stationer: Beech Tree Studios, Inc. They do beautiful letterpress printing.
411 Highland Road, Old Chatham, N.Y.
HEALTH & BEAUTY
Dermatologist: Dr. Michele Green. I’ve been with her since the beginning of my time with L’Oréal.
156 East 79th Street; 212-535-3088
Dry Cleaner: Fashion Award Cleaners. They do a great job and are very friendly!
2205 Broadway; 212-289-5623
Hair Stylist: Roy Teeluck. I’ve been going to him for ages.
5 East 57th Street; 212-888-2221
Makeup Artist: Tim Quinn, celebrity face designer for Giorgio Armani Beauty. Aside from his remarkable talent, he is a dear friend and pleasure to be around.
Manicurist: Any nail salon that uses Essie.
Masseuse: Geraldine at the Kiehl’s Spa 1851.
157 East 64th Street; 888-772-1851
Stylist: Myself! Working with some of the most renowned fashion designers has allowed me to really refine my personal style.
Trainer: Physique 57. I have really seen the effects of their techniques!
24 West 57th Street; 212-399-0570
Airline: Air France, which may not come as a surprise, but what is quickly rising up the ranks is Alaska Airlines due to my many business trips to Seattle to visit Clarisonic.
Car Service: UTOG. And Abdul is my favorite driver!
Mobile Device: My iPad is essential with all of the travelling I do.
Restaurant for Business Lunch: The Lambs Club. It’s conveniently located near our midtown office and I love the Ahi Tuna Niçoise.
132 West 44th Street; 212-997-5262
Restaurant for Business Dinner: The Four Seasons. A classic.
99 East 52nd Street; 212-754-9494
Travel/Business Favorite City: Right now, it’s a tie between Seattle and Paris.