HighSnobette is a women’s lifestyle magazine devoted to outside-the-box fashion, art and lifestyle trends. Lois Sakany and Samia Grand Pierre, the editors of HighSnobette, are known for bridging the gap between streetwear and couture and believe that “a woman’s greatest asset is the gift of duality and complexity and females who can work those angles are beloved and admired by us.”
The ladies of HighSnobette say this:
“In the HighSnobette universe, four-inch heels and sneakers are just as sexy as tight jeans, a Fleet Ilya harness or a Chanel suit. What we like is what we like and we aren’t motivated by what’s supposed to be hot or trendy. Yes, just like the name, we’re snobs and unashamed of it.”
Today we feature Snobette, Samia Grand Pierre, for her dedication to keeping us informed on all things fashion! Get familiar with Samia after the jump!
Samia was featured in Sneaker Freaker’s Best of the Best of 2007.
Her pick was the Rolland Berry x Basquiat Freestyle High. Below she explains why:
My pick is the Rolland Berry x Basquiat Freestyle High – not only was the combination of these two artists genius but the way the artwork was used to me is flawless, from the heel design with Basquiat’s crown to the clear gum sole that reveals his ‘samo’ tag – even the insole is a piece of his art. For a woman’s sneaker to have guys wondering ‘what are those?’ – you have to rock. Kudos to Rolland Berry! Regardless of what the masses think of Reebok as a brand, I think this collabo was definitely slept on, although the true ‘design connoisseurs’ didn’t…
Now a little on what make Samia the the lady she is:
Q&A session with Samia below:
1. What woman, besides your mom or grandmother, do you find inspirational?
Oh there are so many! But I will say that Marie-Rose Boursiquot the former director of The St.Louis School in Bourdon. We called her “Soeur Rose” She was a fierce woman with a veil ,who constantly challenged us to love not only every aspect of being a woman but, find strength in it and have an impact on our surroundings. She rocked!
2. How did you get your start?
Actually Highsnobette was Lois Sakany (co-editor, HighSnobette) and Julie from Almostgirl . I made a comment on one of Lois’ posts and 3 years later we went from a column called Chicks with Kicks on highsnobiety.com to a full online magazine!
3. What’s your favorite project that you’ve worked on?
There’s a couple, but I’ll say working with the talented women’s collective of the www.theyounity.com on our series of art projects with women artists is really inspiring. Styling fashion events for Reebok has been fun and very rewarding,when you see everything coming together. Teaching in Washington Heights with my former roommate Lovisa, a while back was amazing, you’d be amazed at the things you learn about yourself when you hang around 2nd graders ! Let’s not forget finding new designers , artists and helping in our own small way to put a spotlight on their talent by featuring them on Highsnobette.
4. Who do you want to work with in the future?
Really anyone who has an open mind, and who understands how important it is to have a voice. Something Lois said to me once that I always remembered. Online writers/bloggers forget that what they write can have an impact on those around them. At the end of the day there are so many more important things in life and in the world than cool and not so cool products and consumption. That’s a balance I think is important to maintain when the online community can be so intensely product focused and reluctant to take an intelligent, constructive stand when it’s necessary .
5. What part of writing is the most challenging and do you dislike the most?
The time spent in front of a screen gets to me sometimes, as i’ve always had occupations where I moved around constantly and interacted with people, and the fact that readers use the anonymity of the internet to be rude and disrespectful is something I will probably never get used to. But overall I’m grateful to have this platform and work with the talented women we have on board Lois Sakany, the Highsnob pioneer! Adriana , Mary and Sai, and of course David Fisher who had the vision and the smarts to include women’s voices to Highsnob, he totally entrusted it to Lois and I to make it what it has become and is still becoming.
Before we end this feature, let’s take a look at a portion of Samia’s kicks & heels collection or what she calls “the coolest contradiction.”
You can also follow the ladies here: twitter.com/highsnobette
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