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Work It: Editorialist’s Kate Davidson Hudson

The CEO shares her work essentials and fashion tips

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We’ll state the obvious: Editorialist CEO Kate Davidson Hudson is a head turner.

With that out of the way, we can get down to business — which, not coincidentally, is exactly what Davidson Hudson is all about. After moving up the ranks in the accessories departments at Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle, Davidson Hudson (along with fellow former Elle editor Stefania Allen) founded Editorialist, a luxury accessories hub. The online magazine/shop combo focuses solely on the extras, so we thought we’d zero in on Davidson Hudson’s career and fashion fundamentals. q&a!What are your work clothing essentials?
Comfortable heels (although they’re usually of the high-heel variety). On any given day, I am running from press appointments to set to market appointments, so running in heels is a prerequisite.

And your bag?
Since I’m usually on the go, I need a bag that’s spacious enough to hold my mobile office (iPhone, notepad, layouts) without being too cumbersome. I love 3.1 Phillip Lim’s new Boston bags. They’re incredibly spacious and aren’t weighed down with a lot of hardware, so they’re chic and an easy grab-and-go option that leaves you feeling polished.

At DailyCandy, most of our editors have a cache of sweaters and shoes at our desks. What pieces do you keep on hand just in case?
I keep a scarf and pair of flats by my desk. With the recent weather, a layering piece is a new essential. And after running around the city in heels, slipping on flats at the end of the day is a welcome reprieve.

How has your style changed now that you are the boss?
I have always worked at fashion magazines and the environment at Editorialist is very much the same, so my wardrobe has stayed pretty consistent. If anything, my accessories have received a bit of an upgrade. We’re spoiled for choice on any given day in our office; it’s a bit of an occupational hazard.

How often do you recycle outfits?
I actually don’t too regularly. The genius thing about a well-rounded accessories wardrobe is that with the update of a new accessory, or by styling a belt or scarf over a tried-and-true outfit, you can completely change your look. I find myself investing in and deferring to my accessories wardrobe on the day-to-day to keep my look constantly refreshed.

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Tell us about your first job.
My first job out of college was at Harper’s Bazaar in the features department. It was the funniest and most intense year of my life. There’s a very distinct culture at a fashion magazine that you can be ingratiated into only once you’ve lived it, and much of learning the environment is through trial and error. On my part, it may have been more error at times, but it was one of the most amazing and memorable experiences. And I met so many people during that time who remain my closest friends.

We imagine you’ve always been a risk taker when it comes to style. Can you tell us about one outfit that stands out (for good or bad reasons) in your memory from when you were growing up?
When I was in kindergarten, I had a Debbie Gibson obsession. I’ll never forget a matching shirt/skirt printed ensemble with a coordinating scrunchie that I thought looked exactly like something she would wear. Looking back at pictures, I might have been slightly misguided.

Say we’re starting a business. What two things do we need to know?
1. Be prepared to forfeit any time off, whether it’s weekends or holidays. Until you’ve built your business, it’s like a newborn — it needs you 24/7.

2. Be prepared to step out of your comfort zone. Whether it’s learning new areas of business you weren’t previously savvy in or taking risks, you’ll be driving certain areas of your business from outside your comfort zone.

Any words of career wisdom for our readers?
Work really hard and do something you’re passionate about, and the rest will fall into place.

And now for the quick-fire round. Tell us the first thing that comes to mind.
Favorite designer: Too many to chose from, but Mr. Alaïa is top of my list.
Home: My husband and daughter
Selfie: Something I am terrified of.
Secret weapon: Being blonde
Vice: The Real Housewives addiction
Dream career: I’m living it.
Mentor: A few editors from my past
App: Instagram
Animal: Horse

To see more of Kate Davidson Hudson’s world, go to editorialist.com.

Photos: Getty Images