The Chatroom: Linda Rodin

The founder of RODIN on style, career, and the empowering freedom that comes with realizing you don’t “have to” get married.

06.15.15

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You may know Linda Rodin, the stylist. You may know her from the The Row’s look book circa Pre-Fall 2014. You may be more familiar with her eponymous beauty line, RODIN, and her cult-status Olio Lusso. But what you may not know is that she created the face oil in 2007, turned it into a business and then partnered with Estée Lauder, essentially changing her life’s course at an age where we who are not “there yet” assume one’s career path is set in stone. In fact, she says she’s never had a plan a day in her life.

Rodin, however, is far from “wishy-washy.” She’s established her personal style. She created a perfume based off memory alone — that takes more than trial and error; that takes aesthetic resolution. She’s precise in her mannerisms, sure in her convictions, and understands that too many opinions can cloud the most important vision: your own.

But why am I telling you all this when there’s a Chatroom featuring Linda Rodin in the space above? Watch and learn, pretty young things. May your version of grey hair and glasses find you soon, too.

Want more interviews with inspiring women?  Watch Leandra speak to Inès de la Fressange, Jenny Slate, Rashida Jones, Jenna Lyons, Haim the band, Iris Apfel and Joanna Coles. Linda Rodin talks about the memory of her mother’s smell in this video — we too have talked about perfume’s nostalgic properties. As for why Linda chose to remain single? Maybe that’s like asking Leandra why she doesn’t wear makeup.

Follow Linda (and Winky!) on Instagram here. You can also follow her on Twitter, and Facebook right here. Check out the RODIN website here. (That perfume she mentioned can be found right here.)

Thank you to Stone Fox Bride for letting us film in your studio!

Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis

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