The Women of New York – Belstaff and BlackBook

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Josephine Meckseper comes from a family of artists, and she’s always known she was fated to continue on a creative path. Before moving to Los Angeles at a young age, Josephine group up in Germany, attending political demonstrations and rebelling against the status quo — a nature that affects her art. She has long been fascinated by the voice of the people, and our interaction with consumerism. “You should never live in fear,” she wisely offers. Josephine’s life has been one of confident decisions.

In this film–one in an ongoing series of mini-docs created in partnership with Belstaff–Josephine describes the confidence and rebellion that have informed her life.

Julia Chaplin, a journalist, author, editor, and designer, is best known as the creator of Gypset.com and its companion book and resort clothing collection, inspiring an aspirational gypset lifestyle. Julia’s family has always been constantly on the move, their life philosophy informing her to this day. She always say ‘yes’, and she’s totally unafraid of taking a risk. Such boldness is cultivated over a lifetime.

In this film–one in an ongoing series of mini-docs created in partnership with Belstaff–Julia discusses the rebellion that inspires the travel and adventure that make up such a great part of her life.

Actor Annabelle Dexter-Jones has always been driven to make her own name for herself, standing out among her creative and talented family. Her rebellion was essential in establishing her own identity. She’s careful to point out that to her, rebellion isn’t about danger, but rather a curious state of mind. “Comfort is death,” she says definitively, and it’s clear that she lives by these words as she brushes aside moments of self-doubt and pursues her career on the screen.

In this film–one in an ongoing series of mini-docs created in partnership with Belstaff–Annabelle discusses the rebellion that drives her spirit of adventure and creativity.

Rachelle Hruska MacPherson moved to New York without knowing a soul in town, without a job, and even without a place to live–a gutsy move for anyone but particularly for a Midwestern girl from Nebraska. But it didn’t take her long to find her footing. Shortly after arrival, she then started the now famous site Guestofaguest.com. Motivated by an enthusiasm for the city and its people, she built the blog into the wildly influential chronicle of scene and social life that is today.

In this film–the first in an ongoing series of mini-docs created in partnership with Belstaff–Rachelle discusses the spirit of rebellion that drove her to roll the dice and ultimately achieve the kind of success that only comes to the bold.

These are the “Women of New York.”

The Women of New York: Meet Josephine Meckseper

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Josephine Meckseper comes from a family of artists, and she’s always known she was fated to continue on a creative path. Before moving to Los Angeles at a young age, Josephine grew up in Germany, attending political demonstrations and rebelling against the status quo — a nature that affects her art. She has long been fascinated by the voice of the people, and our interaction with consumerism. “You should never live in fear,” she wisely offers. Josephine’s life has been one of confident decisions.

In this film–one in an ongoing series of mini-docs created in partnership with Belstaff–Josephine describes the confidence and rebellion that have informed her life.

These are the “Women of New York.”

The Women of New York: Meet Julia Chaplin

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Julia Chaplin, a journalist, author, editor, and designer, is best known as the creator of Gypset.com and its companion book and resort clothing collection, inspiring an aspirational gypset lifestyle. Julia’s family has always been constantly on the move, their life philosophy informing her to this day. She always say ‘yes’, and she’s totally unafraid of taking a risk. Such boldness is cultivated over a lifetime.

In this film–one in an ongoing series of mini-docs created in partnership with Belstaff–Julia discusses the rebellion that inspires the travel and adventure that make up such a great part of her life.

These are the “Women of New York.”

The Women of New York: Meet Annabelle Dexter-Jones

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Actor Annabelle Dexter-Jones has always been driven to make her own name for herself, standing out among her creative and talented family. Her rebellion was essential in establishing her own identity. She’s careful to point out that to her, rebellion isn’t about danger, but rather a curious state of mind. “Comfort is death,” she says definitively, and it’s clear that she lives by these words as she brushes aside moments of self-doubt and pursues her career on the screen.

In this film–one in an ongoing series of mini-docs created in partnership with Belstaff–Annabelle discusses the rebellion that drives her spirit of adventure and creativity.

These are the “Women of New York.”

The Women of New York: Meet Rachelle Hruska MacPherson

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Rachelle Hruska MacPherson moved to New York without knowing a soul in town, without a job, and even without a place to live–a gutsy move for anyone but particularly for a Midwestern girl from Nebraska. But it didn’t take her long to find her footing. Shortly after arrival, she then started the now famous site Guestofaguest.com. Motivated by an enthusiasm for the city and its people, she built the blog into the wildly influential chronicle of scene and social life that is today.

In this film–the first in an ongoing series of mini-docs created in partnership with Belstaff–Rachelle discusses the spirit of rebellion that drove her to roll the dice and ultimately achieve the kind of success that only comes to the bold.

These are the “Women of New York.”

BlackBook and Belstaff Celebrate the Women of New York at Rosette

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Allison Sarofim, Rachelle Hruska MacPherson, Josephine Meckseper, Annabelle Dexter Jones, Ann Dexter Jones, singer Sophia Bastian

Monday night, Belstaff and BlackBook joined forces for a dinner at Rosette on the Lower East Side to celebrate the women of New York:  author Julia Chaplin, actress Annabelle Dexter Jones, Guest of a Guest founder Rachelle Hruska MacPherson, and artist Josephine Meckseper. As videos of the honorees were beamed from the cavernous bar area, guests enjoyed summery SVEDKA Clementine cocktails created for the event and named after each of the four women. (Not to play favorites, but the minty Rachelle was particularly tasty.) Soulful singer/songwriter, Sophia Bastian sang as attendees ate delicious, elevated, comfort food, family style. By the end of the night, attendees had spilled out onto the street, everyone eager to continue the party, even in the pouring rain.

BELSTAFF & BLACKBOOK Celebrate The Women of New York
Zac Sebastian and BlackBook’s Editor-in-Chief Jacob Brown

BELSTAFF & BLACKBOOK Celebrate The Women of New York
BlackBook’s Jon Bond and Annabelle Dexter Jones

BELSTAFF & BLACKBOOK Celebrate The Women of New York
Josephine Meckseper

BELSTAFF & BLACKBOOK Celebrate The Women of New York
Rachelle Hruska MacPherson, Ann Dexter Jones, and Annabelle Dexter Jones

BELSTAFF & BLACKBOOK Celebrate The Women of New York
Bibi Cornejo Borthwick and Maria Cornejo

BELSTAFF & BLACKBOOK Celebrate The Women of New York
Willy Moon and Alex Catarinella

BELSTAFF & BLACKBOOK Celebrate The Women of New York
Doug Keeve, BlackBook’s Publisher Hunter Hill, and Kate Bartel

BELSTAFF & BLACKBOOK Celebrate The Women of New York
Rebecca and Jon Bond, and BlackBook’s Editorial and Creative Director Evanly Schindler

BELSTAFF & BLACKBOOK Celebrate The Women of New York
Allison Sarofim wearing Belstaff

BELSTAFF & BLACKBOOK Celebrate The Women of New York
Sean MacPherson and Rachelle Hruska MacPherson

BELSTAFF & BLACKBOOK Celebrate The Women of New York
Belstaff’s Damian Mould

BELSTAFF & BLACKBOOK Celebrate The Women of New York
Svedka vodka

BELSTAFF & BLACKBOOK Celebrate The Women of New York
Svedka cocktails

BELSTAFF & BLACKBOOK Celebrate The Women of New York
Sophia Bastian’s performance

All Images: Angela Pham/BFAnyc.com