As the founder and former co-owner of Rebecca Taylor, Beth Bugdaycay knows a thing or sixty about starting a business from the ground up. Enter FoundRae, a curation of exquisitely designed ready to wear and fine jewelry, based on the inspiration of found objects. Designed in NYC and soon to be housed at the exquisite 52 Lispenard, the collections are everything we have been looking for and yet to find for ourselves. It's like all of our vintage dreams came true in the form of these contemporary unicorns. While we are personally, overtly obsessed with the 18K line of modern heirlooms, found at Barneys and Broken English, the clothing has already garnered quite a following with the likes of Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and other fine retailers across the US. Did we mention she is the kindest woman alive? With killer taste and a creative spirit? Karma, people. It's not just a symbol '8' on a badass signet ring. Read on, lovers!
What's your idea of ultimate luxury?
The ultimate luxury for me would be to be able to create all day and not handle the administrative parts of the business a start-up requires!
Let’s have dinner at your favorite neighborhood restaurant. Where do we go and what do we eat?
Depends if its “my” night of my husband’s..he loves going to our tried and true….(anything jean George) and I like trying new places that are a bit fringe.
If you could buy any piece of contemporary jewelry from another jeweler, what would it be?
I love Delfina Deletrez
If you could orchestrate the perfect first date, what would it entail?
First date: Great wine, authentic conversation. I want to skip the superficial small talk and take some risk by talking about something w/ real substance.
What’s the best movie you saw in the last six months?
Diary of a teenage girl. My good girlfriend produced it and took me as her date to the premiere
What's your go–to cocktail?
I ALWAYS do wine. Red or white..rarely a cocktail
The gemstone you’re currently lusting after is . . .
I love emeralds. I have a very large cabochon that looks a bit mystical.
What’s your favorite piece that you made in the last year and why?
Strength cigar band as pinkie ring. I wear daily
You have 30 minutes to work out – what do you do?
30 minutes to work out: argh. Bain of my life. If it were an hour I’d do tennis but I’m afraid I haven’t figured out how to “slip in” a workout.
What was the first piece of jewelry you bought for yourself?
First piece of jewelry I bought for myself was a stackedacrostic Victorian ring that spelled out “dear”. I gave one band to each of my closest girlfriends.
If you could have dinner with any artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I’d like to have dinner w/ Gunta Stoltlz who’s work inspired the launch season of our RTW. She wasn’t accepted as a painter due to the discrimination against women in fine arts in 1910 but found recognition as a textile artist. I’d like to tell her that I recognize she is a painter.
What's the most sentimental piece of jewelry you own and tell us the back story.
The silver Aztec coin my mother gave me is my cherished piece. It’s my childhood, it’s the border, it’s her.
Mountains, sea or city? Why?
Sea: I love the movement of the water and breezy, bare dresses
You’re having guests for the weekend. What’s your signature dish that you cook?
Be honest – who’s your celebrity crush?!
Clint Eastwood in “The Outlaw”
If you could only carry one handbag for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Maroon quilted chanel shoulder bag. I’ve owned it for about 5 years and love that it looks like it could be 40 years old.
If you could sit front row at any fashion show, which would it be and why?
Dries Van Noten. I love his mix of prints.
Tell us your beauty secret:
When you are tired, try harder. (more eyeliner, more bronzer)
What's your spirit animal?
Mole: indefatigable appetite and work ethic.
If you could be anything other than a jewelry designer, what would it be?
I like to make things w/ my hands. Craft teacher.
Thanks for hanging with us, Beth!