Sophie Jones @ premier
What's your background / nationality?
I’m an American with a European mix- Russian, Polish, Swedish and English!
Describe to us your fondest memory
I have two, one older and one recent, but both great memories...
I was 10, visiting my sister who was studying in Mendoza, Argentina. My mom and dad were with us as well. One morning we decided to drive to mountains through the countryside of Argentina. We stopped off at a farmers market (something I try to do in each place I visit), bought some locally grown apples, dulce de leche, bread, and cheese. And a pocket knife made by one of the local artisans. We hiked to the base together and I remember it being one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen. We picnicked with our fresh produce and smeared so much dulce de leche on our apples that it left or hands sticky for the rest of the day. As a family we laughed and took in the incredible surrounding scenery. This was one of the first experiences I had abroad (where my love for travel began) and it taught me how important it is to enjoy some of the simple things in life like the beautiful nature surrounding us and the family I’m so lucky to have.
I was in Milan in November for work, and I had the weekend off and no return ticket back to London so I decided (on my way to the train station) to book a train ticket to Cinque Terre. I booked my bed and breakfast on the train and planned my weekend. The following morning I woke up to the most incredible view of the Italian coastline. The women in the kitchen invited me out to sit at one of the patio tables topped with a cappuccino and they proceeded to bring out a five course mouth watering Italian breakfast (with dessert). So full I wasn’t sure I’d be able to walk after, I set out for my hike across the villages of Cinque terre. Because of the limited time I had I decided to do all 5 towns that day. I stopped in each one to take in the culture, photograph my surroundings, and chat with the locals. Each person I passed on the trail yelled out « Ciao! » with such honest smiles. I hiked through vineyards, olive orchards, private backyards of Italian families, all the while staring out at the coastline that was reminiscent of a painting. In the last city of Riomagiore, I stopped for dinner at one of the local trattorias. The waiter sat me on the terrace where I could watch the waves crash against the cliff side. He poured my glass full of wine and said « to you! » and served me their special pesto pasta. I took the train back to my bed and breakfast and fell asleep dreaming of the Italian coastline and it’s beautiful culture
If you could fix one global issue, what would it be and why?
If I could fix one global problem, I would eliminate excessive income disparity – I see it as the root of my world’s problems. Income disparity fuels culture clashes and conflict and leads to poor, short-term decisions about our planet’s resources. Even with a concerted effort among all countries, income disparity will take generations to resolve. In order to give us time to find a fix, we need to take care of our planet (live sustainably) and somehow, in some way learn to be receptive, and sensitive, to our different cultures, backgrounds, and aspirations
Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Live in the moment - my mom
But, plan for the future - my dad
Where is home?
New York City is home for me. But whenever I need a break from the city life, I’m lucky to be able to completely relax with my family at our lake house in Austin Texas
photography tré + elmaz
styling forever yeon
makeup gabriella floyd
hair sachi yamashita