It began ten years ago with a bag. As a student spokesperson for the United Nations World Food Programme, Lauren Bush Lauren witnessed childhood malnutrition in Africa and Latin America that devastated her -- and sparked her idea for the first FEED tote, which resembles a food-ration sack and is stamped with the number of meals its purchase will provide. “I needed to create a unique way to activate my peers that didn’t require writing a big check or attending a fancy benefit,” she says. FEED has expanded to a full line of bags and accessories and supplied close to 100 million meals to children around the world. The former model and new mom, who is also the granddaughter of a U.S. president and niece of another (and is married to a member of fashion’s first family), hews to a “simple and polished” style in both her wardrobe and home -- all the better to focus on her heartfelt mission.
Bush Lauren's Personal Style
Mantra: “Classic and eclectic.”
Work uniform: Black jeans; a Polo Ralph Lauren blazer, $398, ralphlauren.com; and Chuck Taylor All-Star Leather Converse, $70, converse.com. Jewelry: Jenny Lauren necklaces, from $225 each, jennylaurenjewelry.com.
Beauty MO: Natural. “I’m of the mind-set that simple is better.”
On her face: Clarins Beauty Balm and Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector, in Rose Shimmer, $25, clarins.com.
Best hair trick: A messy French braid.
Signature scent: Vetiver by Ralph Lauren Fragrances, $240 for 100 ml, ralphlauren.com.
In Her Home
Color palette: Indigo and creamy white (in the nursery of her son, James).
Prized possession: A photograph by Jimmy Nelson of a Mongolian man holding an eagle.
Every home should have: A deep, cozy bathtub.
On her dining table: Ralph Lauren dishes and hand-carved wooden tongs from Africa.
Centerpiece: Bouquet from Hudson River Flowers or VSF.
On her desk: Greenwich Letterpress stationery.
In her garden: Tomatoes and herbs.
Collection: Antique English teacups.
Coffee-table book: On Christopher Street, by Mark Seliger; Rizzoli, 2016; $55, amazon.com.
Cleaning product: The Honest Co.’s Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner, $6, honest.com.
In the Kitchen
Morning drink: Latte.
Go-to breakfast: Two eggs over easy with avocados and Yellowbird Serrano Condiment.
Afternoon pick-me-up: Another latte.
Pantry staple: Lotus Foods Forbidden Rice.
Cooking tool: Green Pan black ceramic non-stick pan, from $65, williams-sonoma.com.
Treat: Blue Bell coffee ice cream.
Meal to serve guests: Lasagna, roasted veggies, salad, and wine.
Wine: Stags’ Leap Cabernet Sauvignon, from $58, stagsleap.com.
On Her Radar
Favorite movie: To Catch a Thief, $20, bn.com.
Next thing to stream: Netflix’s 13th.
On her playlist: Most anything ’70s rock.
Next read: The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead; Doubleday, 2016; $27, indiebound.org.
Hobbies: Photography and puzzling -- “I love Liberty jigsaw puzzles!” Hummingbirds, $95, libertypuzzles.com.
On the Road
Mode of transport: Uber or subway.
Go-to shop: John Derian in NYC, or Merci in Paris.
Favorite hotel: Hotel Il Pellicano, Italy.
Beach or country: Beach.
Travel accessory: Her FEED market tote with a pouch inside, $68 and $25, feedprojects.com.
Where she wants to explore next: Bhutan.
What inspires her: “The children I’ve met who are empowered to grow, learn, and thrive thanks to the school meals FEED provides.”