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Lesley Haenny is the Seattle Editor for Miss A. She is an Air Force wife now living in the Seattle area. Prior to living in Seattle, Lesley spent 7 years in Washington, DC, working as a Congressional liaison. She grew up in a small, mountain town in Southern California, sandwiched between an older sister and a younger brother. Her two hard working parents taught her to always go for the clearance rack, bring your lunch everyday, work hard for what you have, and always take the opportunity to travel and play outside. Lesley has been actively involved in various charities such as the Animal Resource Foundation, Komen For the Cure, Prevent Cancer Foundation, American Diabetes Association and the Race for Hope (benefitting the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure).

Charity Meets: Erin Roby

Name: Erin Roby

Occupation: Designer

Website: http://erinroby.com/

Twitter Handle: @erinroby

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/erinrobyseattle

Erin Roby (Photo Credit: Erin Roby)

Erin Roby (Photo Credit: Olivia Bidleman)

Q: What are three words that best describe you?
A: Playful, decisive, curious

Q: Could you describe your business?

A: I’m co-owner & creative director of my namesake fashion label, Erin Roby. Our goal is to design timeless investment pieces that anchor the artful and inspired for women in their 30s+.

Q: What is your role, where are you based and what do you inspires you most about your work?
A: My role is co-owner & creative director, my business is based on Bainbridge Island, WA and I’m smitten with the creative process as a whole.

Q: Was there anything in your past that pointed you in the direction you’ve taken?
A: I can’t point to one singular event that somehow foreshadowed the direction I’ve taken. I’ve aways had a love for art, a knack for working with my hands, and been innately curious about the world around me.

Q: What experience in your career are you most proud of?
A: My career is just getting started. I’m taking a chance on my dreams and that makes me proud.

Q: What advice would you share with those still in school?
A: Keep at it!

Q: Why is giving back is important to you?

A: It’s important to me because I feel like the people in my life have given me more than I could ever repay. Generosity begets generosity as they say.

Q: How has giving back helped you?
A: Giving back usually results in new friendships and an overall enriched life!

Q: How do you incorporate giving back into your life?
A: I try to give back in small ways too — helping a friend move, mentoring a student, being as patient and pleasant as possible to people I encounter throughout the day — it’s easy to forget how the small things matter!

Q: Which charities are near and dear to you and why?
A: Urban Roots in Austin, TX holds a special place in my heart because I was lucky to be able to spend a summer interning and farming with them. Their mission is to “use sustainable agriculture to transform the lives of young people and increase access to healthy food in Austin” and they do just that!

(Photo Credit: Erin Roby)

(Photo Credit: Chris Roby)

Q: When it comes to your own philanthropic efforts, what do you look back and feel made the largest impact on those that you set out to help?
A: It’s hard to know how you make an impact on others, but I believe that the community gathering area we were able to build for a church in Havana, Cuba has made an amazing impact on their ability to welcome more people into their community.

Q: What is the most creative fundraising idea you’ve come across?
A: I think that young people growing their own food and then turning around and making meals out of their produce to serve to the community to raise funds and give back is exciting!

Q: What are some must-attend charity events for you?
A: Viva Vera Gala!

 

Q: What brands do you wear most often?
A: I wear my own clothing most often!

Q: What is your favorite beauty product?
A: A good night’s sleep.

Q: How would you describe your home décor?
A: A work in progress.

Q: What is your secret for hosting a great party?
A: Don’t over plan. I’d say don’t skimp in the wine, but I don’t think that’s a secret.

Q: Favorite food:
A: Ice cream

Q: Favorite cocktail:
A: French 75

Q: Favorite restaurant:
A: Today, it’s Hitchcock on Bainbridge Island.

Q: If you could host a dinner party for 8, who would you invite living or dead?
A: As much as I enjoy history, I’m not as interested in having dinner with the people who took up a lot of space in my history books. I’m more interested in overcoming geographical inconveniences and having some old, far away friends and family over for a relaxed dinner with myself and my husband. They are the people who helped shape me, who have shown me kindness, and who are all too often unsung heroes in my history.

Erin Roby designs at the Independent Designer Runway Show, Bellevue, Wash. (Photo Credit: Jami Davis)

Erin Roby designs at the Independent Designer Runway Show, Bellevue, Wash. (Photo Credit: Jami Davis)

Q: Favorite vacation spot:
A: Anywhere my husband and I can get away together! Preferably somewhere quite and a good day’s drive from any major city.

Q: Do you have any tips for parents?
A: I’m not a parent, so I don’t think it would be right of me to hand out any tips!

Q: Favorite TV show:
A: I like to watch Homeland, The Newsroom, The Good Wife. I love Seahawks football. Can football count as my favorite TV show?

Q: Favorite movie:
A: I have a lot of movies I love, not sure one sticks out as a favorite at the moment.

Q: Favorite song:
A: I’m currently obsessing over Nils Frahm’s piece, Ambre. Also, I’m into movie scores (Jonny Greenwood’s score for There Will Be Blood has been a favorite for years).

Q: Favorite book:
A: Ever? Wow, that’s too tough to narrow down. The first book I read as a kid that made me more critically think about the world around me was The Giver and I keep a signed copy of it at my house.

Q: Favorite apps:
A: I am into my photography apps, namely VSCO.

Q: iPhone or Android:
A: iPhone

Q: Favorite workout:
A: Good, old-fashioned yard work.

Q: Where do you get your news?
A: Fashion news: Business of Fashion; Politics, etc.: NPR, New York Times, Seattle Times, among others.

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