Almost exactly a year ago, the hearts of so many of us in the fine jewelry industry were crushed with the news of the passing of Cindy Edelstein. A friend, mentor and champion of so many people in this business, her life was cut way too short. The loss of Cindy left a deep wound that used to be filled with her kind words, her infinite wisdom, her sarcastic wit, and her ability to make everyone around her feel special. And while she touched the lives of so many, and while she had accomplished so much in her short life, everyone who knew Cindy, even for a millisecond, knew that her greatest pride and joy was her daughter, Remy. Throughout the services, shiva, and the various events honoring Cindy that immediately followed her passing, what struck most people most poignantly, was this same remarkable young woman. Remy is truly a force to be reckoned with (kinda like her mama!). She is kind, smart, sweet, funny and wise beyond her years, and since we know everyone is wondering how she’s doing, we decided to take this opportunity to catch up with Remy, and see what’s been going on in her life this past year….
COUTURE: What have you been up to in the last year?
Remy Sasha: I finished my first (and only) year at SUNY Geneseo, which was wonderful. I did a lot of traveling over the summer and since then I’ve spent most of my time building my portfolio. I have also been stage managing for a theatre group in my hometown which has been incredibly educational. I’ve been involved in theatre throughout my life, and to be able to do it full time has been wonderful. The experience has helped me to slow down and focus, and helped me learn about what it’s like to really work hard. Plus the cast was largely high school aged kids, and I was lucky enough to take many of them under my wing.
COUTURE: What are you doing now? Are you in school?
RS: I’ve been known to make big things happen accidentally (once I threw a 50 person bbq entirely by accident), and accidentally taking a gap year has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’m spending all of my time learning how to take care of myself as an adult, both working as a Stage Manager and for myself. American culture tends to encourage a very fast-paced lifestyle, favoring jam-packed schedules and glorifying the overworked. I have a really intense drive, and my motivation tends to burn hot and quick, so I’m very used to that lifestyle. For the first time, I have goals that are open-ended and long-term, with no due date and no one to hold me accountable but myself. It’s vital to practice answering to yourself before you try to please anyone else.
COUTURE: Tell me one or two highlights from the last year.
RS: I rescued a couple of kittens and they are the BEST thing to happen to me in a long time. I’m hoping to train them as therapy cats once they’re old enough.
COUTURE: I hear you went to Disney World and that it was a lifelong dream….did it live up to your expectations?
RS: Yes! I am a HUGE animation nerd so jumping into that world was just a dream. I had been to Disneyland once for a couple of days with my parents almost 10 years ago, but this is a whole other animal. I spent MONTHS doing all of the research and making Pinterest boards and reservations; usually when I travel, I have a rough idea of what I want to do but as soon as we booked our plane tickets to Orlando I was basically a human ban.do planner.
COUTURE: What are your goals for the coming year?
RS: I’m SO ready for art school in the fall (not sure which one yet!), and I’m really hoping to find an internship or apprenticeship for the spring and/or summer….in fact, if anyone in my jewelry family was interested in hiring me, I’d be very interested in hearing about the opportunity!
COUTURE: How’s that amazing (Cindy approved) boyfriend of yours, Harry?
RS: Harry is really good! He just slayed his first semester at Parsons and is gearing up for the next one.
COUTURE: How do you manage to stay feeling close to your mom on a day to day basis?
RS: It’s a big variety of little things. I use a lot of her things, particularly a lot of her art supplies from when she was around my age (fun fact: she originally started at FIT for fashion design before she switched to journalism). And there are just always things that remind me of her. Mostly, though, I feel her influence in me very deeply. Whenever I look in the mirror I see how my face looks like hers and when I open my mouth I hear the echoes of her personality in my head. Actually, I hear her influence in my thought process a lot. I read a study once that suggested your inner monologue is modeled on whoever taught you language, usually your mother. It’s very Westworld, but I think I subvocalize my consciousness in a voice that’s a mix of my own and my mom’s.
COUTURE: Do you have plans to come to COUTURE? If so, what are you most looking forward to?
RS: I haven’t exactly planned this far ahead yet, but I am DYING to go to COUTURE. I love romping around the Wynn during the day visiting my big beautiful jewelry family and the things they all create. Plus, jewelers know how to work hard and play hard. I’m so ready for the COUTURE party this year, last year was wonderful (and remember that I had just come back from college).
COUTURE: If a song played every time you came into a room, what would it be?
RS: The VANIC remix of the Birdy cover of Skinny Love.
COUTURE: What’s your spirit animal these days?
RS: If Aubrey Plaza somehow had a lovechild with a drag queen, it would be me.