Maryam Eisler, named by ArtNet as one of the 100 most powerful women in art, is many things : art collector and patron, trustee of Whitechapel Gallery and  member the Tate International Council. Maryam is also an editor and an author, with her latest article on artist Parviz Tanavoli appearing in this month’s Vanity Fair, and her latest book, her third,  LONDON BURNING-  Portraits from a Creative City, having recently launched to rave reviews. Vogue quotes that the tome discovers “… the beating heart of London’s art and cultural scene.”  But her accomplishments are hardly surprising, spoken from one who has known her since our days at Wellesley College, where she now serves as trustee. Maryam was always the person to find and spread light, and one who approaches life with grace and determination, and wit. Add to her list devoted mother and dear friend, we at KOTUR are honoured to feature Maryam as our MUSE…

What’s in your make-up bag?
a Tom Ford Bronzing powder and “Lip Laquer”

Do you have a beauty secret?
Maroccan unroasted Argan oil for hair and skin 

How would your female friends describe your style ?
Casual and down to earth 

Most treasured item in your wardrobe ?
My striped beige and blue Navajo poncho once purchased in Santa Fe …

Anything in the wardrobe you should get rid of but you can’t?
A pair of battered cowboy boots dating back to my Wellesley College days …

What do you never leave home without ?
A smile ..

What do you wear on a hot date night?
Nothing !

What do you wear to bed?
Always a white T- shirt …

How old is too old for jeans?
Never too old!

What is your most recent purchase ?
A very fat lens – The Canon 85/ 1.2 ” dream lens”  as I like to call it !

Can you judge a book by its cover ?
Generally no BUT ……

What are your bad habits?
The ones I don’t like but keep repeating !

What’s your greatest extravagance?
Creative dawdling …

What are your guilty pleasures?
Being where I’m not meant to be, seeing what I’m not meant to see 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“Know Thyself”!  

What’s your favorite smell?
Persian nights aired with Jasmin…

What’s your idea of a great holiday?
Not knowing where you’ re going to end up …

What are you most proud of?
My children and my life in reflection.

What are you least proud of?
Reflecting on regrets..

What is pure bliss in your mind?
Moments lost in Nature …

What would you eat for your last supper ?
SMALL portions of BIG ideas 

If you could meet someone from history …who would it be ?
Omar Khayam , 12 th century Persian polymath and lover of life 

Yes or no to a nip and a tuck?
why not !

Do you have a favorite purse or bag?
|A black vintage quilted Chanel flap from the 80s , a hand- me – down from my mother and a classic  forever!

Do you have a favorite KOTUR bag?
My large navy Morley Snakeskin Clutch- love the shape,  love the size !

On a scale of one-to-ten, how good looking are you?
Mirror mirror on the wall……

How would you like to be remembered ?
As one who cared  …as one who loved …