While walking on the beach near the Battery, the former Navy lieutenant fell in love with the small oyster shells she discovered in the sand. “All of the beautiful colors, how they are worn so smooth; I know they’ve been through a lot, and so have I,” notes Reed. “We get to share each other’s story.” The Texas native launched Margerite & Motte in 2018, selling delicate hand-gilded stud and hoop earrings made with 23-karat gold, as well as bar and medallion necklaces. Find her jewelry on her website, the Gibbes Museum Store, and Rhodes Boutique. Here, Reed shares her favorite way to style her pieces and the skin-care product she can’t live without
Q Tell us about the most treasured item in your wardrobe.
A My Billy Reid pony-hair ”Chelsea” boots! I have worn these so much they are getting resoled at Peter & Sons Shoe Repair. When I love something this much, I can’t let it go.
Q What’s your favorite way to wear your jewelry?
A I love layering necklaces and typically include a choker with a simple shell medallion. If I want to get really dressy, I add a bigger statement piece. I always wear my “Bicycle” earrings because they go with everything.
Q What’s the most worn item in your closet?
A My favorite top is the “Baby Rib Cocoon” shirt by Raquel Allegra (above). I never secondguess my choice to wear it. It’s both stylish and comfortable—a must for me!
Q What are some of your favorite local brands?
A Petrichor + Gold ceramics, The Restored Board (above), and jewelry and accessories from Penelope Design Studio
Q Share a skin-care product that you can’t live without.
A My Chantecaille ”Just Skin” tinted moisturizer; I typically don’t wear makeup every day, so this gives me a slight Instagram-filter look with added SPF protection. You can find it at Cos Bar on King Street.
Q How do you describe your style?
A Minimalistic—solid, earth-tone colors. Overall, it’s menswear with a feminine twist. I don’t like anything fitted; natural materials, such as cotton, linen, and silk, are the best. My favorite designers are Sézane, Raquel Allegra, Black Crane, and Rachel Comey. These women know how to cut a garment! I truly appreciate a designer’s ability to make clothing that flatters the figure. That way every time you put it on, it feels good because it always looks good.