When this native New York vixen isn’t piecing together lace and silk to create her much-loved “inner outerwear”—a term she trademarked—Helena Stuart might be found sipping on tea, fancying vintage trinkets, or merely promenading the vastness of her favorite NYC parkland.
Stuart launched her first Only Hearts store on Columbus Avenue in 1978. It began as a trove of heart-shaped treasures for the shameless romantics to indulge in. The heart flames spread, catapulting the company into what it offers today, an institution of things a woman might wear closest to her heart. Alongside her daughter, also a designer, Only Hearts not only designs sexy bras, camisoles, and panties, the brand is also eco-conscious incorporating a line of tees and lounge-wear constructed from organic cotton.
Through her versatile pieces, Helena Stuart has found a way for women to feel sexy and confident.
Where were you born ?
New York City
Upper West Side
founder/designer of Only Hearts
my mother’s house
Best place for late night dining:
Best place for a romantic date:
a drink on the roof garden in the Metropolitan Museum
Best Sunday brunch:
Roebling Tea Room
Best place for a power business meeting:
All-around favorite spot in New york:
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Elle W. Collection (vintage jewelry)
Caudalie at the Plaza
Favorite Charity Event:
Super Saturday, The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
Favorite Cultural Event:
The Cherry Blossom Festival at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
Favorite Cultural Institution:
The Frick Collection
Best Aspect of New york:
The distinct personalities of all our neighborhoods and the luxury of being able to walk almost any place I want to go.
The Strip House
The bar at MAREA
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
My personal trainer, Steve Lischin, from Great Jones Fitness
deep tissue with Connie Wingo
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Eri from Express Limo
Infinite Variety: (so far this year) three centuries of Red & White Quilts-at the Armory
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Statue of Eleanor Roosevelt @ 72nd Street & Riverside Drive.
Best Broadway show: