Once a “New York fashion darling”—with a résumé including the Gagosian Gallery, Tuleh and Barney’s, where she was Fashion Director—Amanda Brooks decided to trade in “City” for “Country” in 2012, leaving behind her busy Manhattan life in favor of a more rustic existence. Intending to stay only for one year, Brooks relocated with her husband—an artist—and their two children to Fairgreen Farm, his family’s estate in the Cotswolds. Seven years of full-time farm life later, Brooks has become a charming and influential voice in praise of the simpler and more wholesome—yet still immensely stylish—habits of living in the country, which have also informed the ever-growing trend in hospitality towards the pastoral and the organic, championed by premier brands like Soho House, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Noma, Heckfield Place and others. When she’s not riding horses, making jam from scratch, taking walks with her retriever, Ginger, and her favorite sheep, Juice, or maintaining her cottage home and its gardens, Brooks has continued to evolve her career in the creative world, publishing two books, contributing articles to Architectural Digest and, most recently, opening a lovely and eclectic boutique in the quiet town of Stow-on-the-Wold (a 45-minute drive from Oxford). Equally inspired by its British home base and by global travels—with a dash of New York intuition—Cutter Brooks displays its founder’s unique (and spot-on) tastes, with a curation of mostly European artisanal objects sourced “for your closet, your home and your hostess.” Here, Brooks shares some of her secrets for shopping around the globe, as well as her hidden-gem picks for the Cotswolds—and what’s she’s learned from becoming a modern farm girl.
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