Glynnis Mapp is a fashion sleuth, word nerd, self-described foodie, wannabe globetrotter, dog-lover and audiophile. She loves bubblebaths and a good fashion coffee table book. She is a Toronto-born journalist who has lived and worked in Paris, covering haute couture and menswear and womenswear pret-a-porter runway shows. She has also lived, worked and studied in New York (Columbia University). Her editorial work has appeared in ELLE Canada and on ELLECanada.com, National Post, TorontoLife.com, Corduroy, FLARE, FLARE.com, iVillage.ca, HuffingtonPost.ca and Lookbooks.com
She is the editorial director at her website, FashionTK.com and is the associate editor at Canadian digital magazine, The Kit.
Glynnis currently lives in Toronto, Canada.
Did you always want to be in the media? If not, what other careers were on the horizon?
Without trying to sound intellectual (or disingenuous) I have truly always wanted to be a writer/editor/media type. For a moment, I had thought of being a backup dancer for Beyonce but that dream never seemed to pan out as I had wanted it to. I sometimes think I could be a comedienne—Kristen Wiig style. Saturday Night Live, are you listening?
Where would you like to be five years from now?
Oprah-status would be nice. (Kidding, Oprah). I’d love to keep on humming along as a writer and editor. Writing a book would be fun, too. Maybe even more than just one. Maybe writing said book(s) from a grand apartment in the Marais in Paris. #asif #pipedream
Any advice for people getting started in your industry?
Be a consummate professional, but don’t take yourself too seriously. Have fun. Go to fancy parties if you’re invited. Try to crash the parties you’re not invited to. Make high-profile contacts early, meet them for coffee dates, make them your mentors. Get an internship and try to be a keen (but not annoying) intern. Start a good blog.
What are your favourite media outlets, not including your own?
The news nerd in me loves listening to NPR.com radio streams, that with a cup of coffee in the morning is a pretty good fix. When I’m on deadline, I listen to my favourite French music-meets-fashion site, Kitsuné.fr. French techno makes end of day so much easier.
Best interview you’ve ever had?
DSquared2 designers, Dean and Dan Caten, on the Canada’s Walk of Fame red carpet in 2009. So charming, so handsome. They had me at “Hey!”
I sort of interviewed Alec Baldwin while in a bagel shop in Manhattan’s upper west side. Well, not exactly interviewed him, but I was witness to some questioning. It’s a long story. Anyway, it ended up being less than fruitful encounter (no Barbara Walters-style Q&A, not even close) but a hilarious story to tell at cocktail parties. Ask me about it next time you see me at one.
Best advice you’ve ever been given?
If you don’t ask, you don’t get. My motto for my entire career has been to ask for things. It’s the essence of reporting, really.
What rule(s) do you live your life by?
100% fat-free anything. Seriously, what is the point?
Wasabi peas. And yoga.
I’m re-reading Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart. Such a great read. If you don’t think that China will take over as a financial superpower and that everyone will be hooked on a super apparatus (think iPhone on steroids) in the near future, you’re crazy. Huh!? Just read the book.
Best place on earth?
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico in January. Go there to escape Canada’s coldest months and tell me you don’t think it’s just amazing too.
Ryan Gosling. For all the reasons you think.
My Mom. Beautiful, goofy, stubborn. And I’m my mother’s daughter.
I’m really into Flipboard, I downloaded that app on my iPhone a few weeks ago. It feels tactile without actually being literally tactile. Right?
Pool or ocean?
Voicemail or email?
Both. Since texting and email is all anyone ever does, it’s a treat getting a funny voicemail from a friend I haven’t heard from in a while. A witty email gets me going just as much though. I have the funniest (and smartest) friends and our email threads are the stuff of would-be Tina Fey novels. Well, more like Candace Bushnell trying to be Tina Fey, but you get the idea.