Rati’s Must-haves: Our Chief Merchant’s Summer Weekend Picks

Words by Jody Hume | 7.18.14

As Chief Merchant at The RealReal, Rati Levesque not only oversees Women’s and Men’s Fashion, Fine Jewelry and Art, she’s also our office style guru. Rati is an expert on luxury brands and up-and-coming designers alike (she founded SF’s popular Anica boutique, afterall), and whether she’s pairing Chanel with Adidas or Manolos with Acne, she always puts things together in a unique way we’ve never thought of before. Because she’s always a step ahead, we’re constantly turning to her for style advice. Here, she shares her picks for a perfect summer weekend — which means everything from art to Lanvin — as well as tips for summer travel, beauty and more.

What speaks to you about these pieces?
The are easy and versatile. You can throw on either of the dresses with some sandals and go almost anywhere all summer. You can’t go wrong with casual chic. I’m really into watches lately and this one by Cartier is classic. Junya can do no wrong in my eyes and the Lanvin piece is so special.The baseball cap keeps me from getting burnt on sunny summer days.

What does your ideal summer weekend look like?
A picnic at the beach or at a park with the family. The Hermès blanket we just got in is perfect for that. I also love having friends over for dinner and spending time on projects around the house. I’m always looking to add art to our collection. Charles Gatewood’s photo of Bob Dylan is cool and iconic and Marla Sweeney’s beach scene is like bringing summer indoors.

Celine Large HoboMarla SweeneyKiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate

How does your beauty routine change for warmer weather?
Moisturize and exfoliate! I am loving Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate and Neutrogena Exfoliator Scrub.

What’s your summer read?
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

What are your style tips for packing for vacations and getaways?
Less is more! Go minimal.

What’s your summer investment piece this season?
Elevated basics like great t-shirts and tennis shoes.

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