Not only does Tanya Levak have over a decade of experience in fashion styling for magazines, brands and private clients, she’s also managed to discreetly build up a portfolio of successful heritage house renovations and flips with her husband Tom. Her aesthetic for both fashion and interiors is one we can appreciate; a pared back look that focuses on quality, design, and inimitability.
Somehow in amongst all of these overlapping careers Tanya fit us in – firstly styling the PHILÉ campaign – and now again, letting us into her beautiful home (images below) and answering our prodding questions about her formula to dressing well each morning, the first job she ever had, and more.
1. Why did you pursue fashion styling?
Since a young age it was always clothes, fashion, and magazines! I poured over fashion editorials growing up from Vogue UK and Paris. I started collecting them from about 12 years old.
2. What is your signature style?
Vintage Levis 501's in dark indigo wash, anything navy pinstriped, black turtlenecks and tailored blazers. The older I get, the more I look for clothes that are tailored, clean cut and block coloured.
3. What was your first ever fashion job?
My first job straight out of fashion design school was an internship at Vogue UK and Fantastic magazine in London where I was living at the time. When starting out – especially in the world of fashion - I recommend always making yourself useful either in the office, or on set. You will be surprised how many people take notice.
4. How have you diversified your career over time?
Fashion and interiors to me are closely linked, and I've always been equally as passionate about interiors as I have been with clothes. This has helped me with a side project I work on with my husband Tom, buying and renovating houses.
5. What are three things every woman must do each morning?
Moisturise! I’m currently obsessed with blended oils rather than a cream. Apply a signature scent. And always, choose shoes first! A shoe can really change an outfit - to me they are the key ingredient.
6. Who are three creative people inspiring you right now?
Sophie Buhai - for her incredibly unique aesthetic, her Instagram is so inspirational.
Daphne Javitch - I love her fashion spin on health and wellness.
Axel Vervoordt – This Belgium interior designer uses interiors from the mid 90's paired with blank open spaces.