When we heard that two of the coolest mamas we know—Ariane Goldman, of HATCH Collection, and Morgan Hutchinson, of BURU—had teamed up for a collaboration, you better believe that we were interested in learning more. Below, we’re sharing our conversation with the creative pair, which includes the scoop on their new collection, tips on motherhood, plus one surprising thing you may not know about each of them!
Our conversation with Ariane and Morgan
Tell us about the HATCH x BURU collaboration, and how it was born.
- Ariane Goldman: I met Morgan and we instantly hit it off. When she approached me about a collaboration, I was all ears. BURU is speaking to the same girl as HATCH, and we are both out there trying to make it all feel easier and more beautiful for the mamas! The idea of a trunk show road trip really evolved from Morgan’s relationships, and has been strengthened by the amazing response to HATCH in each city that we’ve traveled to. It’s been so fun and inspiring to meet women that have worn HATCH, but never had the chance to come to New York City and shop our collection in person.
- Morgan Hutchinson: I am a big fan of HATCH—have been since the moment I learned about the brand. Ariane’s story and her vision are so inspiring to me. Who wouldn’t want to work with her? When I approached her in the fall, I casually mentioned our BURU-to-You van. I was beyond thrilled to see the HATCH gals get excited about the possibilities of us hitting the road together. Seriously—declaring that you own a large black van from which you peddle your wares isn’t the easiest thing to weave into a conversation! We are both on a mission to help mamas feel beautiful for all the phases of motherhood. Why not do that together and have a little fun along the way!
What was the best thing about working with each other on this collection?
- AG: Umm…everything. She is a lovely, light, sweet, easy and smart woman. I feel like this whole partnership was seamless—she has been wonderful.
- MH: I have loved everything about working with her! Seriously, such a treat. But if you’re making me pick one, then I would have to say, in all honesty, that every time she opens her mouth, I learn something. She’s the coolest smarty pants I have ever met. I’ve got a girl crush.
What do you love most about each others’ style?
- AG: Morgan gets away with things that I definitely couldn’t. She’s like this classic beautiful blonde, but totally goes for it, style-wise. I love how eclectic and versatile her wardrobe is.
- MH: OMG. She is so effortlessly chic. Her messy ponytail perfection would take me hours to replicate. Of course, she creates it in one fell swoop. Her look is a graceful blend of femininity paired with downtown New York City style.
How has being a mom influenced or changed your style?
- AG: It’s stayed pretty much the same (thanks to HATCH!), but I definitely opt for clothes that feel easy. I don’t want to stand in my closet for an hour, and the clothes have to feel good and look good for long days.
- MH: For the most part, it has stayed the same (minus the mini-skirts because bending over to pick up a toddler in a mini is not—as my mother would spell—“p-r-e-t-t-y”). I like to play and experiment with my style. Of course, I am a bit more practical now. I strive to find the right balance of function and fashion for BURU, so that I can make it easier for all mamas to find their own #momstyle.
What’s been the most challenging part of motherhood for you?
- AG: Balance. Trying to have it all, of course, but I always feel guilty. I don’t really know many mothers who don’t feel that way though. We’re rock stars, so I try to just accept and do the best I can.
- MH: Nothing. I’m nailing it all the time (wink, wink). But seriously, maybe it’s not the right thing to say out loud (mom-shamers, please be kind) but I struggle with alone time with my husband and not getting enough of it. I adore Olive and I want to be the best mama I can be to help her become the best version of herself, but I still need time to feel like me and that involves being with my husband—feeling romantic and spontaneous. One “Brett and Morgan” trip a year is not enough for me. I am not my best if I lose sight of the love that created this precious being. We have found that short getaways really help. Daily life can be a grind. You have to keep the fun. Not to say I don’t have fun with Olive. She’s a ball! It’s just sometimes that “ball” wears a mama out!
How do you do it all—run a successful business, be a present wife and spend time with your kids?
- AG: Booze. Family. Friends. I’m so lucky for those—all three of them! I have a wonderful team, too, which is everything. Good people who support my vision and work so hard.
- MH: Well, I drop a lot of balls—every day. I try to juggle the best that I can, focusing on the most important balls. My mother was the most amazing school volunteer. Helping out any time she was asked and then some. It was incredible to grow up with that. I am not that mom, and that’s hard for me. But it is what it is. Olive had a plain plastic Ziploc bag to collect her Valentines in this year, and you know what happened? She came home smiling and loving life. It wasn’t on Pinterest, but I’m calling it a win. So to answer your question, I do it all by laughing all the way, with tons of hugs, kisses and dry shampoo.
We are both on a mission to help mamas feel beautiful for all the phases of motherhood. Why not do that together and have a little fun along the way!
Do you have any tips for balancing everything?
- AG: I’m working on it. I use a paper calendar (an agenda book). When you find the magic wand, please share!
- MH: I write everything down in a scrappy notebook that I take everywhere with me, which helps, but it’s my right-hand gal Allyssa (a Jill-of-all-trades) who really keeps me in check with what we’re supposed to do and when we’re supposed to do it!
What’s your beauty routine like?
- AG: Massages and moisturizer and bronzer and laughing. Hopefully, a lot of all of those all of the time, but some are easier to do every day than others.
- MH: Now that we live in Salt Lake City, I am all about the moisturizer. The heavier, the better. I never leave home without red lipstick—you know, just in case. I get a small amount of Botox twice a year for maintenance, and I highlight my hair every couple of months. Oh—and I cake on the sunscreen. It’s a must.
What’s the best piece of advice your mother has given you on being a mother?
- AG: Always have a sense of humor.
- MH: Though she does give me advice from time to time, I learned more from her just in the way she mothered me. She always told me I could tell her anything. She would say, “There is nothing you can do that will make me stop loving you.” It made me feel so safe. I hear myself saying those exact words to Olive. It’s unconditional love.
“My home is…”
- AG: My solace.
- MH: A box of skittles. I like to live in color.
“My ideal Saturday…”
- AG: Is in East Hampton, New York, running around with my kids and Max. Or, lying in bed with them.
- MH: A sunny and bubbly outdoor brunch with Brett and Olive, followed by playtime in the park and afternoon ice cream treats. I can also get into a rainy (or snowy) day movie marathon enjoyed from a family-sized palette of comfy pillows.
“The first thing I do when I wake up is…”
- AG: Kiss my family.
- MH: Morning kisses for Brett, and then Miss Olive.
“My guilty pleasure is…”
- AG: Bagels.
- MH: Really cheesy Christmas movies on Hallmark. It’s a serious addiction.
“To me, success is…”
- AG: Appreciating the journey along the way.
- MH: Feeling happy in your own skin and owning who you are.
“One thing you’d be surprised to know about me is that…”
- AG: I don’t read (I know how to, though!).
- MH: I can speak Mandarin. It may sound a little country with a “K,” but after three and a half years in Beijing, I can get around.
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