Each week The Advocate asks a different “quiz taker” for his or her current favorites in pop culture.

QUIZ TAKER: Laurie Aronson, 44, president of Lipsey’s, Haspel and Le Chameau.

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO: “Beyonce. I just saw her in concert in Central Park; she is full of talent.”

WHAT I’M READING: “I’m catching up on my WWD (Women’s Wear Daily) magazines.”

WHAT I’M WATCHING: “I just watched ‘A Capitol Fourth’ TV special celebration live from Washington, D.C., on PBS with host Jimmy Smits.?I was asked to dress him for the second year in a row. I must say, he looked great!”

WHERE I’M SURFING (ON THE INTERNET): “The camp that my daughters, Anna and Marla, attend posts pictures each night of the activities from camp, so that is where I’ve been surfing.”

WHAT’S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE? “Espresso gelato; it’s my favorite food group.”


You and your mom, Susan Lipsey, are featured in the July issue of Southern Living in a fashion piece about seersucker. What was that like and where does your affinity for seersucker come from?

“The photo shoot for Southern Living was fun and humorous at the same time.?It took place in the Haspel showroom and home office in New York City.?The hardest part was finding seersucker for women, as Haspel is currently only making clothing for men.?The prep-time for the shoot, finding an outfit and filling out the lengthy questionnaire took several months, but the actual shoot itself only took half a day! It was a great excuse to spend time with my mom in the Big Apple for a few days. My great-grandfather, Joseph Haspel Sr., founded Haspel in 1909.?He was an innovator of functional fabrics, and he originated the seersucker suit!? He took this cool fabric that he had been making laborers’ clothes with and turned it into the iconic suit that is still worn today.”