Welcome to FTDO (From the Desk of...), a new series that answers the question "What IS
all of that crap on your desk?"
Anybody who knows former Brides
CD (and former SPD VP) Gretchen Smelter
knows she was born to travel. So, after a stellar career that has included stops at Fast Company
, Martha Stewart Living
, and Real Simple
, it was not a big surprise that in September 2010, she jumped at the opportunity to work in Hong Kong as the Group CD for Edipresse
, publishers of the Asian editions of the renowned British Tatler
franchise and 180 other properties.
In early 2011, Smelter and photographer Frédéric LaGrange
traveled to Bali to get married, and decided they wanted to stay. By October, they were living in the island paradise, and traveling and working all over Asia. Gretchen can count Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, China, Macau, Japan, and Turkey among the recent stamps in her passport.
Recently she and her husband were hired by Aman Resorts
to create a book about their outpost in Bali. That's where we caught up with her.