The Gaux Girl - A series on the brilliant women we're privileged
to count as friends.
Featuring Claudia Wu, the co-founder and creative director of cult favorite Cherry Bombe Magazine, a self-proclaimed "beautifully designed biannual publication that celebrates women and food."
MEET CLAUDIA WU
We can't remember how, or where, or when we first came across Cherry Bombe Magazine. What we do remember is it was a love-at-first kind of encounter: Karlie Kloss smiled cheekily from the cover with a bowl of cookie dough, perfectly dotted with - of course - dark chocolate chips. It was funny, intelligent, and seriously stylish, but didn't take itself too seriously. It read like a who's who of food and fashion (and what better combination could one wish for?), featuring everyone from April Bloomfield of the Spotted Pig, to the ever-chic Garance Doré. It was, quite literally, the perfect magazine.
Issue after issue, Cherry Bombe continues to surprise and delight. With seven issues now published since their launch in 2014, Cherry Bombe has amassed a loyal - if not cult-like following - and is widely distributed across the US, Canada, and abroad. It releases weekly podcasts through Heritage Radio Network, and hosts an annual "Jubilee," whose lineup this year included everything from chocolate by Vosges Haut-Chocolat to a reading with Padma Lakshmi.
Needless to say, we're huge fans of the stylish publication, its thoughtful content, and its commitment to celebrating girl power and good food. And we're thrilled to count Claudia Wu as a Gaux Girl. We sat down with the thirty-something entrepreneur and creative director at Café Henrie in Soho to hear more about how she built Cherry Bombe, with co-founder Kerry Diamond, into the powerhouse it is today.
One item in your closet you can't live without:
Comfortable shoes, of course! I try to walk everywhere.
The Third Plate by Dan Barber
It’s 11 AM on a Saturday morning. Where are you?
Probably at home, making or eating breakfast, and answering emails.
Where’s the last place you traveled?
I just finished a trip in Italy. We stayed in Capri for a few days, then flew to Sardinia, got on a sail boat with a travel company called The Sailing Collective, and sailed north to Corsica and back. It was an amazing week on the Mediterranean Sea with amazing food. Diana Yen from The Jewels of NY prepared a menu for us, and we cooked and photographed some of the dishes on the boat. The story will be in the next issue of Cherry Bombe in the fall. If you haven’t done a sailing trip before, I highly recommend it!
What's the biggest risk you've ever taken?
Deciding that I never wanted to take a full time job ever again after getting burned out at my first job out of college. I've successfully avoided being someone's employee ever since. Being your own boss has its ups and downs but I can't imagine working for someone else in the near future.
What’s the best advice you ever received?
Don't forget to stop and smell the roses.
What does being “a girl on the go” mean to you?
I'd love for it to mean that I get to travel the world but I think in reality it means that I have a million things on my plate and an avalanche of emails to read and answer, always. I'm working on the travel part. Waiting for someone to invent an app that can take care of emails for me.
Claudia wears our new Demi-Ballerina in Dove. Shop her look here.