Back to Global Conversations 3.10: Gay Gassmann, Art Historian and Architectural Digest Contributing Writer

What’s it really like to be an American in Paris? Melissa Biggs Bradley talks with Gay Gassmann about seeing the world (and the City of Light) through an expat’s lens and how travel, her career, (and her combined passions) have intertwined at the nexus of art and collecting, design and fashion. Plus, her favorite parts of the city and the best design cities beyond Paris—including Tokyo, Kyoto, Antwerp, Marrakech, Venice and more.

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At Indagare, we often say—both to our members for whom we are planning individual private trips and to the guests who have signed up for our Insider Journeys group trips—remember, on a journey it’s the people you meet along the way, they can be as important as the places you go. 

My guest today, Gay Gassmann, is a fabulous woman who Melissa met through the travels Indagare has arranged for Architectural Digest where she is a contributing editor.  Together the two of them have taken groups of 12 to 24 guests to Paris, Marrakech, Lisbon, Istanbul and Lebanon.  And in 2022 they’re taking another group to Tokyo.

Gay was born in California, graduated from the American University in Paris, studied decorative arts at Cooper-Hewitt/Parsons and worked at the Getty early in her career.  Since then she’s worked in fashion, design, art and publishing, as an art consultant, editor and writer — she’s been described as having “one heel in the art world and the other in fashion”.  Gay has also lived for over 30 years.  Between advising on collections, working with design legends, and producing stories for AD, Gay has seen, if not everything, a lot of recent art and design history. 

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