Luxury can get a bad rap. Sometimes deservedly so. In the wrong hands it can represent exclusion, inaccessibility, greed, frivolity, waste, gaudiness, rigidity, even fossilization.
On its best day, though, luxury can provide beauty, inspiration, illumination, pleasure, wit, tranquility, excellence, meaning and joy. It can represent grace, intelligence, elegance and élan.
At Dandelion Chandelier, we think that luxury is fascinating and complex: it’s transparent and mysterious; it’s elegant and edgy; it’s London, Paris, Manhattan and Monaco – but it’s also Brooklyn, Berlin, Iceland, and Ibiza. It’s on the street and online, and it’s definitely in the eye of the beholder. It’s soaring and grounded. It’s dandelion and chandelier.
Our name reflects the inherent duality of luxury, and it also reflects our editorial mission: to illuminate and inspire – to explore the diverse, eclectic, electric world of luxury in a smart, fresh and elegant way.
With roots in fashion, consulting, wealth management, media and investing, our team of far-flung correspondents provides a unique insider’s perspective. We’ll share our tips and insights (and maybe just a little gossip), and do our best to help you find the products and experiences that will help you live life luxuriously.
We’ll also spend some time reflecting on the nature of luxury itself. Excavating the past to help predict the future. Highlighting everyday micro-luxuries as well as grand adventures. Not just focusing on getting and spending, but also on celebrating the luxury of spreading light in the world through acts of generosity and grace.
We’re a global community with many voices. We’re curious, optimistic, and as bad-ass as the situation requires. Come join us.
Dandelion Chandelier: See Luxury in a New Light.
Pamela Thomas-Graham is the Founder and CEO of Dandelion Chandelier Digital Media and the Lead Independent Director of the board of The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX). She is also a member of the Board of Directors at Peloton Interactive; Norwegian Cruise Lines (NYSE: NCLH); and the Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son, which is based in Bermuda (NASDAQ: NTB). A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review, Pamela is a C-Suite executive with global expertise in multiple consumer-facing industries.
The first black woman to be elected Partner at global consultancy McKinsey & Co, she worked for 10 years as a leader in the firm’s Consumer, Retail and Media practices. Pamela served as global Chair and CEO of CNBC Television and CNBC.com for six years. She was a Group President at Liz Claiborne, Inc. (now part of Tapestry), and an operating partner in private equity. Most recently, she served as Chief Marketing and Talent Officer, head of Private Banking Wealth Management New Markets, and as a member of the Executive Board at the global financial services firm Credit Suisse.
Originally from Detroit, she serves on the board of the Parsons School of Design.
Pamela is also the author of the Ivy League Mystery Series, three suspense novels published by Simon & Schuster set at Harvard, Yale and Princeton. She is married with three children, and loves running, skiing, books, the Pats, the Red Sox, the Warriors, and Valentino.
meet the team
Jillian Tangen, Head of Research
Jillian Tangen is the Head of Research at Dandelion Chandelier and a former Senior Research Analyst at McKinsey & Co and Analyst at Shearman & Sterling. She is an avid fan of Nordic design, having owned an independent lifestyle store and sales agency focused on emerging Scandinavian design. Jillian lives in NYC and is married with three young children and loves cross country skiing, the New York Rangers, reading, travel and discovering new brands.
Jennifer Ruocco, Head of Social Media
Jennifer Ruocco, Head of Social Media. Jennifer has been living and working in NYC managing social media for businesses of all sizes for over seven years. She is passionate about finding creative ways to reach new audiences and grow communities, both on and offline – and hers is the voice you’ll find behind our tweets and Instagram posts. Her heart belongs to the art industry, and she spent 4 years at Artspace.com growing a community around contemporary art online and soaking in the New York gallery scene. Prior to living in NYC, Jennifer spent over five years in the travel industry in Boston working in production and operational roles. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and dog, Sparrow.
Erin Dooney, Head of Design
Erin ensures brand and marketing visuals align with Dandelion Chandelier’s unique voice. Originally from Atlanta, she spent the last 5 years as an integrated Graphic Designer and Art Director in NYC focusing on brand strategy and user experience for luxury brands including Brooks Brothers and MZ Wallace. Erin is currently based in LA and enjoys live theater, hiking and painting.
Julie Chang Murphy, Contributing Editor
Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, fitness and even investigating police misconduct. Julie lives in NYC where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing and spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.
Abbie Martin Greenbaum, Contributing Editor
Abbie Martin Greenbaum grew up in New York City and currently lives in Brooklyn, where she drinks a lot of coffee and matches roommates together for a living. At Oberlin College, she studied English and Cinema, which are still two of her favorite things, along with dessert and musical theater. She believes in magic.
Nicole Douillet, Contributing Editor
Nicole Douillet is Dandelion Chandelier’s Food Editor. In addition to sharing her love of all things food with our readers, Nicole is a finance executive who has spent nearly 18 years on Wall Street in a variety of roles. She began her career as the first woman hired as a trader on the block trading desk at UBS. For over 13 years, Nicole was a quantitative trader and portfolio manager on the proprietary trading desk at Credit Suisse. She then served as Head of Product Innovation and LGBT Strategy for Wealth Management Private Banking New Markets at Credit Suisse. Most recently, Nicole co-founded Reboot Investing, Inc. where she served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. A recognized leader in socially responsible investing, Nicole created the ground-breaking Credit Suisse LGBT Equality Index ® and co-authored “What’s the Effect of Pro-LGBT Policy on Stock Price?” for the Harvard Business Review in 2014. Nicole currently serves on the Advisory Council for Action Against Hunger | ACF International. She is a former junior Olympic skier, food and drink aficionado, serial restaurant regular, and chili cook-off champion. She and her wife live in Brooklyn with their son, whose favorite restaurant is Lilia. Nicole is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
Luke Yang, Contributing Editor
Luke Yang is a New Yorker who adopted Paris as his home over 30 years ago. A graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Business School, his career in France spans finance, strategy consulting and serving as CEO for General Electric Capital in France and Belgium. An inveterate traveler, he has visited over 74 countries and currently splits his time between Paris, Manhattan and Shanghai, but he’s always most happy sipping a cafe crème and watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle!