Q&A With Jacqueline Kent Cooke

The daughter of a legendary Redskins owner talks fashion, family, and football.

Growing up as the daughter of local sports legend Jack Kent Cooke, you might think Jacqueline Cooke would have more jerseys than Jimmy Choos in her closet. But Cooke has become a savvy fashionista, and she shared with us how she came into her own in the fashion industry.

Where did your interest in fashion originate?

Growing up, I was primarily influenced by my late grandmother, who always dressed with elegance. Whether she was going to the supermarket or out to dinner she always had a beautiful outfit paired with her signature red lipstick.

How would you describe your style?

I am inspired by a broad range of designers and usually drawn towards unique pieces that have a bit of an edge to them. I also tend to think practically, purchasing classic pieces that can be worn again and again. I also enjoy finding low-end items to mix with high-end accessories, as it is more economical.

What do you do in the fashion industry?

I am the director of PR and marketing at Isa Tapia, an emerging shoe designer and currently part of the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) incubator. It’s great being a part of a growing brand because you get to learn so many things along the way. I most recently did a preview inviting head editors from Condé Nast and Hearst to showcase our pre-fall collection.

Living in New York now, do you still consider yourself a Washingtonian?

I consider myself a Washingtonian as I was born in DC and went to middle school there. I still come to DC for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation events as often as possible. I really enjoy meeting the alumni and current scholars—it’s wonderful to see how much their lives have been affected by my father’s generosity. I don’t have as many friends who currently reside in DC, as most of them have moved to New York or other cities. I think everyone should experience a different city at least once in their life, especially when in your twenties, but I can see myself moving back to DC—it’s an ideal place to raise a family.

Any thoughts on the Redskins naming controversy?

I do not think it’s up for me to weigh in on this issue. I just hope they start to win again, regardless of the name.

What are some “can’t-live-without” pieces in your closet?

My Proenza Schouler black military boots—I can pair them with almost anything in my closet. My A.L.C black leather dress, as it’s a classic silhouette that can be worn day or night, and my Zara perforated brown leather handbag, which I take to work everyday. Last but not least, my gold heart and diamond necklace my dad gave me that says “Jacqueline” on the front and “love always, daddy” on the back. I wear it nearly all the time to remind me of him.