When can you count on your friends if not in life’s most difficult moments?
For Georgina Chapman, that time has been the last seven months, during which dozens of public allegations of ranging sexual misconduct at the hands of her husband, disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, set life as she knew it ablaze.
When the initial allegations emerged in early October, “I lost ten pounds in five days,” she revealed in a newly published Vogue profile. “I couldn’t keep food down.”
“My head was spinning. And it was difficult because the first article was about a time long before I’d ever met him, so there was a minute where I couldn’t make an informed decision. And then the stories expanded and I realized that this wasn’t an isolated incident. And I knew that I needed to step away and take the kids out of here,” she explained to the magazine.
While women exposed the alleged secret behavior of the man she had been married to for close to a decade, the designer took their young daughter and son and left New York City, where Marchesa’s office and atelier is located. That’s when one of her longtime dearest friends stepped in.
Keren Craig, a former classmate and the co-founder of Marchesa, has been by Chapman’s side professionally for more than 10 years and even longer personally, so when her life was turned upside down, Craig sprung into action to pick up the pieces. “Our friendship always comes first, so foremost, I was worried for Georgina,” Craig told Vogue. “Secondly, we have so many talented, loyal people who work for us, some who’ve been here for twelve, thirteen years, so my concern was to get to the office and get the collections out, so that people could be paid and pay their rents.”