Inside a Top Industry Vet's Luxury Closet
Manager and producer Rosalie Swedlin keeps her clothing and accessories organized while on the go with the help of LA Closet Design's Lisa Adams, who has reconfigured four wardrobe spaces (including one with a putting green).
A manager, producer and industry veteran, Rosalie Swedlin began her Hollywood career at CAA and is toggling among Scotland, where she's shooting Glenn Close starrer The Wife; Budapest, which will substitute for 1896 New York in The Alienist, a 10-part miniseries for TNT; and Los Angeles, where, from the Culver City offices of Anonymous Content, she architects the careers of long-standing clients including Olive Kitteridge writer Jane Anderson and such film and TV directors as Richard Shepard (Girls) and Lynn Shelton (Casual, Laggies).
But while Swedlin's work and travel schedule take her all over the place, her clothing and accessories could not be more centrally organized thanks to Lisa Adams of LA Closet Design, who has seen her through four closets (husband and producer Robert W. Cort's current closet features a putting green) and two homes, one in the Trousdale area of Beverly Hills and now a new one, also in Beverly Hills. "The overall vision for Rosalie’s closet was to create a dressing-room space that flowed seamlessly from the bathroom-shower-vanity," says Adams. "With her demanding professional life, it was important to make sure everything has its place. I incorporated a pull-out scarf cabinet, pull-out cabinet for hanging jewelry, three-way mirrored doors and double-row pull-out angled shoe shelves — Rosalie’s pride and joy! We were able to store 168 pairs of shoes and an additional 40 for boots/booties."
Though a compound foot-and-ankle fracture in July from a serious accident has kept Swedlin temporarily out of her beloved Nicholas Kirkwood heels, she still is operating at top speed, developing a limited series of Fatal Attraction with original film producer Stanley Jaffe, and producing Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian alongside Lauren Shuler Donner, Wyck Godfrey and Hugh Jackman.
"I'm motivated by a good story that draws you into a world and the emotional conflicts the characters face," she says. But not conflicts stemming from a disordered closet. "As you can see, I love clothes. It's my way of self-expression," says Swedlin. "And I love shoes. With the accident, I now have a much larger collection of flats than I ever had."
A version of this story first appeared in the 2016 Women in Entertainment Power 100 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.