You may know Jill Zarin as one of the original cast members of the hit Bravo reality show The Real Housewives of New York City, but there is much more to her than just an effervescent reality-TV personality. Her resume is extensive and shows her to be a serious entrepreneur. From Skweez Couture to Bed Bath & Beyond’s Jill Zarin home-product line to her own fine jewelry collection, she does it all. She co-authored Secrets of a Jewish Mother with her sister and mother, helps her husband Bobby with his long-time family-owned business Zarin Fabrics, and is full-time mom to a daughter.
Even with that full plate, Zarin finds time to give back to charities she is deeply devoted to. One is the Eric Trump Foundation, where she serves as a member of the Executive Committee and helps raise money through her notable annual Luxury Luncheon event hosted at her Hamptons estate every summer.
HudsonMOD caught up with Zarin during a break from her busy life to chat about her successes, throwing one of the hottest Hamptons soirees, and more.
Q: After your experience on the Real Housewives of New York, would you venture into reality-TV again?
A: I loved being on TV, and more importantly, the way fans respond to me and my family every day with love, respect and kindness. Fans ask me everyday on social media or in person, “How is Bobby? Gloria? Ally?” They have no idea how that makes me feel so loved.
Q: You’re known for throwing one of the hottest parties in the Hamptons. Tell us about your annual Luxury Luncheon.
A: One of the perks of being famous is the wonderful free products people send me. I wanted to share that experience, so I created a giant gifting suite for my closest girlfriends with a gift bag valued at $5,000. It turned into what is now my annual Luxury Luncheon. Lunch is always served by the finest caterers like Carlyle off the Green, Chef David Burke and Chef Roblé, owner of Streets in Brooklyn. My girlfriends are treated to a day unlike any other. I have the best products and services and even trunk shows for shopping.
Q: What can you tell us about this year’s luncheon?
A: The first thing you should expect to see is the gigantic tent overlooking the bay filled with live music and a lot of passed food. This year, we will be adding a $100 raffle ticket where one person will win the goodies inside “Jill’s Closet.” It will be filled with thousands of dollars worth of luxurious products, and the proceeds will go directly to the Eric Trump Foundation for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Q: Why is it important to give back to charitable organizations?
A: Money never motivated me. I always worked hard and spend less than I make so I don’t have anxiety. What keeps me up is worrying about people who are suffering from illness. Children are the most vulnerable and have not had a chance to see the world. I have always admired Eric Trump and how, as a young adult, he saw the world and made it his personal mission to help children. I was compelled to come forward and offer anything we could do to support him.
Q: You’re also a successful entrepreneur with numerous ventures. How do you juggle all of these responsibilities?
A: I just do one thing at time and have incredible people who work for us. Zarin Fabrics has a new online store with incredible gifts for everyone. My favorite is a furry thing that you put into a stroller or on the floor for a baby gift. Please check out www.zarinfabrics.com and sign up for our newsletters. We still travel the country promoting Secrets of a Jewish Mother that I co-wrote with my sister Lisa Wexler and my mom Gloria Kamen. We love to speak at any organization, but UJA, JCC and Hadassah are our specialties. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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