Four New Yorkers step out with the latest Theory accessories.

Dee Poku Spalding, founder of WIE Network, wears a luxe leather trench coat and the new T-Bar bag in suede. Photographed at Hudson River Greenway, New York City.

Dee Poku Spalding loves a good heel but over the years made a switch to flats. It’s the kind of compromise you make when you become your own CEO while also attending to the duties of motherhood. Balancing the demands of a career and child-rearing is a daunting task, particularly if your ambitions are high, but she insists it can be done. “It takes practice and it gets easier,” she assures us. Having founded WIE, an organization that fosters mentorship, camaraderie and community among women professionals, it’s a fact of modern life. Moving successfully between the two worlds requires management and the wherewithal to determine your own limits. “It's important to prioritize,” she explains, “I generally carve out periods of the day that are reserved for family, and that allows me to fulfill my work responsibilities without worrying too much.”

“It's what you're projecting to people about who you are and how you want to be perceived.”

THE T-BAR / Suede / Brown / $850

Though a peek inside her handbag might reveal a charming exception where the two worlds collide: “It may look nice on the outside but it's filled with the toy trains my son likes to hide in there.” Bearing all this in mind, re-fashioning oneself into the modern woman does not demand the dismissal of fashion itself. She contends what we wear and how we look are expressions of our own personal brand: “It's what you're projecting to people about who you are and how you want to be perceived.” Clothing is a language and for women like Dee it can speak volumes. “These days there's a term for it,” she reveals. “It’s called executive presence.” 

Text by Jeremy Lewis

Dee Poku Spalding