New York Observer has named Lauren Santo Domingo as one of the most influential people in New York City, calling her a “digital-age socialite.” She is the creative director and co-founder of Moda Operandi, an online luxury retailer and a contributing editor at Vogue magazine. The New York Observer has called her “the next Mrs. Astor” as she is connected to some of the most influential people in the world.
She is the daughter of Ronald Davis, the former CEO of Poland Springs and Judy Davis, an artist. Lauren grew up in Greenwich, Conn., and attended the Kent School. She received a degree in history at the University of Southern California.
At the age of 14-years-old, Lauren was introduced to the fashion industry as a teen model for Sassy magazine. She told Goop.com she knew at a young age that she wanted to call the shots and become an editor. In her career, Lauren has worked at Vogue as a fashion assistant and associate market editor. She was also the director of public relations for J. Mendel and the vice president of communications for Carolina Herrera before co-founding Moda Operandi.
In the late 90s, she met her now husband Andres Santo Domingo while on a trip to Paris. Andres is the co-founder and president of Kemado records and the son of late Colombian patriarch Julio Mario Santo Domingo. Lauren and Andres married in a lavish wedding in Cartagena, Colombia in 2008. Vogue called it “the wedding of the year” and featured the nuptials in 10-page spread. Her nine bridesmaids included socialites like Tatiana Santo Domingo, Tinsley Mortimer, Margherita Missoni, and they all wore dresses created by different designers. Lauren Santo Domingo wore two custom-made dresses by designer Olivier Theyskens.
Lauren and Andres Santo Domingo support numerous charities and organizations including Conservation International, Give to Colombia Foundation, the Art Production Fund, Turnaround For Children, The New York gala to benefit DKMS, Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Council of Fashion Designers of America, Bent On Learning, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit, The Humane Society of New York, New Yorkers for Children, and the BeLive Wayuu Mochila Project.
Lauren and Andres live in New York City with their two children.