Name: Lacey Merrick Conway
Neighborhood: Old Metairie
Profession: CEO, Latter & Blum
Describe what you love about what you do. I can’t think of a more honorable and needed industry to work in. There are a lot of commodities in the world people love and want but are, in the grand scheme, not life changing or necessary. But shelter is. Home is.
Why in New Orleans? We take great pride in that our company was founded here in 1916 and is family owned. While this is where we are based, we have offices across the Gulf South and every place we are is special. I realize that sounds corny but Louisiana is truly a remarkable place; you can experience it with all five of your senses.
What about New Orleans inspires you? If you’ve read Frenchmen, Desire, Good Children you would know if sidewalks could speak, every single street in our city would have an amazing story to tell. These stories seem to come to you with every footstep. If you’re aware of it and open to it, you’ll definitely feel it.
What advice would you give your twenty-year-old self? It’s okay to be more adventurous with haircuts.
What would people be surprised to know about you? I’m terrified of roaches. Living in New Orleans affords me many opportunities to face my fears.
Favorite thing to do here to recharge: Ride my horse at Equest Farm in City Park
What book are you reading now? The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King, Rich Cohen
Name a necessary extravagance: A Veronica Beard blazer and perfume
Favorite hotel: Hotel D’Aubusson, Paris
Song that can always put you in a great mood: Take On Me by a-ha
Hobby acquired during the pandemic: I got ambitious and signed up for an Italian language class. I have increased my proficiency by two words. It’s a start.
Interviews have been edited and condensed.
This article appeared in September 2020 Issue of Adore Magazine.