The best books of all time, by Carolina Herrera, Wes Gordon and Carolina A. Herrera

For inspiring stories, music and films, we look no further than our Herrera family whose consistent desire for beauty and knowledge reflects their diverse interests. Here we explore some of the books that transport them to another time and place.

Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera loves history. It comes as no surprise that her favorite books are nonfiction works that explore lesser-known elements of World War II and the Spanish Civil War. These accounts help us all to understand a more human side of history, the personal stories that connect us to each other’s past, present and future.

Madame Fourcade’s Secret War by Lynn Olson: The story of Madeleine Fourcade, the young woman who led France`s largest spy network against Hitler.

When Time Stopped by Ariana Neumann: A moving story of the author’s father and his determination to survive the Holocaust. A favorite shared by mother and daugher, described by Carolina A. Herrera as “A brilliantly written autobiographical memoir of family, loss, courage, survival, and love.”

El Heredero by Rafael Tarradas Bultó: A fantastic narration about a distinguished family during the Spanish Civil War.



Carolina A. Herrera

The stories that most inspire Carolina A. Herrera are a mix of classics and contemporary fiction with a hint of eccentricity. As the creative director of Carolina Herrera fragrances, she notes that the books she loves and fragrances she creates extend from a passion for travel and cultural exploration. Here she shares some of her favorites and why she enjoys them:

Moby Dick by Herman Melville: “It wasn’t easy to finish but once I did (finally, a few years ago) it’s become one of my favorite books of all time.” she says, “I don’t know if I can say exactly what it is about because it’s about what the reader wants and feels it to be. For me, it talks about good and evil, revenge, power, tolerance, humility, climate change and respect for nature and humankind.”

The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles: “Although confinement, loneliness and isolation can also be felt in open spaces, this book makes you dream of a time when Lonely Planet did not exist and there were still places in the world that were uncharted and exciting.”

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: “This book, for me, is a rollercoaster ride of emotions – romantic, mad and courageous – the novel challenges the Victorian notions of marriage, religion, gender and morality. I love its descriptions of nature and lands”

Beauty and Sadness by Yasunari Kawabata: “I love Japanese fiction and Kawabata is one of my favorite writers. The book approaches passion, love and the relationship between life and art.”

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt: “I loved her first book, The Secret History, and also this one, her last. It’s a page-turner with a twisting plot and lots of action but throughout it all it made me question certain things: friendship, loyalty, loss, family and destiny.”



Wes Gordon

A good book can make any day better. Any of the titles suggested by our creative director Wes Gordon encourage you to lose track of time with imaginative stories filled with intrigue and romantic passions.

Count of Monte Cristo by Alexader Dumas: A captivating story with a strong narrative thread of guilt, revenge, love, and politics.

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand: A modern American classic that uses architecture as a metaphor for human ambitions and progress.

The Great Gasby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: One of the greatest novels of all time thanks to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s depiction of New York as a fascinating place of contradiction.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara: A wonderful story of friendship, loss, and feelings in New York.