Amanda wears a coat by Ermanno Scervino, shirt by JW Anderson, trousers by Brunello Cucinelli and boots by Belstaff. It wasn’t a good ride, Brooks admits when we meet that afternoon. She had been up all night with food poisoning, and the horse she’d borrowed from a friend and was hoping to buy had turned out to be impossibly strong. “The first field we went into, he took off. He just flew into the jump,” she tells me, as we drive up the lane from Kingham railway station to her home at Fairgreen Farm in north Oxfordshire. Brooks, 43, looks exceptionally composed for a woman who spent the night being sick and the morning shouting “Out of the way!” as she bowled through the Cotswolds countryside on horseback. But presumably she’s a woman for whom lack of sleep barely registers. Five years ago, she was managing one of the most hectic schedules in retail as fashion director of Barneys New York. Back then, she was a Met Gala regular and Diane von Furstenberg’s mentee. When the This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Six Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Fashion Issue 47 Last Night What did New York stylist Beverly Nguyen do with her evening? Arts & Culture Fashion Issue 46 Emanuele Coccia An interview with fashion’s favorite philosopher. Arts & Culture Issue 44 Socks and Sandals Rehabilitating a fashion faux pas. Arts & Culture Issue 35 John Urschel A bad concussion led John Urschel to reevaluate his career as an NFL pro. Robert Ito hears what happened next. Arts & Culture Fashion Issue 35 Soft Strokes Fashion often looks to art for inspiration, so why not the other way round? Arts & Culture Partnerships Issue 29 Phillip K. Smith III How public art can create community and prompt personal reflection.