Claris the Mouse at F.A.O. Schwarz: Megan Hess Visits New York City!

Tuesday, February 28, 2023
There's always something fun going on at F.A.O. Schwarz in New York City! Last month they hosted internationally acclaimed fashion illustrator Megan Hess for a special meet and greet event to help promote her adorable book, Where is Claris in New York with F.A.O. Schwarz and The World of Claris. The store features a special section devoted to Claris, which includes books, gift sets, accessories, plush, and more!

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About Megan Hess

From a young age, Megan Hess was destined to draw. Her beginning career in graphic design transcended into art direction for some of the world’s leading advertising agencies and Art Direction for Liberty Department store in London. In 2006, Megan illustrated the New York Times number one selling book, ‘Sex and The City.' When Megan started illustrating portraits for TIME magazine, they described her work as: “Love at first sight. Megan has a unique way of capturing a likeness while also conveying a sense of the person through her line work. And her execution is perfect.” After the release of Candace Bushnell’s book, Megan was catapulted onto the world stage and began illustrating portraits for the New York Times, Italian Vogue and Vanity Fair Magazine. Megan’s skills have been deployed by Bergdorf Goodman, New York, to create a signature look for the prestigious department store. Her work has also been commissioned by Harrods of London to create a bespoke bag collection for the iconic British department store. A series of portraits were also created for America’s First Lady, Michelle Obama. She has also illustrated portraits for Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman. Megan’s iconic style has also been used in a global campaigns for Fendi, Prada, Cartier, Dior and Salvator Ferragamo. Megan has illustrated live for bespoke Fashion shows around the world including Fendi at Milan Fashion Week, Viktor & Rolf and Christian Dior Couture and Chopard at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. 

photos via Instagram, @MeganHess_official

Claris the Mouse Book Series

There are so many Claris the Mouse books for kids, each beautifully illustrated, featuring Claris in different fashion-related stories. The World of Claris also includes other fanciful characters like Oli and Basil, Abigail Fig and Caviar! Even if you've never read the Claris books, you MUST check out the website devoted to this chic little mouse! You can see videos of her book trailers, gorgeous animated illustrations, learn the latest book titles, and check out what's in the Claris shop. You can also view all of the upcoming Claris events! Check out the Claris website here

Where is Claris in New York is like a love letter to The Big Apple, since it features Claris in many iconic New York locations. The F.A.O. Schwarz edition is only available in the F.A.O. Schwarz store or on their website here. When visiting New York, I hope you'll check out F.A.O. Schwarz at Rockefeller Center and see the adorable Claris line of toys. accessories and more. 

Megan's Books and Illustrations

Megan Hess has written and illustrated 26 best-selling books, including Fashion House, The Dress and Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Claris: The Chicest Mouse in Paris series and Christian Dior: the Illustrated World of a Fashion Master. Megan is the Global 'Artist In Residence’ for the prestigious Oetker Hotel Collection – she travels and sketches at the iconic Masterpiece Hotels all over the world. How fun is that??

Today, Megan is one of the world's most sought-after fashion illustrators, with a client list that includes
Dior, Vanity Fair, Givenchy, Tiffany & Co., Wedgwood, Chopard, Vogue, Louis Vuitton, Montblanc, Harpers Bazaar, Fendi, Prada and Cartier.

Fun fact! Megan illustrates all of her work with a custom bespoke Montblanc pen that she affectionally calls ‘Monty’.

You can see all of Megan’s work at her website, MEGANHESS.COM

Visit F.A.O. Schwarz at 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY or visit the F.A.O. website,

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