As a part of our maudern people series, we asked New York-based couple Helen Reavey and Colm Mackin for insights on modern intimacy. Reavey, a hairstylist, along with Macklin are the founders of the haircare line Act+Acre.
With social distancing & quarantine, how has intimacy and human contact changed?
It’s currently just us! We left for a short trip to Tulum back in March, and here we are still six weeks later.
How do you make time for intimacy?
We’re blessed to work together, but there’s a hard line at 7pm where we have dinner and spend time with each other....work chat is forbidden!
Having both of us alone in a beautiful country like Mexico has been very inspiring.
What is your shared goal of the space (or spaces) you occupy?
After the typical "keeping the business moving forward", we really want to focus on our creative direction. Having both of us alone in a beautiful country like Mexico has been very inspiring––the landscape and culture is incredible.
What is a new activity you are planning to try?
Recently, we've been using the App, “Masterclass” once a week––they offer online classes instructed by the absolute best in class. We watch an episode independently and come together to share our findings. Right now, we’re watching the episode with Annie Leibowitz on Photography, it’s superb.
How will you keep busy?
This has actually been a very busy time for us––Act+Acre has a ton of new products on the way, so we've been taking the time now to finalize packaging and coordinate everything that comes along with a launch, along with working on new creative.
We also just recently launched Class Act, an initiative designed to help hairstylists who are currently out of work by hiring them to lead virtual sessions on a range of topics––so far it's been an amazing success. I know I'm repeating myself, but we definitely feel blessed to be in the category we are in.
What is a movie you will definitely watch?
My Cousin Vinny––a 90s classic!