• “Emily Holmes Hahn is the matchmaker to New York’s creative and fashion elite”

    – Women’s Wear Daily

  • "The personalized approach is what sets LastFirst apart from other services."

    -DuJour

  • “LastFirst’s approach to this ancient art has become a fashion world fixation”

    – The Daily Front Row

  • “Everything about the experience is decidedly up to date”

    – The Observer

  • “Unlike dating apps which are designed to keep users swiping, Hahn wants clients to find serious relationships.”

    – The Observer

  • “One of the city’s coolest boutique matchmaking clubs”

    – Guest of a Guest

  • “Hahn and Co. have a proven track record of setting up dozens of lasting relationships, often leading to marriage”

    – Armarium

  • “It’s a luxury unparalleled process unlike anything else on the market.”

    – Haute Living

  • “The LastFirst Team helps you navigate between what you want and what you need while searching for The One.”

    – Newswhistle

  • “The whole process was so smooth and eye-opening, it’s something I’d recommend to anyone”

    – The Coveteur

“Hiring a matchmaker isn’t about having trouble dating on your own; it’s about how valuable your time is to you. How valuable were those hours spent on dates that didn’t look like their photos, or misrepresented their age? How valuable were those months spent getting to know someone who wasn’t ultimately a match?”

-Emily Holmes Hahn, Founder

ABOUT

LastFirst is a bespoke matchmaking club headquartered in Manhattan, serving clients in cosmopolitan cities worldwide. Founded in 2014, LastFirst has carved out a unique space in the industry by combining the personalized approach of a boutique brand with the structure and resourcing of a larger company.

Our high satisfaction rate is due to both our selectivity and our transparency about membership details. We work with a very small number of clients, using proactive targeted networking, plus searches of our existing membership, to match each one. Since our launch day and with no exceptions, we have contractually guaranteed 15 introductions within a 6-month period, unless a client wishes to go more slowly or ideally, stops entirely to pursue an exclusive relationship. We show both sides photos and detailed profiles of each other, so our members enter their dates feeling empowered, excited and in-the-know.

Supporters of equal rights and opportunities, we work with both male and female clients of all orientations, ages and backgrounds. We also love the challenge of matching any ‘type’ we’ve never matched before. The common threads among our accepted clients are more nuanced: high moral character, real desire to be in a committed relationship, an interesting life story, and attractive physical appearance, to name a few. By carefully screening all candidates for these criteria, plus some secret ingredients, we’ve built a dynamic, diverse community of eligible people. Our mission is to send these people, once vetted and accepted, on their last first dates.

In the app-ocalypse of Tinder, Bumble, Raya and beyond, LastFirst offers a luxury alternative to make dating less random and more meaningful.

TEAM

Emily Holmes Hahn

Founder

Founder Emily Holmes Hahn combines her sophisticated social networks and innate way of connecting with friends and strangers alike to shape the LastFirst brand. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts followed by La Sorbonne, she brings enthusiasm, proactivity and ‘je ne sais quoi’ to every element of her service.

After working at Ralph Lauren in Paris and behind-the-scenes at one of New York’s biggest matchmaking firms, Emily sensed a gap in the market for an intensely personalized, discreet and chic dating service, that would appeal to her international and artistic circles. She founded LastFirst as an independent consultancy, and thoughtfully scaled the business, always prioritizing the client experience. Emily currently drives our West Coast and Europe membership expansions, and takes a front seat role as matchmaker for several New York accounts too.

Emily enjoys strong coffees and boutique champagnes (often in the same sitting), and loves any occasion she can dress for. Ballet, cycling, yoga and lots of reading provide balance to her busy life. Emily’s non-matchmaking obsessions include all things theater, all things France and French culture, and more recently, all things dogs. Emily, her husband and their puppy Wilfie reside in Tribeca and divide their time-off between the city and their home in East Hampton.

Rachel McCollum

Matchmaking Director

Born and raised between a ranch in Montana and boarding school in Switzerland, Rachel McCollum brings a unique versatility and world view to her work as LastFirst’s Matchmaking Director. After receiving her design degree from Parson’s, she worked as a designer at luxury accessories house Devi Kroell, then a PR executive at Nadine Johnson, all the while developing her own handbag line.

Rachel’s passion now lies in connecting LastFirst members in a way that’s both scientific and highly intuitive. Beyond sourcing and making matches, arranging dates, conducting interviews for network members and logging post-date feedback, Rachel becomes a fast friend and trusted confidante to every one of her clients. Rachel’s empathy and centered-ness allow her to give amazing relationship advice in ways that resonate with all different kinds of people. Rachel splits her weeks working hands-on with the company’s networks in NYC, Mexico City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

An impassioned foodie, Rachel is an equal lover of flavorful Thai and technical French cuisines, and can often be found indulging at the newest and hottest tables. She resides in Williamsburg and is drawn to any travel opportunity, finding a sense of home anywhere from a Berlin Air BnB to her luxury camp at Burning Man. Rachel loves yoga, horseback riding, skiing and scuba diving whenever she can too, as ways to unwind from her fast-paced work weeks.

Cassandra Tighe

Membership Director

A Canada native who just fêted her 10-year-NYC anniversary, Cassandra Tighe is LastFirst’s Membership Director. After graduating with a BA in Psychology from the University of Ottawa, Cassandra signed with Ford Models and embarked on a formative stint as a fashion model, a career that had her living short-term in each of Tokyo, London, Paris, Sydney, Milan and Athens. Cassandra went on to complete her MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and returned to the corporate side of Ford Models to create a digital booking platform, an app the company still uses today. After launching her own social messaging app, Cassandra brought her entrepreneurial spirit, technical skills and hustle-mentality to Team LF.

Cassandra is responsible for acquiring and maintaining LastFirst’s exclusive client base. She interviews prospective clients, helps them define their core relationship goals, and if they are a fit, tailors membership packages to their individual needs. Cassandra is the first point of contact for our clients on their quest for a committed relationship, and ensures that both sides’ values align before offering up a membership spot. Passionate about meeting new people and a true ‘lover of love,’ she is the perfect brand representative and liaison to our clients of all backgrounds and stories.

Cassandra grew up riding horses competitively and loves taking trips upstate on the weekends. Residing in the West Village, she can also be found cooking up comfort food, enjoying the city’s social scene, meditating and practicing yoga. Cassandra is an avid writer and reader too, whose favorite subjects range from philosophy to art to Buddhism.

Mimi Polner

Communications Strategist

Emily “Mimi” Polner is the Communications Strategist at LastFirst. A native New Yorker and graduate of Stuyvesant High School and the University of Chicago, Mimi brings her grit, artistic eye, and hardworking spirit to the forefront of all our networking initiatives. Prior to joining LastFirst, Mimi honed her talents managing the digital strategy team at Rebecca Minkoff.

Mimi harnesses the power of the internet for targeted networking on behalf of LastFirst’s clients. Seeking an ultra-specific ‘type’ that isn’t in our existing database? The majority of Mimi’s days are spent immersed in the worlds of dating apps, Instagram and Facebook to recruit match candidates. Consistently bringing in around 10 new network members weekly, Mimi keeps us up with the pulse of the country’s ever-changing singles scene. In addition, Mimi organizes the calendars for our own social media accounts, maintaining our brand voice with daily posts and stories, and engaging with both existing and prospective members. An HTML whiz, Mimi uses any remaining office time to keep the website up-to-date and craft newsletters and promotional emails to circulate to our network.

Mimi resides in Astoria and loves exploring her neighborhood’s hidden gems on days off. Scouring local boutiques for the latest and greatest styles, sipping matcha with friends and working on her beauty blog, No Repeats or Hesitations, are just a few of Mimi’s other favorite things.

Carly Hirsch

Matchmaking Associate

Fueled by her knack for reading people and infectious positive energy, Carly Hirsch has joined the LastFirst Team as Matchmaking Associate. A city girl through and through, Carly graduated from Riverdale Country School and went on to study Psychology at NYU. A lover of all things contemporary art, Carly began her career as a gallery manager in Chelsea and then transitioned to key roles at Sotheby’s and 1stDibs.

Now back to her psychology roots and her love of networking, Carly spends her days getting to know our clients, interviewing network members, and making matches. Using her knowledge of relationship dynamics and human behavior, she hit the ground running at LF, matching several long-term couples in a very short period. A natural ‘people person,’ Carly’s key to success is her thoughtful conversations with clients before and after their dates, creating a vibrant feedback loop and deeper connection with everyone she matches. Carly also has greatly expanded our membership in the under-25 age range, and she serves as point-person for our youngest clients.

Carly is a music fanatic, with a playlist of Grateful Dead and Dave Matthews Band cycling through her earphones most days. She resides on the Upper West Side, and loves trying new workout classes and walking her puppy, Sadie, in the park. Carly spends every weekend with family in Water Mill, where she fills her days playing tennis, shaking up poolside cocktails, and swimming in the ocean!

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