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Meet the Designer: Ilana Kohn

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Ilana Kohn has been gaining a cult following ever since her debut in 2012. The Brooklyn-based designer wasn’t always in fashion. She began her career as a successful illustrator for The New Yorker, the New York Times and Kiehl’s (among many others) for close to a decade. No big deal. But a life long love of fashion was always on her mind. Now her sketch pad makes way for full collections of relaxed silhouettes, fabric with the perfect drape and bold yet totally wearable prints and hues. We can’t get enough. Ilana chatted with us in the aftermath of fashion week and gave us a few hints about next season.

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"I have a large folder on my desktop full of totally random inspo and lots of books."

WITH YOUR BACKGROUND IN ILLUSTRATION, HOW DID YOU END UP GETTING INTO FASHION? By accident, really! I started sewing as a hobby and it just snowballed.

WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION? I have a large folder on my desktop full of totally random inspo and lots of books. I just peruse all of that and start sketching.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE COMING UP FOR SPRING 2015? Lots of graphic black and white prints, and lots of linen!

THE DESIGNER: ILANA KOHN

  1. YOUR GO-TO OUTFIT: A perfectly ratty vintage tee over a pair of my pants or a jumpsuit.
  2. ONE THING YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Greasy diner food.
  3. FAVORITE DESIGNER: Rachel Comey.
  4. SOMETHING YOU ALWAYS CARRY WITH YOU: Carmex.
  5. STYLE ICON: My friends.

THE BRAND: ILANA KOHN

  1. TOP 3 SELLING STYLES: Last season it was the Darryl Dress, Abby Dress and Samet Dress.
  2. SOMETHING YOUR LINE IS KNOWN FOR: Prints!
  3. WHAT’S PLAYING ON THE SPEAKERS IN YOUR STUDIO? I actually prefer it quiet most of the time.
  4. SOMETHING YOU’RE CONSTANTLY RE-STOCKING: It changes all the time.
  5. YOUR BRAND IN 3 WORDS: Easy, graphic, comfortable.
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