Meet the Designer: Ilana Kohn

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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Meet the Brooklyn florist Vogue has on speed dial

When Vogue has you on speed dial, you know you’re doing something right. Named “One of Six Florists to Keep on Call” by the fashion bible, Brittany Asch brings inspiration from artists such as the Dutch Masters, Cecil Beaton and Wes Anderson into her arrangements at BRRCH. The Brooklyn-based florist is known for dark, decadent and romantic bouquets and since opening up shop just under two years ago has been tapped by numerous fashion mags and brands for unique blooms. We got the 411 on Brittany’s favorite flowers and a few tips for us amateurs.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WORKING WITH FLOWERS? The part where I get to work with the flowers. I’m serious though! There is so much more to this job than playing with the flowers so when I get to that point of the day I am completely blissful. Arranging flowers is completely transportive for me. I also love that I get to shop for flowers on a regular basis. That part feels like a dream and makes me laugh to myself at the Flower Market at 5:30am… you know, before I’m hands deep in a water bucket fishing out rotting stems.

THIS MIGHT TOTALLY BE LIKE SOPHIE’S CHOICE, BUT DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE FLOWER? I do but I don’t! I love, love, love water lilies in their natural environment and I love working with garden roses – especially the ones grown by my friend Fallon at Garden Valley Ranch in California. Chocolate cosmos are near and dear to my heart as well. They are velvety in texture and smell like chocolate. I love anything that has a nice fragrance and looks a little alien.

WHAT FLOWERS SHOULD WE BE USING AT HOME THIS YEAR? ANY TIPS YOU CAN GIVE US? Ooh, this is fun. I think people should explore greenery more. Step away from masses of bodega flowers, buy some plants, and cut from them whenever you have a party. Throw in three flowers (anything, really) at different heights and bam, you’ve got yourself a centerpiece. Big tropical leaves are great for parties too. They warm up a space and they are naturally sculptural so they’ve done half of the work for you. Just so you know though, I love dinner parties so if you invite me, I can do this part for you.

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Meet the Boutique: O.N.A.

Known for stocking local designers and hard to find labels, Brooklyn’s O.N.A. boutique has the well-heeled heading to Prospect Heights.

Owner Magda Jaworska left the retail scene of Williamsburg to pave the way with her own shop in the up-and-coming neighborhood that now also lays claim to the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. Named for a play on the Polish word “ona” for “she”, Magda describes the boutique as accessible and girly with an edge. She also loves Ilana Kohn and her dog is named Pizza. We caught up with her to find out what she loves about her NYC borough.

 

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Meet the Designer: Freedom of Animals

Drawing inspiration from ethical fashion trailblazers like Stella McCartney and the sophistication of Céline, Freedom of Animals is creating a new category in sustainable style: Feel (Really) Good Fashion. Not only are their sleek handbags and backpacks made with materials like recycled water bottles and organic cotton, the luxury line has partnered with a wildlife conservation fund to donate a portion of sales. No wonder they’ve amassed such a following (that includes SJP herself) in a couple of short years. There’s literally nothing not to love about this line so we had to get all the scoop from designer Morgan Boyle. Of course she’s just as cool as we thought she’d be.

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