What are your plans for today?
Gathering inspiration and sketching.
Could you please define yourself with a place, a colour and a song?
The desert, pale peach and Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold”.
Which places in New York do you love to frequent?
Some of my favourite haunts include, the Ace Hotel (it’s very close to our office), vintage clothing stores (Narnia, Brooklyn Flea, Fox and Fawn in Brooklyn), and The Strand Bookstore, looking for inspiration.
Is there a talent in New York you think we ought to keep an eye on?
I love a hat line called Clyde, bags from Wendy Nichol and Reece Hudson, cloaks by Lindsay Thornburg, clothes from SUNO, and Mara Hoffman.
Where would you like to be right now?
On vacation in the south west.
What keeps you up at night?
Ideas, or my cat.
Your line is committed to sustainability and localized production. How important is it nowadays to have an ethical approach towards creativity?
We use all recycled material and ethically mined stones, and manufacture everything in the United States. I would love to inspire other designers to manufacture locally and ethically. I think that more customers are looking for something unique and artistic, less mass produced, but still affordable. That is what I strive to be able to offer my customers.
Does your background in cinema and the arts continue to inform your design?
Yes, I pull a great deal of my inspirations from film; from the sets to the costumes, etc.
You have collaborated with many artists, new designers and brands. What has been the most interesting collaboration?
They’ve all been a lot of fun. It’s been great being able to experiment with other types of products that aren’t necessarily something that we do in our studio. I loved my collaboration with Nine West because I have always wanted to try my hand at designing shoes and I am so happy with how the product turned out.
Your creations are deeply spiritual and have been influenced by tribal traditions. Which cultures inspire you the most?
I’m always fascinated with Native American and South American cultures and rituals.
Your next trip?
Hopefully to South America.
You are also a musician. What kind of music inspires you?
I love Neil Young, RTX, Ty Segal, Wild Belle, Kurt Vile and Fiona Apple.
An album you could listen to all the time?
Neil Young – Harvest.
What is the last thing you do before you finish work for the day?
What is the last thing you saw that profoundly affected you?
My friend Melissa Carrol’s art show at the Andrea Rosen Gallery.