This post is actually a long time coming! I've been so in love with everything NYC-based designer Ilana Kohn makes for a while now, and her fall line is no exception. Pictured is the Kate jumpsuit in faded black, and I love that I can wear it over my belly bump AND layered with a tee. I'll be happy when it gets a little less crowded in there though! You should also follow her on Instagram because I like how you actually get to see her fun personality come out in her posts. A lot of times, brands and designers don't show that side of them.
To learn more about her and her designs, read on!
Also pictured, the best dress in Ilana's Maps print, from her SS15 collection.
1. How did you get your start in design? Has this always been what you've wanted to do?
I was always interested in clothing, making and altering stuff growing up. I actually applied to art school wanting to study fashion but ultimately decided I didn't want to be one of those girls. I'd already fallen in love with painting at that point anyway, so I ended up studying illustration instead. I did that for close to ten years, but then the recession hit and pretty much took the whole industry with it…I decided to go back to school for historic preservation and while I was there, got restless without any creative outlets and started sewing…The rest pretty much snowballed from there!
2. What are your sources of inspiration?
As cliched as it sounds, I find it everywhere. It's pretty damn random.
3. What is the mission statement for Ilana Kohn?
I wouldn’t say we necessarily have an official mission statement but as a general rule, we just like to keep it simple and low maintenance! Clothes to fit a casual lifestyle that anyone can wear and feel good in.
4. Describe a day off.
Sleep till noon, snuggle kitties, order seamless, maybe take a shower (or not), watch Netflix, snuggle kitties, nap, more Netflix, more kitty snuggles, another nap, more seamless, more Netflix, nighty night.
5. Fall essentials?
A good trench coat! And the perfect pair of vintage levis.
6. What's next for your line?
Hard to say! We really just kinda take it one foot in front of the other, baby steps. I don't have any immediate plans to branch out into mens, kids or home any time soon-– we really want to continue focusing on one thing and doing it super well. :)