Shop Talk: Rachel Antonoff

We were thrilled to have talented designer Rachel Antonoff give us a glimpse into her one-of-a-kind workplace! We adore the way quirky embellishments and meaningful collectibles surround racks of patterned pieces and printed dresses. With indie-inspired designs and exciting collaborations under her belt, it’s no wonder this New York-based businesswoman has a stylish studio to showcase!

When did you decide to become a designer?
It was never an actual decision; I really fell into it. About six years ago, my roommate and I had some ideas for dresses and we made three samples. It just kind of snowballed from there.

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What details in your studio make it a unique reflection of you?
I’m a real collector, and I have little things all over my studio from different trips and times. I love filling the space with things that have different meanings.

How would you describe the clothing you design?
I like to think it’s fun and comfortable and a bit silly.

Tell us about your personal style. Are your designs an extension of it?
My designs are definitely an extension of my personal style, but my day-to-day is definitely more casual. I put a really high premium on comfort, so when I’m working, I’m in leggings and a hoodie more often than not. In the summer, I’m pretty much always in dresses. My Bass saddles are a staple.

How do you stay inspired?
I always find inspiration in the most unexpected of places, so I pretty much just wait to see when it will strike.

What is your favorite part about having such a creative career?
Getting to do something I love for a living is pretty wonderful.

How do you live a sparkly life?
My friends and family make my life sparkle!

Photography: Rachel Scroggins

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Jennifer Finn is a writer and editor sustained primarily by espresso and jazz standards.