Design Entrepreneurs NYC Spotlight: Ilana Kohn

Ilana Kohn

When did you start Ilana Kohn?

Summer Spring 2012

Tell us about your line?

I make casual, wash-n-wear women’s clothing featuring original prints that I design myself. The line is really all about the prints!

Why did you start it?

Prior to working in fashion, I worked as a commercial illustrator for close to a decade. When the economy tanked and took my bread & butter, publishing with it, I decided to return to grad school for historic preservation. While I was there, however, I became restless without any creative pursuits and began sewing. By the time I was ready to graduate, I decided to launch my line rather than go to work in the field.

Can you give us three words to describe the brand?

Bold, relaxed and print-based.

What’s your brand signature?

Prints and prints and prints!

Why did you apply to DENYC?

I applied to DENYC because I felt that I still have a lot to learn about the business side of things. Granted, as opposed to most designers I know, I actually really enjoy dealing with the business half and was eager to learn more!

What do you hope to get out of the program?

I hope to come out of the program with a better grasp on literally everything. This is such an excellent opportunity. I’m gonna take everything I can get! Granted, although I really do actually really enjoy marketing and sales, serious number crunching is so not my thing and I do hope they can manage to make a number girl out of me.

Your favorite piece of your collection?

I’m pretty excited about the jacquard knits that I have coming out for AW13!

Best part of being a NYC designer?

Getting to be friends with and be inspired by all the other amazing designers here. All the resources at our fingertips are certainly nothing I’d stick my nose up at either though!

Can you share a fun fact?

If I weren’t a clothing designer I’d be a professional kitty-puppy cuddlier.

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