This time last year I was in New York. Beautiful Manhattan skylines inspiring all sorts of daydreams in my mind of living in a city like that. Grand and fast, Art Deco architecture and so many beautiful public spaces. A 10 year old in tow showing me that swinging from street posts and counting squirrels is just as magical as seeing a Frida Kahlo in a gallery. This last weekend we spent a sunny time in Sydney. Another beautiful city and more of the same thoughts…living elsewhere. There’s no particular reason for the longing. Perhaps it’s just the gypsy heart in me. For now I am stuck in bed with the flu and far away places are just what I want to be reminded off.
After graduating from Parsons in 1990, the then 21-year-old started as an “assistant to an assistant to someone else’s assistant,” as she puts it, designing the company’s old-world men’s rugby shirts. “It’s taken me years to get here, and I’ve cultivated it so carefully,” says Lyons. “But I didn’t think it was possible. I just assumed I’d plateau and that there would be no place for me to go.”
Danielle Sacks for Fast Company Magazine HOW JENNA LYONS TRANSFORMED J.CREW INTO A CULT BRAND interview here.
“[My taste in decor is…] Modern, sleek and minimal. I love mid-century furniture with a mix of modern. The biggest difference between living in Milan and New York is molding and cappuccinos. In Milan our house has this amazing molding and herringbone floors. You can’t find that in NYC. Also Italy is the only place I’ll drink coffee. There they never burn it.”
Brian Atwood via The Coveteur