Fifteen questions with Lauren Moffatt, a New York-based fashion designer.
1. What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
It’s a tie between designing a really well-curated yet immense wardrobe for my daughter to grow into and being able to pay rent every month for 10 years.
2. What is your most prized possession?
A lovely Edward Wormley bureau thrifted from Housing Works for $75.
3. In what historical period would you most like to have lived?
I would’ve made a good frontier woman; I like roughing it.
4. With what fictional character do you most identify?
Little Miss Muffet.
5. Where do you feel most inspired?
6. In your next life, who or what would you most like to be?
Our dog, Gertrude. She has a great life.
7. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
8. What is your idea of a perfect day?
Tea with my daughter in the morning and dessert with the whole family at night.
9. What are the last three stamps in your passport?
Spain, Italy, and Israel. I travel for the food.
10. What do you collect?
I have many little collections, all solely aesthetic and not based on value or collectability. Salt and pepper shakers, matte white pottery, and, the most impractical one, chairs. I need a bigger apartment!
11. How do you like to unwind?
Picnic dinners in Central Park.
12. What vacation are you dying to take?
I just got back from one, so right now I’m just dying to stay home!
13. How would you describe your own style?
Casual to a fault. I’m not comfortable unless something I’m wearing is just a bit messed up.
14. When or where are you most comfortable?
At home. With our design studio a very close second.
15. If you had to pick just one, what is your favorite piece that you’ve designed so far?
Almost impossible to say. Without fail, when going through our archives, I come across pieces that I get so excited about. But of the current Spring 2011 collection, I’d have to say the Table at Taillevent Ruffle Dress. It’s as girly as I’ll ever get, but the robin’s-egg blue nailheads along the bottom lend the perfect hardish element to what otherwise is super sweet. It’s just that juxtaposition that somehow finds itself in all I do.