Since launching her label, Nomia, in 2009, New York-based designer Yara Flinn’s effortlessly sophisticated pieces have garnered a cult following that stretches from the US to Japan and Australia. In between showing her spring line at New York Fashion Week and heading to Paris, Flinn took a moment to dish on her personal style.
Define your style in three words: Minimal, utilitarian, urban.
Daily uniform: NOMIA mock neck muscle tee in black, very worn men’s APC jeans, and black ankle boots or high-top sneakers
Greatest hits: Vintage bomber, oversize tunic in white cotton, and pleated skirts—especially worn with an oversize sweatshirt and ankle boots.
Preferred footwear: Nikes, Converse, or a stacked heel ankle boot. (I can’t stop acquiring black ankle boots of all types.)
Finishing touches: Since my style is so minimal and tomboyish, I like artistic statement jewelry like a choker by Faux / Real, hand pendant by Openhouse Projects, or silver disc earrings by Faris.
Nighttime look: I always prefer the balance of masculine and feminine, so I might wear a pleated satin skirt with ankle boots and an oversized top or parka.
Best recent discovery: Musk Incense by Morning Star. Also, lots and lots of plants.
Favorite stores: Totokaelo, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Printed Matter, Dashwood.
Style pet peeve: Not looking comfortable in what you’re wearing.
Style icons: Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, Sade
Last purchase: A giant suitcase to take my collection to Paris. Super practical!
Lusting after: A vacation (see below!), and vintage colorful Prada nylon bags.
Dream vacation destination: Japan, especially the Naoshima Museum designed by Tadao Ando.
Favorite haunts: The Balcony at the Met for a martini and classical music on a Friday or Saturday evening.
What’s always in your bag: Hair ties and too many receipts!