Yara Flinn

Yara Flinn. Photo courtesy of the designer.

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!