Ulla Johnson Loves Romantic Jewelry, Shopping Abroad

Fashion designer Ulla Johnson may have been born and bred in Manhattan, but she has always been inspired by her far-flung travels. Here, she shares her favorite shopping destinations both locally and abroad, best recent discoveries, and go-to daily uniform.

Define your style in three words:
Easy, layered, nomadic.

Daily uniform:
I vacillate between really boyish days—jeans and oversize sweaters with high tops—and super feminine days, with heels and silk eyelet frocks.

Greatest hits:
I am not that loyal and it changes every season or even every month but right now I am loving my hot pink fluffy alpaca sweater and cream curly sheepskin jacket.

Preferred footwear:
Total flats or high heels—nothing in between.

Finishing touches:
I love a big hat. I wear the same jewels every day, I love romantic pieces that carry warmth and spirit, like Edwardian lockets and rose-cut diamonds.

Nighttime look:
I add a red lip and a clutch.

Best recent discovery:
Astier de Villatte incense and Leif Ritchey paintings.

Favorite stores:
BDDW for furniture, my favorite souk in Marrakech for rugs, and Saipua in Red Hook for the most gorgeous flowers and soaps.

Style pet peeve:
Clog boots.

Style icons:
My mother.

Last purchase:
About 20 incredible hand-embroidered Huipil shirts on holiday in Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende. I can never have enough.

Lusting after:
The perfect country house.

Favorite haunts:
Roman's or Reynard in Brooklyn, Balthazar near my studio for champagne and oysters, Cafe Sabarsky at the Neue Galerie uptown for a delicious and chic breakfast.

Winter survival tips:
Cozy knits and warm getaways.

What's always in your bag:
Dr. Hauschka lip balm.

New year’s resolution:
Play more.