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.
I vacillate between really boyish days—jeans and oversize sweaters with high tops—and super feminine days, with heels and silk eyelet frocks.
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.
Total flats or high heels—nothing in between.
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.
I add a red lip and a clutch.
Best recent discovery:
Astier de Villatte incense and Leif Ritchey paintings.
Style pet peeve:
About 20 incredible hand-embroidered Huipil shirts on holiday in Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende. I can never have enough.
The perfect country house.
Winter survival tips:
Cozy knits and warm getaways.
What's always in your bag:
Dr. Hauschka lip balm.
New year’s resolution: