2006_01_allysonjacobslg.jpgName, occupation, where do you live and where are you from.
My name is Allyson Jacobs. I am a fashion designer in downtown New York. I live in Little Italy and am from Baker, Louisiana.

You are a fashion designer with your own label, is that very difficult in a city like New York which has so many clothing stores?
Having your own label is indeed very difficult. There are alot of talented designers in New York, and the fashion industry can be very jaded. You really have to believe in what you are doing.

Do you view New York as the fashion capital of the world or do you think that's Paris or Milan? Why?
I don't feel there is a "fashion capital" anymore. Today people are so well-connected and information is dissiminated very quickly, so we all have access to the same things. With that being said, I think New York women are the most interesting in fashion, because we not only need to look great, but we also have to make it work in the hustle-and-bustle of life in this city, from the subway to the boardroom.

Where do you get the inspirations for your designs?
I am inspired by life in this great city, as well as my favorite place in the world, New Orleans. Though things are difficult at home in Louisiana, the grace and ease of New Orleans will always be a part of me. I am interested in creating clothes that women can't resist, but also really works for their lifestyles.

Is there a certain item that is a trademark of your clothing designs?
A trademark of my work is that it has to be "polished," meaning that every seam is finished, everything is lined properly, and that the cut allows you to move freely. A new symbol will be featured in the upcoming fall 2006 line, but I will not discuss it yet.

Whenever we see clothes from runway shows, we think "can women really wear that?" Do you think your clothes are practical for most New Yorkers?
I think so. I know most of my own pieces are very wearable. You must remember that the shows are meant not only to sell the practical things, but to also have a little fun. What's life without fantasy?

What place or thing would you declare a landmark?
I would declare Beckenstein's a landmark. They have the best fabric in the world, Scabal, and the men there are great.

Where is your favorite place to shop?
My favorite place to shop is the Flower District at 7:00 am. Its like another world.

What advice, if any, would you give to Mayor Bloomberg?
I have no advice for the mayor...not a believer in armchair quarterbacks.

When you just need to get away from it all, where is your favorite place in NYC to be alone?
My favorite place to be alone is the Hudson River Park. I love to run along the promenade.

You can view Allyson's work at her site and is available by appointment at allyson {at} allysonjacobs.com.