UES: 43 East 78th Street, NY, NY, ph. (212) 288-1141; West Village: 376 Bleeker Street, NY, NY, ph. (212) 242-3803; Montauk: 696 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY, ph. (631) 668-8077; website: http://www.cynthiarowley.com/
How many years have you been in business?
Too many to think about.
How did you get your start and what was your initial inspiration?
I’ve been making things since I was a kid.
What do you feel differentiates you from others in your field?
There is interest and excitement in creating new products. We are always trying new things that we genuinely believe in, rather than just thinking about the business.
How do you positively impact your clientele?
When you’re incredibly busy all the time the last thing you want to think about is dressing yourself. I try to design everything in my collection to be easy to wear in a lot of different ways for a lot of different occasions.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Having an idea and being able to make it a reality and working with fun, smart people.
What is your favorite secret NYC spot?
Now if I tell you it won’t be a secret anymore.. But I really love Milk & Cookies. It’s dangerously close to my studio, retail store, and home.
How do you benefit mamas?
We make our products easily available for moms to shop online. Of course we have clothes at cynthiarowley.com, but we also sell eyewear on rowleyeyewear.com, office supplies at Staples, artwork from Exhibition A, and home furnishings through Hooker Furniture.
What is the most memorable feedback a client has given you?
I get a lot of feedback through social media. I always want to know what people are thinking.
Pay it forward and name your top colleagues in the same field or related field:
Lauren Bush Lauren, FEED Projects - Feeding children all over the world.
Maya Rudolph - Not exactly related to fashion, but her show ‘Maya and Marty’ is hilarious and she is a mom to 4 brilliant kids.
Eva Chen - The face and voice of our social generation.
What is the best advice anyone has ever given you? Or what is your mantra / words to live by?
“When you have kids, it makes your ability to live in the moment so much stronger.”
As moms, the day can escape us, what is your best time-saving trick?
This is kind of an obvious one, but I get everything ready the night before for the kids and myself. I make the lunches, prep the coffee, and lay out the clothes. Not all my time saving tricks have been successful, like the time when I asked my kids to cut my hair..