Marcia Patmos

Brooklyn, NY

First thing she consumes in the a.m.: Coffee! "Lately, I have a high percentage of Stumptown coffee in rotation. I also love Ninth Street Espresso. And then a smoothie. In the winter it's not as easy to find fresh and local fruit so I use a lot of frozen acai packets."

Wearing: M.Patmos fox fur on chiffon jacket and cashmere hoodie; Leroy & Perry thermal knit crew and belt; Clu t-shirt; R13 legging jeans; Dries Van Noten boots

Personal style: Casual luxe

When she knew she wanted to be a designer: In high school

If she weren’t a fashion designer, she'd be: An industrial designer

Other designers she admires: Maria Cornejo, Dries Van Noten, Martin Margiela, Stella McCartney

What inspires her most: Friends and travel

All-time fave travel destination: "I just went to Uruguay and Argentina and did not want to leave at all. I could definitely stay for much longer, if not move there permanently."

Favorite M. Patmos item in-store now: The leather cardigan jacket

Advice she’d give to anyone entering her field: "Learn Microsoft Excel! Unless you work for a very large company, you need to know how to do so much more than just design. Especially now with everything being so competitive."

Would never be caught dead wearing: "Maybe a snuggie or pajamas outside. I like to look at least a little bit pulled together."

Worth the splurge: "Great boots, especially in New York. It's such a walking city."

Cheap thrill: "Those photo booths where you get a strip of 4 pictures instantly. Sometimes in a touristy location, there are backgrounds to pick from. I have a great old one from Paris with the Arc de Triomphe."

Beauty must-haves: Lip balm, mineral sunscreen powder, Nars Penny Lane blush, Great Lash mascara; and now that my hair is a little longer, a hair brush

Always in her bag: Something to read on the subway or a crossword puzzle

Fave restaurants: "Franny's on Flatbush in Brooklyn, Frankies in Carroll Gardens, Zampa (especially their
lasagna--it's so delicious); and for very low-key, delicious and affordable: Bedouin Tent on Atlantic Avenue never disappoints."

Daily reads: NYTimes, WWD, Cool Hunting, Refinery29

Also regularly checks out: Huffington Post, The Daily Beast,, The Sartorialist, Garance Dore, Jak & Jil, Household Name

Top online shops: La Garconne, Totokaelo, Net-a-Porter,, Gilt

Fave real-world shops: A Detacher, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Opening Ceremony, Steven Alan (in Tribeca), Kirna Zabete, Project No. 8, Barneys, Pearl River and Pearl Paint in Manhattan; Bird, Layla (and Layla's Towel Shop across the street), A.P.C. Surplus, Pops Popular Clothing, and 1 of a Find Vintage in Brooklyn; Butala Emporium in Queens; Tauk in Montauk; and Lileo, Holt Renfrew and The Bay in Toronto

Book that's bedside now: "I just finished Just Kids by Patti Smith and need to decide between Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith and Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick."

How she's reducing her carbon footprint: "I don't own a car, ride my bike to work in nice weather, use less paper at the office, carry my own bag to the market, and I'm painting my apartment with no-VOC paint."

Charities she you supports: The long list on last year's tax return included 1% For the Planet, Autism Speaks, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, Habitat for Humanity, Heifer International, Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation, to name a few.

Photo by Bruno Gaget