Suma Chander

Fashion Designer
New York; hails from India
Morning routine: "I make breakfast for my family, exercise (4 days a week), do my meditation practice for an hour and get into my work 'til the end of the day. Then I make dinner for everyone, and we love to sit and eat together."

Expert advice:
1. Wear something that will flatter your body and make you feel confident--confidence and how you carry yourself brings out so much beauty
2. Spend a little quiet time in peace and silence with yourself--inner peace shows in everything you do and how you look
What inspires her: Beautiful fabrics, nature, history from around the world, old Indian clothing and culture
At what point she knew she was destined to be a designer: As a young teen

Designers she's mad for: Armani, Miuccia Prada, Marc Jacobs, Giambattista Valli
Eye-catching accessories: Big chunky bracelets
Hair master: Mizu Hair Salon

Styling essentials:  Coconut Oil and Aveda frizz control

Makeup must-haves: Shiseido moisturizer, Chanel Allure perfume
In her bag: MAC lipstick, sanitizer, her prayer beads
Worth the splurge: Lingerie and jewelry
Cheap thrill: Dresses from inexpensive boutiques
Fave shoes: Prada, Miu Miu, YSL
Beloved blog: Refinery 29
Fave eateries: Otto for great Italian; Buddakan for fantastic Asian Fusion with fun ambiance and cool atmosphere; and Ermenia--a really small, quaint Italian place
Dearest destinations: "Favorite places I've traveled to thus far are Italy, Egypt, Morocco, Costa Rica, Prague and South of Spain."
How she's reducing her carbon footprint: "In my business, I use silk that is hand woven in India as a part of my fabrication in my collections. Personally, I do not buy plastic water bottles and use eco-friendly detergents."
Charities she supports: Navjeevan Blind Relief; Ripa Ladrang Foundation (pure water projects for around the world); Robinhood Foundation (poverty eradication in NYC)