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21 Questions with…Designer Cynthia Rowley


We ask Cynthia Rowley, whose ever-growing empire now includes eyewear, our 21 questions.

  1. When I get dressed in the morning I think…every day is such a balancing act with kids, work and a social life, that I try to find things that can be comfortable and functional for a busy 14-hour day.

  2. I would never leave my home without…I think it’s the same for everyone — iPhone!

  3. The item of clothing I currently wear the most…I wish I could say my swimsuit and that I’m at the beach all the time, but it’s the busiest time in fashion, so I’m usually in some sort of T-shirt and our bonded leggings.

  4. My biggest style pet peeve is…I’m not a huge fan of flip-flops at work, but live and let live!

  5. Every closet should have…a lot of Cynthia Rowley clothes!

  6. What I love most about Montauk is…it’s the most magical place, but let’s keep that our little secret.

  7. When I'm looking to de-stress I…hang out with my kids, it’s the most fun thing in the world.

  8. My beauty essentials are…I’m very low maintenance; in the summer it’s Redken water wax for my hair and waterproof mascara. For a little more polish, I’m experimenting with some cosmetics of my own, stay tuned…

  9. If my days had one extra hour I'd…OMG the list is endless!

  10. The last thing I Googled was…cool sweatbands and A Streetcar Named Desire.




  11. I could never travel without…my family, a favorite wrap, journal, snacks and some great reading material.

  12. To be a good designer you have to…find inspiration in everything and be true to yourself.

  13. The qualities I admire most when I'm looking for people to work with…optimistic, entrepreneurial, hard working, positive, motivated, adventurous, savvy, creative thinkers… is that too much to ask?

  14. When it comes to CuRious candy my favorite thing is…salted chocolate covered almonds, rainbow sours, salted caramel cotton candy, chocolate brownie bites… ok, maybe I don’t have just one favorite.

  15. My guilty pleasure is…tequila in my flask bangle (right).

  16. The best advice I ever got…think positively, never give up, be thankful for everything and have a sense of humor.

  17. On a typical Saturday night… lots of kids, lots of friends, bbqing and games (Twister, arm wrestling, egg toss and flash light tag are our favorites).

  18. I'm always happy when…I’m in the water with my family.

  19. No day goes by without…sore muscles, aches and pains, from my do-it-or-die approach to life.

  20. When I'm looking to get inspired I…inspiration is everywhere.

  21. My biggest style regret…no regrets, ever!