Yara Flinn is the designer of Nomia, a NY-based womenswear brand gaining a cult following with the indie style set and currently a part of the CFDA Incubator class. Both a guy's girl and a girl's girl, she is a master of juxtaposing masculine and feminine in her designs and giving unexpected twists to classic silhouettes. When she's not working (read: rapping) in her studio, she can be found in art galleries or sports bars (but most likely still rapping).
WHAT WOULD THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY BE? “Yara Flinn: Dork”
WHAT CAN’T YOU TRAVEL WITHOUT? Music and books.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATION? Rio de Janeiro.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN NYC? Visit galleries in Chelsea, and then go to a bar and watch sports if at all possible.
IF YOU COULD CHOOSE ONE PERSON TO SHOW YOU “THEIR NEW YORK CITY,” WHO WOULD IT BE? Cam’ron (sorry, this may easily become a very Dipset-heavy conversation…)
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE NYC RESTAURANTS, AND WHAT DO YOU ORDER THERE? I like the Chili Tofu and Curry Noodles at Lovely Day, oh and pizza at Lil’ Frankies!
WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO SPOT IN NYC FOR DRINKS? Max Fish, now that it’s open again!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE NYC BRUNCH SPOT? The Chilaquiles at The Lighthouse in Williambsurg. They also have a great Green Omelette.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR ART FIX IN NYC, AND DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE ARTIST? My favorite museum in the world (so far) is the Met, but I love contemporary artists such as Josephine Meckseper and Collier Schorr.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR UNDER THE RADAR MUST-DO RECOMMENDATIONS FOR NYC VISITORS? I could tell them… but then I’d have to kill them. Kidding! It’s great to get out of the city – go to The Cloisters or Coney Island.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE NYC STORES? Canal Jeans in the Village was my favorite store growing up… but now, definitely Maryam Nassir Zadeh on the Lower East Side.
WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO THESE DAYS? So many things. Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk, Dipset (always), and FKA Twigs.
WHAT SONG WOULD YOU CONSIDER YOUR PERSONAL SOUNDTRACK TO NYC? “I Really Mean It” – The Diplomats
WHEN YOU THINK OF NYC, WHAT COMES TO MIND? Hustle.