Boots & Pine


Ilana Kohn in Fort Greene

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Where did you grow up?

Right outside of DC in Arlington, VA.

What brought you to New York? 

College – I went to Pratt.

What do you do for a living?

I have a clothing line, Ilana Kohn.

How did you get started?

Completely by accident! I went to school for illustration and worked as an editorial illustrator for close to a decade before the recession hit and obliterated all publishing work overnight. At that point I went back to school for Historic Preservation (historic architecture) and got bored without any creative pursuits. I started sewing as a hobby and one thing led to another. By the time I was ready to graduate, I decided to officially launch my line rather than going into preservation. Since then it’s just been a lot of trial & error and insane hard work! I couldn’t be enjoying myself more though. : )

What’s your favorite thing about your neighborhood?

The incredible historic architecture! The most beautiful neighborhood in Brooklyn in my opinion!

What’s the last treasure you found?

I found a Wally whisker on my desk chair this morning.

If you were going to eat your last meal in New York, where and what would you eat?

Anyone who knows me will laugh at this but it would most definitely be eggs over medium with turkey bacon and and an english muffin at Mega Bites Diner in Fort Greene. Could eat that every meal every day (although I might have a heart attack….But I’d die happy…)

If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?

The bf and fur baby Wally-Dude. Doesn’t get any better than that!

If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?

“I’m Too Sexy.” Obviously.

What does New York need that it doesn’t have now?

On a serious note – better preservation policies. Beautiful historic buildings are irreplaceable and it makes me so sad to see them disappearing at such a rate. Not that I believe every historic building should be saved necessarily, but I’ve seen some irreplaceable buildings go down over the years and it’s heartbreaking.

Visit Ilana’s website,, and Tumblr. Follow her blog and on instagram and twitter @ilanakohn.

© 2012 Arden Wray