Where did you grow up?
I was born in Towson, Maryland just outside of Baltimore, and lived there until I was eight when we moved further out into the sticks of Maryland.
What brought you to New York?
I studied fashion at a small arts college in Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, I took a job making costumes for a theater nearby, which I really loved… but didn’t pay very well. After 2 years I decided to go back to school to study menswear at Parsons.
What do you do for a living?
Design clothing (Fischer Clothing).
How did you get started?
My mother sewed all the time when I was growing up and I was always interested in learning how to mess around with it. She did get me my own machine for I think my 11th birthday. When I entered my teenage years, I was a kinda punk kid and wouldn’t buy ‘normal’ clothes. I preferred to find weird stuff at thrift shops and alter them to suit me. I learned a lot of sewing and construction from taking things apart and putting them back together.
What’s your favorite thing about your neighborhood?
It has a real community vibe. People have great small businesses and the neighborhood parts are really peaceful and safe. There’s just enough bars and restaurants to have a good variety, but nothing’s really ever overcrowded somehow.
What’s the last treasure you found?
My cat. She rules. (I know, I know).
If you were going to eat your last meal in New York, where and what would you eat?
The Lobster Joint (in Greenpoint). I’ve spent lots and lots of good times here with friends during summer happy hours, late night meals, and lazy brunches.
If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?
My paternal grandmother- she passed away long before I was born, and I would love to have met her. The stories I hear about her make her sound like an old-school badass lady. And Bill Murray.
If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?
What does New York need that it doesn’t have now?
More rent control, less traffic.