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Q&A: Designer Samantha Leibowitz


Personal style: Trendy, timeless. I really love to wear a classic black-and-white look. But on the other hand, I like to be exotic and add some excessive color. 

Favorite designers: Kate Spade, Vera Wang, Lilly Pulitzer and Lush Clothing. Each has a similar way of designing, even though some are ready-to-wear vs. evening wear. 

Cool summer trends: Just being able to wear a dress every day. Knee-high gladiators are also a huge trend I’m excited about. 

She loves: Shoes. My latest excitement is finding the shoe that no one else would wear. Whether it’s vibrant in print or color, or just a very unique shape, I go for it.

Style icon: Blake Lively. While she was pregnant during some very important red-carpet events, she looked so sophisticated in fitted gowns showing off her baby bump. Recently, she wore a stunning dress to the Met Gala designed by Burberry to cover her new baby bump. Her dress, updo and jewelry stole the attention away from everything else. 

Thing in her closet that gets the most wear: The SLNY Lynne Classic Dress. It’s the perfect mix of professional, classic and fun. Being able to stay in the same outfit and just switch up the shoes is the easiest way to fit everything into my schedule.

Favorite splurge: Shoes, because any other piece of clothing I can design myself and add to my collection. 

Favorite local boutiques: Growing up on the Main Line, I loved to shop. My favorite boutiques have to be Posh Collections, Louella, Eaves, Nota Bene and Jennifer on the Avenue.


See Leibowitz’s collection online starting July 1 at www.samanthaleibowitz.net

Samantha Leibowitz

Photo by Tessa Marie Images.

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