When he knew he wanted to be a designer: At age 13


Bibhu Mohapatra
 Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur
 NYC; hails from Orissa, India
First thing he consumes in the a.m.: The news. “I read theNY Times on my iPhone while in bed.”

How he stays fit:  Stays physically fit by running, walking and doing yoga, and keeps mentally fit by escaping to the country on weekends to cook and read

Wearing: Vintage pea coat; Albertelli cashmere scarf; Targett-shirt; Pepe jeans

Personal style: Tough-smart

When he knew he wanted to be a designer: At age 13

If he weren’t a designer, what he’d be: An architect

Other designers he admires: Azzedine Alaia, Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh

Advice he’d give to anyone entering his field:  “Strike the balance between art and commerce, creativity and practicality.”

Advice on how you can dress your best:  “Peek into yourself and there lies the clues.”

Wardrobe essentials: “Tailored crisp white shirts, tailored jacket and slim-fit raw denim.”

Favorite item in his current collection: The "Date" dress

What he'd never be caught dead wearing: A wig—“unless I’m at a costume ball.”

Cheap thrill: Wes Craven movie marathon

Worth the splurge: A pair of handmade boots from a favorite Florentine shoemaker and the finest cologne

Signature scent: Terre D'Hermes

Always in his bag: A sketch book

Fave eateries: Cafe Luxembourg, Freemans, Bar Boulud, and Flor de Mayo “for the best roast chicken in the whole world."

Top online shop: Amazon

Fave real-world shops: Bergdorf Goodman in NYC and Harvey Nichols and Browns in London

Book that's bedside now: The Crucible by Arthur Miller

All-time fave travel destination: Yalikavak, on the Aegean coast of Turkey

How he's reducing his carbon footprint: Bicycling to work and walking a lot

Charities he supports:  The Komen FoundationBreakthrough, and New Yorkers for Children

Photo by Bruno Gaget

Hillary Swank in Bibhu Mohapatra

Hillary Swank in Bibhu Mohapatra
on way to Late show in New York


in the studio

Bibhu Mohapatra fall 2009 Presentation