The NYC women’s designer talks pregnancy and shares her top 5 registry picks.
What makes New York truly unique is that just about everyone arrives here with a passion. Some of them do their thing for a little while, then hightail it out of here. But others decide to lay down roots and make this city all their own. Women's designer Hunter Bell is one of those people. Born and raised in the small town of Florence, South Carolina, Hunter moved to NYC in 2003. She worked her tail off in the fashion industry then finally dove in and raised capital to launch her own line, Hunter Bell NYC, in 2009. Six years later and Hunter is evolving her brand everyday with designs that are always created for women--feminine without being frilly, and made to enhance a woman, not turn her into something she’s not. This year, Hunter is owning her New York experience even more by having her first baby in the city--her very own little New Yorker. Find out how pregnancy is influencing her design vision, what she’s looking forward to most about raising a baby here in NYC, and what 5 registry items are topping her list. What part of the city do you live in? My husband and I live on Irving Place in Gramercy Park. We have been in this neighborhood for the last 6 1/2 years and love it! It has such a quiet neighborhood feel to it, perfect for raising kids! Has pregnancy influenced your designs at all? Absolutely! With my growing belly and bust during this pregnancy I've been inspired to pay closer attention to creating garments that hide a belly, flatter a larger chest and are looser in shape to add a bit of comfort and ease. The trick to designing pieces that I can wear during this pregnancy is maintaining a shape I can rock before and after the baby arrives. Tell us about your pregnancy style? Comfortable, plenty of stretch, oversized shirting, caftans, easy lightweight pieces paired with a cool pair of shoes and jewelry. How are you preparing for baby? Lately I have been going through the nesting stage so decorating the nursery and making sure our daughter has a comfortable place to rest her head has been top priority. I have had so much fun trying to design a modern nursery with cool decor that I feel I would want in my own room. I found this amazing kilim rug at Furbish.com that I'm excited about. What is it about New York that makes you want to raise a kid here? NYC has so much to offer kids in the city. Manhattan is: culturally diverse, offers amazing parks for kids to play, the seasons change, we’re close to the beach and mountains… most importantly I have a wonderful community here among my close friends. What are your top 5 items on your baby registry? 1. http://www.amazon.com/Bugaboo-Cameleon-Black-Special-Edition/dp/B0091HXG72 2. Medela Breast Pump 3. Milo Glider & Ottoman from Land of Nod 4. My husband is from Houston so want this to hang on the nursery wall: Long Horn Steer by the Animal Print Shop 5. Be on the Sea Activity Floor Mat from Land of Nod Photography by Lindsey Belle