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21 Questions with… Parker New York Founder Derek Farrar


Derek Farrar with Co-founder Laurieanne Gilner

We asked Derek Farrar, who co-founded Parker New York and just launched a new line of eveningwear, Parker Black, our quickfire questions.

  1. When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is… check my iPhone for emails from our overseas manufacturers. 
  2. I would never leave home without… my iPhone!
  3. When I’m stressed I… indulge in fast food.
  4. The item of clothing I’m currently wearing most is… my dark wash jean jacket.
  5. I’m excited for Spring 2015 because… we get to produce a whole new look and really exciting silhouettes for Parker Black, our new eveningwear collection.
  6. Every woman should own… a Parker blouse — it stays relevant and works with all trends.
  7. What I love most about New York is… the diversity of the population.
  8. If you looked at my desktop you’d find… images of inspiration, home décor ideas and pictures of family, friends and my Bichon Frise, Devlin.
  9. My beauty essentials include… SUNSCREEN!
  10. The last thing I googled was… trying to find out what specific year a random 80s song came out — ha!
  11. If my days had one extra hour I’d… read a magazine cover to cover.
  12. When I’m looking to get inspired I… read a magazine cover to cover!
  13. My favorite pastimes include… skiing and figure skating.
  14. The best place I’ve ever traveled… it sounds so cliche, but I really love Paris.
  15. My favorite place to shop is… there are too many stores, but I love anywhere on Madison. Especially anywhere on the Upper East Side.
  16. My biggest fashion pet peeve is… denim shorts on guys.
  17. My guilty pleasure is… flying first class.
  18. One luxury item I’m dying for is… a convertible sports car.
  19. When it comes to staying healthy I… try to walk as much as possible.
  20. If I had one style regret it would be… a Caesar haircut, sideburns.
  21. The best advice I ever got… “Never stop evolving.”