NAME: Jennifer Irizarry
BORN IN: New Orleans
LIVING IN: New York City
YOU ARE WORKING AS: writer and social media consultant
PLEASE DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 1 or 2 SENTENCES: For better or worse, I march to the beat of my own drummer!
Jennifer Irizarry is a writer and consultant specializing in social media for creatives and causes. She has worked with the US Fund for UNICEF, MTV World, and New York Fashion Week, among many other projects. An interested observer of the children’s fashion industry, she has contributed to Junior Style London and Enfants Terribles magazine. Her most enduring role, however, is as mother to her three beautiful girls. Jennifer spends much of her time exploring NYC’s hidden treasures with her youngest daughter and dreams of one day leaving the city for a sunnier climate. In the meantime, she can often be found applying the principles of Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying to every imaginable corner of her home and office!
Latest News: We could not miss the chance to have Jennifer as U.S. correspondent and contributor in our kid’s wear Team…A warm welcome!
1. Which is the most fascinating even simple item you ever bought for children?
The most fascinating things for children are found in nature: sticks, leaves, acorns, and wildflowers!
2. Is there one children’s shop which has put a magic spell on you?
Play is a store in Beacon, NY (60 miles north of NYC) that sells children’s gifts with lots of inappropriate, tongue-in-cheek references only the parents will understand. I love it.
3. As a child… do you remember one special item you had been wearing almost day and night?
As a child I insisted upon dresses only and when I was six years old my sister and I wore identical tiered polkadot sundresses to Disney World, and every day thereafter!
4. Your favourite children’s book?
I love reading Robert Louis Stevenson for the meter and rhyme but I also have a soft spot in my heart for a book called The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics by Norton Juster, the author of The Phantom Tollbooth (another childhood fave of mine).
5. You are based in NYC… What’s the best place for kids and teenagers there?
I love Fort Tryon Park in Northern Manhattan, where the Cloisters Museum is located; they have incredible cloistered gardens, medieval unicorn tapestries, and sweeping views of the Hudson River. But my teenagers would probably tell you they prefer shopping in Soho!
6. Which museum even kids would spend hours in?
The MoMA is hands-down the best for kids—they have an art lab just for children on the lower level, lots of multi-media exhibits incorporating sound and vision, and a gorgeous outdoor sculpture garden.
7. Which hotel and restaurant do you recommend for friends with kids in New York?
I never stay in hotels in NYC so I have no idea but if I’m in midtown I like the NoMad Hotel for rooftop drinks. My fave family eatery is called Ovest Pizzoteca, a very unassuming Italian place with thoughtful cocktails and oven-fired, thin crust pizza on W 27th St.
8. The best place you have recently been with kids?
We love visiting with family in Puerto Rico; Culebra Island is sparsely populated and basically heaven.
9. What was the most touching experience you had with children?
When my first daughter was born I was so overcome with my love for her that I immediately phoned my mother and apologized for being such a terrible teenager.
10. The ONE family ritual you cherish most?
I’m going to out myself as a hippie witch here, but Cricket (the youngest) and I light candles and take Himalayan salt baths with dried flowers and essential oils on the full moon of every month.
11. Share with us your favorite website and 3 Instagram accounts…
I spend a lot of time reading the New York Times online. I love the Juergen Teller fan page, Pan & The Dream (the tulle socks!) and I never tire of kat irlin.
12. Please complete this sentence: Children should be raised with…
… empathy and active global citizenship.
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