Deborah Lyons graduated from parsons in New York in 2008. She launched her career following internships at Nicole Miller and Rodarte and then working for twin show designers learning the trade in New York’s garment district.
She soon after moved to the Marche region of Italy and immersed herself in shoemaking developing a small collection that was quickly picked up by Harrods, Dover Street Market, Matches, and Liberty amongst others.
Simultaneously she became the designer of a New York based tailoring brand with the collection sold to Browns, Intermix, Henry Bendel, and Takashimaya. A decision to move home to London put both brands on hold and Deborah moved into design consultancy in various capacities for brands that have included Melissa Odabash, J Mendel, as well as a variety of young fashion labels.
In late 2016 Deborah partnered up with buyer and boutique owner Kamelia Kamel to launch Deborah Lyons. Kamelia’s invaluable retail experience and business acumen as well as her innate sense of style has given a dynamic foundation to the young brand.
We caught up with Deborah for the latest in our ‘My London’ interview series.
Notting Hill. It’s where I live so that helps, and it’s so charming and urban at the same time.
Favourite place for brunch:
The Chess Club. The sweetcorn fritters are the best!
Best coffee in London:
I’m a matcha convert. My favourite is the cinnamon matcha at Squirrel in South Ken.
Favourite gallery or museum:
The RA (I even interned there one summer). It’s intimate and regal at the same time.
Tell us a secret:
I have a Canadian passport but have yet to go to Canada. I turn it upside down and use it to sneak through American passport control with the locals.
Favourite place to shop:
Harrods, of course. Its truly the most special store in the world and I still feel like a little kid walking around in there.
Favourite place to find inspiration:
New York. It’s my home away from home and my soul city.
Best London destination for a date:
The corner seats at the bar at Zoilo restaurant. It’s so cosy, they make the best cocktails, and most unreal creme brûlée.
There’s a little secret park off the outer circle of Regent’s Park. It faces the back garden of one of those enormous houses so you can just lay back and pretend you’re Jane Austen.
Favourite food market:
Borough Market. I love that side of London, very different to my neighbourhood. Though I have a very sweet tooth so it’s lucky I don’t live too close!
Your sanctuary in the city:
My apartment in Notting Hill with a tea and my little dog Amber.
What inspires you?
The street is still the best place to find inspiration and I love travelling and absorbing different cultures and styles. Art has also always been an influence and I spend a considerable amount of my spare time in galleries and museums.
This season I’m loving: