Lisa Simmons specializes in custom designs for couture fashion and interior design.
Her fabrics combine techniques of hand dying, batik resist, stencil, silk screens and block prints, influenced by travels to India, China, Morocco, Italy, and elsewhere. She continues to be inspired by her home, New York City.
Whether drawing upon historical reference or forms found in nature, Lisa’s work has a warm, personal quality. Her collaborations with fashion and interior designers reflect a shared passion for clear design, simplicity and color.
“I often design in my studio, late at night, with music on the radio and the muffled sounds of the city outside. My studio is my sanctuary, filled with old familar tools, oxtail brushes, brass tjantings, beeswax, silk and favorite art books.
Lisa lives and works in the West Village of Manhattan. Her clients include fashions icons and interior designers alike. For Oscar de la Renta, Lisa has designed hand painted fabrics for his couture resort collections, as well as prints for bathing suits, scarves and sheets. For Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein, she has dyed colors for spring and summer couture collections and dyed silks and wools for the runway. Mary McFadden used Lisa’s hand batiked silks in her dress colllections for many years, as well as in her signature stationary and wallpaper. Lisa has also created custom designed wallpapers for residential clients.
Lisa Simmons began working in batik with Alan Campbell, for interior designers Albert Hadley, David Hicks, and Sister Parrish, among others.