Syvan

Designer. Williamsburg.

 

Born and raised in Israel to a Brazilian Mother and Israeli Father, Syvan attended college for fashion design, which took her from Tel Aviv to London, then Paris and finally New York where she fell in love with her soon to be husband, and decided to stay. For a few years she was working in the fashion industry, specializing in embroidery design, but recently moved on to work on her own collection. Syvan also has a custom head piece business that is 90% bridal. 

 

Outfit, Vintage ; Sunglasses, Prada ; Bag, Amelie Pichard ; Shoes, Nike

Dress, Syvan Mandel ; Harness, Zana Bayne

Dress, Syvan Mandel ; Harness, Zana Bayne

I do 99% of my shopping online. This includes clothing, makeup, groceries and basically everything I need. I actually think I got so used to shopping online, its almost unbearable being at a store and having sales people pushing products on me. I just love the comfort that comes with it. I love eBay for just about everything, The Outnet for great prices on quality lingerie, Amazon for beauty products and Zara because their app is the best.
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I wake up, put my contacts in, check eBay and emails and get out of bed. If I need to work early that day I’m out of the house in 30 min, after brushing my teeth washing my face and putting sunscreen on. If I’m working from home, I’ll probably dry brush my body for a few minutes, water the plants, make a green juice, have some coffee and start working.
Aesthetically I’m all over the place. I enjoy wearing and collecting clothes that have history. Lately I’ve been buying a lot of Gucci and Prada from the mid 90’s, which was more or less the time I started to get into fashion. I wear a lot of embroidered pieces; I love the richness and energy that hand embroidery adds to clothing.
Dress, Syvan Mandel ; Harness, Zana Bayne

Dress, Syvan Mandel ; Harness, Zana Bayne

My mom always filled our house with handmade textiles from Brazil and India. Also, Israel has a lot of markets with beautiful Palestinian embroidery and Persian rugs. All of these became part of the things that I’m naturally attracted to. I’m also all about keeping it comfortable with things like caftans, slides and jumpsuits. I’m a lazy dresser, and am not really good at combining tops and bottoms. That’s also why I try and edit my wardrobe often, it stops me from wearing something I am lukewarm about, but is just right in front of me.

Dress, Christopher Kane ; Shoes, Miu Miu

When it comes to my memories of movies, music videos or people and moments that I loved as a child, they always had to do with the clothing rather then the story. I can’t really put a finger on the exact moment I had the epiphany about my career path, but I was always drawn to making looks and creating stories through clothing and it quickly became my form of self-expression. As soon as I discovered there was a person behind all of the magic, watching documentaries about John Galliano & Tom Ford, I became completely obsessed with fashion designers.
I interned at Lanvin in Paris between my 3rd and 4th year in college. It was the first time I had a clear vision on what I wanted my life to be... living in Paris and being surrounded by the most beautiful fabrics. When I graduated college, my plan was to head back there, but I was invited to intern at DVF under Elisa Palomino in New York. After the internship, I found a few jobs in the American fashion industry. Being employed as a “Fashion Designer” was great, but something was missing. I wanted to make clothing that was telling a story, instead I was working in places that were more “inspired by” then inspiring.

Syvan's favorite books

Syvan's favorite books

My favorite book is this little one about Halston. Seeing his work makes my heart beat faster, so this one, which I refer to as my little bible, is the book I revisit the most. It shows the beauty and the glamour of the Studio 54 era, and of New York in the 70’s. It’s just perfect. It has all these amazing pictures of Bianca Jagger and Elsa Paretti looking like goddesses wearing the most beautiful dresses to even been made.
When I was younger, I thought the Childlike Empress from Neverending Story was the most beautiful thing I had have ever seen. She had a jeweled headpiece, and I emulated it often, making them for myself for fun. When it came time for my wedding, I ended up wearing a pearl wreath a friend had given me a long time ago, with my dad adding some fresh white roses to it. I think because I was looking at a lot of headpieces and veils for inspiration before the wedding, they were still fresh in my mind, so when I got back to New York, I began making custom pieces. My friends inspired me to make more as well as helped me create a lookbook, and from that, a showroom picked me up.

Syvan's favorite makeup

For years my hair took up a lot of my time. If you have curly hair, you’ll understand what I am talking about. I was always trying new products, and scheduling days to wash it (it takes about 8 hours to dry). My hair is super temperamental, so I would never know what it would look like in the morning, or what it would be like in an hour for that matter.
 

Dress, Syvan Mandel ; Harness, Zana Bayne ; Shoes, Zara

Dress, Vintage ; Harness, Zana Bayne

I recently got it to settle down and found a system that seems to work. I follow the Deva Girl routine, which is not using shampoo, combing through it with my fingers and using a cotton t-shirt to dry.

Dress, Vintage

I use One N’ Only Aragon oil as a conditioner in the shower, and also as a leave-in conditioner post shower. After, I’ll put on some Deva Curl gel in and braid my hair or pin the front (my curls get extra tiny if I don’t.) Then I just let it air dry for a few hours.

Syvan's favorite skincare

I’m very good about using eye cream and sunscreen on a daily basis. I love Sunday Riley’s Start Over and Josie Maran’s sunscreen. I wash my face day and night, and 3 nights a week I’ll use Retinol at night. If you are a recovering Sephora addict like me, you realize continuously trying new products as they come to market is kinda useless. Either they are the same with new packaging, or have a new technology that can’t really compete with Retinol. For me, I feel you don’t really need a fancy $60 moisturizer because coconut oil is amazing, and essential oils are just as good and usually smell better. I have an oil blend I make myself and carry in my bag, so I moisturize a few times a day, I’ll do a random mask once a week while watching Real House Wives of Beverly Hills.
Dress, Vintage ; Shoes, Christopher Kane

Dress, Vintage ; Shoes, Christopher Kane


Syvan's Wishlist


Syvan Recommends

Kinfolk on Wythe, especially the Strictly Lovers and Sade nights.

Z Relax on Union for great massages & Christine Chin for effective facials.

Cafe Mogador for when I miss Israel and La Cerveceria for amazing tacos. 

 

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