In 2010, while pregnant with her second child, Monica Patel-Cohn was looking for a way to balance work with home life, (the billion dollar question). The daughter of an Indian father and Italian mother, she spent her career in fashion. Inspired by her heritage, Monica decided to merge her love of easy, wearable fashion with the use of authentic Indian textiles. And so Two New York was born.
Monica began sourcing Indian saris and making them into breezy, beautiful caftans which took off immediately. She describes her style as “authentic with a soul,” and operates out of a little workshop in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Equally wearable at the beach as in the city, her first cold call to Barney’s was answered, and they’ve carried her line ever since. Two New York is available online, internationally, and locally at Share With in Montauk, 746 Montauk Highway. She has since expanded to making shirts, pants and tunics in addition to her original caftans. Prices range from $240-$440.
Insider tip: Monica takes private appointments, and occasionally holds trunk shows. If you’re lucky you may just catch her when she’s created a few kids pieces or bags from some of her remnants.