Batsheva Hay is the cult New York Designer, marrying the rich cultural and religious diversity of the city with playful, romantic and always utilitarian eye. Discover her deep love of vintage in a dynamic Re-SEE select.
She began her career as a lawyer, until a trip to the dressmaker gave her a change of heart. Originally creating dresses for herself, her daughter and some friends, her witty, vintage & Amish inspired prairie dresses soon caught on in the NYC fashion scene. After being named finalist of the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2018, Batsheva's whimsical designs are now found everywhere from net-a-porter to the red carpet.
Your first fashion memory
My mother had an amazing clothing collection from her youth that I would play with as a young girl, as early as age 6. Her vintage Mexican lace wedding dress, her Alley Cat by Betsey Johnson peasant dresses-- I used to try these things on and just dream of being old enough to wear them.
Your Vintage Muse
Bette Davis had such strong presence and style. I am also obsessed with Iman, particularly in those old Saint Laurent campaigns she did-- such a beautiful rose. I also love Courtney Love and anything grunge and babydoll.
Your Decade of Decadence
The sixties. My mother was such a hippie, and the music and ease of clothing, the fun with color and prints, is the ultimate for me.
Second Hand not Second Best
I found some amazing Norma Kamali knit dresses from the eighties in my local flea market for $10. I have found vintage Valentino and Moschino blazers there as well. My mother in law also gave me the most beautiful Zandra Rhodes gown, embellished with pearl beads and rhinestones.
Currently on the hunt for
Vintage Romeo Gigli and Vivienne Westwood. Also Prada chinoiserie, always.
What I love to RE-SEE
'80s Stone Necklace340€
Classic Flared Velvet Peacoat990€
Butterfly Floral Kaftan720€
Medallion Tassel BeltSold
'60s Miriam Haskell Necklace2020€
Rare Peasant 1977 Ensemble1890€
Vintage Corduroy Toggle Jacket790€
Jacques Fath Cloak940€
'80s Velvet Dress270€
Five Vintage Addresses
Flea Market in the schoolyard at 77 street and Amsterdam Avenue on Sundays in New York
Housing Works in NYC on Mercer Street Amarcord in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Beacon's Closet in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Stella Dallas in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
What Goes Around Comes Around in Soho in NYC