How To Be A Gypsy: Maayan Zilberman

As a gypsy, you might not always find yourself sleeping alone. As a human who likes other humans, you may find yourself with a bed buddy as well.  No matter the circumstances under which you find yourself with a supine partner, I recommend showering, washing your clothes, shaving, and washing your hair regularly. Friends, lovers and baby cats will all be grateful.  Now, if you really want to go the extra mile, sexy underwear are always a plus.

I interviewed Maayan Zilberman, an artist, designer and baker. She is also the Co-Founder and President of the lingerie and swimwear line The Lake & Stars. Born on a Kibbutz in Israel, she has also lived in Vancouver, Canada, and currently lives and works in New York City.  Read about her gypsy grooves and then go look at her undies.

What’s in your bag? When you pack for a trip, in your handbag, in the pockets of your jeans…?

Purse: Compact Lumix-Leica, index cards for list-making, band-aids, medical tape, Nars Lipstick in ManHunt, Boos cucumber wet wipes, Lancome mascara definicils in black, Stride flavor-changer gum (and of course Blackberry, wallet, keys -duh).

Pockets: Tissue, pen

Bag: COC (change of clothes) including new pair of tights, underwear (Lake & Stars), umbrella, notebook

You have 5 minutes to pack up – for a trip of which the duration you’re not sure. What do you take?

Clothing: T shirt dress, sweater dress, tights, lingerie, light jacket, a few accessories, flats and heels.
Stuff: Notebook, camera, chargers, snacks.

What is your most essential article of clothing?

The Lake & Stars Lilydale Tank Slip – It is perfect for travel cause I layer it with everything, weighs nothing and is good for casual or cocktail.

What are the top 5 songs you need to have access to hearing at all times?

Aretha Franklin- ‘I Say A Little Prayer’
Bob Dylan – ‘Sarah’
Azealia Banks – ‘212’
Siouxie & The Banshees – ‘Cities in Dust’
Chairlift – ‘I Belong In Your Arms’

What is your preferred gypsy beat/cities you like to frequent?

I’m not traveling that much because we moved our production back to NYC for the time being… trying to keep business local! But in between I have plans to go to Stockholm for work, Iceland for inspirations trip with Nikki, Puerto Rico for holiday, Vancouver for family, LA for work, and Israel for work/fam. And Mexico again.

What’s something crazy that you did to follow your passion? (Like, did you live out of your car for a month? Drive 10 hours to pick up a certain, weird material you needed?)

When I was 15, I was living in Vancouver, Canada – and this was before the internet, so the only way to find schools away from home was to call and send away for applications. I did some research and found the art program I wanted to attend, then moved to New York to do college classes. Back then it seemed crazy, but of course this many years later it’s old hat… it’s now my home.

Last year I was researching ingredients for my baking and went to a small town outside Mexico City called Morelia in order to find the right spices, chocolates and sugars.

What is one tip you have for traveling – a beauty tip, a survival tip, a culinary tip… ?

Jack on 30 Rock says, “Never go with a hippie to a second location,” and I take that quite seriously.

What’s a recent or favorite meal you had while bouncing around the globe?

The best lunch I had was in Rwanda (with Jill!) at this little buffet restaurant with cauldrons of stews. We went back to the trough several times, it was worth every tummy ache.

Where have you had your best night’s sleep?

My best night’s sleep was in Zurich on my 21st birthday, on a feather bed that was something out of a fairytale.

Who would you like to travel with – three people (you guys can caravan together or on separate trips)?

Mom, Nikki (my partner), my other half (separately!!)

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