Hummingbird Beats: Whitney PozgayJill Donenfeld

Whitney Pozgay is the Brooklyn based designer of the playful women’s line WHIT. And what’s a hummingbird without a little wit? After honing her skills at Steven Alan and Kate Spade, Whitney launched WHIT in 2007 and has recently been added to the CFDA Incubator program.  Talk about a bird ready for anything – the girl carries a tape measure.

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

A sketchbook of some sort, various sizes of micron pens, sharpie, chapstick, Mac lipstick in lady danger, Lancome liquid liner, measuring tape, bobby pins, visine, cab receipts, a magazine, subway card, two sets of keys in case I leave one at the office, back up phone charger, Kiehl’s gardenia oil, Karen Walker sunglasses and swatches from whatever season I am working on.

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

Bikini, a few of my fiancé’s button downs, a high waisted skirt, a cashmere sweater, oversized grey raglan shirt from American Apparel (goes with everything), St. James striped tee, an easy printed silk dress that can be dressed up or down, some sort of tomboy pant from WHIT, a brightly colored slip to sleep in, Mexican embroidered dress and an easy pair of shorts.

What is your most essential article of clothing?

French striped t-shirts. I have an entire drawer of them. Trendy or not, they are the best neutral.

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

This question is too hard! Here are some that I don’t tire of.

Bob Dylan – ‘Mr Tambourine Man’

Led Zeplin – ‘Ramble On’

Booker T. and the MGs – ‘Green Onions’

Tune-Yards – ‘Bizness’

Velvet Underground – ‘Pale Blue Eyes’

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

I spend a lot of time back and forth between NY and New Orleans. I would love to live there part of the year. It is soulful and dreamy. Plus, you can drink in the street… what’s not to love?

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?)

We loaded a U-haul full of about 50 heavy potted cacti to prop out or last fashion presentation. We all left with needles all in our arms and clothing, but they really made the environment work with the collection. It was worth the pain.

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

Be sure to schedule some alone time to explore. It is important to have your own moment with a new place.

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

This incredible rajas dish in Houston, Texas. I have been desperately trying to find something similar in New York. Mole has the closest version.

Where have you had your best night’s sleep?

The Audubon Cottages in New Orleans.

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

My fiancé, Parker Argote (always)

My brother Reese Pozgay (keeps me laughing)

My long time friend Paige Perrin (a perfectly bad and a good influence)

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  1. Great interview. Very inspiring and down to earth. I love when she talked about the importance of exploring when you visit a new place. You can “have your own moment” in the simplest way, it doesn’t have to be grand. Like people watching a few minutes longer than usual at a local coffee shop or put yourself in the shoes of someone who created a sculpture or work of art that you discover. Keeping up that intrigue on a regular basis even, maintaining that wonder of discovery in your own environment makes the day to day grind just a little bit more worth living.