Meet Sylvie Millstein of Hellessy As She Tells What Keeps Her Creativity Alive

Lauren Brocato | September 10, 2019 | People


Sylvie Millstein, founder and creative director of womenswear brand Hellessy (, has always been a city girl. With a Parisian upbringing and years of living in Tokyo in her rear view, New York was the perfect landing spot for her and her family. “I am surrounded by so much creative energy and diversity, from street styles to restaurants and shops; I feel constantly inspired,” Millstein says of her life in Soho. The half-French, half-Japanese fashion mogul’s brand has grown a celebrity following including the likes of Emily Ratajkowski, Priyanka Chopra and Gemma Chan. Here, Millstein shares a peek into what keeps her creativity alive.


“My weekday morning run is at La Colombe, where I get a turmeric tea with oat milk.” 400 Lafayette St.,


“I hardly go out for drinks anymore, but if I do want to catch up with a friend, The Standard East is buzzy and serves great margaritas.” 25 Cooper Square, standardhotels.‌com


Ralph Pucci is my absolute favorite in New York; I am still obsessing about the Paul Mathieu Aria collection of chairs and side tables I saw there.” Aria arm chair with padding, price upon request, 44 W. 18th St.,


“A fitted pantsuit with feminine details like satin detachable sleeves.” Hanson jacket, $1,450, and Avedon pant, $920, by Hellessy at


“It is a family tradition to go to En Brasserie, as they serve authentic Japanese food, from stone-cooked beef to sashimi sets, in a beautiful, spacious setting. I am half Japanese, so I’m very picky about my Asian food.” 435 Hudson St.,


Photography by: portrait and runway photos courtesy of Hellessy; en japanese brasserie photo courtesy of en japanese brasserie; the standard photo by Markus Marty; ralph pucci photo by Antoine Bootz/courtesy of ralph pucci; la colombe photo by ALEXANDER MANSOUR;