Jenny Walton I am a Designer and Illustrator living in New York City.
How has 2021 been for you and which projects are you working on at the moment?
2021 was an interesting year. I stayed in New York City the whole time with my husband and our two dogs (a Beagle and a wire-haired dachshund). I pushed through all of the uncertainty by staying creative, working on my jewellery, drawings, and even started designing and selling masks. At first, I was making them out of old dust bags for shoes and purses that I just had lying around (this was early in the pandemic when no stores were even open besides essential businesses). But once fabric stores opened back up it was fun to go pickup fabric or buy online from small quilt stores. It felt exciting that I would be able to help bring a smile to people’s faces by giving them something fun to wear in such an uncertain time.
Which opportunity were you given in your career that will always be important to you. Is there anyone who acted as a mentor to you?
I think my mother giving her full teacher salary for four years so that I could go to my dream school Parsons, will always be the thing I’m most grateful for as it set me on the path I’m now on today and it was a very selfless thing of her to do.
Do you have any special memories of travel to Asia and favourite Asian owned businesses?
I have not yet been to Asia but I very much want to go! Hopefully soon, the more things start to open back up. Nom Wah Tea Parlor is great. It’s a beautiful store and an incredible storefront and the food is delicious and not far from my apartment. I live right on the border of Chinatown, it’s a wonderful area that I love to walk through. The constant movement among all of the people shopping and the street vendors makes it an exciting place to be. Wing On Wo & Co is another wonderful porcelain store in Chinatown and it’s the oldest continuously operating store in Chinatown, we have a few wonderful plates and planters from there that we’ve loved for years.
Where are you hoping to travel to next?
I’m hoping to go to Italy this summer, so we’ll see! Fingers crossed!
What you are wearing and what made you choose this look from Huishan Zhang?
I love this pink trapeze dress. To me it’s incredibly simple, classic and chic. Perfect for a cocktail or glass of wine in the garden (our building has a small garden and it’s just about as much nature as I can get in Soho and this Summer, I’m taking it!
Photographed in New York City wearing Malvina dress in powder pink douchesse. Instagram @jennymwalton