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Meet Designer & Mama-Of-Three Christine Alcalay

Written by James Kicinski-McCoy

Photography by Photographed by Jennifer Lavelle

Christine Alcalay is truly living the American Dream. The Vietnam-born mompreneur came to New York with her mother at the age of three and watched with a careful eye as her family worked in the city’s Garment District; cutting, sewing, and pattern making. Now, with three kids of her own (Thy-Lan, 13, Simone, 8, and Liem, 2), she runs a trio of successful businesses in the field in which she was raised—her namesake clothing line, Christine Alcalay, and two shops in Brooklyn, Kiwi and Fig. Below, the busy fashionista invites us into her historic Ditmas Park home and shares her enlightening views on life, business, and motherhood. Grab your morning cup and dive in!

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