You can take the girl out of the studio, but you can’t take the studio out of the girl. GUILD Art Director Simi Mahtani keeps everything from Sharpies and pencils to gaffer tape and a cutting mat in her bag of tricks, which she uses to tell stories through her colorful and charismatic designs.
My favorite simple, statement piece in my wardrobe. Nobody forgets the girl in the metallic gold shoes.
For as long as I can remember, I've loved to sketch and draw. Growing up, my parents encouraged me to draw, and I can't thank them enough for their support of my doodles. Whether it was on the wall, with my Mom's lipstick on the mirror, or in the margins of a textbook while I should have been studying, my hands were constantly in motion.
I'm a native New Yorker, and I grew up taking the subway and city buses. A must-have for traveling between Guild's Manhattan and Brooklyn offices.
Fuji X100S Camera
I've always had a passion for photography and I love the look of this vintage camera with a modern digital twist.
Silicon Power Thumb Drives
I really like how compact these are and their sleek design.
Epic Ride Bicycle Chain Lube
When I'm not designing, you can probably find me on my Bianchi roadbike, riding around the city. I am a founder of the Bad Bitches Bicycle Club, and you can follow my adventures on social media at #SimiBike.
Metal Cork Backed Ruler
Measure twice, cut once.
Black Gaffers Tape
Because you really just never know.
Half Eaten Bagel
Being a New Yorker has made me a bagel snob. Bread Brothers in Bushwick makes an insane French toast bagel that I will go to the grave with.
I love using my tablet to edit photos and create.
Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse
I'm pro-Mac and these tools always help me get the job done.
Ballpoint Pen, Pencils, Montana Paint Marker, Sharpie, Brush Pen & Xacto Blade
Whatever tool the project calls for, I like to have all of these essentials in my arsenal. I enjoy mixing materials and hand lettering if I can.
Small Cutting Mat
This little guy is small enough to travel inside of my backpack or tote.
Heart Shaped Sunglasses
Double love, always.
Stay up to date with Simi’s daily life on her Instagram.