After a career in fashion -- she designed for Isaac Mizrahi and Gap (NYSE:GPS) -- Christiane Lemieux struck out on her own in 1999 to create modern textiles. Her New York City -- based company, DwellStudio, sells $20 million a year worth of bedding, table linens, and other products through more than 1,000 U.S. retailers. Last January, the company, which has 34 employees, launched a collection for Target (NYSE:TGT). Next month, Lemieux plans to double the size of her Target line to more than 200 items.
"My kids and I constantly build houses for their animals. You can make amazing modernist structures. Philip Johnson, move over."
Lanvin Ballet Flats
"I've parted ways with high heels. These make me feel glamorous with no risk to life and limb."
About $500, barneys.com
Pantone Cotton Swatch Files
"Color is so important for my designs. I need to look at everything and know it will be right. This is the international standard, with 1,925 colors. Major Brown is my favorite. It's Dwell's signature chocolate brown."
What I Covet
Pack Max Duo
"This bike from Amsterdam has two seats for the kids and comes with a basket for stuff. It's perfect for school drop-off and pickup, requires no Manhattan parking space, and is easy on the environment." $2,449, defietsfabriek-usa.com