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My Life in Ten Seconds: Designers John Targon and Scott Studenberg of Baja East

Meet Scott Studenberg and John Targon, the charismatic boys behind the next “It” label Baja East. The lifestyle brand embodies a cool global aesthetic that bridges inspiration from the Far East with the laid back ease from the West Coast and New York’s street sensibility (Gwen Stefani counts herself as a fan). And with New York Fashion Week fall/winter 2015 shows rapidly approaching, we got up close and personal with both designers, and had them answer a quick survey of questions that delve into their new collection (no spoilers, promise) and their personal lives—that takes all of 10 seconds to read.

What word describes your fall/winter 2015 collection?

Scott: Oasis.

John: Sun-bleached.

What are you listening to right now?

Scott: ’90s angst, like Collective Soul, Matchbox 20, Alanis Morissette, Foo Fighters, The Cranberries, Cheryl Crow.

John: K. Michelle.

Where did you go in preparation for your fall/winter 2015 collection?

Scott: I was inspired by my previous travels. We created a textile and knit inspired by this rug I bought in Marrakech that we bartered for 100 bucks.

John: The Rothko exhibit.

The last drink I had was…

Scott: “I Am Cozy” from Cafe Gratitude in LA

John: “Killer X” from Liquiteria

What job would you be doing if you weren’t a fashion designer?

Scott: A yoga instructor on a deserted island in Thailand.

John: Tae Kwon Do instructor.

Where would you go first in NYC if you were a tourist?

Scott: Sex and the City bus tour.

John: West Village.

What is your favorite work of art?

Scott: Ross Bleckner’s Hummingbirds in 2002.

John: “Frontier Fronting” by Delia Brown.

Who’s your favorite superhero?

Scott: Storm from X-Men. She can fly, control the weather, and has major hair and a major outfit. And she has great skin.

John: Batman.

What’s the first thing you do in the morning?

Scott: In New York, I immediately make coffee and gluten-free oatmeal and try not to speak to anybody before then. In LA, I go to the gym and read my emails on the elliptical or StairMaster.

John: Give my boyfriend a good morning kiss.

Who did you design your first piece for?

Scott: For us. We had these handwoven one-of-a-kind ceremonial skirts we sourced from Bali that we constructed into sleeveless Bajas.

John: For myself.

What’s your favorite quote of all time?

Scott: (Created with actual receipts) “Show me the receipts.” — Whitney Houston

John: “Hearts are wild creatures, that’s why our ribs are cages.”

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