Gaux Girl - Alyssa Kapito and Vivian Muller2017-03-19
The Gaux Girl - A series on brilliant women we’re privileged to count as friends.
Alyssa Kapito and Vivian Muller embody the idea of the perfect pair. Our featured gaux girls’ knack for design, love of style and penchant for entertaining have resulted in the success of their namesake interior design firm Kapito Muller. Best known for designing modern, elegant and tasteful spaces, which have been featured by the likes of Architectural Digest, Vogue, The New York Times, and more. We couldn’t wait to see Alyssa and Vivian’s talent for aesthetics translate into their respective personal style - as they each styled a pair of our ballerinas for an afternoon on the go.
We met with the busy duo on a brisk, sunny February afternoon at the distinguished Schumacher Showroom on the Upper East Side. After touring the immaculate space we later joined Alyssa and Vivian for a coffee break around the neighborhood followed by a serendipitous visit to the adorable Voltz Clarke Gallery. Weaving through the crowds along Lexington Avenue's iconic Design District we chatted with the lively pair about running a women-led business, what it means to be a girl on the go, and smart design.
Read on to meet Alyssa and Vivian who share a glimpse into their colorful lives along with their sartorial take on both our Pointe in Heather Flannel and Demi flat in Black.
Meet Our Gaux Girls:
Hi! We’re Alyssa Kapito and Vivian Muller, co-founders of Kapito Muller Interiors.
We love that Kapito Muller is a women-led design firm. How did you two initially meet and what is the most fun aspect of running a business alongside one another?
We actually met as interns at our first interior design job, we both worked for Bunny Williams. After that, we always said that if we started a business we would do it together. It’s just so much more fun to have a partner in crime!
How would you say your tastes have evolved since you first launched Kapito Muller and if you were to redesign one another’s spaces what would they look like?
Our personal style is always evolving, and at this point we really appreciate patina. We’re using quite a bit of antique and vintage pieces which we think gives a space a lot more personality. If we were redesigning each other’s spaces they would probably be pretty similar to how they are now! We both really gravitate towards neutrals with clean lines.
At Margaux we champion smart design. What does that mean to you respectively when it comes to both fashion and interior design?
We think smart design has to be functional but in a way that is still gorgeous, which applies to both interiors and fashion
Who are a few gaux girls in your life that inspire you to live, dress and work colorfully?
We love powerful, chic women who also have their own businesses, like Lauren Santo Domingo of Moda Operandi and Vanessa Traina who founded The Line. We love both of these ladies for their personal style and business acumen.
We’re all about providing the perfect pair of shoes for the modern woman. As interior designers and New York women what is your "perfect pair" for life on the go?
We can pretty much run our entire business with a measuring tape and a cell phone.
How does your love for interior design translate into your life off the clock and where can we find you on a cozy winter day in the city when not working with a client or at the office?
Our love for interior design definitely doesn’t shut off when we leave the office. We both love to entertain and host, so making sure our own homes are beautiful is important to us. On a cozy winter day we’d probably be curled up on the sofa either on Pinterest or catching up on our favorite blogs.
What does being "a girl on the go” mean to you and how have ballet flats become an integral part of your life?
A girl on the go is a modern woman who has places to go, and work to be done. She’s smart, ambitious, and always chic.
Gaux and get em ladies!
Photos by Bridget Badore for Margaux