A Fashionable Q&A With… Designer Dee Ocleppo

In NewsWhistle’s newest weekly question-and-answer series, Clara Morgan speaks with some of the world’s top influencers and finds out more about their life and career.


This week, Clara talks with creative handbag designer, globetrotter, philanthropist and mother, Dee Hilfiger, who also happens to be the wife of one of fashion’s leading men, Tommy Hilfiger.

In 2012, Dee (shown above) combined her unique personal style with her husband’s innate business sensibility and together they launched the Dee Ocleppo brand.

Along with her creativity and international aesthetic, Dee brings an inherent understanding of versatile luxury and how it translates to every part of every woman’s life.

Her stunning handbags, which are all made in Italy, have classic silhouettes with an array of interchangeable covers that seamlessly take them from day to night, and season to season.  See her collection here: www.deeocleppo.com/

Our Fashion Q&A with Dee is below:

1. What is your favorite handbag?

My favorite bag right now is my fur Portofino bag… The same one Beyonce was seen sporting!


2. If you could meet anyone in the world, who do you want to meet? And why?

It would probably like to meet Cleopatra. She seemed to have it all figured out…A female powerhouse at a difficult time that was run mostly by men.

3. Who influences your style?

I love classic style, but with a modern, sexy style.  Think Grace Kelly mixed with Lauren Hutton!

4. If you were not a designer, what would you want to be?

If I wasn’t a designer, I would want to be a ballerina.



5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself looking and feeling 10 years younger!

6. Best dining experience you’ve ever had?

Noma restaurant in Denmark was definitely a remarkable dining experience!!

7. Proudest career moment?

Right now, as I am about to open up my first store in Galleries Lafayette.


8. Favorite vacation spot and hotel?

The Maldives at the Sonova Gili Lankanfushi Hotel

9. Three items that can always be found in your handbag?

Purell hand sanitizer, mints and a mini bottle of tabasco

10. What song can you listen to on repeat?

Jay Z … Can I get a….



Dee Ocleppo photographed by Richard Phipps; All Images Courtesy of Dee Ocleppo