Do you have a similar style?
Bita: We do, but there are differences. My style is simple, but it has a bit of an edge. My favorite designers are Dior, Moschino, Zac Posen, and L’Wren Scott. I love Botkier accessories.
Rouzita: I tend to choose more girly, fitted pieces. I’m more likely to pick out feminine brands like Diane von Furstenberg, Cavalli, Alice + Olivia, and Nanette Lepore.
Has it always been that way?
Bita: When we were young, our mother used to dress us identically. It was cute, but I’d always try to change something in my outfit so we could look a little different.
Rouzita: Growing up, we were both experimental about fashion. In high school, we’d sketch our own dresses for prom and our aunt would sew them. I can’t say they were amazing, but at the time we loved them.
Do you shop together?
Rouzita: When we go shopping, we’ll go together. But we don’t like to shop that much—we both prefer to do it all at once and get it out of the way. It’s more out of necessity than a fun day out.
Bita: If we have to get something by a deadline, we’ll go to Saks or Neiman Marcus because they have a large selection. But we prefer boutiques like Urban Chic or Sugar in Georgetown.
What’s your fashion weakness?
Rouzita: Probably handbags. We’re working on our own line of bags that will be out this fall. The designs reflect both of us—a combination of feminine and edgy.
Bita: Right now, Ita-Design focuses on interior design, graphic design, and architecture, but we envision it eventually encompassing fashion, homewares, and fragrance.
Rouzita: A lot of it is born out of necessity. When we go shopping, we can’t always find what we want.
Do you have a standard uniform?
Rouzita: During the day, you’ll usually find us in skinny jeans and simple, flowy tops. We’re both almost always wearing heels. As an architect, I’ll go to construction sites in my heels.
Bita: I did just get a pair of flat sandals with a chain detail from Burberry. Maybe they’ll help me start wearing flats more.
Heels aren’t too hard when you’re on your feet all day?
Bita: There are a lot of people who are about comfort versus fashion. Not us.
Rouzita: We’ve never been sweatsuit types.