Bedside Manners with Alison Chemla


Interview by Victoria Lewis

Alison Chemla, Founder and Designer Alison Lou, on foregoing work/life balance and the comforts of falling asleep to New York City sounds. 

What’s your bedtime routine?

I wash my face (it’s a whole 5 step process), take all my clothes off next to my bed, and try to watch an upbeat show for five minutes until I pass out. 

What’s the best night of sleep you’ve ever gotten?

My sophomore year in college my best friend Annabelle and I slept in her mom’s bed one night. I was asleep until 2 pm the next day, I’ve been trying to recreate that sleep ever since. 

What’s the worst night of sleep you’ve ever gotten?

On planes, every time…

What time do you go to sleep?

Weeknights between 10:45-12. Weekends are confusing. 

What time do you wake up?

7 if I’m working out 8 if I’m not. 

What puts you to sleep right away?


What keeps you awake at night?

Sugar and/or stress.

What’s on your bedside table?

All my jewelry and my home phone. 

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

Get dressed and go home…jk! 

Do you wear your jewelry to bed?

Everything but my rings. 

As an entrepreneur and designer, how do you make sure you get enough sleep?

As corny as it is, I love my job so much that sleep hasn’t been a priority because everyday is exciting for me. 

What’s your favorite piece you’ve ever designed?

Do I ask you who your favorite child is?


Bed: My parent’s bed! 

Midnight Snack: A rainbow sprinkle cookie from Space Market

Sound to fall asleep to: Garbage trucks, honking horns, skateboards.

Sleepwear: Naked, but Hill House or Morgan Lane if clothes are necessary!  

Bedtime Reading: Confessions of a Video Vixen