Florist Ahna Han


We’re thrilled to introduce our latest Summer arrivals on none other than Brooklyn-based florist
Ahna Han, whose work has been featured in Brides and The Knot. Ahna manages to keep things light and breezy in the midst of running her successful floral business, epitomizing the kind of work-life balance we strive for. On Instagram, she shares behind-the-scenes peeks at her process, from building eco-friendly arrangements to navigating the floral markets.

Scroll through to see Ahna wearing our Summer favorites in her studio, shot by Son Le. You started out as a fashion designer. What drew you to that initial career path?

I went to Parsons School of Design for undergrad. During my time there, I discovered that the tactile aspect of design was the most stimulating for me. I’ve always found it easier to form a positive emotional connection with something I can physically touch, as it can evoke nostalgia, and create it from scratch, rather than working on the computer.Why did you decide to leave fashion and begin your work as a florist? 

What I have to say isn’t true for every brand, but as I progressed in my career, I found the design process to be an elimination journey, leading to a significant amount of wasted resources. I wasn’t working for a brand that had a social mission statement like Lehka, and I inevitably lost the connection between what I was creating, which was for a narrow audience defined by gender and size. This is why I love floral design; flowers make everyone happy!Is there any advice you would give someone who is considering making a big change in their life? 

Never be afraid to ask for help. The people who genuinely want to see you succeed will be there for you in any capacity they can. Change is a long and winding road, and having a support system is essential.

Do you see any crossover between the disciplines? Are there similarities between your design process for, say, a dress versus a floral arrangement?

Yes, absolutely! I believe the fundamentals of line, shape, color, texture and the use of negative space applies to nearly every aspect of design. As a designer, these key principles have always been a guideline to inform my process, irrespective of my artistic medium. Which artists, designers, and/or florists have made the greatest impact on your own style? Who do you admire and why? 

Years ago I stumbled upon the work of Saipua. I personally feel she really pioneered New York City floral design for weddings, changing the way preference from classic, round, and opulent flowers  to wild and nature-inspired. She’s since bought a farm upstate, which is now a haven to artists of all kinds. I’ve only seen it in photos, but I admire that she's created  a place that is ever changing with offerings inspired by her immediate surroundings.Living and working in Brooklyn is a stark contrast to the beautiful, verdant world of floristry. Do you find inspiration in NYC? Do you have to travel to feel connected to this work?

While I love to travel, I don’t need to travel to feel connected to nature. I do find a lot of inspiration in New York City. You don’t need to go far to find nature if you seek it in your immediate surroundings. I love the flowers and foliage in the  streetside planters in spring and summer. It’s full of unique color combinations that have always made me curious if those choices were intentional.

How would you describe your personal style? What is your typical working uniform? 

I am the epitome of Cottage Core. I love anything with a coquettish detail like a flutter, a pleat, a frill, or a bow. Contrary to popular belief, my work as a florist, albeit beautiful,  is quite dirty. At work, I’m typically wearing something comfortable- an elastic waist trouser and a shirt I don’t mind staining. What drew you to the Lekha pieces you’re wearing? 

What I loved about the Lehka pieces is that they are so versatile, while still feeling stylish and feminine. The  Karima blouse is lightweight, easy to move in and effortless. In general, I’m a huge fan of matching sets, like the Hema top and Nalini skirt, it makes dressing up so easy - it’s multiple outfits in one! 

What are you most looking forward to and manifesting in 2024? 

My business has outgrown my current studio space. The obvious answer is to move, but I love my building and the artist community within it, so I’m manifesting an opportunity to move within the building to a larger space. Lastly, a rapid fire round: 

Favorite recent discovery? Salt & Straw, my favorite ice cream shop,  is opening in West Village! 

Favorite spot in New York City? Palma, I love the story behind the restaurant. 

Personal role model or mentor, or a woman you look up to: I’ve been a longtime fan of Lisa of @brass_tacks. There is a lot to learn from witnessing her journey as an editor, florist, and author.

Last book you read or are reading: Crying in Hmart by Michelle Zauner

Something you think is underrated: Instant coffee

Something you can't live without: Icecream

Dream dinner guest: Tom Hanks, who would not want to dine with America’s Dad?

In the mountains or on the water: In the water, although I can’t swim!

Sunrise or sunset: Sunrise, I’m an early bird. 

Shop the Story

Hema Smocked Flutter Top

$65

Nalini Skirt in Olive Stripe

$118

Arti Dress

$125

Bindi Blouse

$90