Who is your most stylish New Yorker? I think a recluse Garbo was a pretty stylish character in New York. Who else… Max Fish was pretty stylish in a very different way. I think somewhere in between is really the essence of New York—someone who has this unique kind of uptown style that is timeless, and then the ever-changing trend-centric downtown.
What’s your favorite New York museum? I must say I love The Whitney
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Who do you think is the most influential New York designer right now? I think Victoria Bartlett because she always does her own thing. She is never following trends and I feel like a lot of other designers look at the trend reports and follow them exactly, but she always has her own inspiration, her own focus for each collection. Other designers seem to take inspiration from her.
Do you have a secret, off-the-beaten-path shopping spot in New York?Not specifically. I think sometimes you find the best things when you least expect it. Just to go to small little boutiques that have one-of-a-kind pieces. And probably Nolita, I would say, is a great area.
Do you have a favorite date spot that you like to go to? I really enjoy going to Café Gitane. Johannes and I really like going there. So when we’re home we go there for dinner—so every once in a while.
What’s your favorite local hangout spot? The best night spot would have to be the Blind Barber. But if I’m going to go anywhere else, my personal favorite place to go is always the Manhattan Inn for drinks in Greenpoint. And then for dinner right now I’m kind of digging Beauty & Essex. That’s a good spot.
Is there any emerging New York talent that you’re really excited about? That’s difficult because I live in a hole. I live in a bubble. My friend Yara has a line called Nomia that I really loved. I really like this band called Wild Yaks. They’re in Brooklyn and awesome. I think that’s probably it. I live in a bubble. I make jewelry all day and I don’t pay attention to anything so I can’t tell you anything!
Do you have a secret shopping destination in New York? Well I always tell people to go to Beacon’s Closet in Williamsburg because it really is like a massive warehouse. If you can’t find something there, you can’t find something anywhere!
Which New York fashion decade do you think you’re most inspired by? I would say from ’65-’75. Because it’s just such an exciting era in fashion and music—that whole beginning of Studio 54 and The Factory and Edie Sedgwick and Jane Birkin. I just love their fashion. It’s super relaxed and cool, but really unique also.
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