Coffee. Yogurt with granola, and a few clementines.
Banh mi sandwich. Half a cantaloupe. Iced tea.
Mahi mahi with couscous. Roasted brussels sprouts.
Wake up. Make coffee. Turn on NPR’s The Takeaway. Check email. Water plants. Make a handful of phone calls. Head uptown for a meeting.
Meet with (potential) Japanese distributor. Stop off at Printed Matter after the meeting to try and find a little inspiration. Go back to the office and pack up an order of button down shirts for a new wholesale account, Askov Finlayon in Minneapolis. Upload the new film The Planets & Sun of Our Solar System by (the amazing) Chloe Isip to our website. Phone the Mayor’s office with a list of the most updated press clippings from our backpack collaboration benefiting Million Trees NYC. Meet with my watchmaker to discuss the next round of vintage watches that are being refurbished and confirm when they will be ready to sell.
Go for a run along the West Side Highway. Back home to shower and change. Meet friends at the Ear Inn for a beer. Head back home and phone my brother to congratulate him on the premier of his new TV show, BENT.
Three Last Things…
1. What’s up with the book you are reading? It looks like a biography…what is it about?
I’m reading Just Kids, the memoir by Patti Smith. It’s a beautiful story about her friendship with the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The book begins when Smith and Mapplethorpe were young, inseparable, perfectly bohemian and completely unknown living in NYC in the 1960s/1970s. I love that period of NYC, with Max’s Kansas City, Andy Warhol, Hotel Chelsea. It feels like a scrappy, romantic time to be living here with lots of things colliding and exploding — music, art, politics.
2. Your brother is in the new show BENT? Please say he is JB Smoove and we can go on a double date together…
Yeah, JB changed his last name from Singer to Smoove when he moved to L.A… My brother is one of the talented writers on the show. It’s a really funny show, check it out!! (9pm, Wednesdays on NBC).
3. You sell your line of accessories and clothing at Barneys, make products that help the planet, have the Mayor’s number on speed dial…any other world domination goals we should know about?
I strive to create products that connect with people — through the design details, the materials I use and how the piece is made. My goal is to make things that might become someone’s favorite — whether it’s a button down shirt or a canvas bag or a handmade beaded keychain. It’s storytelling through product. My website also features a collection of short films (which you can watch online and are also for sale), a selection of vintage watches (which are also for sale), and a monthly book section that I do in collaboration with Idlewild Books.