How Vintage Maven and DJ Alix Brown Does Downtown New York
April 29, 2016 - fall Denim
Brown now relates her imagination to gigs like merchandising What Goes Around Comes Around, personification troubadour to both determined and on-the-rise designers, gracing a pages of Nylon and Harper’s Bazaar, DJing weekly parties during a Soho Grand, and formulating conform eventuality playlists for a likes of Pamela Love and Helmut Lang.
In box we haven’t figured it out by now, seeking out cold spots to while divided a weekend comes second inlet to her. We wandered a streets of downtown New York with Alix looking for a new permanent fixtures.
SMILE TO GO: 22 HOWARD STREET
We’ve got a lot of selling to do, so Alix suggests we start a day with a dish that feels as decadent as brunch, yet that we can eat on a run. We’re generally vehement about this awaiting when we comprehend she’s taking us to Smile to Go, a mark that stands out in a area of stylish spots for being so, well….chic.
Its intrinsic trendiness is effortless, yet a categorical captivate is apparently a easy-to-grab dishes — even a indulgent pastries feel like a healthier chronicle of themselves, interjection to simple-yet-elevated ingredients. “[Smile to Go] is right subsequent to my apartment,” Alix says, creation us severely jealous. “The people that work [here] are unequivocally sweet, and they have a best coffee and cookies.”
To prep for a day, we sequence some of that tasty coffee and tasty house-made granola with berries and steel-cut oatmeal with coconut divert and currants. Then it’s cookie and fritter time: Olive oil cake, an orange cinnamon bun, a peanut butter and preserve cookie, and a cookie with chocolate, cherries, and almonds.
WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND: 351 WEST BROADWAY
For a initial selling stop, a beam has an consultant vantage point. “I used to work for WGACA doing their buying, merchandising, and window displays. It’s a pleasing store with an extraordinary repository in a basement.”
Therein lies a reason why What Goes Around Comes Around is one of a many name-checked favorites in both a conform and party industries. There’s something for both a It Girl and a conform fan on a (relative) bill here, that can usually be chalked adult to the buyers’ magical powers for tracking down both singular oppulance engineer pieces and ideally worn-in unison tees.
We hunger for the insane Chanel bag collection and overwhelming Hermès valuables before diving into a some-more permitted denim preference with a coolest fits and washes from Levi’s, no matter your character or size. There’s no forgive for walking out a doorway yet a span of 501’s you’ve been acid for.
CLIC: 255 CENTRE STREET
Alix afterwards leads a approach to a place to make your unit — blemish that, your whole life — so many prettier. Clic is a gallery with an eye for uninformed talent that displays work from exciting photographers. You can buy their prints, as good as a preference of home goods, furniture, jewelry, accessories, and books. Basically, it’s easy to remove hours here picturing how a printed sham or chuck competence demeanour on your cot or flipping by a overwhelming conform book.
“[They also have a emporium in East Hampton and Saint Barth,” Alix points out, moving some wanderlust. “[I] love the hulk Maripol blown-up polaroids they have unresolved on a walls.” Another reward about Clic is a far-reaching operation of cost points, definition we can finish your intriguing crop with an lenience as impracticable as a imitation we now can’t suppose your wall yet or as trusting as a straw shawl for entrance beach weekends.
RITUAL VINTAGE: 377 BROOME STREET
One selected stop for someone like Alix Brown wouldn’t be enough. Wanting to see some-more of her shopping talents, she takes a debate over to Ritual Vintage. She describes it as “affordable selected in a area with something from each era…The owner, Stacy, has good ambience and an extraordinary curated collection. If you’re looking for a square we will never see anywhere else, go here.”
These aren’t pieces we only occur on in your standard selected store. We can’t consider of a character celebrity that wouldn’t tumble in adore with something here. Like to dress pointy and mod? How about a geometric-print dress from Yves Saint Laurent circa a 1980s? Love ladylike glamour? Try a sensuous velvet trip dress from a ‘20s. Artsy with a goth twist? You can have your pick from a array of LBDs with distinguished details. Casual to formal, wallet-friendly to splurge, Ritual is a place to find That Perfect Something while still not feeling impressed by choice.
CAFÉ GITANE: 242 MOTT STREET
A tasty dish that comes with a side of people-watching is a subsequent stop. Café Gitane is a pleasing grill full of pleasing people serving beautiful food, yet even yet it’s decidedly abounding in cold factor, a vibe is welcoming and chill for a idle afternoon meal. Its side travel plcae creates it feel like a little European remit in this bustling neighborhood, and a food is only as transporting.
“[They serve] tasty French-Moroccan food,” Alix says. “I adore a olives with oranges and a couscous.” In other words, there’s some-more to a menu here than a insanely Instagrammed avocado toast (although, that is irresistibly delicious). We supplement to Alix’s addictive olives sequence a heart-of-palm salad with avocado, oranges, chili flakes and chicken, and sharp organic meatballs with boiled egg and cucumber yogurt.
LITTLE CUPCAKE BAKESHOP: 30 PRINCE STREET
Nolita’s Little Cupcake Bakeshop happens to be on a way, and we figure a little dessert never harm anyone. “You can watch them make a cupcakes,” Alix says. “And I’m not a gluten-free kind of person, yet their gluten-free rice pudding is amazing.”
We step inside a bustling oasis of candy to locate a cupcake-making in movement and try a guide’s recommendation, that is, in fact, a dream. The group during this instant-classic New York mark gets resourceful with flavors yet sacrificing tolerable prolongation and locally sourced ingredients — a explanation is in a pudding, both rice and banana. We also yield ourselves to blue velvet and German chocolate cupcakes, and make a note to lapse for a pistachio icebox cake.
THE SOHO GRAND: 310 WEST BROADWAY
With both stomachs and selling bags filled, Alix knows only a place to finish a day on a relaxing yet decidedly cold note, interjection to her residency during The Soho Grand. “I make a playlists for Grandlife Hotels, so we spend many of my days here listening to song and my nights DJing,” she says. “The loll has a great, chill vibe and is poetic to have a good dish or drinks with friends.”
The hotel’s loll is indeed one of a prettiest, many facilely superb spots to sip a cocktail in New York, and a regulars yield that certain downtown buzz. We recline in a salon like film stars on holiday and check out a Grand Bar Lounge for a stylish environment and worldly stage — a ideal tighten to a weekend.