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14th Street, Justyna Sroka, Student, Film, Media and Political Science Major for Downtownfrombehind.
Bust out your bike. It’s Spring. And do you best to get an outside table at Gitane Café. If you’re a Nolita local, then maybe Justyna has sat you at Gitane. When she’s not sitting you, she is studying, hard. She is one very focused and refreshingly determined young lady. For now it’s documentary films, her narrative usually involving a twist on social injustice. She will graduate from Hunter College in May 2012 with Beunos Aires a consideration for a tweleve month stint as she is looking to pick up an additional language. She’s had an interest in politics and global economy for as long as she can remember, and when other young girls were dreaming about owning ponys, she had her sight set on Polish presidency. A goal that seems very achievable upon getting to know her, she did after all tour professionally on the European handball circuit for Poland at sixteen, uh hum. Her inspiration cult documentary go to film is Burden of Dreams (by Les Blank, shot during and about the chaotic production of Werner Herzog’s 1982 film Fitzcarraldo, in the jungles of South America), do your homework, its worth it.
RIDGE STREET, Lindsey Kelk, Author and Columnist for Dowtownfrombehind.
Lindsey Kelk is the effervescent author of the I Heart series and The Single Girl’s To -Do List. Imagine Sex in the City meets Bridget Jones with an addiction to make-up, Mulberry bags and a good vintage find. After a trip to New York in 2007 left her longing for more (not to mention broke and depressed), unable to return in the foreseeable future, she decided to write about it instead, and thus the I Heart New York series was conceived. Now with an apartment in New York, new material seems to find her everyday. The fifth book in the I Heart series will be available May 2012, with more in the pipeline. She is also a regular columnist at Marie Claire UK, an opportunity that presented itself off the back of a tour with their team, inspiring young women by sharing her experiences and offering advice on how to get published. She likes martinis, admits it’s clique to finish books about Vegas in Vegas (but isn’t ashamed to have done just that), and confesses that many of her dating experiences do find themselves on the pages of her paperbacks. Gentlemen (if you are out there), beware! DFB.
WASHINGTON PLACE, Yigal Azrouël, Fashion Designer & creative director of Yigal Azrouël for Downtownfrombehind.
Yigal Azrouël has a laid-back beach vibe and warm smile that has you convinced he spends most weekends surfing and bbq’ing with friends year round. The self-taught designer, who still produces around 70% of his collection locally, is known for a refined, cool and wearable aesthetic. Every season feels like a fresh classic, with high-quality fabrics and an attention to detail that has many of his menswear pieces migrating from my boyfriends side of the wardrobe to my own. Last year he launched women’s diffusion line Cut25, positioned at a lower price point than the original women’s wear line, and it has very quickly become a commercial hit (and worth a look). Go behind the scenes with the designer and see what inspires each collection at the brands blog, Inside the Studio. In the meantime I’ll be circling his flagship store doing my best to resist retail temptation. DFB.
COMMERCE STREET, Alex Williams, writer at the New York Times, and Joanna Goddard, writer and creator of A Cup of Jo, with their son, Toby for Downtownfrombehind.
Alex and Joanna have one of those romantic New York stories. She liked his glasses, he liked her toothy grin, they met at the Oscars over a bowl of guacamole. First date and Alex opted for a movie. He spent the entire time wondering if Jo was into him. Jo spent the entire time thinking about making out with him. Fast forward, and they’re the proud parents of Toby Goddard-Williams. Forbes just named Joanna’s blog, A Cup of Jo, one of the top 10 lifestyle websites for women. Nice. Alex is a staff writer for the New York Times Styles section, specializing in trend stories, lifestyle features, and profiles of downtown tastemakers in restaurants, nightlife, fashion, and the media. He has worked for the Times for seven years, and now shows off his team spirit by peddling around town on a three-speed, 1974 Schwinn Speedster—the very model ridden by his octogenarian colleague on the Styles desk, photographer Bill Cunningham. You can catch this duo on weekends in the West Village, and, Alex is most often greeted with “Hey, you’re Alex from Cup of Jo!” despite the fact his work in the Sunday Styles appears in front of some thirty million readers each week. Toby is trying to like stinky cheese at Murray’s, but prefers swinging, bananas, guitars, and skipping baths. DFB.
Josh Lyons, Nova Bleckley, Bradlee Coleman, Kyle Robbins, Kurt Narmore, and Levi Yaokum Prairie are Warriors of Radness. They love surfing, drinking, sunshine, women, and cool beach style that is soulful and authentic. Their clothing line has an underground following, and they seem to be collaborating with all the right people, including both Opening Ceremony and Saturdays here in New York. They’ve also just created an Endless Summer–inspired collection for John’s, their favorite surf store in Japan. Not just brand muses, Levi is a talented singer and songwriter, Kurt created a nonprofit called Hand Me Ups, Bradlee dropped out of high school for three months as stunt double for Jay Adams in the Lords of Dogtown, Kyle plays drums (as Richard Gere when in the Hamptons), Nova sports an infamous ALOHA tattoo (a la Sailor Jerry) on the back of his head, and Josh surfs, very well. DFB shot the guys on Crosby Street the frosty morning after they partied at GQ’s fashion week event, celebrating their label’s nomination for Best New Menswear Designer. They were in relatively good condition all considered. Just one small spill, Bradlee, the semi professional stuntman. More here. DFB.
CEDAR STREET, Roya Kazemi, NYC Mayor’s Office, Director of GreeNYC.
Roya, a lover of big cats who dreams of one day hugging a tiger, is also a downtown junkie. She’s been satiating her raging social habit across lower Manhattan since she was barely a teen, has lived in Battery Park City for more than twelve years and has worked below Houston Street for almost as long. Her career started in the music industry, working at Virgin Records America and later at indie labels. Since then, Roya has found her groove in greener pastures: the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. As Director of GreeNYC, she is now all about motivating New Yorkers to make sustainable lifestyle choices. When not at City Hall or running along the Hudson, you may spot her strolling through town with GreeNYC’s lovable 7-foot mascot, Birdie. Roya says the stares they get are all worth it if even just one New Yorker is inspired to act on Birdie’s messages to help green NYC. Birdie’s not the only furry love in Roya’s life. Her pitbull rescue, Daisy, is a regular winner at the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog parade – and this Jackie O costume explains it all. DFB.
HOUSTON STREET, Colin Brice and Caleb Mulvena, architects and founders of Maposfor Downtownfrombehind.
Colin and Caleb have had somewhat of a professional romance for almost fifteen years. They worked at opposing firms, chasing one another from Aspen to Boston during their careers before finally deciding to tie the knot (so to speak) in New York launching their own studio, Mapos, in 2007. Perched in a modern loft on the Bowery, their office is full of architects, designers, and hard-to-label creatives who provide the multi-disciplinary services for creative concepts, architectural environments and experiential branding. We first stumbled upon their work, the restoration of the former YMCA building on Bowery now green retail store Green Depot at its opening. Green Depot is a great destination for several reasons, for us it’s the retail hit and history fix all in one. The original pool tiles still dress its beams and what was once a pool (you can still see the concrete outline) is now full of green products. The guys are currently working on a full rebranding for skin care and cosmetics national store Fresh. The first of the new look stores was unveiled recently at the Broadway and 18th street location just north of Union Square. Colin and Caleb are fearless bikers, coffee enthusiasts, and occasional models (see J. Crew catalogue circa 2009). They frequent Tom and Jerry’s for cold beer. So do we. DFB.
LISPENARD STREET, Candice Lake, Photographer, Writer and Blogger for Downtownfromhehind.
Her official title is Global Client Relations Manager for the quintessential Parisian fashion house Rue Du Mail. But twice yearly she joins the fashion circuit as a contributing photographer, writer and blogger for Vogue US, UK and Australia (amongst others), sighting trends, snapping models and interviewing key personalities along the way. The best part about this junket?, is of course ending it in Paris - merci beaucoup! There’s a good chance you’ll find her at Cafe Charlot in the Marais district at the end of the night (it’s opposite one of the oldest converted markets in Paris XV1 century, and a perfect place to find champagne and stinky cheese). A bit of a humble style icon herself, think Meryl Streep in Out of Africa meets Helmut Newton, at the end of the day she calls London home where she lives with her architect beau. Her home, she says, is their luxury. DFB.
HORATIO STREET, Amy Azzarito, Managing Editor, design*sponge for Downtownfrombehind.
Amy Azzarito is the managing editor of Design*Sponge. She graduated from the Parsons/Cooper-Hewitt with a masters in the history of decorative arts and design and quite literally hasn’t stopped writing since. She‘s published essays on topics as diverse as the evolution of French cuisine and countercultural architecture. She is currently at work on Past and Present, a book that translates topics of design history into present-day craft projects and is based on her Design*Sponge column. When not researching design history, she practices yoga, skateboards, rides bikes, and tends to her bees, who live on a Brooklyn rooftop, and to her two cats, Loki and Freya, who allow her to live in their Williamsburg apartment. You can find her at Maison Premiere (an oyster bar and cocktail den inspired by hotel lobbies of days gone by) every other afternoon for one-dollar oyster happy hours. Yum. DFB.
BROOME STREET, Colin Tunstall, Josh Rosen and Morgan Collett are Saturdays Surf NYC for Downtownfrombehind.
Hurricane Irene is here. Grab your emergency supplies from Saturdays and hit the coast, surf’s (apparently) up. Saturdays Surf NYC opened its doors on Crosby Street back in August 2009 and has since become a bit of a go-to spot for locals. They also serve one of the better coffees downtown. Baristas brew La Colombe in the front-of-shop espresso bar (thanks Mitch), boards, wetsuits and beachwear make for a decent retail hit through the middle, whilst out back a shaded deck with the odd hammock provides a beach like escape in the middle of Soho. Don’t tell too many people, we like it just the way it is (translation, the hammock has our name on it). Happy to learn that they will soon be expanding with a store in Japan, congrats. DFB
DUANE STREET, Jeremy Schaller, Brand Director at Schaller & Weber for Downtownfrombehind.
Schaller & Weber is the undisputed tri-state king of weisswurst, knackwurst, bockwurst, and plain old weiners. They’re the real deal. The original Schaller & Weber opened in 1937 (the uptown store is still in mint condition), and was one of many wurstmakers lining the avenues of the Upper East Side at the time. Still very much a family business, Jeremy spends his time biking between his many downtown clients, from Tribeca’s suit lined Blaue Gans Restaurant on Duane Street to hot spot Smith & Mills, its entrance through the industrial silver door under the red light on North Moore. So when next sat for a sausage at your favorite downtown venue, think of Jeremy, there’s every chance you’re ordering a Schaller & Weber cut. Jeremy; the only guy you need to call for a sausage, and the only guy you need to invite to your BBQ this summer.
Side note: it takes a little under sixteen minutes to be completely surrounded by undercover police when riding with an oversized cleaver. DFB.
HOWARD STREET, Martha Hunt, Model for Downtownfrombehind.
Discovered at a modeling competition (she was in the crowd), small town North Carolina lass Martha set sail to New York as soon as she finished penning her high school finals. You might recognize her from Hugo Boss or Y-3 campaigns or maybe an editorial spread in one of your favorite fashion magazines from Harpers Bazaar, Elle, Muse or Vogue. Whatever the case, we fell in love with the now New York local, Martha Hunt. When not traveling for work, she opts for a position on the best Chinatown rooftop in the city, her own. She’s inspired by the arts, music, fashion, film, Paris and the sea. Her must have travel item? Her Lieca digital camera. Martha plans on returning to school to become an astronaut. DFB.
Studded Warrior Cut Out Bustier by SENA New York, Models own skirt.
ELIZABETH STREET, Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer, Founders of Roman & Williams for Downtownfrombehind.
Sit with Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer of Roman & Williams for a minute and you feel like you might be meeting an important part of design history. Like meeting Charles and Ray Eames of our generation. If you live in New York or visiting, then you’ve most certainly drank, ate or slept in one of their iconic bars, restaurants or hotels. She grew up in New York, studied here and in Florence, curated art shows through Soho before being handpicked by Martin Scorsese to work as the visual consultant for several of his films, which led to her 15 year career designing films all around the world. He is a gifted designer, artist, painter, etcher and drawer who is devoted to the study of architecture and architectural rendering. He does all of his presentation drawings by hand; The New York Times recently compared his oils and etchings to photographs by Joseph Sudek. The pair met in the 1990’s while working in Hollywood and in 2002 they founded Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors. The secret to living and working together? They go on to finish one another’s sentences “We like the same things, we talk through everything, every little detail. I think its important to be on a similar frequency”. New York City quite literally cannot get enough of happily married Stephen and Robin. We especially thank you for providing the unmistakably Roman & Williams signature Ace Hotel, the lobby an addictive alternative to park a laptop midweek, The Standard Hotel’s Boom Boom room (best on sunset when you can enjoy the view in peace) feels like a decadent warm hug and not forgetting new favorite, The Dutch in SoHo.
EAST 11TH STREET, Jeremy Filgate, Creative Director Publicis and Angela Ong, TV Producer Grey for Downtownfrombehind.
Jeremy Filgate and Angela Ong. Husband and Wife. West Villagers. Bike Enthusiasts. Ad Geeks. Can’t keep their hands off one another. When Jeremy isn’t riding around grabbing a fist full of his wife’s booty, you can find him at Publicis. Jeremy has worked all over the world including Sydney, Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai and now NYC. He’s addicted to eBay and is a constant collector of bikes, shoes, art, vintage sunglasses and furniture. When Angela isn’t having her booty grabbed by her husband, she’s playing TV Producer at Grey. She loves riding her bike, despite being hit by a car three years ago. Ouch. Angela is from Singapore where the two originally met. Creative Director meets sassy Producer, fall in love and conquer the world together. They make quite the terrific twosome. They’re always out riding their bikes so if you see them on the mean streets of NYC, sayg’day or, ni hao ma! DFB.
VESTRY STREET, Nabil Ayers, Head of 4AD Records NY for Downtownfrombehind.
NYC native and longtime Seattle transplant Nabil Ayers returned to New York in 2008. He spent years playing drums in bands while simultaneously opening Seattle indie superstore Sonic Boom Records and running his own record label, The Control Group. He now heads the US office of the stalwart UK label 4AD and works with bands like The National, Blonde Redhead, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow and St Vincent. If not at a show, Nabil can be found at The Ear Inn or Cody’s most evenings. Shot on a wet summer’s morning, Vestry Street was a place where Nabil spent most afternoons learning how to ride his bike as a kid, at a time when TriBeCa’s streets and it’s inhabitants were very different to the loft dwellers of today. DFB.
CANAL STREET, Monica Nelson, Graphic Designer / Art Director for Downtownfrombehind.
Monica has already had somewhat of an enviable career run. Directly out of Pratt Institute Brooklyn, she landed her first job at Urban Outfitters as a Graphic Designer working on their catalogs and a handful of one-shot special editions collaborating with some of her favorite photographers including Stephen Shore, Alec Soth, Harmony Korine and Martin Parr. Some eighteen months later, (and just when she thought she could set up home in NYC), she’s all packed up and on her way to the west coast. She starts at Wieden + Kennedy this summer as an Art Director. And somewhere in between packing her apartment in Philly (where Urban’s headquarters reside) and moving her life to Portland Oregan, she is art directing a new contemporary gardening publication, Wilder Quarterly. Launching September 2011, this pumped up book is packed with lifestyle photography, ‘gardening porn’, and editorial content featuring interesting and innovative ideas across the horticultural continuum. And, no denying the movement, gardening is cool. DFB.
EAST BROADWAY, Naveen Selvadurai, Founder of foursquare for Downtownfrombehind.
Naveen Selvadurai (with Dennis Crowley) created foursquare in their East Village apartment back in 2009. By 2010 it had more than 10 million users. A typical day at foursquare is around 3 million check-ins (Saturday being the busiest day of the week), with about 600 million checkins overall. Busy.
Naveen, New York, NY. Days Out - 963. Check Ins - 3,589. Things Done - 928.
Fabio Novembre, Architect, Designer, “Amateur”. (Fabio) ‘I don’t consider myself a professional, I consider myself an amateur. “Amateur,” in Italian, is dilettante, which means diletto. “Diletto” means having fun.’ Photographed leaving his Milan studio for downtownfrombehind.
More images from Salone Del Mobile via Grazia.it DFB.
WAVERLY PLACE, Brooke Coffey, Fashion Photographer and First Assistant for Downtownfrombehind.
Tanned all year round, Brooke Coffey (tries) to live in New York, but really the best place to catch her is LAX or JFK en-route to The Caribbean, most frequenting Turks & Caicos, St. Barts and sometimes Anguilla. She was spotted in the Tuileries Paris last week, then two days later popped up in Berlin. I think she is in New Orleans today? She’s a Photographer and First Assistant to fashion photographer Greg Kadel. You can see Greg’s (and her) work in the pages of Numero, Vogue or LOVE magazine most months. She likes cats, see her pet cheetah. Best travel tips - Xanax and Bose. Best hideout when back in NY - the satellite garden on her roof. Best coffee - Saturdays NYC on Crosby Street. DFB.
PIERO LISSONI photographed in Milan, March 2010 for downtownfrombehind.
This week ICFF kicked off in New York. It’s difficult not to trip on an installation or find yourself in locations like the (formally) Great Jones Lumber Corporation Factory turned designer pop up store come mixed studio showroom come American Design Club(house) with help yourself iced Asahi filling the limited prime floor space remaining. And unless you are in the industry, there’s a good chance the anonymous face you’re lining up alongside for your pretzel this afternoon is a famous architect or designer, like Piero Lissoni, who may (at least for the mere mortals not in the industry) go unnoticed.
I caught up with the very charming Piero in Milan recently. His studio is an enviable dream space for most I’m sure, large glass curtains opening rooms through to gardens’ of green vines and a feeling of ‘home’ encouraging one to sit, read, eat and work for an infinite amount of time amongst its crisp white walls. A nice spot for his 70+ staff of architects, designers and graphic designers each creating solutions for clients including Alessi, Boffi, Cappellini, Cassina, Fritz Hansen, Kartell, Knoll International, Flos/Antares, Lema, Living Divani, Porro and Wella. Did I miss something? The firm has also built boats, hotels and flagship stores for mixed clients and not forgetting a tower for Ferrari.
Piero is riding a bike he designed, shot last month in Milan for downtownfrombehind an exclusive for Grazia.it Enjoy design week NYC. DFB.
BARROW STREET, Husband and Wife wonderfriends Benjamin Palmer and Elizabeth Valleau for Downtownfrombehind.
Husband and Wife wonderfriends Benjamin Palmer and Elizabeth Valleau have pretty busy days. He: CEO of the incendiary digital agency The Barbarian Group, with massive clients like GE, Samsung, Red Bull and Google. She: Creative Director of Live Events, a division at digital agency RGA, where she rubs shoulders with clients including Nike, Verizon, Mastercard, Walmart and L’Oreal. Benjamin also likes art, he’s on the board of directors for The Kitchen and The Art Directors Club. Elizabeth also likes fashion, she writes about men’s fashion and style for Esquire, as well as her own popular blog New Elizabethan. (good blog for boys, and for girls looking for their boys). They also both like food. With wizard chef Sam Mason (WD-50, Tailor) they created The Empire Mayonnaise Company, a small batch, artisanal sexy-delicious flavored mayonnaise. Get your lips on flavors like Black Garlic Mayo or Emu Egg Mayo at the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg (for now), global domination, Mayonation, if you will, is near. Oh, and did we mention how much they like each other?, as manifested by the fancy ‘His & Hers” Pashley bicycles. Orww. DFB.
CHARLES STREET, Stella Rankin, Event Specialist, Pinch Food Design for Downtownfrombehind.
Stella Rankin; Shakespeare major, moderate obsessive compulsive with a wine menu and championing a movement in green catering across the city. In a little under three years, Stella Rankin has passionately curated her career in events and catering. Last month she partnered with top-tier NYC culinary veteran Chef Bob Spiegel and Food Designer TJ Girard. Together they launched Pinch Food Design, an event catering group that delivers a bold new brand in catering. They believe in complete food integration and design, food as delicious as it is daring, and design as inviting as it is innovative. (And I tend to agree.) Always optimistic, bold and a pinch of crazy; Stella Rankin. DFB.
JANE STREET, Justin Kalifowitz, President, Downtown Music Publishing and Shayna Kulik, Founder & Editor of Pattern Pulp for Downtownfrombehind.
Shayna Kulik, a New York transplant (by-way-of Providence, RI) began her career as a shoe designer before launching Pattern Pulp, a leading authority on emerging trends in print and pattern design. Consulting for brands including Google, Heineken, Kiehls and Virgin, Shayna brings her unique perspective on all things repetitive and awesome. Justin Kalifowitz, a native New Yorker (who I’ve been told was making decent pocket money at age 11 by selling U2 posters on EBay long before you and I knew it existed) is the President of Downtown Music Publishing. The soho-based firm manages the song copyrights of a diverse group of artists including Mos Def, Motley Crue, Carla Bruni and Santigold.
This downtown couple merges their love of music and design by spending a good portion of the year traveling abroad. When not living out of a suitcase, they call Manhattan’s West Village home. DFB caught up with Shayna and Justin as they dusted off their bikes on the first day of spring and took a spin down cobblestoned Jane Street. DFB.
GRAND STREET, Ted Royer, Partner and Executive Creative Director at Droga5 New York for Downtownfrombehind.
Ted Royer is a partner and Executive Creative Director at Droga5, the ad agency responsible for work like Puma Social, The Tap Project, The Great Schlep for Barack Obama, and Jay-Z’s book launch for DECODED. DFB shot Ted and Mika, a dog he rescued from a pitbull fighting ring, on icy Grand Street. Even though they are freezing, they are both really, really happy they found each other. Farenheit 26, Celcius -3. DFB.
PS. Ted graduated from the Portfolio Center in 1995. He won more The One Show Pencils than anyone in history in his first year as an art director at Leonard/Monahan. While at Saatchi Singapore, he was ranked the number eight, and then the number four creative in Asia by Campaign Brief. Saatchi was voted the Ad Age International Agency of the Year in the same period. While regional Creative Director in Latin America, he became the youngest person ever to be on the Ogilvy & Mather Creative Council. At Wieden+Kennedy, his SportsCenter advertisements became part of a class taught at Harvard about successful business relationships, the example being Wieden and ESPN’s fruitful ten year partnership. He’s very proud that his adverts were being shown at Harvard, a school he would never have been able to attend. Ted was on the Worldwide Creative Council while he worked for Publicis. He ran the Sydney office for a year and then went to New York to make adverts for Heineken. Since starting at Droga5, the agency was named Creativity’s Agency of the Year. Ted helped win Puma, Method, Activision, Rhapsody, Coca-Cola, New Museum and Net10 accounts for the company. Among his nearly 100 international awards are 22 Cannes Lions (including three Titanium Lions), 24 The One Show Pencils, two D&AD Gold Pencils and many (many) others. He’s also currently finishing a book about the advertising industry, because the world really needs another one of those.
VARICK STREET, Panelfly kids, revolutionizing mobile comics for Downtownfrombehind.
Nerds are cool. Especially the comic book kind. Meet Panelfly. They just put Spider-Man, X-Men, Ironmen and Hellboy comics (amongst others) on your iPhone. What began its life in the founders’ apartments, now resides downtown in its Varick Street headquarters where you can watch the guys code, script and crack. Werewolf hand (Stephen Lynch, Chief Technology Officer), Thundercats Gauntlet (Brett Dovman CFO), Skull Mask (Wade Slitkin, CEO). Download the app and read more at www.panelfly.com DFB.
CENTER STREET, Allison Beale, Fashion Publicist, Writer & Founder of George Public Relations, in the snow for downtownfrombehind.
Originally haling from the south, this now New York based fashion publicist, self confessed music lover, yoga hunting force of nature made this snow shoot on busy Centre street look effortless earlier in January. Now that’s the kind of person you want representing your brand no?! DFB likes her work, and her hair. DFB.
CLINTON STREET, Jamie Massam, ACD/Art Director for Downtownfrombehind.
After long stints in London and Sydney, Jamie, like the rest of adland, eventually and not reluctantly made New York home several years ago. Most days a week we call him an ACD and Art Director. One night a week young girls call him ’Professor’ at Pratt University in Manhattan where he teaches a senior portfolio class. That t-shirt hanging out the back of his jeans is from his clothing label called Mahooda (we’d like one). Jamie is the only person to do a front wheel stand in a DFB shot, that and be hit by a light commercial truck on his way to our shoot. DFB encourages helmets and safe riding, really we do. Fashion is a close second. DFB.
CHURCH STREET, Kiel Mead, Designer (industrial, jewelry, furniture and things) for Downtownfrombehind.
Kiel started chipping into the New York design scene with a collection of jewelry cast from mundane objects. (You’re probably wearing one of his 'forget me not' rings now ladies). After getting a decent amount of press and a noteworthy following, Kiel decided something must be done to give up and coming designers a chance to shine, thus the American Design Club was born. With a small group of founding members the AmDC has given designers the opportunity to exhibit work and broadcast themselves to the community. Kiel continues to encourage the creative elite by thinking of new and exciting ways to showcase innovative objects. He maintains a studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Check out his stuff. Bravo. Shot on Church Street. Out-take shot on Varick Street.
"Do you think people will be like… ‘look at that fuck’n hipster wearing green pants and red socks?’…"
"Probably, hilarious. I should comment under my posting… ‘stupid hipster, I bet he has a moustache as well’…"
GREENE STREET, Jeanie Syfu, Hair Stylist for Downtownfrombehind.
Chances are Jeanie looks familiar. She’s the national Spokeswomen for TREsemme, plays herself in Dirty Little Secret (a graphic online web series following six of NYC’s most connected women around the Big Apple, check elle.com), appeared on Project Runway and recently secured the lead stylist position on new Bravo program, The Fashion Show; Ultimate Collection. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Allure, Glamour, InStyle and Rolling Stone (amongst others) and has collaborated with leading creative visionaries, from Annie Leibovitz, Fernando Milani and Sarah Silver to fashion designers Donna Karan, Narciso Rodriguez and Girogio Armani. A (modest) stylist to the stars, Jeanie has without doubt styled more downtown kids than there is enough space to credit her for(!) DFB.
KING STREET, Matthew Mahoney, Founder & CEO of Daily Endeavor (and lifelong entrepenour) for Downtownfrombehind.
Matt is one of those people on a mission. With his most recent company,Daily Endeavor, he’s on a mission to help 100MM people find their next job. A lifelong entrepreneur, Matt has now created essentially a “wikipedia for jobs” - a job guide written by actual practitioners (that’s all of you). When he isn’t on a mission to reinvent education or inspiring an audience at TEDx, you can find Matt downtown where he has lived for more than ten years. DFB shot Matt on one of his favorite downtown streets, King Street. DFB.
WHITEHALL STREET, Laura Neilson, Journalist for Downtownfrombehind.
Laura has covered everything and everyone from $10 weekends in the city to Yoko Ono. She grew up riding bikes through the orchards of her family’s upstate New York property (where, yes, she also rode horses). She currently writes for NBC’s fashion and style site. And she is very good at what she does! DFB.
GREENWICH STREET, Mark Fielding, Brand and Communication Strategist for Downtownfrombehind.
Mark is one of those advertising people. He has traveled all over the world contributing to marketing and communication strategies for brands from Apple to Absolut, Lexus to Budweiser. We met Mark moonlighting at the new Ikon office in New York, the southern hemisphere communications agency with more awards than you can count. DFB.
HENRY STREET, Chad Phillips, Kidrobot design maven, iPhone app developer, art show producer and retail consultant (among other things) on a Vintage 3 Speed 1973 Triumph from Landmark Bicyclesfor Downtownfrombehind.
After spending the last few years creating magic for Kidrobot, Chad recently started creating iPhone apps, producing art shows and retail consulting, among other things. BadCamera is his first app, it mimics all the weird stuff analog cameras do in a cute devious package; check out Light Leak, 90’s Borders, Emulsion Leak and Damaged Expired Film (used on our out-take). DFB met Chad at one of his other endeavors, the New York Creative Social Concern Ltd. (most definitely worth getting on the mailing list), a nomadic monthly gathering of creatives from various disciplines he does with Joe Doucet. More from Chad www.chadphillipsnyc.com DFB.
STANTON STREET, Sena Yang, Fashion Designer (wearing SENA) and Coffee Connoisseur on a Vintage Schwinnfor Downtownfrombehind.
Seattle native Sena Yang launched her eponymous line SENA in the Fall of 2009. We love that this young brand has already gained great support in the press and a cult following amongst its buyers. Even more wonderful to note is the fact that 100% of the collection is developed and produced right here in the Heart of the Garment District New York City. Sexy. DFB.
PRINCE STREET, Andrew Carmellini, Chef, Restaurateur, Moonlight Recording Artist and American Traveler for Downtownfrombehind.
Some time mid 2009 Andrew Carmellini, aka AC, signed the lease on 131 Sullivan Street at the corner of Prince. “I’ve been totally obsessed with this corner for a long time,” he says. ”When I caught wind that the old Cub Room was available I was all over it.” AC and his partners (finally) re-opened the space as The Dutch in April 2010 - an American cafe and all-around solid place to be whenever it pleases you. “We really liked the sound of The Dutch - its a bit old school, a little bit Damon Runyoneque … Also, its not the name of a type of apple, local radish or rare squash.”
DFB first met AC at one of his other NY hot spots, Locanda Verde. Nestled in Robert Di Niro’s luxury Tribeca digs, The Greenwich Hotel, five delicious appetizers and equally as many complimentary wines later, it was clear AC means business. We’re so happy there’s a new spot on Prince Street for great atmosphere and food. Check out The Dutch. DFB.
AVENUE C, Lindsay Sanwald is Idgy Dean for Downtownfrombehind.
Sassy and electric Lindsay Sanwald is Idgy Dean. Her solo music project (reminiscent of artists like Juanna Molina and Animal Collective) turns out haunted rhythm-driven songs, recorded and produced alone at home, and then looped live on stage. Fall in love with Bang Bang Sun and check to see what venue she might be playing at next. DFB.
CHARLES LANE, Christopher Roberts, Creative Director VICE MUSIC / The Creators Project and Jennifer Waiser, Actress, Singer (and lover of comedy, fashion and poutine) for Downtownfrombehind.
Meet Chris and Jen. Cruising the cobblestones close to their new digs in the West Village. A big thanks to Chris who (if you were lucky enough to make it through the tightly held gates at Milk Studios recently) is responsible for The Creators Project. The project brings together some 80+ of the world’s most exciting innovators in music, art, film, design and architecture. A pretty impressive line up all round and a great event in New York. Nice job. Next stop Beijing. DFB.
LAIGHT STREET, Cory Margolis of Mantiques Modern (holding a mid century gun trade sign as a prop) and below with his son Mason for Downtownfrombehind.
Objects, Art, Furniture, Things. Clear your diary, you’ll need at least the afternoon to explore Mantiques Modern 4000 sq ft show room come gallery space. Its incredible. Corey is holding a mid 20th Century Gun Trade Sign as a prop for Downtownfrombehind shoot. Corey’s favorite thing in store right now is a beautiful surreal bronze of an eye and teardrop. Mason’s favorite thing in store right now is a mid century hand made wooden transporter truck. The most unusual thing at Mantiques Modern could be the elephant skull or limited edition lichtenstein pyramid. DFB likes the rat painting, the Arthur Court polished aluminum horse head ice bucket and the rare Hermes cigar box. Mantiques Modern is at 146 West 22nd Street (between 6th & 7th). Thanks Corey, Mason and Cole. DFB.