What's your self-isolation set-up at the moment?
My broom cupboard, which is small but perfectly formed.
Now I know how Harry Potter felt.
It's lockdown; aside from your family, which four people, past or present, would you most like to be quarantined with?
- Salvador Dali would be a real laugh to be with under quarantine. He was a skilled artist and draftsman who had no fear of striving for perfection. We're kindred spirits in that way – and he's almost as good looking as me!
- As a former semi-pro football player, rockstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo would also keep me on my toes.
- Gordon Ramsey. As this all turns to shite, I'll never have to go hungry being quarantined with an internationally renowned, multi-Michelin starred chef. Plus, he swears like a banshee, so I'll never get bored.
- Fatima León, Mexico's crown mixologist and former champion at the World Class™ competition (a.k.a the olympics of bartending). Because anyone who knows me, knows my margaritas. She would definitely give me a questioning look as I squeeze a lime into the margarita she just made for me — but that’s how I roll.
We need entertainment, what's your favorite short film?
Brooklyn Breeze is a wonderful homage to the beauty of my hometown Brooklyn.
I Heart NY is also a timely reminder of how great the city is.
You've completed Netflix. And Amazon Prime. And Disney+. It's on the hard stuff; board games. What do you pick and why?
I’ll skip the board game and go straight to knitting.
Because at this point, I've given up on doing the laundry - and my Paul Smith sock drawer is looking bare.
On a serious note, how do you think this situation will impact you individually, and the industry as a whole?
As tough as it has been, I hope this quarantine reminds people that it is relationships that truly make our industry tick.
Whether I’m shaking up a batch of margaritas for happy hour, perfecting a cut, or meeting an insane deadline, my clients and creative peers are the reason I stay late. They deserve the best because they’re friends. I love seeing their faces and already miss the spontaneity of the in-person moments we used to share.
Zoom is often where all of this happens now. It gets the job done fine, but dare I say our sense of style is suffering from remote work?
Needless to say, I miss NYC street fashion already. I imagine the city will be one big runway the first day it opens back up!