We met a very relaxed and friendly David on the sunny balcony of his shared apartment right next to the Parc des Buttes Chaumont. He served his mother’s homemade apple-pie and the afternoon passed by as we talked about what it means to be a German in Paris, his favourite hangouts in the Haute-Marais and where he goes for a picnic in summer. As the sun settled down and the silhouette of the Sacré-Coeur slowly disappeared in the dark, we totally understood that special charm that drew David to the City of Lights.
Though their design studio is planning a move to Manhattan, fashion designers Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra have spent the last 13 years happily toiling away on their label from their balsam-fir scented Carroll Gardens walk-up apartment. They recently let PAPER in for a tour of their cozy pad. Full of books, bears, inspired renderings of the stylish couple, and plaid — so much plaid, their digs are a perfect reflection of the mens’ “sophisticated lumberjack” look.
There’s no downside to being a Schnabel.
Strolling down Bedford Avenue in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn can often give you a similar anxiety to dressing up for your first day at a new school. Yet just less than a block away from the too-cool-for-school hustle and bustle of the Sunday shoppers and brunching couples, Simon Howell and Jessica Barensfeld have created a nest in which time passes restfully. Here, the sun seems to always shine into a jungle of curiosities and clouds of freshly brewed lemon and apple mint tea.
If you want to understand a little bit about Olatz’s left-field sensibilities, ask her about her hair. She will tell you that Julian used to cut it (“Sometimes it came out nice, sometimes it came out crazy”), and that now she cuts it herself, bypassing expensive hairdressers and simply snipping along her shoulder line. It should be said — in case this is so obvious it seems not to merit a mention — that Olatz is one of the top four and a half most beautiful women on earth, and it’s impossible not to warm to her over the hair detail. Because for all her natural refinement, there is in her a tiny, beguiling dose of the feral child.
Almost as soon as she met him, she gave up her high-end, global, fun-based career (Olatz owned homes in Paris, San Sebastián, Bali and Ibiza) to curate shows for him in Mexico; to influence, inspire and translate.
Saul Williams discusses living in a rustic Paris penthouse, writing in bed and learning to appreciate fine wine.
Nelson George: So, would you ever move back here?
Saul Williams: Dude, I just moved to Paris
Biel adds that her good looks often are a drawback when it comes to casting. ‘It really is a problem,’ she says. ‘I have to be blunt.’
May go fishing this afternoon in Savannah, with Kehinde Wiley! Not confimed. Don’t get excited. He loves to fish and cook. Unexpected Wow!