Photography by Trevor Smith

Amanda Hearst and Hassan Pierre

Co-Founders, Maison-de-Mode

| NYC & Miami

If your closet could talk, ever wonder what it would say? Surely, your flatforms could recant a martini-motivated dalliance or two (really, whose couldn’t?) and your worn-in blue jeans may beg once and for all for retirement, but, all jokes aside, wouldn’t it be fascinating to know the story behind every dress, sweater and sandal that make up your wardrobe? Well, Amanda Hearst and Hassan Pierre have convinced us, “yes.” The two met when Hearst, then an Associate Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, stopped by a collection preview for a new eco-conscious, albeit luxe womenswear line, aptly named The Way It Should Be. Who was the man behind the brand? Of course, that’d be then-designer Pierre. Bonding over a shared vision for a future where style is also socially and environmentally-positive, the duo abandoned their respective posts to join forces in Maison-de-Mode, a hybrid retailer for ethical, high-end fashion. And the rest is history— err, should we say, “stories?” Like, female ex-convicts in Lebanon finding rehabilitating work in handcrafting punchy handbags (Sarah’s Bag) or forgotten artisans applying age-old skills to make jewelry in Mexico City for our very own gal pals, Anndra Neen (FYI, fellow CP contribs Ann Dexter-Jones and Tome also sell on the site). Featuring over 40 designers, Maison-de-Mode stocks pieces that are organic, recycled, fair trade, artisanal, cruelty-free and made in the USA— from floral frocks to fine jewelry to handwoven blankets. After officially becoming M-d-M devotees, we asked Pierre, a Miami native, to curate a special guide to the tanned city that never stops for our CP summer series (then, of course, we had to find out what Hearst can’t get enough of in NY, too). Here, they sit down with CITIPHILE to reveal their little black books on Miami and NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: AH: The Butcher’s Daughter (MAP ITx) for avocado toast.
HP: Mandolin (MAP IT, BOOK IT)— it provides all the simple pleasures of Aegean cuisine, which I love. I am a fan of the kefte and maroulosalata salad.

COFFEE OR TEA: HP: I don’t drink coffee or tea; I get my boost of energy from organic juices. Jugo Fresh (MAP IT) is my go-to spot.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: HP: Casa Tua (MAP IT). I always order the tagliolini with crème fraîche and caviar— served warm, it’s the perfect pasta for those balmy Miami nights…

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: AH: Wine. I like Upholstery Store Food and Wine (MAP IT, BOOK IT) for drinks.
HP: A negroni from the bar, Le Sireneuse, at the new Surf Club Four Seasons in Surfside (MAP IT).

WHERE TO STAY: HP: Faena (MAP IT, BOOK IT)— Argentine visionary Alan Faena’s Baz Luhrmann-designed wild, eccentric, luxury enclave is the perfect escape from reality. The beach service is impeccable (there are cabana boys to clean your sunglasses and wash the sand off of your feet). After dinner at one of the hotel’s amazing restaurants (Pao and Los Fuegos), there’s a secret members-only basement club called Saxony which only plays vinyl disco records; it’s a favorite of mine and my other Miami locals like Karolina Kurkova, Dee and Tommy Hilfiger, and Elle McPherson.

LADIES LUNCH: AH: by CHLOE (MAP ITx).

BEST BRUNCH: AH: Snack Taverna (MAP ITBOOK ITx) for a great Greek-American fusion brunch.

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: AH: The Mercer Kitchen (MAP ITBOOK ITx).
HP: Lincoln Road.

HEALTHY STAPLE: AH: The Butcher’s Daughter.
HP: Tocaya Organica (MAP IT). It’s the yummiest and healthiest organic Mexican-inspired restaurant.

GUILTY PLEASURE: HP: Ice cream! The Frieze (MAP IT) is a Miami Beach classic— always has been, always will be.

GO-TO GETAWAY: AH: Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor (MAP ITx).

CLOSET CHECK: AH: My style is clean, minimal, sustainable. I shop our site, Maison-de-Mode!
HP: I like clean, classic, chic. I have a uniform of black tees from Armani, white tees from James Perse, black pants from Prada, white jeans from Ralph Lauren and black boots from Balenciaga— I keep it simple and always monochromatic. I have a busy, hectic work life so I like to simplify my daily routine as much as possible.

BEST GIFTS: HP: Since we launched our site, I’m always buying things we carry for friends like Bib & Sola’s carafe sets, Indego Africa baskets and bowls, and Tina Frey’s handmade resin tabletop accessories— all amazing and unique presents!

BEST HOME DÉCOR: AH: One King’s Lane.
HP: I love 1stDibs. My interior style is quite eclectic— think mid-century modern pieces from Milo Baughman and Cherner mixed with antique furniture that has been passed down from generations. Overall, it’s very sophisticated and French. I got my design aesthetic from my mother; she always knows what she is doing!

TO RELAX AND UNWIND: AH: The spa at The Greenwich Hotel (MAP ITx).
HP: Remède Spa at the St. Regis Bal Harbour (MAP IT).

GROOMING BLACK BOOK: HP: Randy at Remède Spa gives the best deep tissue sports massages. Also, if you’re lucky enough to have him as a friend, Oribe (MAP IT) for the freshest haircut in town.

FIT PICK: AH: I stick to pilates, yoga and barre classes. Pure Barre (MAP ITx) is great and Jivamukti (MAP ITBOOK ITx) has some really phenomenal yoga classes.

ULTIMATE NYC/MIAMI MOMENT: AH: Moving downtown was a pretty major moment for me. I was born and raised in New York and I realize now that I only really knew the Upper East Side. It’s funny how we can stereotype different neighborhoods in Manhattan. I thought downtown was only for going out, but I learned that there are so many charming areas. Now I love wandering the West Village discovering new restaurants and shops.
HP: Hmm, Miami is truly the “magic” city so I have countless experiences that would only ever happen in Miami, but my favorite moment has to be one casual Tuesday night upstairs at Casa Tua for a friend’s birthday dinner. What started off as a relaxed and intimate dinner turned into an all-night salsa fest with Jennifer (Lopez) and Lenny (Kravitz), who was playing the bongos. Only in Miami will you have a rock star playing the bongos for a superstar in a ribbed white tank dancing with complete strangers— those type of things happen here often because it’s all about having the best time you can have. CP

Hassan’s Miami

From L to R: First Row: Faena; St. Regis Bal Harbour; Tacos at Tocaya Organica; Juice from Jugo Fresh. Second Row: Indego Africa pieces available at Maison-de-Mode; Surf Club Four Seasons; Scoops from Frieze; Mediterranean bites at Mandolin.

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