Photography by Adam Cantor

Ann Dexter-Jones

Designer

| Greenwich Village

How does one introduce a woman who needs no introduction? Charismatic, authentic and magnetic, Ann Dexter-Jones is a legend in her own right— the former wife of musician Mick Jones of Foreigner, she was the inspiration behind the rock band’s mega-hit “I Want to Know What Love Is.” She’s a bonafide renaissance woman— jewelry designer, writer, Reiki guru and mother of five, and there’s no shortage of talent when it comes to the rest of her family either: Mark and Samantha Ronson (of her previous marriage to Laurence Ronson) and Alexander Dexter-Jones are seriously accomplished musicians, while Charlotte Ronson designs for her eponymous fashion label and Annabelle Dexter-Jones models and acts. Of her personal work, Ann’s jewelry is a product of the inspired life she’s led, reflecting both her travels (vibrant stones like lapis, pink opal and sandstone pay homage to worldly landscapes) and her deep-rooted connection to rock n’ roll (think a “Midnight Hour” collection inspired by the famed Wilson Pickett song). Here, she sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: My home. I enjoy entertaining my friends and family at home— always impromptu, family-style home cooking with a little help from the local gourmet places (like Murray’s Cheese Shop (MAP IT, x) or Citarella (MAP IT) for their cooked vegetables and the patisseries) if the numbers surge, ha! My mother always told me, “In wartime, they counted only the dead,” so in life I never count the living.

COFFEE OR TEA: Tea at Tea & Sympathy (MAP ITx). They don’t use tea bags, but have nice, big china teapots— I’m English so that’s important!

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Bar Pitti (MAP IT, x) with my five grown children. It’s relaxed, not too expensive and the food is great. I love the Vitella Tonato and the Viennese schnitzel.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: Tequila on the rocks with a slice of orange and loads of ice. One can last me all night, just keep adding ice.

MUSIC PICK: Rock n’ roll is my kind of music. I love all genres, but rock is what rocks me. I love when my daughter, Samantha Ronson, and my sons, Alexander Dexter-Jones and Mark Ronson, dj as I love their “sets of music” and their tastes in artists— it spoils me. I also like the The Blue Note (MAP IT, x) and Café Carlyle (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) when I’m in the mood for more tempered jazz nights.

BEST BRUNCH: Either two fried eggs and a slice of my new fad, gluten-free bread, toasted or a super brunch at The Lion (*Location now closed) on my block.

WHERE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS: My “New York: for out-of-towners is all of the places I mentioned above, plus Café Carlyle for great cabaret shows. Cubbyhole (MAP IT, x), Boom Boom Room (MAP IT, x) and The NoMad Hotel bar (MAP IT, x) are fun for drinks after midnight.

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: The lobby lounge at The Bowery Hotel (MAP IT, x), the lobby inside The Mercer Hotel (MAP IT, x) and Michael’s Restaurant (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

HEALTHY STAPLE: Chicken soup or a salad at Freds at Barney’s (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

GUILTY PLEASURE: Caviar, anywhere.

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: The energy. It’s so exciting and powerful; it’s invigorating if it doesn’t kill you first!

REGULAR AT: I go to Da Silvano (*Location now closed) often. I also like Le Bilboquet (MAP IT, x) for lunch with my uptown friends or Omar’s (MAP IT, BOOK ITx) early or late night. I love Shakespeare and Co. Booksellers (MAP IT, x) and The Strand (MAP IT, x)— I’ll browse and buy a few hard copies to support the private, smaller stores (which are sadly a dying institution).

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: Anything André Balaz and Mark Thomas Amadei open. Their restaurants and hotels are special— The Mercer Hotel, The Standard (MAP IT, x), Cafeteria (MAP IT, x)…

CLOSET CHECK: My style is rock n’ roll chic. I love to mix anything Charlotte Ronson with J. Crew pieces (their Madison Avenue store has great designer collaborations) and a little Zac Posen or Chanel.

ACCESSORIES PICK: I only wear Ann Dexter-Jones Design jewels for women and secure men.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: Paul Smith has great gifts. I also love to give white orchids. They look beautiful and they purify the air by taking in the carbon dioxide.

GIFTS FOR FRIENDS: I like to give silly, fun things I randomly find— lovely linens from The Bowery Hotel or Olatz Schnabel, and works by Aurel Schmidt, Tracey Emin and Harry Benson.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: My colorist, Brad Johns (x) is great!

FIT PICK: I go to the YMCA (MAP IT) to swim and I just started pilates— my son, Mark gifted me some private lessons as my balance is currently off from vertigo.

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: I once waited 20 minutes for a cab in the rain and as I was getting in, someone pushed me out of the way and hopped in. I was 8 months pregnant! Only in NYC! CP

Ann’s New York

From L to R: First Row: Tequila at The NoMad; Zac Posen handbag; Tea & Sympathy; Pizza at Freds. Second Row: Inside The Bowery Hotel; Bar Pitti pasta; Books at The Strand; Veggie burger from Cafeteria.

Shop

Street Talkerinstagram