Photography by Mike Webb

Indre Rockefeller

US President, Delpozo

| Greenwich Village

It’s hard to meet Indre Rockefeller and not be immediately smitten. Graceful and elegant, and yet genuinely down-to-earth, she’s a former ballerina-turned-femme-fashion-girl with a Princeton degree and an infectious smile (in fact, she’s so prone to smiling that she actively had to try not to while on set). Her enviable resumé reads like somewhat of a Devil Wears Prada dream— think assistant to Vogue’s Anna Wintour and one of the founding members of runway e-tailer, Moda Operandi, but it’s her current post as US President of Delpozo that truly suits her. Re-launched under the creative direction of Josep Font, the Spanish fashion house designs real world couture for the woman who appreciates girlish fantasy as much as she does urban modernity… sounds like a certain Rockefeller we know. Here, Indre sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: The spring pea guacamole at ABC Cocina (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) keeps me coming back again and again; I will often book lunch meetings there to get my fix.

COFFEE OR TEA: I’m a tea drinker. Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon in Gramercy (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) is about as charming as it gets for Victorian-inspired tea and scones. When on the go, I love Irving Farm Coffee Roasters (MAP IT, x).

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Blue Hill at Stone Barns (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). It’s absolutely worth the one-hour pilgrimage to Westchester to feast on the locally-sourced tasting menu and watch the sun set over the beautiful farmland.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A French 75 or a scotch on the rocks (a recent addition to my repertoire courtesy of my husband). My neighborhood go-to is the bar at Harding’s (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x), but the most impressive cocktail setup in the city is at ZZ’s Clam Bar (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

LADIES’ LUNCH: I get the opportunity to have work lunches with a lot of inspiring women in the fashion industry. My favorite place to get some work done over lunch with these ladies is Claudette (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

BEST BRUNCH: Maialino (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) for the soft scrambled eggs and pecorino pasta.

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: The New York subway.

HEALTHY STAPLE: Dig Inn (MAP IT, x) for grilled chicken and half an avocado with sea salt.

GUILTY PLEASURE: A grilled cheese from Melt Shop (MAP IT, x).

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: The bar at Eleven Madison Park (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). It’s perfectly tucked away in the corner of the restaurant’s beautiful Art Deco space and it serves fantastic cocktails.

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: The 24-hour delivery services.

DELIVERY GO-TO: My dream delivery is having Postmates bring me sushi from Blue Ribbon (MAP IT, x).

CLOSET CHECK: I would describe my style as mood-dependent, but there are a lot of whimsical and feminine pieces in my closet. I am drawn to designers, like Delpozo’s Josep Font, who have a fresh perspective and a sense of independence.

ACCESSORIES PICK: I take a very curated approach to bags and shoes. I have a few styles I wear over and over and then a selection of statement pieces that I save for special occasions. For jewelry, I love visiting Pilgrim New York on the Lower East Side (MAP IT, x) for a beautiful assortment of vintage costume jewelry. If you ever need one-of-a-kind cowboy boots (which I did a few months ago), Space Cowboy Boots in Nolita (MAP IT, x) is just a great experience.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: John Derian (MAP IT, x) and ABC Carpet & Home (MAP IT, x).

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: Tracie Martyn Salon (MAP IT, x) for facials.  It’s such a relief to be able to walk out of a facial looking better than when you came in— I have disavowed facials that require a 3-day hibernation period!

FIT PICK: Ballet Beautiful (x) with Mary-Helen Bowers. I was a professional ballet dancer before I began my career in fashion so the language is intuitive. She also offers classes online so it’s hard to find an excuse not to keep up.

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: I love the quiet that comes over New York City right after a snowstorm— that mixed with the total resilience of New Yorkers who don’t let anything slow them down is quintessential NY. CP

Indre’s New York

From L to R: First Row: Delpozo; Grilled cheese from Melt Shop; ABC Cocina’s guacamole; Pecorino scrambled eggs at Maialino. Second Row: Inside Lady Mendl’s; John Derian décor; Seasonal plate at Blue Hill Stone Barns; Inside Harding’s.

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