Charlotte Ronson

Designer

| NoHo

Bohemian and perpetually cool, the Charlotte Ronson girl is feminine, but edgy; cosmopolitan, but free-spirited. In truth, she’s a downtown girl who doesn’t stray too far from the NYC-raised designer herself. The daughter of socialite Ann Dexter-Jones, Ronson grew up hobnobbing with some of the most creative minds of our time— her mom and rock n’ roll step-dad Mick Jones (yes, of Foreigner) were known to have legends like Daryl Hall and Al Pacino over as frequent dinner guests. In other words, Ronson has some serious street cred. She’s interned at sought-after pubs like Harper’s Bazaar and Rolling Stone, and after designing in-demand tees for friends at NYU, launched her own eponymous label. Now grown to include clothing, handbags, footwear, beauty and accessories, her lifestyle brand caters to urban-minded cool girls everywhere. Here, Ronson sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Bar Pitti (MAP IT, x). Can’t stop, won’t stop… My absolute favorites are the Rigatoni Pitti, the Pappardelle Alla Fiesolana, the broccoli rabe and sausage and the sautéed mushrooms.

COFFEE OR TEA: Coffee at La Colombe (MAP IT, x).

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: The Oyster Bar at Grand Central (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). It’s all about being in the restaurant; you feel transported to another time. It’s almost like time stands still there.

BEST BRUNCH: Russ & Daughters Cafe (MAP IT, x)— best bagels and lox in town!

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: Outdoor seating at any restaurant. The streets of New York were made for people watching.

GIRL’S NIGHT OUT: Mr. Chow on 57th Street (MAP IT, BOOK IT). It’s yummy, festive and always brings back a lot of memories.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A Ketel One martini, dirty and up with olives at Swift (MAP IT, x).

HEALTHY STAPLE: Juice Press (MAP IT, x). Still waiting for Pressed Juicery to open in NYC. Until then, I go to Juice Press for juices, healthy snacks and meals.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Tea & Sympathy (MAP IT, x). They make the most amazing Shepherd’s pie, leek and potato pie, bangers and mash, and mac n’ cheese.

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: Melet Mercantile (*Location now closed). They have an amazing assortment of vintage books, clothes and accessories.

REGULAR AT: The Bowery Hotel (MAP IT, x). It feels like sitting in my living room with a cool bunch of strangers who I could potentially know. Be sure to make friends with Mario!

THING I MISS MOST WHEN I’M AWAY: My Chihuahua, Oliver.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: ABC Carpet & Home (MAP IT, x) or the rare book section at The Strand (MAP IT, x).

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: Sophie Georgiou (x) at Sally Hershberger (MAP ITx) for hair color and Jen Atkin (x) for the best haircut/trim.

FIT PICK: I take classes with Nicole Winhoffer (MAP IT, x), as well as classes at SoulCycle (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) and SLT (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). It’s the perfect balance.

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: My most proud NY moment was showing for the first time at the tents at Bryant Park for fashion week. It was something I had always dreamed of. CP

Charlotte’s New York

From L to R: First Row: Carpets from ABC Carpet & Home; Pressed Juicery; Hair by Jen Atkin; Ronson. Second Row: Vintage mags at Melet Mercantile; Inside Russ & Daughters Café; Spread at Tea & Sympathy; Dirty martini and oysters at Swift.

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