Kate Davidson Hudson

Co-Founder, Editorialist

| Upper East Side

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, Kate Davidson Hudson is like her ideal older sister: she’s gotten to know all of the diamonds (and bags and shoes) on the block so she knows which ones are worth special attention. Her year-and-a-half-old digital magazine, Editorialist, is dedicated to spotlighting the best accoutrements of the season, but even before its launch, Davidson Hudson was somewhat of an accessories virtuoso— she’s the former Accessories Director of ELLE and was once an Accessories Editor at Harper’s Bazaar (where she first met Editorialist Co-Founder Stefania Allen). Now, Davidson Hudson and Allen offer seasonal trend round-ups, styling tips and accessory-driven celebrity interviews through their site, as well as curate a standout e-commerce boutique filled with high-fashion pieces not typically found in brick-and-mortar shops (think Balmain booties, geometric Lee Savage clutches and gilded David Webb chokers). From timeless, investment pieces to directional statements, Editorialist shines the spotlight on the trimmings worth coveting (not to mention, makes them shoppable). Here, Davidson Hudson sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Bel Ami (MAP IT, x) is one of my favorites for fresh salads, croissants, and artisanal sandwiches. I am also obsessed with the kale salad at Match 65 (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) and the Cajun mahi mahi from Le Charlot (MAP IT, x).

COFFEE OR TEA: Both. The best cup of coffee in the city is at Viand (MAP IT, x)— it’s classic NYC coffee shop coffee and it’s always served piping hot which is a make-or-break for me when it comes to a good cup of joe! For tea, the new Sant Ambroeus on 61st Street (MAP IT, x) has the most delicious selection.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Daniel (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) is one of my all-time favorites. I would recommend the Hawaiian heart of palm salad and the sea bass. I always find the food decadent without being heavy— the salad and fish feel healthy but indulgent. It’s the perfect, melt-in-your-mouth balance.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: An Eastern Standard (vodka, lime, cucumber and mint) or a Grey Goose dirty martini at SoHo House (MAP IT, x). I love the bar at The Mark (MAP IT, x) too and, of course, the ever-classic Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle (MAP IT, x).

BEST BRUNCH: Maison Kayser (MAP IT, x) or Norma’s at Le Parker Meridien (MAP IT, x). Both have a great range of options and Maison Kayser is kid-friendly (which is a prerequisite these days)! Norma’s, on the other hand, might hold you over for the entire day— it’s a FEAST.

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: I think most NYC street corners are ripe with style inspiration. For a more uptown sensibility, Freds (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) or BG (MAP IT, BOOK IT) is a great perch. For a downtown sensibility, I always think the streets just outside of The Mercer (MAP IT) are particularly stylish.

HEALTHY STAPLE: Bel Ami for the Niçoise salad or Juice (MAP IT, x) for their “Lean Green” smoothie.

GUILTY PLEASURE: BONDST (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) for the rock shrimp tempura or Freeman’s (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) for the mac n’ cheese.

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: I think there are a few, but Central Park always inspires me. I feel like there’s always a new corner to explore, and ironically, it feels like the one place where you can go to get away from the city even though it’s right in the heart of it. From the jogging paths to the ponds to the secret pockets of green, I think it’s one of the most spellbinding places in New York.

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: 24-hour access to nearly anything and everything.

REGULAR AT: Viand. It’s so indulgent, but they deliver so I order a cup every morning at 6 AM on-the-dot; my day doesn’t start right without it. The same barista answers the phone every morning so when I call, he just says, “large black?” I confirm it’s me and the coffee is at my door in less than ten minutes, piping hot!

DATE-NIGHT STANDBY: Le Charlot is close to my apartment and makes for a comfortable, but cozy setting.

KID-FRIENDLY STANDBY: The Central Park Children’s Zoo (MAP IT, x) is amazing for younger children. My kids are animal crazy so the petting zoo is a hit— every structural element throughout the zoo is downsized and scaled to their level so it feels like their own little universe. When the weather is nice, they go at least twice a week.

CLOSET CHECK: My style is classic with a structured edge. I love the idea of classic ready-to-wear re-invented through modern cuts and silhouettes and finished with a statement accessory. I’m an equal opportunity shopper and love all of the usual suspects: Barneys (MAP IT, x), Dover Street Market (MAP IT, x), Balenciaga (MAP IT) and Bergdorf Goodman (MAP IT, x). I love Dover Street Market‘s meticulously curated and exclusive buy, and they make shopping more of a cultural experience than anything else (with Rose Bakery (MAP IT, x) being a huge, added benefit). In reality though, I’m a die-hard online shopper.

ACCESSORIES PICK: Yes! Of course, I’m a bit spoiled for choice with the accessories and jewelry we have access to at Editorialist. While we’re not a brick-and-mortar destination, Editorialist is a New York establishment through-and-through. We support a lot of NY accessories designers and our buy reflects so much of that quintessential New York high-fashion aesthetic.  I have an armful of accessories that are my daily mainstays: my Cartier juste un clou cuff, an Anita Ko panther bangle, Jennifer Fisher micro pavé bands, a Boucheron Quatre ring, a Dior Joalliere thorn ring, my Giles & Brother hook cuff and four Cartier rings that were gifts from my husband over the years.

FOR THE KIDS: Mary Arnold Toys (MAP IT, x) because they have a perfect assortment of classic, tried-and-true options, as well as something for every age and every stage.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: I love the home floor at Bergdorf Goodman and Fivestory (MAP IT, x) for a gorgeous assortment of perennially chic home pieces.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: TenOverTen (MAP IT, x) for the best and longest-lasting mani/pedis. Nothing beats their manicures!

FIT PICK: Working out is my therapy. I go to Equinox (MAP IT, x) and divvy up my routine between straight cardio (elliptical and running) and their pilates classes. I wish I could say I have a steady routine, but with a 4-month old, three-year old, and an 18 month-old business, I go whenever I can carve out a few free minutes (which usually equates to about 3 times per week if I’m lucky).

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: The day I got married. Our wedding was in early November and I will never forget driving down Fifth Avenue from the church to our reception. It was that perfect time of year when the leaves just start to change color and Fifth Avenue was almost empty because it was a Sunday afternoon. The sun was setting over Central Park and we passed by The Met, then the fountain in front of The Plaza and the NYC skyline was backlit by this beautiful fall sunset. It was one of those quiet, almost serene New York City moments when the beauty and enormity of the city is filtered down through the lens of somehow feeling like your small hometown. I think New York can be magical in that way and that moment always reminds me of it. CP

Kate’s New York

From L to R: First Row: Sant Ambroeus; Inside Freeman’s; Baguettes from Maison Kayser; Accessories available at The Editorialist. Second Row: Dessert at Daniel; Balenciaga womenswear; Tenoverten manicure; Fashion available at Fivestory.

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