Photography by Michael Granacki

Reece Solomon

Designer

| SoHo

Tucked under the arms of fashion girls like RiRi, Leandra Medine and Hannah Bronfman, a Reece Hudson bag is practically synonymous with downtown cool. Whether it be an oversize Bowery foldover clutch (a launch style and best-seller for the brand) or a gilded metal minaudière, the label’s bags blend timeless shapes with on-point edge. It follows then that at its helm is 28-year-old designer Reece Solomon, who after coveted apprenticeships at Proenza Schouler and Rag & Bone, knows a thing or two about cool. While Solomon’s evening bags are always on our wish lists (the metallic Stendhal minaudière is holiday party gold), we’re currently obsessing over the brand’s Siren backpack in espresso calf hair and leather… Just call it the answer to our Marianne Faithfull wardrobe dreams. Here, Solomon sits with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STAPLE: Café Gitane (MAP IT, x) for the avocado toast and couscous. Gitane needs no explanation— it’s just a staple.

COFFEE OR TEA: Both, but I need to start my day with coffee. Saturdays (MAP IT, x) always tastes good. It’s on my walk to work in the morning and all the guys who work there are really nice.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Bar Pitti (MAP IT, x) for any of the pastas, the burrata (when it’s on the menu) and the sea bass.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A Manhattan at The Bowery (MAP IT, x).

GIRL’S NIGHT OUT: Lucy’s  in the East Village (MAP IT, x) for whiskey and pool.

MUSIC PICK: I’m an equal opportunist so it really depends on my mood. I tend to go through phases. Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg (MAP IT, x) is a great location for live music. The Late Late in the Lower East Side (MAP IT, x) always plays good music too.

BEST BRUNCH: I go through phases with brunch spots too, but currently, I’m loving Baz Bagels (MAP IT, x).  It has a great old school diner vibe and really delicious bagels with an extensive, upscale menu.

HEALTHY STAPLE: Juice Generation at Equinox SoHo (MAP IT, x) for the “Amazing Greens” acai bowl.

GUILTY PLEASURE: A really amazing cheeseburger. Balthazar (MAP IT, BOOK ITx) has a particularly good one and it’s around the corner from my office.

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: I don’t know if it’s such a secret, but Aire Ancient Baths in Tribeca (MAP IT, x) is unlike anywhere else in the city and an amazing place to unwind. It’s also a great date spot.

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: Being able to walk everywhere.

REGULAR AT: I love going for afternoon tea or post-work cocktails at the Crosby Street Hotel (MAP ITx). It’s really beautiful and cozy so it’s especially great in the colder months. They also have a little patio for when it’s warmer out.

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: Bacaro (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) is always a good option.  It’s quiet and cozy and really romantic with a candlelit setting; it’s especially great for a winter-time date.

CLOSET CHECK: I shop at Barneys (MAP IT, x) or Resurrection (MAP IT, x). Also, New York Vintage (MAP IT, x) is just incredible and they have the most amazing archive.

ACCESSORIES PICK: I’m addicted to buying boots. I recently bought a pair of mod-esque black suede and patent leather patchwork ankle boots from Resurrection that I’ve been getting a lot of use out of. I’m also very attached to my jewelry, especially my rings. I usually wear a mix of vintage, Pamela Love and Jordan AskillFivestory (MAP IT, x) has a really nice selection of jewelry.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: For hair color, I go to Nikki Ferrara (x) at Marie Robinson Salon (MAP IT, x). I’ve been seeing her for years.

FIT PICK: My favorite way to work out is to do a yoga class and my favorite studio is the Yoga Vida  on Broadway (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). I go to different classes depending on the schedule, but my favorite teacher is Heather Lilleston (x).

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: Seeing a man walk down the street in SoHo with an enormous python wrapped around his neck. That’s definitely an “only-in-NYC” moment for me… CP

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