Photography by Natalie Brasington

Scott Lipps

President, One Management

| Tribeca

True to form, Long Island-born Lipps is often rocking head-to-toe black, whether that be a leather jacket and jeans or pared-down suit. The native New Yorker founded leading model agency One Management in 2001, which reps mega-bombshells like Bar Refaeli, Claudia Schiffer, Karolina Kurkova and Helena Christensen. He’s also the man behind the highly-followed blog, Pop Lipps, a personal website dedicated to life in New York City— think gorgeous sunsets, after-party pics and off-duty cameos by the aforementioned leggy beauties. Whether he’s dining with the One girls in NoHo or hanging out with musicians like Tiesto and Kanye (Lipps is a drummer himself and plays for Courtney Love’s rock band, Hole), it’s clear he has his pulse on the best that Manhattan has to offer. Here, Lipps sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal his little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: I love sushi. Sushi Seki (MAP IT, BOOK ITx) and Sushi of Gari (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) rule— the salmon and tomato sushi is incredible. Also, Locanda Verde (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) is a must for me. It’s close to my house and they have bread to die for. The pasta is on another level too.

COFFEE OR TEA: Definitely coffee. I love the coffee at Lure Fishbar (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x)! Kaffe 1668 (MAP IT, x) is an awesome spot too.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Sushi Seki. It may be my favorite in NY and that damn salmon tomato– orgasmic!

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: I don’t drink much! I survived being in a rock band in the late ‘80s without drugs or alcohol crazy enough and I don’t plan to start now…

MUSIC PICK: Nur Khan’s venues always get the music right! From Sheltering Sky (*Location now closed) to Electric Room (MAP IT, x), he’s a bud and he understands music well so I’d say rock n’ roll at one of his spots.

BEST BRUNCH: I like Aquagrill (MAP IT, x) for the bread again— I’m a sucker for great bread– and my go-to Locanda Verde is amazing too.

HEALTHY STAPLE: Jack’s Wife Freda (MAP ITx) or The Smile (MAP IT, x).

GUILTY PLEASURE: Ice cream! Fried stuff and anything generally bad for you food-wise. Dessert from anywhere!

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: The sushi bar upstairs at Gari. I can always get a seat so, actually, maybe don’t tell anyone…

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: The energy; but, it’s also the thing that can burn you out a bit. It’s intense.

REGULAR AT: The Smile! I’m there probably 5 times a day. It’s like the new Factory sans Warhol to me: an incredible mix of people. Check out the Sunday brunch for dishes you can’t find on the menu on other days.

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: I think Locanda and El Toro Blanco (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) are great spots.

TO SEE AND BE SEEN: Bar Pitti (MAP IT, x) and Jack’s Wife Freda.

TO ESCAPE AND UNWIND: Any beach within a few hours: Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas, Florida even! Give me a white sand beach and I’m in love!

CLOSET CHECK: I love worn-in looking stuff like Golden Goose sneakers and cool outerwear. Sometimes, I’ll throw in a bit of Rag & Bone too (MAP IT).

BEST HOME DÉCOR: I like modern things and cool Art Deco pieces. [Stylist and set designer] Edward Jowdy is a genius and he did my apartment not too long ago.

GROOMING LITTLE BLACK BOOK: I get haircuts at the office. I’m so busy, it saves me ages! If I could, I’d cut my hair once every 2 weeks. David Beckham has a great cut and he’s been rocking that style for a few years.

FIT PICK: I go to the fashion gym, Equinox (MAP IT, x), and run whenever I’m not too tired from one of the fashion weeks. If you want to see anyone in the fashion business, just go there!

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: Just running around the streets of NY. You literally can bump into so many people you know just by walking and experiencing the city. Get out and hang outside while you still can! Winter is coming! CP

Scott’s New York

From L to R: First Row: Lipps; Jack’s Wife Freda; Inside SIXTY SoHo, Lipps’ home away from home; Kaffe 1668 coffee. Second Row: Bread from The Smile; Golden Goose sneakers; Pasta at The Smile; Bread from Locanda Verde.

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