Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea

Art Director

| West Village

Whether she’s layering prints by Mary Katrantzou or turning heads in a floor-skimming Valentino gown, Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea is a near permanent fixture on the best-dressed lists in town. She has all the makings of a model— she’s doe-eyed, willowy and South American, and though she undoubtedly could have pursued it full-time (she’s even signed with NEXT Management), the 28-year-old is equally as talented behind the lens. An independent Art Director, she regularly lends her intrinsic sense of style to brands like Belstaff, Chloé, Christian Dior and Derek Lam. Barrenechea’s work is progressive, spirited and grounded in an appreciation for culture so it’s unsurprising that she’s also the Founder of UnderOurSky.com, an e-commerce site dedicated to handcrafted Argentinian goods (the site stocks stunning pieces like rare tiger eye arm cuffs, alpaca belts and wood and horn trays). Here, she sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Estela (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) for the endive salad and black risotto.

COFFEE OR TEA: Coffee at O Cafe (MAP IT, x). It’s delicious!

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Mercer Kitchen (MAP IT, BOOK ITx). I love their crispy salmon sushi and black sea bass carpaccio!

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A mojito with no sugar (no hangover!) at Estela.

GIRL’S NIGHT OUT: I love to explore all of the vibrant restaurants and spots around Harlem!

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: The Mercer Hotel (MAP IT, x).

HEALTHY STAPLE: Feel Food (*Location now closed). I order the beet wrap and a pineapple juice.

GUILTY PLEASURE: All desserts, but I love Junior’s Cheesecake (MAP IT, x)!

REGULAR AT: EstelaThe Mercer HotelO Cafe and Feel Food. On those nights when I’m craving my favorite dish, I love that I can call at the last minute, get a table and enjoy my meal! I’m also at Printed Matter (MAP IT, x) and Aire Spa (MAP IT, x) quite often.

DELIVERY GO-TO: Sushi! And cheesecake from Dean & DeLuca (MAP IT, x).

CLOSET CHECK: My style is eclectic and playful! I like to shop at de Vera (MAP IT, x) and Under Our Sky. I also have this vintage leather jacket I found at the Chelsea Flea Market (MAP IT, x) that I love.

BEST HOME DÉCOR: I love The Apartment by The Line (MAP IT, x). They have an amazing selection of furniture. I bought a beautiful table from them just last year.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: I have them made! My fiancé loves doing these “DIY” kind of presents. I try to do personalized gifts when I have enough time. I’ll get a sweater printed with a family portrait on it or a silly thing like that.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: David Adams (x), colorist (917.680.1283)!

FIT PICK: Zumba with Jamie Concepcion, she teaches at Clay (MAP IT, x) and Equinox (MAP IT, x), but I take home lessons with her. I work out with a trainer every other day when I’m in NY, but very rarely when I travel!

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: The past 5 years that I’ve lived here! I came to NY with only courage and dreams, and now I’m enjoying a very fulfilling and challenging personal and professional life. I couldn’t ask for more from this city. CP

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