Photography by Zoe Weber

Gia Ghezzi and Brooke German

Fashion Director and PR Director, Intermix

| West Village | Greenwich Village

Walk into any Intermix and it’s more than likely something will catch your eye— a shearling robe coat, a scuba pencil skirt, a gilded ear cuff— a piece so special that the only thing you’re wondering is how it’s possible you’ve never heard of its designer before. Dedicated to finding unique pieces from unique brands (think Jonathan Simkhai, Barbara Bui, Anthony Vaccarello and Tabitha Simmons), Brooke German and Gia Ghezzi are a retail dream team. Though they love a good brainstorm with their NYC-based team (Ghezzi recently had boxes of her mother’s ’70’s clothing shipped to the office as design inspiration for the team), Ghezzi heads up the boutique’s buy each season, hand-picking on-trend pieces from rising contemporary designers, while German handles all things PR (events, celebrity relations and all partnerships and collaborations). Bubbly, yet fierce, the dynamic duo never fail to give us what we want… before we even know we want it. It’s retail therapy, on another level. Here, Ghezzi and German sit down with CITIPHILE to reveal their little black books on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: GG: L’Artusi (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). I love their spicy mushroom dish and the cavatelli— the flavors burst in your mouth! I haven’t been successful in switching it up because it’s the best, hands-down. I’m addicted.
BG: Jeffrey’s Grocery (MAP IT, x). Their brisket sandwich is the stuff that dreams are made of, as is the playlist. Anywhere that wants to serve up Jay-Z with a side of Marley and a little Petty is good in my book. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to be greeted by name, with a smile.

COFFEE OR TEA: GG: I’m a coffee girl. The best cup in the city is at Jack’s (MAP ITx) because the service is incredible— they’re so friendly and they always remember my name. It’s one of those small town spots in the middle of the city and, of course, there is good people watching too.
BG: I gave up coffee a few years ago and within weeks traveled to Cuba and Italy so I quickly gave up on giving it up. When I do drink coffee, it’s from Jack’s, though, after two weeks in Ethiopia this fall, I’ve had enough for awhile. Lately, I prefer a pot of fresh mint tea by the fireplace at The Marlton Hotel (MAP IT, x).

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: GG: I have two go-to’s when it comes to drinks: tequila on the rocks with a kick of Cointreau, fresh lime and jalapeño (it’s my version of a skinny, spicy margarita) and a good Old Fashioned (it’s a classic; you can never go wrong). I’m a downtown girl so you don’t often find me north of 14th Street at night. I’ll go to Fedora (MAP IT, x), The Marlton or Max Fish (MAP IT, x) for drinks.
BG: I drink vodka on the rocks with three lemons or a single malt scotch. Gabe Stulman’s cocktail program is solid though, especially at Joseph Leonard (MAP IT, x) and Bar Sardine (MAP IT, x) — the drink names beg you to choose your own adventure!

GIRLS NIGHT OUT: GG: Baby Grand (MAP IT, x) is solid!

MUSIC PICK: GG: I’m an old soul— I love music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, The Supremes, Dire Straits, Bruce Springsteen and old school Madonna and Janet. In the West Village, Happiest Hour (MAP IT, x) has awesome music and is one of my favorite new local spots. Another top pick is Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar (MAP IT, x)— good wine, nice atmosphere and excellent music.
BG: I’ll dance to anything from Hall & Oates to Rick Ross as long as the vibe is right and everyone is having fun. Bar Belly (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) has live piano, followed by a DJ who plays current gems and throwbacks (it’s great). Also, the basement at Acme (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) consistently has solid sets— you can dance for hours and not realize that your feet hurt (or that it’s 4 am).

BEST BRUNCH: GG: I definitely do Morandi (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) a lot when it comes to weekend brunch. It’s super cozy and friendly-feeling, but I prefer going around 3:30 or 4 pm after the crazy brunch rush.
BG: Morandi is a standby for anyone in the Village, especially when it’s nice enough to sit outside. Café Cluny (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) is perfectly cozy when it’s cold. In the summertime, you’d be crazy not to BYOB to Tartine (MAP IT, x) though— sit on the sidewalk to people watch and enjoy their eggs Florentine and those incredible potatoes.

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: GG: Washington Square Park— you never know what you’re going to see, or the little park off the West Side Highway in Battery Park City. Each location draws a different crowd.
BG: I like people watching on the West Side Highway— lying in the grass and looking out at the river is calming and you’re guaranteed to be surrounded by pure entertainment.

HEALTHY STAPLE: BG: In the spring/summer, Mermaid Oyster Bar (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) for oysters, a kale salad and charred octopus.  In the fall/winter, Molé (MAP IT, x) for chicken soup and guacamole… the cucumber margarita counts as an extra side of veg, right?

GUILTY PLEASURE: GG: Daddy-O (MAP IT, x) for a burger with the works and tater tots.
BG: My regular go-to is Dudley’s on the Lower East Side (MAP IT, x). I get the marinated olives with halloumi to kick off, and then their Bronte burger. It’s sacrilegious not to order the brussels sprouts and quinoa too.

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: BG: The garden at the Jefferson Market Library (MAP IT, x). It’s a beautiful and lush oasis fully sustained by volunteer efforts.

REGULAR AT: BG: Hector’s Shoe Repair (MAP IT, x) on Greenwich Ave. boasts a handsome cobbler with a twinkle in his eyes and unparalleled skills.

DELIVERY GO-TO: GG: Without a question, Potjanee (MAP IT, x), the best “under the radar” Thai spot on Carmine Street.
BG: Risotteria (*Location now closed) is delicious and the menu is surprisingly nuanced; I order from there way too often to admit.

CLOSET CHECK: GG: My personal style is either a modern, yet effortless play on feminine and masculine or, on some days, the exact opposite: 70’s glamour. It’s always unexpected and very “in the moment”— I’m not scared to be daring. My Marco Di Vincenzo rainbow sparkle jacket is by far my most coveted recent purchase, or my Chloé fur moccasins…both from Intermix (x) of course!
BG: A few years ago, our buyers discovered an emerging brand called R13. We bought a handful of their leather and denim chaps and I splurged on a pair instantly. I now have four pairs and can’t imagine life without them. I also have an A.L.C. studded leather moto jacket that’s become a signature piece. Like those pieces, my style’s unfussy, slightly masculine with an unexpected edge. My wardrobe is essentially white v-necks or striped tees, structured blazers, leather jackets, pants and shorts, and ripped denim. I like basics that are anything but. It’s all in the details.

ACCESSORIES PICK: GG: SHOES! I love them all: Dior neon pink pumps, Joshua Sanders slide sneakers, Nike baseball-esque kicks or my Robert Clergerie patent Chelsea booties. I find shoes everywhere, but mostly in Europe.
BG: I splurge on shoes and bags (it’s an occupational hazard), but all my jewelry pieces mark a special moment, so that’s where my heart is. Every day, I wear a big rose gold and diamond panther ring with a slew of rose gold midi-rings— each represent a memory. Phoenix Roze (MAP IT, x) makes perfectly delicate, but not dainty pieces. I wear a rose gold anchor (a nod to my Rhode Island roots) from those boys daily with an earring of theirs designed to look like a diamond staple.

BEST HOME DÉCOR: GG: My interior style is sophisticated glamour meets modern romance. I love super eclectic pieces with industrial touches and I like playing with different fabrications and materials (velvets, woods, metals, mirrors, shag rugs and pillows). I don’t shop anywhere specific. I peruse vintage shops, Houzz and Restoration Hardware (MAP IT) for inspiration.
BG: My décor is fairly eclectic: classic, mid-century modern pieces like a Barcelona bench, Wassily chair and marble Saarinen tulip table with vintage Persian rugs and a lot of art I’ve collected over the years. I used to go to the Chelsea Flea almost weekly (RIP). Now I’m acquiring pieces via Housing Works (MAP IT, x), Ebay, 1stDibs and Chairish.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: BG: Chelsea Market (MAP IT, x) is a one-stop shop. I’m really into gifting a bottle of wine or cheeseboard with a nice selection of cheeses and truffle honey… it’s divine.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: GG: My dermatologist, Dr. Mandel (MAP IT, x) who now maintains the glowing complexions of the entire Intermix Buying team. His office is on the Upper East Side… he’s that worth it.
BG: Sarah Rappolt (x) at Wonderland (MAP IT, x) for haircuts and Mark Kuebel (MAP IT, x) for acupuncture.

FIT PICK: BG: I train at Hanson Fitness (MAP IT, x) twice weekly. It’s just clients and trainers, one-on-one. Harry, the owner, created this great energy by culling the right trainers and clients to make it feel like you’re with friends, not strangers.

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: GG: I have so many that it’s hard to pick just one. They all involve a crew of my closest friends, laughing until I can’t breathe and letting the unexpected happen. In New York, you never know where the next moment is going to take you; I always love to run with that. One minute, you are enjoying a relaxing cocktail, chatting up the table next to you and the next, you are half-way across the city, yelling to your best friend outside her window as a crowd randomly forms around you of people you haven’t seen in ages (for such a large city, you always run into people you know). The current of the city carries you to places you never expected, always unpredictable, leading to new moments you will never forget.
BG: Years ago, during NY Fashion Week, we were in the tents and heard massive protests going on right outside on the steps of Bryant Park. As everyone started to get a bit antsy, we realized they were just filming a scene for “Sex and The City.” So NY. CP

Brooke & Gia’s New York

From L to R: Dior shoes; Inside The Marlton Hotel; Drinks at Happiest Hour; Plate at Joseph Leonard. Second Row: Look from Intermix; Donut at Jack’s; Bar Sardine; Dining at Morandi.

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