Photography by Adam Cantor

Marissa Webb

Designer

| Greenwich Village

We’d like to imagine that walking into designer Marissa Webb’s home is a bit like flipping through her sketchbook— overall, the mood is airy (delicate even), albeit never without an edge. (Think cascading, white linen curtains and a neutral color palette with unexpected pops of canary.) On the fashion side, her namesake collection proves to be a formidable study in elevated basics too, a skill she no doubt fine-tuned during her near decade-long tenure at J. Crew (she was the brand’s Head of Womenswear and Accessories Design), not to mention draws upon in her current role as Executive VP of Design and Creative Director for Banana Republic. There are city-ready anoraks, blazers and ethereal tunics, all of which Webb casts in luxe fabrics like nubby tweeds and gossamer silks for the chicest iterations of their kind. Here, she sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Strip House (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x)— it’s right around the corner from our apartment and I’m a big fan of steak and seafood.

COFFEE OR TEA: Coffee from Newsbar (MAP IT, x). It’s the best!

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: BONDST (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) has been my go-to for years. It has delicious spicy tuna rolls and hamachi, and their lychee martini is a must-have.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A jalapeño margarita. Years ago, a bartender at the lounge inside The Bowery Hotel (MAP IT, x) made one for me and I’ve loved them ever since.

BEST BRUNCH: Margaux at The Marlton (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). It’s cozy and comfortable with great food.

HEALTHY STAPLE: Le Pain Quotidien (MAP IT).

GUILTY PLEASURE: Fried chicken and mac n’ cheese from Dirty Bird (MAP IT, x).

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: A $35 blow out from Tease in the East Village (MAP IT, x). Ask for Jackey!

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: My home and my pups.

REGULAR AT: ABC Carpet & Home (MAP IT, x). My fiancé thinks I go too often. There are so many hidden treasures; I can explore for hours.

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: I’m out of the house so much my favorite spot on a Friday night is my couch for an action movie with my fiancé and pups.

DELIVERY GO-TO: We order in pizza and pasta from Patsy’s on University Place (MAP IT, x).

CLOSET CHECK: My style is often a mix of proportion and texture— there is a lot of layers and dimension, and it’s never flat. I usually find great pieces at Intermix (MAP IT, x) or Steven Alan (MAP IT, x), and the shoe section at Bergdorf Goodman (MAP IT, x) gets me every time. I also like Stock Vintage (MAP IT, x)— I have a pair of vintage Levi’s I found there and I wear them with everything.

BEST HOME DÉCOR: I love neutrals with pops of color, as well as a contrast between hard and soft, industrial and residential, modern and antique. ABC Carpet is my go-to, but I also love antique furniture stores— I just picked up a new sofa from one (it’s light heather grey).

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: Michele Varian on Howard Street (MAP IT, x) has great little gifts.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: Jeanie Syfu (x), a TRESemmé stylist, who also does my runway shows.

FIT PICK: Well… does running in heels count?

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: To me, New York is the melting pot of big dreams. It inspires you to do the unexpected and the seemingly impossible. I started my own fashion label in New York in 2012. Being around so many inspiring and creative people who’ve “dared,” I’ve seen them accomplish amazing things. It really gave me the extra push to pursue my goals (which, at one point, were just dreams). CP

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