Photography by Driely S.

Stuart Weitzman

Designer

| Midtown East

Diamanté fringe stilettos, gilded mules, Swaroski crystal pumps… is there such a thing as a red carpet without a pair of Stuart Weitzmans (and on the heels of glamazons like Gisele Bundchen and Jennifer Lopez no less)? Nary is there a luxe embellishment the designer won’t try— he’s done feathers, chantilly lace, even 24-karat metal styles— so trust us when we say he’s the gold standard for evening footwear. The son of a shoemaker, Weitzman began designing in his early 20’s and since, we’ve fallen in love with his classic 50/50 riding boots (a Kate Moss favorite), swooned over his Nudist sandals (strappy stilettos that would make Christy/Linda/Naomi proud) and went gaga over his all-diamond Retro Rose heels (sparkly show-stoppers worth over $1 million dollars!). Suffice it to say, when it comes to you, Stu, we’re simply head over heels… see what we did there? Here, Weitzman sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal his little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Michael’s (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) is a great spot, especially for lunch. I usually order the Cobb salad.

COFFEE OR TEA: The coffee at Eataly (MAP IT, x) is great.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Jean-Georges (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x)— you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.

WHERE TO BRING OUT-OF-TOWNERS: Central Park— there is no place like it on earth.

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: The new Polo Bar (MAP IT, x).

HEALTHY STAPLE: Mulberry & Vine (MAP IT, x).

GUILTY PLEASURE: Chocolate. Jacques Torres (MAP IT, x) is a great place to indulge.

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: The rooftop gardens at Rockefeller Center (MAP IT, x).

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: Bagels.

REGULAR AT: I’ve recently got into juicing— I go to Juice Press (MAP IT, x) every day.

TO GET INSPIRED: Honestly, I love to sit and people watch; the streets of New York are like a runway.

TO RELAX AND UNWIND: The Met (MAP IT, x).

CLOSET CHECK: I would describe my look as European-flare-meets-American-sportswear. I like to shop at Barneys (MAP IT, x) and Topman (MAP IT, x), and I definitely cannot live without my New Balance sneakers.

S/S ’15 SHOE: A great gladiator sandal.

BEST HOME DÉCOR: My interior style is the same as my exterior style: easy-going and city casual. My Wooten desk from Sotheby’s auction house (MAP IT, x) is the most prized piece in my home.

GROOMING BLACK BOOK: Any of the wonderful masseuses at the La Prairie Day Spa at the Ritz Carlton (MAP IT, x).

FIT PICK: Ping-pong— I usually go for a pick-up game at Spin (MAP IT, x). Musa is the best ping-pong coach there!

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: I once got to visit the gold reserve level of the Federal Reserve Bank. It’s New York’s equivalent of Fort Knox. CP

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