Photography by Trevor Smith

Timo Weiland

Designers

| West Village | Williamsburg

You know how they say, “two’s company, three’s a crowd?” Well, in the case of Weiland and Co., it’s the crowd. Long-time friends, Timo Weiland, Donna Kang and Alan Eckstein make up the TW brand— a contemporary men’s and women’s line channeling a breezy sense of cool. Whether that translates to “Upstate rustic” or “laid-back California” depends on the season— the trio often lets shared experiences springboard a new collection (think a long weekend in the Hudson Valley or a group trip to Silver Lake). It was the everyday that inspired their most recent women’s wear show— in particular, that palpable energy of New Yorkers simply going about their business. The gang paired city-slick sheath dresses with chunky sweaters, and crop tops with anoraks— looks that felt chicly-grungy and utterly-now. Here, they sit down with CITIPHILE to reveal their little black books on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: TW: Jack’s Wife Freda on Carmine Street (MAP IT, BOOK ITx) or Murray’s Cheese Bar (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) for the burger and classic mac n’ cheese.
DK: The Spotted Pig (MAP IT, x). The food is consistently wonderful, the cocktails are spot-on, it’s open very late and the atmosphere is pure New York. I always get a mix of deviled eggs, the chicken liver toast, ricotta gnocchi, the cheeseburger, any of their salads and if the squid stew is available, get it.
AE: Marlow & Sons (MAP IT, x). My girlfriend and I love the atmosphere and the staff— it feels like the weekend every time you’re in there. Every Saturday, we order the same thing: yogurt and granola bowls and a toasted sesame seed bagel with cream cheese and a side of sautéed greens (which we proceed to put on top).

COFFEE OR TEA: TW: Coffee at Happy Bones (MAP IT, x)— it’s strong, but not overpowering and it has a great flavor.
DK: Coffee at Eataly (MAP IT, x), because it’s down the street from the office and their coffee is perfectly smooth.
AE: Coffee at La Colombe (MAP IT, x).

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: TW: Freemans (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x)— order the steak with mashed potatoes.
DK: The Spotted Pig— I am spoiled having my favorite restaurant also be my most frequent.
AE: Corner Bistro (MAP IT, x) for a cheeseburger and fries.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: TW: A Dark ‘N’ Stormy. I first got turned onto them at the Beatrice Inn (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x), but now I get them at the Cabin Down Below (*Location now closed), Paul’s Baby Grand (MAP IT, x) or Montana’s Trail House (MAP IT, x). Look out for Kristi Garced, a bartender at the Cabin Down Below— she’s a multi-talented Renaissance woman (chic fashion journalist by day, once-a-week bartender by night). Schiller’s Liquor Bar (*Location now closed) has been another go-to of mine since 2004— their bartenders often become the “who’s who” of the culinary world (i.e. Henry Hargreaves and Dean Jankelowitz).
DK: An Aperol Spritz at the pool at SoHo House (MAP IT, x) can sometimes trick me into thinking I am away on holiday. I love the Ear Inn in the West Village (MAP IT, x) too which is home to my favorite bartender, Mickey; he will set you straight on more than just a drink.
AE: Tequila on the rocks on the rooftop of The Jane Hotel (MAP IT, x). I love all the great bars in my neighborhood in Williamsburg too— I think the nightlife there is more my speed (chillin’). I love Cafe Colette (MAP IT, x) or OTB (MAP IT, x). I’m also a big fan of Donna (MAP IT, x)!

BEST BRUNCH: TW: Café Cluny (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). The pre-war windows and arched ceiling create a unique ambience, not to mention the always-delicious menu.
DK: I frequently change up my brunch spots, but my new favorite is Claudette (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x); it is idyllic during a snowfall.
AE: Meadowsweet (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x)— incredible food, a modern, clean atmosphere, great lighting and friendly faces.

MUSIC PICK: TW: I like rock, hip hop and electronic, though there are select curated lists from almost every genre that I can get into. For live music, Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn (MAP IT, x) and Bowery Ballroom (MAP IT, x) are fun. Paul’s Baby Grand always has great DJs and Output (MAP IT, x) and Verboten (MAP IT, x) are good for a more wild night on the other side of the East River.
DK: My musical tastes range from indie rock to hip hop to classical. My favorite venues are Mercury Lounge (MAP IT, x), Baby’s All Right and Lincoln Center (MAP IT, x).
AE: I love everything. My all-time favorites are jazz, hip hop and rock. Irving Plaza (MAP IT, x) is good for larger scenes for rock; Smalls (MAP IT, x) for jazz; the Jane Hotel‘s rooftop in the summer is the place to be!

HEALTHY STAPLE: TW: Sweetgreen (MAP IT, x) for a kale Caesar.
DK: Sweetgreen. I like the Rad Thai bowl, the Earth bowl, the lentil chickpea soup and all of the fruit iced teas. Those boys really get it!
AE: Sweetgreen for a Cobb salad. Yummy in my tummy.

GUILTY PLEASURE: TW: Van Leeuwen, now open on W. 10th Street (MAP IT, x)!
DK: A hot fudge sundae at Peter Luger (MAP IT, x) and the smoked meat poutine at Mile End (MAP IT, x).
AE: I can’t stay away from dessert anywhere, but my favorite is the green tea crepe from Sushi of Gari (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: TW: The Cloisters Museum (MAP IT) and its on-site New Leaf Café (x).
AE: Café Sabarsky (MAP IT, x) at the Neue Galerie (x).

REGULAR AT: TW: Three Lives & Company Bookstore (MAP IT, x). Every other week, I pass by to check out the books— both new and old. It makes for a perfect stroll after a bite at Rosemary’s (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).
DK: O Cafe (MAP IT, x) which is owned by my friend, Fernando Aciar. The coffee is organic and smooth, they have amazing acai bowls and they stock my favorite raw, organic coconut water.
AE: Marlow & Sons and Toby’s Estate on 5th Avenue (MAP IT, x).

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: TW: Cafe Moto (MAP IT, x)— it has a cozy sort of charm, delicious food and the very best date cake in the world. They also have a live jazz band on the weekends.
DK: Raoul’s (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x)— the side-by-side two-seater in the back room is impossibly romantic.
AE: Café Gitane at the Jane (MAP IT, x). It’s lively and comfortable, plus I feel hip there because it’s kind of “worldly,” ya’ know?

DELIVERY GO-TO: TW: Ghandi Cafe on Bleecker Street (MAP IT, x). Indian is my favorite stay-in comfort food.
DK: Legend Sichuan Restaurant (MAP IT, ORDER IT, x).
AE: DuMont Burger (MAP IT, ORDER IT, x)— a burger with extra fries please!

CLOSET CHECK: TW: My style is prep-meets-street. I like to shop at Odin (MAP IT, x) and Concrete + Water (MAP IT, x). American Two Shot (MAP IT, x) has a great roster of emerging and established brands as well as an incredible selection of unique finds.
AE: My style is funky-funny. I like Bird in Williamsburg (MAP IT, x) and American Two Shot.

BEST HOME DÉCOR: TW: I’d describe my home as modern nautical-meets-rustic. Ash NYC (MAP IT, x) and Junk (MAP IT, x) are great for home décor— I bought an old restaurant stoop bench from the 1960’s at Junk and now, it is in our design studio.
DK: I like feminine, contemporary and mid-century modern.There is a wonderful antique shop in Woodstock called Resource Gallery (MAP IT, x); I always pick up something when I’m there. I have several paintings, vases and china including a really beautiful mother-of-pearl inlaid fish platter from a local artist Terrin Levitt and a great pastel sketch by Rolph Scarlett.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: TW: John Derian (MAP IT, x) or Grey Area (MAP IT, x)— clever, original, rare finds.
DK: When in doubt, bring bubbles.

GROOMING/BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: TW: Birchbox man (MAP IT, x) is fantastic; Le Labo (MAP IT, x) for all home and personal fragrances; Aire (MAP IT, x) for a relaxing red wine treatment.
DK: Leather Spa (MAP IT, x), a shoe repair shop. They are miracle workers; it’s the only place I’ll go to repaint my red Louboutin soles.
AE: They’re expensive, but Oribe hair products are incredible..The packaging is luxurious and the product makes the shower much more enjoyable… kind of like the old Herbal Essence commercials.

FIT PICK: TW: I alternate between cardio and weightlifting, focusing on stamina-building and intense strength-building. I break up the muscle groups to hit each at least once per week. Danny Kopel (x) at SoulCycle (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) is awesome.
AE: Yoga and cycling classes at Sync Studio (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x); Ashley Lively (x) is great!


ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: TW: On my first day in my apartment on Morton Street, I bumped into another childhood friend who was living just around the corner— New York is the perfect balance of familiarity and anonymity. Also, once my mother and I were in a cab on Houston Street when there was an electrical explosion in a manhole directly below our cab. No one was hurt, but we were bumped onto the curb and yes… the taxi kept driving.
DK: It was a few days after the 2010 Haiti earthquake: Timo and I were sharing a cab to a birthday party and our driver was talking on the phone. When he hung up, he started laughing in relief. He had moved here years ago from Haiti and was saving money to bring his wife to the US. They spoke every day and when he could not get ahold of her, he was sick with worry. She finally reached him while he was in the car with us. He laughed, “She kept saying I didn’t try calling her and why didn’t I call her?!” Timo and I were speechless. I love the cab drivers of NY— they are an iconic, direct link to the people of the city, and to me, they are one of the embodiments of the American dream.
AE: Listening to the Strokes’ “Whatever Happened” while walking around the East Village in 2004 was very cool… I was young, naive and trying to figure it out. Also, the scene in our factory on 8th Avenue is just amazing— every day of the year! CP

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