Photography by Natalie Brasington

Misha Nonoo

Designer, Nonoo

| East Village

Gracing designer Misha Nonoo’s runway earlier this month were flirty mini dresses, sophisticated pantsuits and… a Starbucks-sipping, halter dress-wearing Dustin Yellin (the Brooklyn-based artist with whom Nonoo collaborated on prints for the collection). Pretty meets cool, classic meets contemporary, this cheeky hijinks is just the sort of thing we should come to expect from a designer whose aesthetic champions both refinement and innovation. With stints in nearly every major fashion capital— Nonoo was raised in London and studied in Paris before moving to New York, her designs demonstrate an urban savoir-faire that knows no borders. Here, Nonoo sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: The Fat Radish (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). Their English cuisine tastes like home. The roasted Dutch Morgan chicken dish is always delicious.

COFFEE OR TEA: Tea. I regularly drink English tea and often green tea for an afternoon pick-me-up. I love buying PG Tips at Tea & Sympathy (MAP ITx).

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Indochine (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). It’s a classic. The steamed Chilean sea bass is a must.

WHERE TO BRING OUT-OF-TOWNERS: The piano bar, Marie’s Crisis in the West Village (MAP IT, x). It’s an interesting and unexpected experience.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A gin and tonic at Cata (MAP IT, x).

HEALTHY STAPLE: Equinox’s kale salad and Supa Dupa green juice (MAP IT, x).

GUILTY PLEASURE: Shepherd’s pie from Tea & Sympathy.

BEST BRUNCH: Il Buco (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) and Bar Pitti (MAP IT, x). Bar Pitti is simply delicious and has great people watching. The fava beans at Il Buco are incredible. They come with pea shoots which are the perfect compliment to spring.

IDEAL SATURDAY: A trip to the Guggenheim (MAP IT, x) with my love Alexander, window-shopping at Bergdorf Goodman (MAP IT, x) and a good meal with my dearest friends and family.

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: The basement of What Comes Around Goes Around in SoHo (MAP IT, x). I’m an avid collector of vintage pieces.

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: Sushi Hasaki in the East Village (MAP IT, x).

FAVORITE CUISINE: I love English, Lebanese, Asian and Milanesa. My husband and I are often at Sant Ambroeus in SoHo (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). Their pasta with lamb ragu, mint and pistachio is naughty, but heavenly.

DELIVERY GO-TO: I cook myself! I love to make duck cassoulet. If I’m strapped for time, I like to make salmon kedgeree with quinoa.

THING I MISS MOST WHEN I’M AWAY: My darling dog, Thatcher!

TO GET INSPIRED: The Dia Beacon in Beacon, New York (MAP IT, x). I really love how the architecture showcases a duality between contemporary art and nature.

TO RELAX AND UNWIND: Aire Ancient Baths in Tribeca (MAP IT, x). My favorite thing is the flotarium.

BEST HOME DÉCOR: Upper Rust in the East Village (*Location now closed). I’m a keen contemporary art collector. My number one prized possession is my Thilo Heinzmann artwork.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: Harney & Sons in SoHo (MAP IT, x).

FIT PICK: Yoga Vida on University Place (MAP IT, x) and Flex Studios (MAP IT, x) for pilates.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: I love i-Plaza (MAP IT, x) in Tribeca for their amazingly deep and comfortable chairs that you can sink into while getting a pedicure. Also, Ling Skin Care Spa (MAP IT, x) has the best facials.

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: Taking the sea plane from Manhattan to Shelter Island in the summers always feels very “NY” to me. CP

Misha’s New York

From L to R: First Row: Misha Nonoo womenswear; Artwork at Dia Beacon; Fall root vegetables from The Fat Radish; Footwear at Bergdorf Goodman. Second Row: Inside The Guggenheim; Tapas at Cata; Calder at The Guggenheim; Misha Nonoo womenswear.


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