Photography by William Ross

Caroline Constas

Designer

| Greenwich Village

Caroline Constas wears her heart on her sleeve— that is to say, her clothing is a near reflection of the women’s wear designer herself: imaginative, evocative and worldly. Part Greek, part American and raised in Montreal, Constas dreams up the kinds of collections that inspire a weekend trip to St. Barths or, more appropriately, summers along the Aegean Sea where she too ventures each year. After graduating Parsons School of Design, Constas launched her eponymous label in 2013 with a vision for versatile clothing with jet set appeal and thanks to her apt union of custom fabrics and approachable silhouettes, the line has quickly gained notoriety within fashion’s inner circle. From flirty off-the-shoulder dresses to airy skirts and breezy pants, it’s relaxed polish at its finest. Here, Constas sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Village Taverna (MAP IT, x). It is the best low-key, authentic, Greek taverna-style food that I have had in the city and comparable to the food that I have in Greece.

COFFEE OR TEA: The cappuccinos at Via Quadronno (MAP IT, x) keep me coming back time and time again. My aunt and uncle live uptown so I always stop by when I’m up there. It’s a classic. For something indulgent, try the Mochaccino— it’s my favorite, especially in the winter but we will not talk of winter now.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Bondst (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x)— their tuna tarts are perhaps my favorite dish of all times.  I also love L’Artusi (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x)— their chocolate hazelnut dessert is insane. Lupulo (MAP IT, x) is at the top of my list of new restaurants to try.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: You know, I’m not really a cocktail gal. But if I had to choose, I would say the gin gimlet at The Bowery Hotel (MAP IT, x). I’m really into wine. French rosé is my beverage of choice during the summer months; I especially love Claudette‘s (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) selection. They have a lovely and very light rosé from Provence on tap. A glass of that with ice on the side is how I like to roll!

AFTER-WORK HAPPY HOUR: Claudette or The Polo Bar (MAP IT, BOOK ITx).

GIRLS NIGHT OUT: A great restaurant where we can catch up over an amazing meal and several bottles of wine is always a good option. My friends and I are all so busy and focused on our careers that when we are able to find time to get together for food and wine, it is always an amazing night. I love Gramercy Tavern (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x), The Waverly Inn (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x), and Gotham Bar and Grill (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

BEST BRUNCH: Tartine (MAP IT, x).

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: The Bowery Hotel.

HEALTHY STAPLE: Just Salad (MAP IT) for a make-my-own salad: romaine, beets, avocado, pumpkin seeds, broccoli, olive oil and a pinch of salt, chopped!

GUILTY PLEASURE: I have far too many… the banana pudding at Magnolia Bakery (MAP IT, x) is high up on the list.

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: It’s hard for anything to remain a secret in New York. There are always people in the know who end up getting the word out.

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: The energy of the city— there is no other place that comes close in that respect.

REGULAR AT: I like my routine work-outs. I do pilates at Equinox (MAP IT, x), followed by a 30-minutes run. I love sitting in the steam room afterwards; it’s actually what motivates me to go to the gym in the first place.

TO GET INSPIRED: I am a big walker. I hardly ever take the subway or cabs. When I’m in a rush, I Uber, but aside from that, I pretty much walk everywhere and listen to my iTunes.  I really cherish my walks— it’s during these moments, walking through a city filled with such energy, that I feel inspired, motivated and capable of accomplishing anything. I come up with so many ideas— both business and creative— during my time spent walking.

TO ESCAPE AND UNWIND: I spend every summer in Greece. I have a lot of family there and visiting always gives me a very strong sense of self. Ever since I was a little girl, I would count the days leading up to going and I would use the long flights to sketch what I fantasized about wearing when I would arrive— that is actually how I knew I wanted to be a designer.

SUMMER TRAVEL GO-TO: I always make it over to Mykonos for a few days and stay at my favorite boutique hotel, The Belvedere (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). It is right at the top of town so it has a gorgeous view, but it’s also conveniently located. My favorite restaurant there is called Interni (MAP IT, x); I love the ambiance.

CLOSET CHECK: My style is feminine, cosmopolitan and sensual. To be honest, I rarely shop for clothes. I am so particular about what I want to wear that I usually end up making it, even if it is not part of my collection. I do love shopping for accessories though. I go to Bergdorf Goodman (MAP IT, x) for shoes and Barneys (MAP IT, x) for bags. I always like to pop into Fivestory (MAP IT, x) too.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: William-Wayne & Co. (MAP IT, x).

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: Boom Boom Brow Bar (MAP IT, x). Danielle is amazing— she is probably the only person I will ever let touch my brows.

FIT PICK: I am not big on group classes. I do cardio and light weights five times a week and private pilates sessions one-to-two times a week. It really strengthens my core; I am totally addicted.

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: I have a couple crazy serendipitous love stories that feel very particular to New York. But that is all I am going to say on that subject… CP

Caroline’s New York

From L to R: First Row: Interni; Breakfast at Lupulo; The Belvedere Hotel; Pasta at L’artusi. Second Row: Banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery; Claudette; Design by Caroline Constas; Provençal rosé at The Bowery Hotel.

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