Photography by Trevor Smith

Jessica Minkoff

Freelance Fashion News & Features Editor

| Harper's Bazaar | East Village

If you’ve run into Jessica Minkoff, you’d know it. Fair, willowy and blonde, she has all the features of a prima ballerina, and yet, she’ll likely be meandering the streets in some sort of ruffled crop top, a healthy dose of colored fur or— at the very least— a dozen or so metallic earrings. Indeed, wallflower she is not, but rather the kind of authentically cool being you’d imagine landing their dream job straight out of school (Spoiler alert: she did). Starting out as an assistant editor of the late Style.com (RIP though), Minkoff has since climbed the proverbial editorial ladder one coveted position at a time: think Associate Market Editor to Fashion Features Editor to Senior Market Editor at Marie Claire, plus a move to Teen Vogue where she became Senior Fashion Market & Accessories Editor. As of late, you can find Minkoff’s name in the pages of Harper’s Bazaar where, as the glossy’s freelance Fashion News & Features Editor, she breaks stories on rising designers, industry happenings and latest trends (some of which she had a hand in, no doubt), plus as the acting Market Director-at-Large of digital fashion platform, Fashion Unfiltered. And alas, as if her day job wasn’t enough, she’s gone ahead and added “college professor” to the mix— this summer, Minkoff’s heading back to NYU (her alma mater) where she’ll teach a class on fashion journalism. Now, kids, if ever there were a reason to stay in school… Here, Minkoff sits down with CITIPHILE to share her little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Honestly, I am a huge fan of Whole Foods. I usually go to the one on Houston and Bowery because the salad bar is really big. I am a picky eater so I like that WF provides the opportunity to select exactly what I want when it comes to ingredients. Otherwise, there is a lot of substitution and elimination that I have to make when I order off of a menu. 

COFFEE OR TEA: Definitely tea from Lafayette (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) — I love the Genmaicha and the cups are huge.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Westville (MAP IT, x)! They have the best selection of fresh vegetables; the brussels sprouts are my favorite.

GIRLS NIGHT OUT: Bowling! I was so sad when Bowlmor closed its location on University Place— that was my favorite. Now, I go to the [alley] at Chelsea Piers (MAP IT, x).

WHERE TO BRING OUT-OF-TOWNERS: I would take them to The Whitney Museum in the Meatpacking District (MAP IT, x). The architecture of the museum itself is amazing and its location feels very much like New York City to me.

MUSIC PICK: I am obsessed with ‘90s music—anything by the Smashing Pumpkins, The Cranberries, Third Eye Blind, Matchbox Twenty, etc. will never get old. You can always count on Think Coffee on Mercer Street (MAP IT, x) to throw some good ‘90s hits in the mix.

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: This may not be the best people watching in New York, but I strangely love to people watch on the bench outside of Liquiteria on 2nd Avenue and 11th Street (MAP IT, x)… Don’t judge!

HEALTHY STAPLE: Westside Market on 14th Street and 7th Avenue (MAP IT). I make a salad with lots of fresh vegetables.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Pinkberry (MAP IT). I can eat an entire take-home in one sitting— eek!

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: Being able to walk everywhere!

REGULAR AT: Definitely Barneys on Madison Avenue (MAP IT, x). I find myself in the store at least once every weekend. Despite the fact that a job as a fashion editor comes with the added bonus of seeing clothing and accessories before they hit the stores, I still find pleasure in seeing new merchandise that just became available. I also really like the atmosphere at Barneys— there is some great people watching there too.

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: My husband and I go to Phebe’s on 4th Street and Bowery (MAP IT). It’s really close to our apartment and they consistently nail my favorite dish—a Caesar salad with really well-done grilled chicken, hold the dressing. We have become “regulars” so the hostess always knows that we like to sit at the front corner table by the windows. I like watching people walk by as we eat.

TO SEE AND BE SEEN: The Mercer Hotel (MAP IT, x).

TO RELAX AND UNWIND: I love going to McNally Jackson in SoHo (MAP IT, x). They have the best selection of fashion magazines and the atmosphere is really nice.

GO-TO GETAWAY: My aunt’s condo in Los Angeles is the ultimate getaway. It has the most beautiful private pool— I could sit there all day.

SUMMER IN THE CITY: An ideal day would involve sunbathing (with protection!) in Sheep’s Meadow, followed by a walk down The High Line (MAP IT, x) and perhaps a stop in Jeffrey (MAP IT, x) (why not?!) before heading home to make dinner with my husband.

CLOSET CHECK: A high-low mix of denim, leather and statement accessories with a lot of earrings and rings. I do a lot of shopping online, but I would obviously never turn down a trip to Barneys, Kirna Zabete (MAP IT, x), Opening Ceremony (MAP IT, x), Proenza Schouler (MAP IT, x), Alexander Wang (MAP IT, x) or Saint Laurent (MAP IT, x). Lately, I have been frequenting The Vintage Twin pop-up shops (MAP IT, x)— they have the BEST selection of vintage Levi’s!

BEST HOME DÉCOR: Definitely Jonathan Adler (MAP IT, x). My interior style is modern and clean, but I like to incorporate color or printed accents and Jonathan Adler always has the best selection for that.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: The Apartment by The Line (MAP IT, x), hands-down. I have a girl crush on Vanessa Traina and if she gives something the seal of approval, then I know its chic.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: Kelly Ohstein at Valley Nails (MAP IT, x) has given me some of the best manicures I have ever had— she did my nails for my wedding! She is a true artist.

FIT PICK: I go swimming every morning at the YMCA on 14th Street (MAP IT, x). It’s the only thing that allows me to relax my mind and feel refreshed and ready to face the day. And the best part? I usually finish my workout and get back home before my husband even wakes up!

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: Once, I was walking home on Bowery with my husband and I saw Hedi Slimane walking into the Vintage Twin pop-up. It was just before the news broke that he was leaving Saint Laurent… there may be photographic evidence. CP

Jessica’s New York

From L to R: First Row: Whole Foods; Liquiteria; Mercer Hotel; Jonathon Adler Design; Second Row: Richard Avedon at The Whitney; The Highline; Espadrilles from Proenza Schouler; Bowlmor Lanes.

From L to R: First Row: Whole Foods; Liquiteria; The Mercer Hotel; Jonathan Adler. Second Row: Richard Avedon at The Whitney; The High Line; Espadrilles by Proenza Schouler; Bowlmor Lanes.

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