Photography by Brandon Schulman

Mara Hoffman

Designer

| Williamsburg

Mara Hoffman’s foray into fashion was as storybook as they come: walking down the streets in a printed ensemble of her design, she caught the discriminating eye of Patricia Field (yes, the woman behind Carrie Bradshaw’s enviable closet) who proceeded to place an order for her own boutique, House of Field, right then and there. As it turns out, this would be merely the first in a series of “pinch me” moments for the designer— the latest surely being the presentation of her Resort ’16 collection at the Versace mansion in Miami. Keen on geometric motifs and technicolor prints, Hoffman says her travels often inform her ready-to-wear and swimwear lines, although her own vibrant spirit inevitably plays an equal role. Living in Williamsburg with her husband, collage artist Javier Piñon and son (and inspiring drummer), Joaquin, she radiates the good vibrations for which her label has become so famous. Here, Hoffman sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.


NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY:
Walter Foods (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).  It’s always consistent across the board— great food, atmosphere and people.

COFFEE OR TEA: A soy latte from Oslo Coffee Roasters (MAP IT, x)— good brew, yo.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Balthazar (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x); I love the raw bar seafood platter.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A dirty martini from Extra Virgin in the West Village (MAP IT, x). Best bartender: Daud Sturdivant.

LADIES LUNCH: Takahachi on Avenue A (MAP IT, x) or SoHo House (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

MUSIC PICK: Good reggae, folk and all things Bob Dylan. Miss Lily’s (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) has a great playlist.

BEST BRUNCH: Café Mogador in Williamsburg (MAP IT, x); the food, service and environment are all awesome.

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: Union Square.

HEALTHY STAPLE: Sweetgreen (MAP IT, x) for the Rad Thai salad (arugula, mesclun, sprouts, carrots, shredded cabbage, spicy sunflower seeds, cucumbers, basil and citrus shrimp in a spicy cashew dressing).

GUILTY PLEASURE: Fried chicken from Hill Country Chicken (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: The convenience.

REGULAR AT: Kula Yoga (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) for a great yoga class; Summers Brooklyn (MAP IT, x) for their green juice and baby coconuts; Oslo for a coffee/café; the flea market on Sundays in Williamsburg for shopping.

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: Salt + Charcoal (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x)— great drinks, yummy food and it’s close to home.

TO ESCAPE AND UNWIND: Upstate New York to be with nature, relax and unwind.

CLOSET CHECK: I like comfy and easy. Narnia Vintage (MAP IT, x) is one of my favorite places to shop.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: Love Adorned (MAP IT, x). It’s one of the best stores in NYC.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: Uni K Wax Center (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) for a quick and easy wax that’s as pain-free as a wax can be.

FIT PICK: I walk and practice yoga as much as I can during the week.  I really love Kula Yoga and Greenhouse Holistic in Williamsburg (MAP IT, x).

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: Meeting Patricia Field when she was styling Sex and the City— it’s what jump-started my career. CP

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