Andrew at his favorite neighborhood hangout, Little Park; By Bailey Calfee; Photography by Trevor Smith

Paul Andrew

Shoe Designer

| Tribeca

To say shoe designer Paul Andrew discovered his life’s calling early is an understatement— at 12 years old, he was decorating his walls with Vogue tear sheets, making his own clothing (thanks to an inherited sewing machine from his grandmother) and, most emblematically/poetically, studying the detailed footwear in his mother’s closet. Of course, innate passion often leads to untold success and Andrew’s case proves just that— an apprenticeship for Alexander McQueen, a personal invitation from Narciso Rodriguez to launch his accessories collection (what ultimately prompted Andrew’s move from London to NYC), then stints at Calvin Klein and Donna Karan; it’s no wonder that when the designer debuted his own eponymous label in 2012, it received unprecedented attention. Jump ahead two years and the brand became the youngest ever to win the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, not to mention the first Brit to take home the prize—no small feat. His shoes are provocative, pretty and disarmingly painless, but best of all, they look and feel inspired… soles with soul— how perfect is that? Here, Andrew sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal his little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Little Park (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) at the Smyth Hotel. There’s a casual, yet highly sophisticated atmosphere to the earth-toned dining room with hanging plants, moody lighting and midcentury modern furniture. The colorful, delicious food and cocktails are unrivaled in the neighborhood.  My go-to dishes are the bigeye tuna with market vegetables, the snow peas with mint and the cinnamon toast ice cream for dessert.

COFFEE OR TEA: Coffee  The best cup in the city is at Baked (MAP IT, x) on Church Street because not only do they make a great triple-shot skim cappuccino, but they also make the most delicious cakes in the city… if there’s one thing I love as much as coffee, it’s cake!

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Blue Hill (MAP IT, BOOK IT, X). Their elegant menu showcases seasonal food from local producers who respect artisanal techniques. Their ingredients come from nearby farms, including their own in Great Barrington and Tarrytown (a forty-five minute drive from NYC). They offer a delicious four-course tasting menu, but I always opt for the “Farmer’s Feast” six-course tasting, inspired by the week’s harvest.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A Negroni made with Hendrick’s gin. The barman at Weather Up in Tribeca (MAP IT, x) makes a nice one.

AFTER-WORK HAPPY HOUR: Bemelmans Bar (MAP IT, x) at the Carlyle Hotel.

POWER LUNCH: Giorgione on Spring Street (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). The food is exceptional and the general manager, AJ Cattafo always takes the best care of me and my dinner guests.

MUSIC PICK: I have really varied taste in music; I love everything from Bjork to Nikki Minaj to Wagner! If I’m in the mood for classical music, I head to The Met Opera (MAP IT, x); for jazz, Village Vanguard (MAP IT, X), and if I’m in the mood to let my hair down, I head to ElevenEleven in the L.E.S. (MAP IT, x).

BEST BRUNCH: The Odeon (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). The atmosphere is wonderfully old-New York and the food is delicious— the best tuna burger in the city.

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: My morning subway ride to the office every day.

HEALTHY STAPLE: Sabi Sushi in the Plaza Food Hall (MAP IT, x); I order the “Plaza Platter” sashimi plate.

GUILTY PLEASURE: The mille crêpes cakes from Lady M (MAP IT, x).

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: My boyfriend of thirteen years, Siddhartha.

REGULAR AT: I can lose hours perusing the shelves at Three Lives Bookshop (MAP IT, x) in the West Village. They have an expertly curated collection of classics, modern fiction and art books. If I’m ever lost for inspiration, I can usually find it here.

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: Il Buco (MAP IT, BOOK ITx). The food, the wine and the service are continually exceptional.

DELIVERY GO-TO: I typically eat out every night of the week, but if I’m home, I’ll order Japanese from Takahachi (MAP IT, ORDER ITx).

TO ESCAPE AND UNWIND: The garden at The Greenwich Hotel (MAP IT, x) is so magical; it feels like an oasis in this hectic city.

CLOSET CHECK: My style is clean, classic and something of a uniform- I wear a version of the same thing every day, and it always starts with a clean white Theory (MAP IT) t-shirt. I most typically wear Dries Van Noten, Valentino (MAP IT) and Prada (MAP IT).

ACCESSORIES PICK: I find it difficult to find well-made, classic, yet comfortable men’s shoes with a modern twist— something a younger guy can wear with a suit or with jeans and feel cool, yet dressed. I have recently been thinking what it might be like to launch a line of Paul Andrew men’s shoes…

BEST HOME DÉCOR: My apartment is an eclectic mix of pieces my boyfriend and I have picked up on our travels over the past several years: a wall of English 18th century portraits next to hand-carved chairs from the Ivory Coast, textiles from Uzbekistan and Mexico, Coptic crosses from Ethiopia set against a mid-century modern American furniture from Paul McCobb, Harvey Probber and Paul Evans. I like the apartment to feel still and convey a sense of airiness. I feel that the space pieces live in is part of them; it should set them off and complete them.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: De Vera on Crosby Street (MAP IT, x) always has the most perfect gifts for the perfect host.

GROOMING BLACK BOOK: My hairstylist, Michael (x), the Founder and Creative Director of Wonderland on 13th Street (MAP IT, x), is nothing short of amazing. I’ve been seeing him for more than fifteen years.

FIT PICK: I’m really fortunate that there’s a fully equipped gym in my apartment building. I run between six and eight miles on the treadmill every morning and lift weights with a personal trainer three times a week.

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: During the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition, I was challenged by Anna Wintour and the selection committee to seek inspiration from an American city— I was given New York City. I interpreted one of the most iconic aspects of the skyline, the Chrysler Building’s spire, into a heel on what’s now one of my best-selling pumps. CP

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