Photography by Trevor Smith

Ramon Martin and Ryan Lobo

Designers, TOME

| Prospect Park & East Village

For a fashion label designed by two men, TOME unequivocally knows its woman— she’s fierce, mature, discerningly put-together, and yet, pragmatic; the kind of woman who’d pair a statement culotte with a lived-in white tee or the one that’d be seduced by punctilious tailoring before she ever would viral fads. Yes, TOME is Jennifer Fisher, Natalie Joos and Jane Keltner de Valle— all fellow CP contribs and some of the six year-old brand’s earliest champions. Granted, it more than deserves its well-heeled following; the brainchild of long-time best friends Ramon Martin and Ryan Lobo (the Aussie duo met in school when they were just 19), the made-in-NY label comes after honing over a decade of fashion chops: Martin as a designer at Alberta Ferretti, Gaultier, J Mendel and Derek Lam; Lobo as a celebrated stylist, journalist, buyer and brand consultant in Australia. Now, at their shared atelier, pieces bear a quiet intelligence: kimono-style dresses with origami pleats, fluid tops and roomy trousers are cast in neutrals and earth tones, allowing each’s detailed construction to take center stage. The guys are devoted to pushing the industry forward too: as part of the CFDA’s sustainable initiative, Martin and Lobo are leaders in working with repurposed and recycled fabrics. Defining what it means to be both modern and original, the guys offer something relatively rare: fashion that’s as wanted as it is needed. Here, they sit down with CITIPHILE to reveal their little black books on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: The NoMad Hotel (MAP IT, BOOK ITx)— the roast chicken is delicious.

COFFEE OR TEA: Coffee from Seven Grams Caffe (MAP IT, x) because it’s close to our studio and they know our order by heart.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: It changes every week! There is always something new to try, but the burger at Raoul’s (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) is still a favorite.

RL: A Cosmopolitan from the bar at The Gramercy Park Hotel (MAP IT, x)— it’s always a good place for a cocktail, as is The Marlton Hotel (MAP IT, x).

AFTER-WORK HAPPY HOUR: We drink champagne in the studio if we stay that late.

GROUP DINNER: Il Buco Alimentari (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) is a crowd-pleaser for sure.

WHERE TO BRING OUT-OF-TOWNERS: Upstate— to Columbia County.

MUSIC PICK: We listen to everything from classical to rock. We like Carnegie Hall (MAP IT, x) because of the incredible line-up of talent they have; Bjork performing there last fall was a highlight.

BEST BRUNCH: We don’t have a favorite brunch spot, but breakfast at Lafayette (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) is a go-to.

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: 7th Avenue in Chelsea— it runs the gamut.

HEALTHY STAPLE: The healthiest way to eat is always preparing your own so we shop at the Union Square Greenmarket (MAP IT, x) for the best produce in the city. We’ll order from Stamina Grill (MAP IT, ORDER IT, x) if we’re especially busy.

GUILTY PLEASURE: That chicken at The NoMad Hotel!

FIRST THING WE MISS WHEN WE’RE AWAY: How quickly things move here.

REGULAR AT: One of our favorite bookstores is Mast Books on Avenue A (MAP IT, x)— it has a great selection of used photography and art books. Their inventory turns over quickly so it’s worth stopping by whenever you’re in the neighborhood.

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: The couch with Netflix.

DELIVERY GO-TO: Ivan Ramen (MAP IT, x).

TO SEE AND BE SEEN: Lunch at Lure Fishbar (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

TO GET INSPIRED: MoMA (MAP IT, x), The Whitney (MAP IT, x), The Met (MAP IT, x) and the many galleries in Chelsea.

GO-TO GETAWAY: Upstate— Hudson in the winter; Fire Island in the summer.

IDEAL SUMMER IN THE CITY: The new park opposite St. Vincent’s in the West Village is a nice little spot with a bit of everything.

CLOSET CHECK: Our styles are both relaxed, easy, low-key— generally, whatever is clean. We both really only shop online, but we do always visit Dries Van Noten when we’re in Paris. Buying menswear does not excite us, it’s just necessary; however, we’ve bought inspirational vintage women’s wear around the world— most notably in San Francisco, Lisbon and Sydney. We also love Resurrection Vintage in NYC (MAP IT, x). 

BEST HOME DÉCOR: FLOS (MAP IT, x), The Future Perfect (MAP IT, x), Global Table in SoHo (MAP IT, x) for amazing ceramics and there are still great finds at the Chelsea Flea Market (MAP IT, x), though it’s smaller than it used to be.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: Clic Gallery in SoHo (MAP IT, x) is full of wonderful books and prints that you can buy as gifts (but will want to keep for yourself!).

GROOMING BLACK BOOK: RL: I’m a big fan of Aire Ancient Baths in Tribeca (MAP IT, x). 

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: Where does one start? Seeing Julianne Moore descending the steps to the subway outside of Dean & DeLuca in SoHo is quite New York! CP

Ramon & Ryan’s New York

From L to R: First Row:

From L to R: First Row: Seven Grams Caffe; Raoul’s burger; Gramercy Park Hotel’s lobby bar; Ceramics from Global Table. Second Row: Quiche at Lafayette; Inside Carnegie Hall; Mast Books; Inside Clic Gallery.


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