Photography by Lord Ashbury

Jennifer Zuccarini

Designer, Fleur du Mal

| Nolita

Remember the first time you tuned into the Victoria Secret fashion show and were mesmerized by vampy angels in jewel-encrusted negligés and larger-than-life wings? Or how about the time fate led you to the swoon-worthy windows of a Kiki de Montparnasse shop, an encounter that would forever change your lingerie game? If either has your fashion bell ringing, it’s likely you have Jennifer Zuccarini to thank. The former Design Director of Victoria Secret and Co-Founder of Kiki de Montparnasse knows a thing or two about sexy so it’s no surprise that her two-year-old lingerie brand Fleur du Mal is laden with slinky slips, lacy bras and vintage-inspired garters. (We’re especially lusting over the floral jacquard bra and pencil skirt combo for fall.) So, in the spirit of dressing up and turning heads, Zuccarini sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: I love the Mediterranean breakfast at Jack’s Wife Freda (MAP ITx): poached eggs with chopped salad, labne, avocado and pita bread. I like the diversity of flavors and texture. Also, the new Sant Ambroeus on Lafayette Street (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) has been my go-to lately. I have the artichoke or lentil salad and, sometimes, a plate of gluten-free spaghetti pomodoro.

COFFEE OR TEA: Coffee! I like so many places, but recently I’ve been frequenting Happy Bones on Broome Street (MAP IT, x) for an almond milk latte and a peanut butter cookie.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Indochine (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). I remember going there when I was 19 years old and thinking it was the most glamorous place ever. I still feel the same way about it— it’s so New York. I’m vegetarian so I usually order the summer rolls, crispy bean curd with pea shoots and a side of jasmine rice. For many years, they offered a vegetarian plate which was my absolute favorite… I was crushed when they took it off the menu.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A spicy, spicy tequila cocktail or an extra dirty martini. One of my favorites is The Matador (tequila, bell pepper, cantaloupe, habañero bitters, pink peppercorn, lime, agave and sea salt) at Apotheke on Doyers Street (MAP IT, x) or the Margarita Pamplemousse (tequila, lime, agave, combier, pamplemousse and amargo-vallet) at Sel Rrose, a neighborhood bar I like, on Delancey (MAP IT, x).

GIRLS NIGHT OUT: We don’t have a regular place right now; There is always somewhere new to go! For a fun night with friends, I would probably go to Paul’s Baby Grand (MAP IT, x) or dinner at Miss Favela in Brooklyn (MAP IT, x) followed by dancing at Bembe (MAP IT, x).

BEST BRUNCH: ABC Kitchen (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) for any meal really, but brunch is pretty fantastic. Everything there is perfect. The food is organic, seasonal and always amazing. I don’t go often enough!

HEALTHY STAPLE: The Butcher’s Daughter (MAP IT, x) for the spicy kale salad with tempeh. It’s healthy and super delicious.

GUILTY PLEASURE: A dark chocolate chip and sea salt cookie from The Smile To Go on Howard Street (MAP ITx)— a nearly daily habit I’m trying to kick!

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: The Elizabeth Street Sculpture Garden (MAP IT, x). It’s a magical little garden in Nolita. Sometimes they have yoga classes during the day and they occasionally play movies in the evening.

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: Il Buco (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) or The Waverly Inn (MAP IT, BOOK ITx).

FAVORITE CUISINE: Mexican at ABC Cocina (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) or La Esquina (MAP ITx).

REGULAR AT: Balthazar (MAP IT, BOOK ITx) is great anytime, especially during the week when it’s not overrun with tourists. I hit The Smile To Go for coffee or lunch about 4 times per week. (Insider tip: go early before the line is out the door and they run out of food!) I like to browse the new magazines at Iconic Magazines on Mulberry Street (MAP IT, x) and SLT in SoHo (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) is my favorite workout class.

THING I MISS MOST WHEN I’M AWAY: Being able to have anything and everything I’d ever want or need delivered.

BEST VINTAGE: I like Geminola  on Perry Street (*Location now closed), but I found one of my favorite vintage Gaultier pieces at Allan and Suzi  on Centre Street (MAP IT, x).

BEST BOUDOIR: Our studio is a hidden gem. People book private appointments to shop there all of the time. I used to source vintage at the Manhattan Vintage Show when I was at Kiki de Montparnasse. I also love Resurrection Vintage (MAP IT, x).

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: Clic Gallery (MAP IT, x) or Dashwood Books (MAP IT, x) for rare and vintage books.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: I like getting a massage at Eden Spa (MAP IT, x). They are open until 10 pm every night and you get a free meal with your massage (though I usually don’t eat there).

FIT PICK: I have a few classes that I rotate between including yoga at Yoga Vida (MAP ITx) (they have great music), SLT (my favorite because it feels like 3 workouts in one, especially Jay’s class), SoulCycle (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) and I just started Barry’s Bootcamp (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). All I really want to do are those Beyoncé dance classes but they are booked until like next year!

I would say when I met my husband. We met during the second Fashion’s Night Out at the Armani store uptown! It was so random, but so fun. We had a glass of Champagne and he said, “I have a driver so why don’t you and your friends just come with me?” We spent the whole evening together bouncing from place to place (I met Grace Coddington along the way) and ended the night with a very late dinner at The Standard Grill. It all felt very New York. CP

Jennifer’s New York

From L to R: First Row: Happy Bones; Jack’s Wife Freda; Womenswear from Allan & Suzi; Cocktail at Apotheke. Second Row: Lingerie by Fleur du Mal; Inside Sel Rrose; The Butcher’s Daughter; Pasta at Sant Ambroeus.


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