Photography by Eric Isaac

Jordan Askill

Jewelry Designer

| L.E.S.

Whoever coined the phrase, “Jack of all trades, master of none” clearly hadn’t met Jordan Askill. In fact, when we meet the Australian-born designer in his Lower East Side pad (a home he shares with his two, just-as-talented brothers, BTW), we find that all of the pieces we can’t stop waxing poetic over have one pair of hands in common: his. Notice those equine sculptures resting on his coffee table? Yep, Askill’s. But, if their signature handiwork was your clue (he often uses similar motifs in his jewelry), here’s a total curve ball: that attention-grabbing image of a man jumping through glass that hangs above his couch? Well, said man would be none other than Askill, too (it was actually a project for his video director brother, but we told you they were a talented bunch). At the moment, Askill helms his namesake jewelry brand– a smattering of sculpted panther pendants and jade earrings encased in floral gold– but his design chops harken all the way back to an apprenticeship with the late Alexander McQueen followed by a four year tenure at Dior Homme (now, that’s living the dream). Since debuting his own line in 2010, he’s collaborated with celebrated labels like Georg Jensen, launched a line with Topshop, and, perhaps most proudly, had his work exhibited in The Museum of London. Here, he sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal his little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: I love Lalito (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x), Russ & Daughters Cafe on Orchard Street (MAP IT, x) and Dimes (MAP IT, x).

COFFEE OR TEA: Hibiscus, orange and ginger aguas frescas from Lalito!

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: The old Four Seasons in the Seagram Building for the water feature. I love Omen in SoHo (MAP IT, x) as well.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A glass of wine sitting at the bar of The Odeon (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

AFTER-WORK HAPPY HOUR: The Flower Shop on the L.E.S (MAP IT, x).

POWER LUNCH: Two Hands on Church Street (MAP IT, x).

WHERE TO BRING OUT-OF-TOWNERS: Central ParkThe Met (MAP IT, x), The Guggenheim (MAP IT, x) with a stop for brunch at Blue Stone Lane (MAP IT, x) just up the street, and The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens (MAP IT, x).

MUSIC PICK: I love going to a Philip Glass show in NYC— I went to one recently at Lincoln Center (MAP IT, x) and another at The Town Hall (MAP IT, x) and both were amazing city experiences.

BEST BRUNCH: I love going to Café Henrie in the L.E.S. (MAP IT, x)— it’s so calm and they have the best, most delicate acai bowls I’ve ever had. I also love going to the Blue Stone Lane uptown on Sundays (it is next to a church and opposite the park).

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: An outdoor café in the L.E.S. or uptown.

HEALTHY STAPLE: Souen (MAP IT, x) for rice soup.

GUILTY PLEASURE: A take-out raw cake from Juice Press  in SoHo (MAP IT, x); Bakeri  in Williamsburg (MAP IT, x).

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: Grand Central to Garrison.

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: The mixture of water, city and greenery upstate.

REGULAR AT: I love Iron and Silk Fitness (MAP IT, x).


QUOTIDIAN KEEPER: I love the aquarium on Delancey Street (MAP IT, x).

GO-TO GETAWAY: I love going on a hike upstate to Breakneck Ridge (MAP IT, x). Also, Clarence Fahnestock State Park (MAP IT, x) is beautiful and feels quite old-school; they turn the river into a beach in the summer.

CLOSET CHECK: My style is simple and together. I love to find and wear black tee shirts from museums or national parks that I visit. Also, Richardson Shop on Broome Street (MAP IT, x) is a great streetwear and magazine boutique.

BEST HOME DÉCOR: I find the best stuff while traveling— I recently went to the Tuscon Gem Fair and I got lots of crystal bowls for my home. I like my place to look a bit like a museum; I recently bought a fluval edge aquarium for our lounge room.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: Gea’s Garden Jewels on 10th Street (MAP IT, x).

GROOMING BLACK BOOK: Fellow Barber in the West Village (MAP IT, x).

FIT PICK: Iron and Silk Fitness.

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: Ten minutes after I read this, I jumped on the F train and was squashed next to Philip Glass— that was pretty amazing. CP

Jordan’s New York

From L to R: First Row: Breakfast at Lalito; The Flower Shop; Accessories from Richardson Shop; View from Breakneck Ridge. Second Row: Salad at Dimes; Geodes from Gia’s Garden Jewels; Inside Fellow Barber; The Pacific Aquarium.


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