Photography by Rebecca Low

Lucy Wallace Eustice and Monica Zwirner

Co-Founders, MZ Wallace

| UWS | East Village

It was the late ’90’s, the height of logomania when there was rarely a bag in sight without “C”’s, “F”’s or “Juicy”’s on it, but Monica Zwirner and Lucy Wallace Eustice had a different vision in mind: to create quietly chic, functional accessories that stood out without standing out and, just like that, MZ Wallace was born. Known for its clean lines and urban-minded fabrics (think water-resistant, stain-resistant nylon), it isn’t surprising that Zwirner and Eustice are true New Yorkers, born-and-bred. Before launching the line, Zwirner worked as a stylist for brands like Gucci and Porsche, then moved into interior design under famed NY architect Annabelle Selldorf, while Eustice made a name for herself as an accessories editor (most notably, as the Senior Accessories Editor of Liz Tilberis’ Harper’s Bazaar and later, Accessories Director at ELLE). Now, after 15+ years in business together, the duo’s mission remains the same: always refined, never showy. Like they say, “those who know, know, and those who don’t, don’t matter…” Here, the girls sit down with CITIPHILE to reveal their little black books on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: LE: Salumeria Rosi (MAP IT, BOOK ITx). Their house-made salumi is amazing and I love the steak.
MZ: I go to The Redhead (*Location now closed).

COFFEE OR TEA: LE: Coffee from Saturdays on Crosby Street (MAP ITx).
MZ: I’m generally a morning tea drinker, but when I want a great cup of coffee, it’s always from Everyman Espresso (MAP ITx) because Sam makes the best café latte in New York.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: LE: Union Square Café (MAP IT, BOOK ITx)— they have the best food and service in NYC; they also make excellent martinis.
MZ: Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria (MAP IT, BOOK ITx). To begin, I always have their black kale salad (the best of its kind). Their pasta dishes are incredible as well – generally handmade— and all the ingredients are from the local market. It’s truly fantastic.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: LE: An americano is my favorite drink. The best one is at Bemelmans at The Carlyle (MAP ITx).
MZ: Red wine! But, my favorite bar is at The Bowery Hotel (MAP ITx) where they serve a fantastic negroni.

AFTER-WORK HAPPY HOUR: LE: My friend, Vance’s house for margaritas.
MZ: I love old, classic New York restaurants like Fanelli’s Café in SoHo (MAP ITx)— it’s authentic New York (it opened in 1922!), has a great bar, and it’s fun to stand inside for a drink.

LADIES LUNCH: LE: For lunch, I like Lure Fishbar on Mercer Street (MAP IT, BOOK ITx). For dinner, Yakitori Totto (MAP ITx) is always fun.
MZ: The new Sant Ambroeus in SoHo (MAP IT, BOOK ITx). I always loved their uptown restaurant and their downtown location feels like a classic Milanese restaurant; it’s very un-New York.

BEST BRUNCH: LE: I’ve been going to The Odeon (MAP IT, BOOK ITx) for years. It has a great atmosphere and is a NY landmark.
MZ: I love everything on the menu at Cookshop in Chelsea (MAP ITx). I often visit galleries on Saturdays and it’s the perfect place to stop for a break in between shows.

MUSIC PICK: LE: I like soul and 70’s rock. The best venue for live shows is The Beacon Theatre (MAP ITx).
MZ: I love jazz and the Village Vanguard (MAP ITx) is not only the best venue in New York, but probably the best in the world.

HEALTHY STAPLE: LE: City Bakery (MAP ITx) has the best salad bar.
MZ: The Smile (MAP IT, BOOK ITx) for their roasted chicken or bib lettuce and radish salad with avocado.

GUILTY PLEASURE: LE: Pastrami on rye with mustard at Katz’s on East Houston Street (MAP ITx). Or, halvah from Kalustyan’s on Lexington Avenue (MAP ITx).
MZ: Cereal ice cream from Momofuku Milk Bar in the East Village (MAP ITx). It’s legendary and for a good reason.

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: LE: The gardens at the Cloisters Museum (MAP ITx).
MZ: The Rose Reading Room at the NY Public Library (MAP ITx) is one of the most spectacular places in the city; very few people go there making it a true oasis in this hectic city.

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: LE: Early mornings in Riverside Park (x) and Zabar’s (my home away from home) (MAP ITx).
MZ: The energy that you feel everyday living and working in NY– no other city has that.

REGULAR AT: LE: Book Culture on Columbus Avenue (MAP ITx) and upstairs at Fairway Market (MAP IT) for breakfast.
MZ: McNally Jackson (MAP ITx). I probably stop in once a week to browse their bookshelves and check out their recent staff picks which are always excellent.

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: LE: We like to eat at Peasant on Elizabeth Street (MAP IT, BOOK ITx) and then go the Angelika (MAP ITx) or Film Forum (MAP ITx) for a movie.

KID-FRIENDLY STAPLE: LE: Rotisserie Georgette on East 60th Street (MAP IT, BOOK ITx). We all love the roast chicken and fries. The kids love it, you can hear yourself talk and they don’t rush you.
MZ: We love Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria. Our family goes about every two weeks if we can— the food is amazing!

CLOSET CHECK: LE: I would say my style is classic with an edge. For clothing, I shop at Barneys (MAP ITx), A.P.C. (MAP IT), Trash & Vaudeville (MAP ITx) and Yoox online.
MZ: I recently bought a dress by The Row and I’m so excited that they will be opening their own store later this year in a townhouse on the Upper East Side. Their designs are simple, timeless, yet luxurious which is exactly what I’m always looking for. My personal style involves clean lines and great design like Levi’s jeans or a great navy blazer. I also love luxurious fabrics and unusual accessories so I guess that would make me a minimalist with a twist. There’s a little store in the East Village called Pas de Deux (*Location now closed) that has a great selection of both American and European designers.

ACCESSORIES PICK: LE: I wear Cartier, Hermès and Solange Azagury-Partridge. I can always find something unique and beautiful at De Vera on Crosby Street (MAP ITx).
MZ: I love antique jewelry so I generally wear a piece from my own antique jewelry collection. There is a new store on the Upper East Side called Demner Miletto (x) that carries antique and contemporary designers; it’s founded by my friend, Antonia Miletto. Another fun store is Sidney Garber (MAP ITx), owned by Brooke Neidich; she has amazing style and some spectacular designs which she sells in her boutique on Madison Avenue.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: LE: Matta (MAP ITx) for interesting ethnic pieces. Frederic Malle on Madison Avenue (MAP ITx) for the ultimate scented candle.
MZ: Michele Varian (MAP ITx) sells great items for the home. If not, ABC Carpet & Home (MAP ITx) is a treasure trove for great accessories and gifts.

FOR HIM: LE: My husband loves pens and shoes so Fountain Pen Hospital in Tribeca (MAP ITx) is a go-to. For shoes, there’s JM Weston on Madison Avenue (MAP ITx), Crockett and Jones (MAP ITx) and his new favorite, Loakes which I get online.
MZ: My husband loves books so I almost always end up at The Strand (MAP ITx) to look for some obscure book or gift. Otherwise, I love Odin (MAP ITx); it has been around for more than 10 years and they have a great selection of men’s clothing and accessories.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: LE: Victoria (x) at Whittemore House on Grove Street (MAP ITx) for the best color. When in town, Alexandra Soveral (x) gives amazing facials.
MZ: Rodrigo Padilla (x) at Sally Hershberger (MAP ITx). He’s been cutting my hair for several years and he is great.

FIT PICK: LE: Barre3 on 8th Street (MAP ITx), in addition to streaming workouts from their website (which are great). I also cycle (outdoors only, year round)— I ride a carbon fiber SuperSix EVO Cannondale road bike for long training rides here and out in Orient on the North Fork where we go on the weekends. I also have several commuter bikes that I ride to work. My current favorite is an eight-gear Trek Soho with disk brakes and a belt drive that I got at Bicycle Habitat on Lafayette Street (MAP ITx).
MZ: Yoga at least twice a week with Monica Jaggi (x) at Jivamukti Yoga (MAP ITx). I’ve practiced with many teachers and I think she’s absolutely the best.

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: LE: Someone walking a full-grown pig on a leash down 2nd Avenue.
MZ: In December 2013, my husband showed Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room at his gallery, David Zwirner Gallery (MAP IT) in New York. During the exhibition, four couples left the room engaged! I think NYC is the only city where people would wait for hours to be inspired by an exhibition and leave planning their wedding. CP

Lucy & Monica’s New York

From L to R: First Row: Piece at David Zwirner gallery; Inside Union Square Café; Menswear at Odin; Katz’s Delicatessen. Second Row: MZ Wallace accessories; Sidney Garber bracelets; Pasta at Il Buco; Lunch at Union Square Café.


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