Photography by Trevor Smith

Rickie De Sole

Fashion Market and Accessories Director, W

| Upper East Side

We like to imagine that if we were Rickie De Sole, we’d think of our lifetime as years of walking without our feet ever touching the ground— and no, not because they’re perpetually clad in devilish Tom Ford heels (though, hers usually are…). More so because De Sole has the sort of story that inspires big dreams and even bigger goals: she calls working backstage at Gucci, “a high school job,” Prada and Vogue, “former employers,” and Mr. Ford himself, a very good friend (FYI, he custom designed her wedding gown and outfitted her bridesmaids too). But, we guess that’s just what happens when you’re tailor-made for an industry; De Sole bounced from Vanity Fair to Vogue to W Mag not by chance, but by talent. Case in point: her current role as W’s Fashion Market and Accessories Director came via a personal request from E-I-C and fellow CP contrib, Stefano Tonchi. You know, now that we think about, all we want to be when we grow up is Rickie. Here, De Sole sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Uptown near home, it’s Sushi Seki (MAP IT, x) for their omakase and Via Quadronno (MAP IT, x) for the best vegetable purée soup. Downtown near work, I love Augustine (MAP IT, BOOK ITx) and Café Cluny (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) for breakfast meetings.

COFFEE OR TEA: Coffee. Shakespeare and Co. (MAP IT, x) on Lexington Avenue and 68th Street opened a coffee shop inside their bookstore last year and I think it is the best cup in the neighborhood! I grab my coffee on the way to work and another at the Conde Nast café inside One World Trade when I arrive.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: My current obsession is Le Coucou (MAP IT, BOOK ITx)— the black bass and shellfish bourride is the perfect seafood dish. I love the décor at the restaurant too; it’s definitely a New York City gem.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: My favorite cocktail is a dry vodka martini at The Carlyle (MAP IT, x). It feels like classic New York, any time of year. 

AFTER-WORK HAPPY HOUR: The above, as well as Weather Up (MAP IT, x)— it’s near the office and has great cocktails.

LADIES LUNCH: Nothing beats lunch at Freds at Barneys (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) with a little shopping on Madison Avenue after.

MUSIC PICK: I listen to everything! I used to love going to Sway on Spring Street  when I first moved to New York for a good night of dancing. My friend’s husband just relaunched the club as Paul’s Casablanca (MAP IT, x) and the music is always the best.

BEST BRUNCH: Sant Ambroeus on Lafayette (MAP IT, BOOK ITx)— the best service in New York (the staff is so friendly). I dream about the Crostino Milanese eggs!

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: The scene at The Polo Bar (MAP IT, BOOK ITx)!

HEALTHY STAPLE: Either Blue Ribbon Sushi (MAP IT, x) for sashimi or a salad from Chop’t (MAP IT), both are located inside the food court at Brookfield (which is across the street from the Condé Nast offices). 

GUILTY PLEASURE: Food-wise, Mr. Chow (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) for Chinese!

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: I miss having access to anything and everything at all hours of the day!

REGULAR AT: I have been going to boxing classes at Punch Fitness Center on Madison and 78th Street (MAP IT, x) twice a week for 5 years with a few of my closest fashion friends: Meredith Melling, Chloe Malle, Nora Milch and Karla Martinez de Salas. We keep each other motivated to show up each week and the trainers always mix up the workouts so we never get bored!

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: A night at home! They are rare so any opportunity we get, we try to cook at home and enjoy being alone in our apartment, usually watching House of Cards or the latest Netflix show!

DELIVERY GO-TO: When I’m home alone and don’t feel like cooking, I love to order in the Pollanca salad from Mezzaluna (MAP IT, ORDER ITx).

TO SEE AND BE SEEN: I think Sant Ambroeus SoHo has become a de facto Fashion industry cafeteria so certainly a place to go see friends, minus any pretentious “see and be seen” culture.

TO RELAX AND UNWIND: I love the spa at The Peninsula Hotel (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). They have an indoor pool and outdoor terraces you can lounge on before or after your treatment.

QUOTIDIAN KEEPER: Empire Shoe Repair on Lexington and 71st Street (MAP IT, x) is the best place for a quick, sturdy shoe repair. I take all of my boots to be fixed [there] at the end of the season so that they are as good as new next time I bring them out of storage.

SPRING IN THE CITY: We live near Central Park so when the weather starts warming up, we like to meet friends there with a picnic and blankets. 

GO-TO GETAWAY: We started visiting the North Fork a few years ago as a great weekend escape from the city. We love the rooms and the farm-to-table food at the Jedediah Hawkins Inn (MAP ITx) and always make a point to visit Croteaux Vineyards (MAP IT, x). It’s a little more low-key than visiting the Hamptons and nice to spend a weekend alone with my husband!

CLOSET STAPLE: Anyone who knows me well knows that I love an A-line dress! I tend to wear more color and print in the summer. I am most excited for the La Double J pop-up at Bergdorf Goodman so that I can stock up on good summer prints. I am also looking forward to Linda Fargo’s new shop-in-shop at BG (MAP IT, x). She has the best taste and I know she will stock the store with one-of-a-kind, colorful finds.

BEST HOME DÉCOR: My interior style is quite contemporary. I love to add color into the house through art and photography. We worked with the Dallas-based interior designer David Cadwallader (x) when we first built our apartment.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: John Derian on 2nd Street (MAP IT, x) has the best housewarming/hostess gifts at every price point. 

FOR HIM: Old and rare books from Argosy Book Store on 59th Street (MAP IT, x). I love giving gifts that feel personal!

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: I am obsessed with the “Ultimate Facial” at Daphne Studio on Broome Street (MAP IT, x). They use Biologique Recherche products and you leave feeling like a new person.

FIT PICK: I do it all! As I mentioned, I am devoted to boxing two days a week at Punch Fitness. I also do pilates at Center for Movement on Lexington Avenue (MAP IT, x) once a week (Birdie is the best!); and for a good sweat, I’ll take Attain Definition classes at Tracy Anderson (MAP IT, x) (she just opened a location uptown which I am excited to try). SLT (MAP IT, BOOK ITx) and SoulCycle (MAP IT, BOOK ITx) are also in my neighborhood so I go when I can!

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: My husband always jokes that my days could only happen in New York– at any hour you can get a manicure, a meal, a blow-dry, a massage and so on… I think the pace of our days is “only in NY!” CP

Rickie’s New York

From L to R: First Row: Coffee at Café Cluny.; Inside Le Cou Cou; Ladies lunch at Freds; Fashion from Bergdorf Goodman. Second Row: Omakase at Sushi Seki; View from The Peninsula Hotel; Breakfast at Augustine; A vodka martini from Weather Up.


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