By Mackenzie Brewster; Photography by William Ross

Shane Gabier and Chris Peters

Designers, Creatures of the Wind

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When a brand’s first collection lands a feature on the cover of WWD and a spread in W, you know it’s one to watch. But Creatures of the Wind designers Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters haven’t just been watched—they’ve been awarded. Big time. Like being named one of the best rising labels in Business of Fashion’s “BoF 500” and runners-up for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, then taking home the CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear in a span of just five years. It’s here where the critics and cool girls agree— Lena Dunham, Elle Fanning and Tavi Gevinson are Gabier/Peters’ loyalists. Finding inspiration in unexpected sources— be it the psychedelia of the ‘20s, ‘60s and ‘70s or the intrinsic style of Picasso’s muse, Jacqueline Roque— the guys cut a distinct cloth: one of imagination, eccentricity, practicality and ease. From combining rare, exotic textiles in their garments to curating a collection of period pieces in their own living room, they’ve got a knack for unearthing some serious gems. Here, the designers sit down with CITIPHILE to reveal their little black books on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: We eat at Dimes (MAP IT, x) a lot. It’s equally fantastic for breakfast, lunch or dinner, though we’re there for breakfast most often since it’s the easiest to get in then. It’s surprisingly difficult to find truly healthy, delicious food in NYC, but everything on their menu is exactly what we want to be eating. Our breakfast favorite is the mango pitaya bowl; for dinner, the harissa salmon.

COFFEE OR TEA: We go to Café Grumpy (MAP IT, x) for coffee every day. It’s great coffee, the staff is super friendly and it’s really close to our subway stop.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Hasaki on 9th Street (MAP IT, x). We’re there for dinner at least once a week, sometimes more. To us, it’s one of the few sushi places in the States where the food actually tastes Japanese.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: We don’t have any particular favorite cocktails or bartenders per se, but we really like Hotel Delmano in Williamsburg (MAP IT, x) for drinks. It’s great on a Sunday afternoon. (We’re not ones for super late-night drinks.)

MUSIC PICK: Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg (MAP IT, x) is one of our favorite music venues. Le Poisson Rouge (MAP IT, x) has hosted a lot of our favorite bands in the past couple of years too.

BEST BRUNCH: Lovely Day in Nolita (MAP IT, x). We usually go mid-afternoon when it’s a bit quieter.

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: On the streets of the far Lower East Side, hands-down. The most inspiring street style can be seen in Chinatown.

HEALTHY STAPLE: We order Hu Kitchen (MAP IT, x) from our studio a couple of times-a-week: roasted chicken with a side of sweet potatoes and roasted broccoli or a bowl of shredded raw vegetables with Moroccan chicken and toasted quinoa on top.

GULITY PLEASURE: Ice & Vice (MAP IT, x) or Big Gay Ice Cream (MAP IT, x).

FIRST THING WE MISS WHEN WE’RE AWAY: The energy on the streets and the access to whatever you want, whenever you want it.

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: Usually it involves a long walk to one of our favorite sushi places, then a stop at Mast Books (MAP IT, x). Once in a while, we’ll head up to midtown for a long izakaya dinner at Sakagura (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

DELIVERY GO-TO: Japanese home cooking from Soy (*Location now closed) or vegan Chinese from Buddha Bodai (MAP IT, x).

TO ESCAPE AND UNWIND: If we’re staying in the city, a day trip to The Cloisters (MAP IT, x) and a walk through the park. If we’ve got a couple of days, then we take the train to northwest New Jersey to stay with Chris’s parents. His dad is a chef so we eat really well and swim all day in the pool.

SUMMER GETAWAY: We usually go to Nantucket with Chris’s family for a week and a half or so. There’s not much that’s really “off-the-beaten-path” there, but we really love Something Natural (MAP IT, x), a really rad old sandwich place where you can sit outside in a massive garden. And we should definitely mention the key lime pie at East Coast Seafood (MAP IT, x); it’s pretty much the best thing on the island.

CLOSET CHECK: Our personal approaches are both pretty simple: we like understated and casual, but not totally straightforward. We like fancy jackets, shoes and accessories, but the rest of our wardrobe is a mix of vintage and army surplus pieces with a few things from Saint Laurent and Raf Simons mixed in as well. We like designer stuff that doesn’t really look like designer stuff; our closets are sort of patched together through a mix of multi-brand boutiques, eBay and vintage shops. In the city, we really like Dover Street Market (MAP IT, x) which is probably a pretty obvious choice, but it’s a really great store because it brings an energy that you really can’t find anywhere else in NYC. It’s driven by new ideas and that’s exciting to see.

BEST HOME DÉCOR: Well our apartment décor was built around our living room table which is a 7-foot long, biomorphic lacquered goatskin coffee table designed by Aldo Tura (probably in the 1970s). Everything had to look good with this. We spend a lot of weekends at estate sales in New Jersey which is where we find almost everything. We brought a few things with us when we moved from Chicago too so now it’s a mix of American and Scandinavian mid-century with 1970s Italian modernist pieces mixed in. We have a lot of really amazing North African rugs and textiles, all of them from Double Knot in Tribeca (MAP IT, x)– easily the best rug store we’ve ever seen. Our general philosophy is pretty simple: it’s important to us that a space feels warm and comfortable. Plus, we like the idea of mixing up time periods and genres– it should feel simultaneously old and new.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: September Wines (MAP IT, x) is always reliable. It’s a small shop on the Lower East Side; you can’t really go wrong with anything there. We also really love Cassie Griffin’s ceramics (x); she’s an artist based in NYC and we buy her pieces at Dimes— they make for great gifts; every piece is beautiful and perfect.

FIT PICK: It’s pretty standard stuff, actually: running and weights three to four times-a-week; wish there was a way to make it sound more exciting!

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: It’s actually less about a single moment; the cumulative experience of living in the city is what is really remarkable– we’ve officially been here for two years and now that we feel like we’ve got our places, found our things and have established our regular spots and habits, it feels really good. CP

Shane & Chris’s New York

From L to R: First Row: Chicken at Dimes; Menswear from Dover Street Market; Cassie Griffin ceramics; Matcha ice cream from Ice & Vice. Second Row: Creatures of the Wind inspiration; Inside Café Grumpy; Creatures of the Wind womenswear; Menswear from Dover Street Market.


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