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What's New

This week we’re highlighting the best martinis in NYC, sharing our coolstuff in Paris travel guide, and introducing you to a cool new friend: Todd Heim (AKA Steak Diane). 

Culture Corner

COOL NEW THING(S)

Tom’s Juice

It’s always cool to watch friends succeed, which is why it is SUPER cool that cool friend Tom Wright just opened a Tom’s Juice brick and mortar in the East Village -- cool, right? Stop by the shop at 75 E 4th street, Tues-Sat 12-5p.

Runner Up

Park Slope hip mom’s favorite coffee shop, Winner, is expanding their concept to include a new outdoor-only restaurant — Runner Up. We’re excited to stop by and try out the small, fresh plates served with natural wine and their much-storied bread.

EAT

New to Bushwick bar, Cherry on Top, is hosting Chef Ricardo Verdejo for one-night-only. Stop by for special bites & sips this Saturday from 5-10p. Come early to get in on this magic!

READ

Being in the world of newsletters, we love sharing new weekly reads to follow along with. Juris Kristoban is a London based newsletter editor who loves New York and testing well-designed products. We put together a small list of our favorite NYC-based small bizz products and you can give it a read here!

SIP 

Here we are again, or rather here YOU are again with another Instagram Story compilation. Here’s what our readers shouted out as their favorite martinis across the city:

LOOK (at art) 

Our new fave tex-mex in the city, Yellow Rose, is hosting an art exhibit this Sunday at 7-11p. The show will feature work from Jamie Morrison, and will be right inside their “Cracker Barrel waiting room”. Stop by for beer, records, snax, and ofco - art.

TRAVEL

A New Yorker’s Guide to Paris.

Like some of you, we’ve started to dip our toes back into travel the past few months and most recently, we had a wine-laden trip to Paris (love to our gracious host, Sara). Being a New Yorker in a foregin country (which, frankly, means anything outside the five boroughs) isn’t easy. Head here to read our petite guide for you little subway creatures.

READ IT HERE :-)

Cool Friend:
Todd Heim aka Steak Diane

 

Meet Todd, the NYC-based art director who just launched the most fun food-inspired textile line inspired by his drag alter ego: Steak Diane. We fell absolutely in love with the debut collection, Fruits de Mer, and had to catch up with Todd to hear more about the inspiration behind Chez Diane. Grab a coffee or pour a Friday morning martini and have fun! 

How did you start your career as an art director & textile fabricator?

My mom is an incredible seamstress and taught me how to tailor and pattern make when I was a kid. I moved to NYC right after high school and during my first year here a friend got a job as a nanny for a well known director. I started doing little sewing projects for her, then she recommended me to friends, and soon after, I had a robust backlog of sewing projects that hasn't really ever quit.

I've always been interested in art direction and image creation and kind of just started doing it on IG for my drag character Steak Diane. This led to connecting with people who were interested in the work I was doing and that, in turn, led to some very fun collaborations over the years.

 

Can you tell us a little bit about your new tableware textile line, Chez Diane?

Fruits de Mer is the title of the maiden home textile collection from Chez Diane by Steak Diane. The collection consists of placemats, napkins, coasters, market bags, and more, and will look equally chic on tables and arms from Manhattan to Marseilles. It's a love letter to the set table and all things shellfish, and each piece is made between NYC’s garment district and the Chez Diane studio. The collection is available now for pre-order on my website, and will ship later in November in time for the holidays!

 

What's your favorite part about the New York creative community?

I love that in New York you're six-degrees-of-separation'ed from someone who's an expert in just about everything. There's such a wealth of knowledge and resources to assist with any project you might be working on.

 

What's inspiring you right now?

Currently reading Just Desserts: The Unauthorized Biography of Martha Stewart by Jerry Oppenheimer. It's so bitchy and deeply inspiring for my drag character Steak Diane, who at her core, is a grand dame hostess in the style of Stewart.


Follow along:
www.steakdiane.biz
@steakdiane.biz on Instagram

Palette
A Cortado Color Palette

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