Radio On The Real. Rachel Antonoff.

Last week, we had the opportunity to sit down with one of the brightest and most refreshing darlings of the fashion world out there today or any day…the one, the only, the fantastically hilarious and as-of-last-Monday-morning heavily cornrowed, Rachel Antonoff. This lady rocks. She’s not afraid to call it as she sees it, reveal a secret or two about her brother Jack when he was 15, give us all some tips on how to manage our phones while walking and her feelings on New Yorkers and their relationships with ambulances rushing their patients to the hospital.

Photo by Daniel Silbert. http://www.danielsilbert.com/

On a personal note from the Greg part of this duo, my wife Lesa has handled public relations for G.H. Bass & Co. for the last five or so years. Several seasons ago, just prior to Fashion Week she got a call. “Hello. This is So and So from Rachel Antonoff and she would like to use Bass shoes in her upcoming show which is set to be a murder mystery mock-up at the Lafayette House on such and such a date.” Rachel’s company being relatively new, my wife had no idea who Rachel Antonoff was and brushed it off. But that person (who was actually Rachel herself!) kept calling. And, something about her “sweet determination” charmed my wife to the point that, as Lesa describes it, she’d “do absolutely anything for the girl.” After several highly entertaining email exchanges they decided to get together for coffee. If you’ve ever had the privilege of meeting Ms. Antonoff, you know that she’s one of those rare individuals for whom one basically feels love at first sight, so naturally Lesa was drawn to her creativity, charm and character. Long story short, Rachel got the shoes for her show and ended up collaborating with Bass women’s designer Anita Da Silva on a capsule collection with Bass called Bass Loves Rachel Antonoff (now entering its fifth season). Thanks to Ms. Antonoff’s tenacity and drive we scored a great friend and the fashion world scored some killer new kicks.

Thanks to Daniel Silbert for the charming portrait of Rachel. There are many many more fantastic shots at www.danielsilbert.com.

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We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Mondays with Lu. Retired.

It was a big morning in the McHale household. Our sweet baby soon-to-be-three Lulu began what we hope will be a wonderful and prosperous journey into the world of higher education…the caterpiller class at her brand new pre-k school in the East Village. We took her inside, she dumped her shoes, backpack and lunch box into her cubby and promptly ditched Mom and Dad for the peg board, play dough and promises of a great day with new friends.

So, when I came into the office this morning and saw these shoes that I keep on my desk at the suggestion of some sort of how-to-brighten-your-day article I read a couple of years ago, I realized that my Monday’s with Lu will now be taking her to school in the morning and coming home at the end of the day to hear about her new adventures in a new place with new friends. I already miss my Monday’s with Lu, but can’t wait to hear about every one of hers as she navigates forward on this grand voyage that is her own. Go Lu!

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Kicks.

Went to check out the DQM-Vans store on Grand Street.  Great spot.  Founded by professional skateboarder Chris Keeffe, DQM was a spot  for skateboard gear and urban menswear, but they’ve really branched out and collaborate with all kinds of local artists, designers, photographers and more- a collaboration that is evident in the store.  It’s half store, half hangout.  And great place to hook up a pair of sweet old school checkered Vans.

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.