An Afternoon with Sophie Elgort

A day in the life of Sophie Elgort—from gallery-hopping in Chelsea to catching up with her designer pal Hanako Maeda. Tough life, right?

For a second, lets all just mentally file away the fact that a New York City postal code is so often accompanied by a handful of, well, less than ideal conditions. You know, from the confusing cultural fads you feel strangely compelled to take part in and document (yes, we're talking about our SoulCycle and juice cleanse-stagrams) to the fact that the rent's so obscenely high you laughed in the face of that skeezy Craigslist landlord. Oh, and that's to say nothing of the proverbial obstacle course that is dating in Manhattan. 

“First thing in the morning, I always pick up a... Read More

“First thing in the morning, I always pick up a coffee and yogurt parfait at my local spot, Triple Shot World Atlas Café. Then I do a workout class of some sort with friends, followed by brunch. I like to spend the afternoon walking around, popping into galleries and small boutiques – home, apparel and specialty foods specifically. Sample cheeses at Saxelby’s and pick up groceries before having friends/family over for informal dinner featuring cheese plates, charcuterie and lots of wine.”

All first world problems aside, there's nothing that quite renews one's perspective of the city—even that of the most jaded New Yorker—quite like seeing the city through the eyes of someone else. Cue our afternoon with Sophie Elgort, fashion photographer. Maybe it's something about seeing things through the eyes of someone whose own viewpoint has been shaped by putting in serious time behind a camera lens (did we mention that famed photog Arthur Elgort is her dad?), but something about our day out with Elgort did wonders for remembering why we fell in love with the city in the first place. Cue cheesy Pinterest board laden with Jay Z and Frank Sinatra quotes riiight about now.

"[The ADEAM girl is] really versatile – maybe the modern... Read More

"[The ADEAM girl is] really versatile – maybe the modern Renaissance woman? She doesn’t feel the need to fit into the mold and is definitely comfortable in her own skin. Both feminine and masculine / uptown and downtown at the same time and passionate about the arts, food, fashion/ culture in general."

"[My fantasy dinner party with anyone, dead or alive, would... Read More

"[My fantasy dinner party with anyone, dead or alive, would be with] my closest friends and family."

"[My favorite place in Manhattan to go for drinks are]... Read More

"[My favorite place in Manhattan to go for drinks are] Soho House for after work and Parkside for late night, but honestly I try to mix it up because even though I grew up here, I’m always amazed at how there are so many incredible old and new places to discover."

"[My favorite place in Manhattan to go on a first... Read More

"[My favorite place in Manhattan to go on a first date has] gotta be Bar Jamón, where I had my first date with my fiancé."

Following an idyllic stroll along the High Line (picturesque cherry blossoms et al) and some Bowery-Houston mural admiration, we took a detour to stop by the design studio of Elgort's bestie, ADEAM designer Hanako Maeda, before continuing our jaunt around the city. As Elgort played a little game of dress-up, the two discussed everything from wedding plans (the designer is the one behind 'the dress' for Elgort's upcoming nuptials) to upcoming projects. And as an added plus (you know how we like a good dress-up sesh), we got to snap Elgort in one of ADEAM's painterly watercolor frocks, sitting pretty next to to a decidedly '90s portrait of a long-legged, lithe Kate Moss at a diner, lensed by, you guessed it, Arthur Elgort. And, major mood board aficionados ourselves, we couldn't help but marvel at Maeda's expertly-curated collage complete with larger-than-life prints of favorite editorials and recent press clippings.

"[My favorite place in Manhattan to stroll through a market... Read More

"[My favorite place in Manhattan to stroll through a market is] Essex Street Market and seasonally, Columbus Circle Holiday Fair – where I get all my holiday gifts by local artisans & has the best food vendors."

"[My favorite piece out of the entire ADEAM collection is]... Read More

"[My favorite piece out of the entire ADEAM collection is] the Mini Iris bag because I literally carry it every day no matter what the occasion (from the gym to black tie) and everyone who sees it compliments it. For apparel – I like the Blossoming Dress – it’s a super flattering fit and I like the mix of edgy and pretty."

"[My favorite place in Manhattan to go see art and... Read More

"[My favorite place in Manhattan to go see art and artefact is the] MoMA."

Our day trip wasn't really complete, though, without swinging by the Hôtel Americano in Chelsea (just steps from Maeda's studio) for (what else?) a green juice and some coconut water. (Didn't we say those food fads will get you every time?) We watched as Elgort and Maeda sipped and chatted and suddenly, the whole eighty-dollars-disappearing-into-thin-air-at-yoga-yesterday thing dissipated from our minds. See what we mean about a fresh perspective?

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