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Insider New York: Sophie Sevigny
20150831
Sophie Sevigny (c) Christian Anwander

Insider New York: Sophie Sevigny

20150831
Knot craftswoman, It Girl, style icon. When the press speak of Sophie Sevigny, they always use superlatives. Born in Austria, she now lives in New York and makes art from reclaimed sailing rope. Brightly coloured mats, key rings, bracelets and chokers are all things she creates with her label SerpentSea. A few months ago, you moved into a new studio on the Lower East Side. Which projects are in the making there? At the moment I’m working on developing soaps. Funnily enough, it arose as a result of my latest holiday in Austria, and my brother and I started experimenting with various recipes together. Eventually we intend to create a high-quality sea salt soap. Sea salt is very fitting for SerpentSea and the soap itself hangs on a sailing rope cord – soap on a rope. „Soap on a Rope“. SerpentSea You were invited to the Woolrich Store not long ago and wove mats there live. Which other shops do you collaborate with? I also work with the Armor Lux Store. When I was contacted by the Armor Lux importers, I was delighted as I’m a big fan of Armor Lux myself – my parents have been selling their products in their shop in Vienna for several years. So I kept getting their T-shirts and jumpers and simply loved wearing them! Armor Lux, 232 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012 All Serpent Sea products are knotted by hand and unique. Where do you buy handmade design for yourself in New York? To be honest, the first thing that comes to mind is food – I love buying food from local producers. At Il Buco Alimentari, for example, there’s delicious homemade salami and bread. Il Buco Alimentari, 53 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012 IYour wardrobe is very vintage-oriented. Where are the best second-hand shops in New York? That’s true, I was very interested in vintage fashion for many years, though I mostly bought things on eBay, because that’s where you can get the best bargains. Other than that, I can recommend the flea market in Chelsea. The vintage store Resurrection has really special, but sadly also very expensive, pieces. Resurrection, 217 Mott Street. New York, NY 10012 Is there a neighbourhood that you really like going to? Which areas do you show friends who are visiting from Austria? I live in the East Village and especially like it there because it’s still very “unspoilt” and you can come across lots of little curiosity shops. Right nearby, in walking distance, is the Soho neighbourhood where there’s a shop for every brand you can think of, so visitors naturally want to see that, too. Your parents run the “Duft und Kultur” shop on Vienna’s Tuchlauben, a remarkable place for trinkets and aromatic experiences from around the world. Is there a similar place in NY that you think highly of? ABC Carpet – it doesn’t technically specialize in scents, but in furnishings and knick-knacks, but it’s huge and there are lots of lovely things there to discover from around the world. ABC Carpet, 888 & 881 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 Your husband Paul is a bar owner and nightlife specialist. Tell us one more thing: which new bar have you recently tried out that you would recommend? My favourite bar is of course Paul’s Baby Grand in the Tribeca Grand Hotel. Not just because it’s my husband’s bar, but because it really is an experience to go there. The decor, the barkeepers in their uniforms, the music – for me everything there is simply right. Like a total work of art. Paul’s Baby Grand, 2 Avenue of Americas, New York, Ny 10013
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