Manhattan City Guide with Amy Stone

28 October

Amy Stone has been a non-stop inspiration source since I fortuitously stumbled across her Instagram several years back. There’s a very high chance you already avidly follow her yourself! These days, her photography is smacked all over the interwebs, for good reason. There’s magic in the content she creates– a euphoric treat to the eye when scrolling through her distinct feed, that in my opinion, awakens the imagination and evokes inspiration through each image story. I am so excited to include her on Local List today– this girl has style, so you can bet her favorite spots are noteworthy. Also, she just moved into a new flat, and the snippets of her slowly nesting are majorly drool worthy. Be sure to follow along! x

Name Amy Stone
Age 28 (almost 29; #scorpio)
Current occupation/job Creative Director | Social Art Manager @Gap, @GapKids, @GapFit and #GapBody

What does a typical day look like for you?
I prefer to wake up, make coffee and a small breakfast, then answer emails/scout for eye candy either by way of blogs or elsewhere. Mon-Fri, getting ready for work involves selecting a casual ensemble since our office style is, as predicted and true to form, very comfortable (we made denim and tees the uniform, after all!). I usually sport simple denim, a flat shoe, and a cashmere crew-neck sweater. Make-up and hair if I’m feeling it that day. My job entails overseeing either on-set photoshoots or creative briefings/meetings at our headquarters. It’s exciting, collaborative, and I work with intensely passionate & talented individuals. At the end of the day (figuratively), I’m providing thorough feedback on all things visual and conceptual.

After work, I usually head home to relax or try a new dining spot with friends for dinner. Before bed, maybe a sheet mask (addicted) and an obsessive tap through Snapchat Stories…it’s my version of television.

Lightbulb moment that navigated you to where you are now.
For me, it’s been a long time coming and not just one profound moment.

I’ve always loved high fashion, genuine style, all forms of creativity, and preppy iconography since I was a child. My mother is a great admirer and collector of vintage, antiques, photography, and a classic wardrobe. My father’s mother is a watercolor artist and in the summers, I’d watch her bundle up her painting supplies as she headed out for a game of tennis first. The rest of his family embarked on skiing trips, sailing ventures, and the New England lifestyle. None of this was glamorous in the least and I only observed it as we didn’t live near them; it was very authentic and simple but I was attracted to the visual idea of it all. It definitely explains my creative interests.

The internet came next, and (RIP), and around age 12, I asked my dad if I could buy a domain (.com) for my little website where I created graphics and drawings. Ironically, I named it after a Gap lip shine (also RIP)… — true story. Ha!

Those two factors really have been the foundation of what I’m doing now.

Inspiration that has the most profound effect?
Moving to New York 6 years ago has had the most profound effect beyond just inspiration for creativity. I knew I wanted to live, work, and move to Manhattan but my father encouraged me to take the jump. Rest is history.

Words to live by…
“Go after it.”

A perfect weekend looks something like this…
A stroll to get coffee (almond milk iced latte, please) on my own, a perusal of the Sunday Styles in the Times, a leisurely brunch and/or an uproarious dinner with friends, a healthy dose of shopping (read: scouting for inspiration), a gallery hop, and a run-in with a darling westie or two on the streets!

In the summer, I like to spend time in The Hamptons (by car) or Nantucket (an easy flight from NYC!). In the fall, I love a weekend trip to Upstate New York where my parents live, Princeton or Philadelphia area where I grew up, Connecticut where friends reside, or Rhode Island.

Soundtrack to Saturday.
The Velvet Underground + Nico, The Rolling Stones, and maybe some Tupac in there, too.

Where are the best places to shop?
Too many to list and far more neighborhoods, categories, and services than I can think of at the moment! New York really is the quintessential shopping destination, which I discovered at 16 when my dear friends brought me on a surprise (!) train trip into the city for my birthday that year. Tiffany & co. and Louis Vuitton were at the top of my list at the time…so much has changed in my tastes, but oh how it hasn’t…

Downtown: Clare v., Warm Boutique, Aesop, The Meadow for flowers & sea salt, Gant Rugger, Sleepy Jones, Reformation, Steven Alan Annex, Nili Lotan, COS.

Beauty: Paintbox (SoHo) or TenOverTen (TriBeCa location) for a manicure.

For vintage: Madame Matovuo, Starstruck Vintage (vintage Lacoste polos for practically nothing), and What Goes Around Comes Around (the best selection and curation of vintage Goyard, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, and my favorite Levi’s 501’s).

In the middle: ABC Home & Carpet, Club Monaco’s 5th Avenue flagship, Home Nature.

Uptown: J.crew collection, Stubbs & Wootton, Ralph Lauren Men’s Mansion, Le Labo, Céline — and Barneys and Bergdorfs, naturally.

Top 3 favorite dinner spots.
Polo Bar, ABC Cocina, and Saxon + Parole.

Top 3 favorite lunch spots.
The East Pole, Bar Sardine, and Jeffrey’s Grocery.

Best spot for cocktails with friends.
I can’t wait to try my former neighbor’s new spot, “While We Were Young” in the West Village. He’s promised navy paneling, white marble, gold fixtures, and pale pink velvet banquets. Uptown, I adore Bemelmans Bar or Monkey Bar.

Wine bar you can’t miss.
I love having a glass of wine at my place with friends, or at theirs! There are so many terrific spots in New York, but recently we’ve been getting together at apartments and I love it so much more.

Favorite workout / must try for out of towners.
Yoga Vida on University Place has been my one and only studio since I moved here. I love their instructors and laid back atmosphere.

Noteworthy coffee shop.
Toby’s Estate in the west village. Incredible coffee.

Prettiest view.
Uptown: Central Park in the fall.
Downtown: the Hudson River at sunset on Grand Banks in the summer.

Favorite thing about where you live.
Meeting the best friends of a lifetime who share my love for style, culture, food, travel, fashion, and most importantly, humor