Cocktails and style go hand in hand in my mind, and the best bartenders have a style all their own. Whether it's how they mix a drink, what they wear behind the bar, tools they custom make, or the character or their hospitality, it all conspires with their bar to create an ambience that can transport us away from our ordinary day. For this new series called Bartender Style, a collaboration with award winning cocktail blog Bit By a Fox, I am exploring how personal style is expressed by the best bartenders of today. Please meet badass bold beautiful bosslady Pam Wiznitzer photographed at her bar Seamstress
Nick Sullivan, Fashion Director of Esquire Magazine, at home in Brooklyn, Aug 2012
One of my favorite shots from my recent work for Park and Bond. We were channeling a bit of Irving Penn here. Not sure exactly how, but it's there. I love Nick's incredible deep teal velvet jacket, his unbuttoned cuffs and that wonderful table!
There is a little island in Newport Harbor called Rose Island. It has a historic lighthouse that has been lovingly restored by some very dedicated group of local residents and supporters involved with the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation. Can you imagine my delight when I found out you can stay in the lighthouse?! Rumor has it that they can host small wedding receptions (!), so we set out to do a very serious investigation.
We approached the island in a shroud of fog, which made the experience of discovering this little gem even more special. It felt like our island...even though two other couples were staying overnight also. I guess that's better, because it might be a bit too scary to be all alone for this first night!
You can only get to Rose Island by boat. This time of year - off season - the Starfish, a lobster boat reclaimed by the Foundation, brings overnight guests in the morning.
At every turn I was overwhelmed with what I was seeing, hearing, smelling...seeing sights that made me feel thoughtful and calm, hearing water lapping at the rocks, faint foghorn, a little bell on a nearby buoy, smelling foggy sea air, wet rocks and sand. We stayed in the brick building on the left, called the Foghorn Room. I highly recommend it - very secluded with stunning views right out to the rocks and water. The main Light Keeper's Building (on the left) is restored to circa 1912, and looked amazing, but didn't seem as private.
The Foghorn Room on Rose Island Lighthouse was a dream. Even though we had to keep our provisions in a cooler (no electricity) and get our water from a water cooler (no running water) , it didn't bother us because we were keen on getting away and unplugging from the city. Sounds a little like camping, and it was a bit, but if you know what to expect and prepare, it's a unique experience. There were very nice "out houses" and an outdoor shower using collected rainwater. It's a green, eco-friendly destination for sure!
I fell in love with the island a little bit, and craved to go back when we left. It would be a dynamite place to go with a few couples or group of friends and have a great weekend away. And a wedding? With a little imagination and a lot of planning - perhaps!
Richard Christiansen, founder of Chandelier Creative, NYC, March 2012
For menswear retailer Park & Bond I recently made portraits of some of the stylish real ad men of NYC to harken the return of the series Mad Men. Take a look at the portraits of five of the top men in their field here.
Yes, the offices of Chandelier Creative have a ball pool, which is sometimes used for meetings. Brilliant!
Sorrel Mocchia di Coggiola at home in Paris, September 4, 2011
I met the lovely Sorrel while photographing her husband Massimiliano for my project The Dandy Portraits. She lives a life filled with art and vintage elegance. You can see more about her art here.
The Eagle Street Rooftop Farm provided the ingredients for a lovely benefit dinner for Growing Chefs in collaboration with Paulie Gee's, Goat Town, and Evan, Oliver and Hadley of hOmE. I was there for The Scout and you can read the full story here.
Chef Jessica Wilson from Goat Town
Annie Novak and Paulie Gee