With the wrap up season two of HBO’s show Girls, (the ending of which left some of us scratching our heads) we realized so much of the story arc may just be attributed to the details. The show’s Brooklyn setting clashed with certain details this season, such as Charlie’s sudden outfit change when he went from a ratty musician to an Internet entrepreneur or Adam uncharacteristically donning polo shirts and khakis in the wake of a more orthodox girlfriend. All these elements (whether we notice it or not) take the story further, which is why we chatted with the show’s costume designer, Jenn Rogien. Who better to get a guide to Brooklyn from? Rogien lets us in on fun details like her favorite vintage stores, unlikely food spots, and where we’d most likely find the different characters eating and shopping…
TNP: What would be your ideal Brooklyn food day?
Jenn Rogien: "A trip to the Brooklyn Flea — the Vanderbilt Ave location — with lots of cash and a friend to share the ordering and eating."
TNP: The place for Sunday brunch?
"Le Gamin in Prospect Heights, Olea in Fort Greene or Putnam’s in Clinton Hill."
TNP: The best spot for people watching?
TNP: The place to go when you’re in the mood for a scene?
"Reynards at the Wythe Hotel or any of the rooftop pools in Williamsburg."
TNP: The place for drinks after a long day on set?
"Radegast Hall and Biergarten."
TNP: Favorite area in Brooklyn for food?
"All of it."
TNP: The spots that transport you to a different time period?
"The Hideout in Fort Greene and Weather Up in Prospect Heights for cocktails. Coney Island, Grand Army Plaza, and the Williamsburg Bank building for general feelings of another era."
TNP: The best power lunch?
"Peter Luger? I usually eat lunch at my desk, on the wardrobe truck, or on set…."
TNP: The irresistible coffee shop?
"Café Grumpy, obviously."
TNP: The best takeout?
"Bliss Cafe on Bedford Avenue."
TNP: Where do you go to stock your fridge?
"My roof-top garden, Trader Joe's and the local Associated."
TNP: Your favorite restaurant for the atmosphere?
"The Roebling Tea Room."
TNP: Favorite vintage stores?
"Amarcord, Atlantis Attic, 10 ft. Single by Stella Dallas, Vice Versa, Olive’s Very Vintage."
TNP: The place you’d most likely find Marnie Michaels?
"Tango in Brooklyn Heights."
TNP: The place you’d most likely find Hannah Horvath?
"Grumpy’s, obviously. Or, on her stoop in Greenpoint."
TNP: What restaurants would you love to design an outfit for? What would the outfits be?
"The restaurant my friend Sara would open. She ran one of the city’s first underground restaurants before she moved back to Texas. The uniform would have to reflect the food, the atmosphere of the restaurant and how Sara would want her staff portrayed. Her food is awesome so the uniforms would have a lot to live up to!"