Back in May, we tapped Art Production Fund director Casey Fremont Crowe to curate a list of 10 rising NYC artists we needed to buy sooner rather than later. Since her advice paid off so handsomely then (S&P downgrade be damned, we can feel our Shelter Serra appreciating), we couldn't help but hit up this in-the-know newlywed to slip us a peek inside her creative West Village 'hood—pretty much the holy real-estate grail of artists post-MoMA exhibitions. Fremont Crowe spent the day with yours truly, bopping around the streets in the cutest-but-never-cutesy ensembles, giving us the lowdown on where to thrift the most affordable antiques and a happy-hour find we might be hitting up asap. Throw her three can-we-have-'em outfit changes in the mix, and we think we've got ourselves a masterpiece. And, this girl's not selfish—she's sharing all her style and neighborhood secrets with you, too!
Click on over to discover Casey Fremont Crowe's super-stylish guide to the West Village.
Photos by Mark Iantosca
Your dogs are adorable! Do you guys come to Washington Square Park a lot? Any funny stories or regular habits you have at the park? Why do you love it?
"Betty (the beige Cavapoo), Penelope (the brown Labradoodle), my husband (Brandon Crowe), and I are all regulars in the park! It's one of the best parts about living where we do. We're just a half a block away. If I'm not bringing the dogs to work with me, we take a long morning walk through the paths all around the park. I grew up going to Washington Square, and a lot has changed since the '80s. The most recent makeover is genius. You see so many different people in the park—which I love—and the people of the park change so much throughout the day. The early mornings are the most quiet, and my favorite time in Washington Square. The chess players are always on the northwest corner in the mornings—there's been a corner of chess players all my life, and I love that those guys are still there!"
Outfit details: Vince sweater, Acne (homemade) cut-offs, Chanel flats.
What's your typical weekend look for a West Village weekend?
"On the weekends, I'm all about comfort. I usually try to cram as many errands and activities as possible into my Saturday and Sunday, so with all of the running around, flats are a must. Worn with jeans or cut-offs, with simple sweaters, or my husband's shirts is my usual weekend uniform."
We love the mix of accessories you're rocking with this outfit! Any local significance?
"I wear my watch just about everyday... I feel naked without it! I love to wear it with two antique silver bangles that were a gift from my father. On my necklace are charms I've collected over the years—the tiny bamboo ring was a gift from a girlfriend's recent wedding—which I love. The CASEY necklace I've had forever—my mother bought it for me from a 14th Street gold store. And the fabulous cuff and salamander ring are both from Kenny Jay Lane. I went to see him for gifts for my bridesmaids, and couldn't help but come out with a few things for myself!"
Why do you love The Mermaid Oyster Bar so much?
"The Mermaid Oyster Bar is always delicious, has perfect lighting, perfect music, goldfish on the bar, chocolate pudding, and a magic fish at the end of your meal. What more could you ask for?! They also have an insane happy hour and nightly specials."Outfit Details: Alexander Wang sheer dress over a Helmut Lang cotton racerback dress,
Julian Louie for Aldo shoes,
Kenneth Jay Lane cuff.
What's your favorite thing to order?
" I usually have a glass of rosé, share a round of oysters, and have the lobster roll with Old Bay fries. A delicious dinner any time of year! It has a totally low-key, laid-back vibe—exactly what you want in a neighborhood restaurant. It's my favorite place for an early dinner after work."
Describe your general style? Do you think it's inspired by the West Village?
"I like to reinterpret classic looks, pairing unexpected elements. I try not to make too many fashion rules; any time that I do, I end up breaking them almost immediately! The West Village is eclectic and generally laid-back—pretty much anything goes, it's hard to shock a Villager with what you're wearing. That being said, I am so inspired by what I see on the street, and the Village is where I grew up and have spent the majority of my life, so I think even without trying to be, my style must be West Village-ish."
Tell us why Overbey & Dunn is such a cult favorite of yours.
"Overbey & Dunn has such fabulous stuff for a range of prices—it's one of the few West Village antique shops where things are actually affordable. And the entire shop changes constantly, each time opening with a new theme. I lust after their fabulous lamps and brass console tables... And I got a set of the most gorgeous iridescent wine glasses as a wedding gift. There is so much to see and every time you go in, you're sure to find something new."
Outfit details: T By Alexander Wang tank, Mulberry shorts, Alexander Wang bag, Alexander Wang shoes.
Any other West Village secrets we should know?
"I love Greenwich Village and the West Village—I grew up just a few blocks away from where I live now. I have thought about living in different parts of the city, but truly can't imagine living anywhere else. It's a neighborhood where things are always changing, new shops and restaurants are always opening, and I am still discovering new things—I don't think I could ever get sick of it!"