If Christian Louboutin was the new Manolo Blanhik, then we're calling it—Brian Atwood is the new Loub. With his vertiginous heels gracing every A-list celebrity on both coasts, this dude is to shoes what Edison was to the light bulb. The ex-model, who's still smokin' by the way, developed his chops designing Versace footwear before launching his eponymous label in '01. In the next nine years, Atwood scored a CFDA award, spent some time as the Creative Director of Bally, and created a limited-edition book with Rene Russo. Since his pumps spend so much time pounding the NYC pavement, we turned to the designer to share his top spots, from the best place to get in some bad-ass boxing to where to buy cupcakes to ruin your figure later. Just remember to wear your highest heels!
Here's 5 NYC spots to sport those 6-inch stilettos!
1.Staley-Wise Gallery: I collect vintage fashion photographs and Staley-Wise has the best...so much inspiration here."
560 Broadway (between Prince and Spring streets); 212-966-6223
2.Indochine: My all time favorite restaurant in NYC: I love the steamed fish in the banana leaf. Plus, this spot inspired the wallpaper in my Milan apartment.
430 Lafayette Street (at Astor Place); 212-505-5111
3. NY Vintage: "My favorite place to go for vintage—it's the best selection in the city."
117 West 25th Street (between 6th and 7th avenues); 212-647-1107
4. Aerospace: "I love my private boxing lessons with Michael—it's such an amazing workout."
332 West 13th Street (between 8th Avenue and Hudson Street); 212-929-1640
123 East 7th Street (between 1st Avenue and Avenue A); 212-677-2880
You know we're all about fitness lately. To help you get in on the craze, if none of the gyms we've recommended last week are your speed, we promise you'll love Aerospace. Founded by former boxer Michael Olajide Jr. and ballerina Leila Fazel, the space is all about machine-less fitness that'll whip you into shape in no time. And if you don't believe us, give it a chance—after all Aerospace is giving all our readers a non-transferable guest pass for a week, valid from Monday, July 26 to Monday, August 2. To redeem, print out this article or the NY newsletter and bring it in to Aerospace. It's that easy!