is one of our fave local designers, with two bad-ass lines of jewels (Philip Crangi
and Giles & Brother
) that are de rigeur for a coffee at Café Gitane or a late-night cocktail at the Jane. The CFDA winner moved to NYC in '94 and never looked back, speeding through the accessories world at break-neck pace—think collabs with Mariko Mori and Michele Oka Doner, designing an eponymous Tokyo nightclub, and a stint teaching goldsmithing at the 92nd Street Y. A flurry of noteworthy projects started flooding in: jewels for Vera Wang, Shipley & Halmos, and Phillip Lim's shows, plus a 2009 line for Jason Wu. To get in on his creative process, we tapped this adorable dude for his top NYC spots
, from an awesome oyster joint to a little hideaway to score some xeroxed zines.