Janie Bryant

mad men costume designer

Here at The New Potato, we have a passion for perfect pairings. In our case it’s food and style, but for Janie Bryant – renowned tastemaker, fashion designer, and costume designer of AMC’s hit show Mad Men – it’s always been fashion and film. For Bryant, old films have been an obsession since childhood (as have the wardrobes of their characters) and she quickly discovered she could pursue a career that embraced both her love for fashion and the world on-screen. She first made a name for herself with HBO’s Deadwood, for which Bryant took home an Emmy for her designs in 2005 and was nominated in 2004 and 2007, ushering her into her crucial role as ‘Mad Men’s’ costume designer. Now audiences have fallen in love with the show’s wardrobe, and Bryant’s breakthrough designs and colors have become obvious inspirations for fashion and jewelry designers alike. In other words, she’s a tastemaker in every sense of the term; just as The New Potato savors every bite of a truly great dish, we also savor every detail of the on (and off) screen aesthetic Janie Bryant creates. So who better to give us our second Los Angeles city guide? Read on to hear about time-transporting food spots and where in LA Don Draper would surely hide out…

The place for Sunday brunch…

The Hungry Cat – The seafood platter is outrageous and the bloody mary’s are made with real tomato juice.

The best spot for people watching…

The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel. This is the spot where Elizabeth Taylor honeymooned six times!

The place to go when you’re in the mood for a scene…

The Chateau Marmont in Hollywood. Great for the scene, but enough hidden spots for a romantic evening as well.

The place for drinks after a long day on set…

Rivera for amazing unique cocktails; you can also order the most delicious tortillas served with avocado butter. My mouth is watering!

Favorite area in LA for food…

I love eating in Silverlake, a neighborhood in Los Angeles that is known for its artistic and eclectic community. There seems to be no end to the up-cropping of restaurants that are as rare and exceptional as the area itself.

The spot that transports you to a different time period…

The Spare Room at the Roosevelt Hotel – It’s like being transported back into a roaring 1920’s speakeasy.

The place to get the best power lunch…

The Soho House – It’s where the power lunch happens in Los Angeles.

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