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Nanette Lepore

Fashion Designer

It’s hard to walk into a gorgeous townhouse in New York and not have a bit of what we like to call Manhattan real estate envy. When it comes to Nanette Lepore’s townhouse, the challenge is even harder. An eclectic mix of media, colors and concepts, Lepore’s New York City home is no doubt a favorite of ours. The best part? The kitchen. Which is why chopped some vegetables and chatted with Lepore in her cooking oasis before New York fashion week kicked into high gear. We also pillaged her closet. Careful around this photo shoot; it’s drool-worthy….

Describe your ideal food day…

A breakfast of roasted pears with fresh honey, yogurt and toasted hazelnuts in Florence overlooking the Arno.

A lunch of salty Pasta con le Sarde and a plate of fresh Mozzarella di Bufula and crisp Campania white wine at a tiny beach shack in Positano.

A dinner of delicate blue fish roasted over a hardwood fire, watching ships float by on the Bosphorus in Istanbul.

What would your last meal be?

Grandma Lepore’s homemade fresh pasta with meatballs and lots of red wine. Dessert would be salty Chocolate Pecan Ice Cream from Handel’s in Youngstown, Ohio.

How do you start your day on a good note?

Strong coffee with cream and fresh berries and peaches.

What are some of your healthy routines? How do you stay fit?

I don’t have any healthy routines. Does red wine count?

What catches your eye on every menu?

Kale Salad and oysters.

What are your favorite places to travel to?

Venice, Aeolian Islands, Capri, Tulum, Los Angeles.

What won’t you travel without?

My pillow

Where do you draw inspiration from?

The streets, my travels, my closet

What’s your drink?

A perfect Manhattan

What ingredient do you consider overrated?

Balsamic Vinegar

What ingredient are you convinced makes everything better?

Butter

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