Long ago we fell in love with Industrie magazine, and more recently we fell in love with its magnetic Editor-in-Chief Yale Breslin (one of the youngest EICs around might we add). Breslin embodies what he describes his magazine to be: the epitome of fashion, while not taking anything too seriously. We spoke to one of the most stylish men in media about birkenstocks, personal grooming and getting wasted off of one dirty martini…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
Oh wow. Coffee at Toby’s in the West Village. I’d have lunch at Mr. Chow. A cupcake at Billy’s and dinner at Malatesta. This is me dreaming though. Oh, and for a snack, the burger at Minetta Tavern. Extra Virgin also makes a mean gazpacho during the summertime, so I’d sneak that in as well.
What is your personal definition of good content?
Infuse some personality into what you do. Bad content is flat. Good content has a consistent tone and voice – always.
Your favorite shoot at Industrie so far and why…
For the latest issue we shot Anna Ewers, who is this young Brigitte Bardot looking stunner. We shot her in Brooklyn and she just radiates energy and excitement. She’s lovely and knew how to wear the clothes. There’s one photo where she is sort of looking at the camera while also looking away at the same time. She has this incredible smirk on her face, and I think it sums up the aesthetic of the magazine perfectly. We’re a magazine about fashion, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously.
What’s the first thing you notice upon seeing a photograph?
How would you describe your personal style?
Comfortable, clean, and classic. Ninety-nine-percent of the time I’m in a pair of jeans, my favorite T-shirt and a pair of tennis shoes or running shoes. Life in New York is hectic – you’ve gotta be comfortable.
What are your personal grooming must-haves?
In a past life I think I was a nose. I love scents more than anything. I mix them up. Right now I’m into Byredo Oud and I like to mix it with Terre d’Hermes. I use Santa Maria Novella lotion. I’ve been using Cetaphil my whole life. Also, Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is perfect for blemishes when they appear.
Where do you draw inspiration from and why?
Tough question. While my answer may be a bit off kilter, every Sunday night on the West Side Christopher Street Pier there is a large crowd that gathers to dance Tango. I don’t participate – but I like to watch. It’s a nice way to close the weekend. Always somewhat inspiring – to me at least.
The trend you’re hating and trend you’re loving right now…
Your quintessential brunch spot…
I love going to Bubby’s in TriBeCa. Nothing beats it.
Where’s your favorite takeout place?
Taim is always a good option that I often forget about. They also make amazing smoothies. I’m really liking this Banana, Lime and Date mixture they have going on.
How do you always start your day?
With a long, long shower.
You didn’t like X till you tried it at Y…
I didn’t like Dirty Martini’s (or I didn’t think I did) until I tried it at The Palm. I get wasted off of one.
Your advice to those approaching their closet in the morning…
Pair down. I wear jeans, a T-shirt, and a pair of comfortable sneakers. Every single day. A simplistic approach to getting dressed is my key.
Your career advice to young twenty somethings…
Never accept no as an answer and no job is too small. The amount of coffee’s I’ve fetched and dogs I’ve walked in this industry is pretty crazy. You’ll get there. And, smile. Nobody likes someone with a miserable face.
In the same vein as ‘what is the new black’ in fashion, what’s the new potato right now?
My friend Dane told me yesterday that ‘Veins are the new abs,’ so I’m going to quote him here and leave it at that.
*Yale Breslin, photographed at Grand Central Oyster Bar in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann.