New Faces, New Year

It’s a new year, and that means a slew of new up-and-comers that inspire us on a day-to-day basis. Each week in January, we’ve been revealing new faces who are making us excited for 2016. Whether they are the newest chef of a hot Brooklyn restaurant, a whirlwind jewelry designer, or the next interiors king, young tastemakers about to explode onto the scene make us excited to come to work each day. This week, we’re focused on food, home and jewelry…

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Noa Santos, Founder of Homepolish

From a young age, Noa was the aesthetics-obsessed kid that saved images from Better Homes & Gardens and always had a love for interior design. After moving from Hawaii to study architecture and business at Stanford University, he joined a luxury design group in New York City. After venturing out on his own as an independent designer, he co-founded Homepolish (an interior design service that allows you to book a designer online for anything from a quick one-day consultation to a full design project) with his now business partner Will Nathan. Uber for home design has finally arrived..

Your ideal food day…

A fresh Papaya at home for breakfast, Korean barbecue in Koreatown for lunch, and Shabu shabu at Shabu Tatsu in the East Village for dinner.

Your Goal for 2016…

Listen more, speak less.

Favorite place to travel and why…

Paris with my partner. You can’t help but be romantic there.

The luxury you refuse to live without…

Seamless

Your current mood…

Excited

If you could be anyone for a day, it would be…

Elon Musk

The color that makes everything better…

Grey

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Lizzie Fortunato, Jewelry Designer

Fortunato’s jewelry is sold at some of our favorite spots, including Five Story, Kirna Zabete and Neiman Marcus. Though she founded her eponymous line in 2008, Fortunato is currently proving that she really is the industry’s next big thing. The designer was recently inducted into CFDA and she’s just launched a dinner series allowing female creatives to come together. Swoon much?

Your ideal food day…

Toast is my weakness, so it would start with fresh toasted sourdough or multigrain bread with sunny side up eggs at home, in my kitchen. My boyfriend would make a big French Press coffee with almond milk for me and I would be in my slippers. Lunch would be the grain and crudité salad (which includes farro, shaved raw veggies, toasted pecans, and baby greens with the optional pickled egg) from El Rey, which is about twenty-five steps from my office and the best thing to happen to the Lower East Side! Cold weather dinner would be some sort of pasta bolognese with a bottle of red wine at home or grilled fish or chicken fajitas, because I make a mean guacamole and love a margarita. Dessert is coffee ice cream.

Your goal for 2016 is… 

To stop working late (I tend to burn the midnight oil when I’m designing) and to establish a more sophisticated skincare routine now that I’m in my thirties.

If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be? 

Hmmm…Adele? I’d like to have a good voice!

The luxury you refuse to live without… 

Fresh flowers in the house at all times.

Your current mood… 

Excited. We are about to shoot the FW16 lookbook and watching a new collection come together is always inspiring. You work for so long on many different elements of the collection, and there’s nothing sweeter than the final eureka moment when you start to see the whole thing take shape!

Best advice you’ve received…

Never let the business get in the way of your friendship (from my Mom, about working with my sister).

You won’t travel without… 

My huge Auntie Oti washed kashmir scarf — it’s soft but not too delicate so it makes the perfect blanket on the plane and wrap when I’m traveling. I’ve even used it as a blanket on the beach. We sell these on our site and I always encourage my friends to get them before trips.

The instagram account you can’t live without…

My brother turned me on to @chrisburkard who is the perfect antidote to all the fashion accounts I follow. I love hiking, skiing, and getting off the beaten path, and his travel photography is totally inspiring. I also think @derekblasberg is the funniest.

Your personal definition of beauty…

Kindness, confidence, and intelligence. Beauty in spirit gets you so much further than physical beauty (which means nothing when you’re not fun to be around!).

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Josh Goldstein, Executive Chef

This adorable chef heads up one of our favorite neighborhood joints in Brooklyn – Walter’s – and is soon to be opening a tiny Izakaya Japanese spot right behind it. If you were thinking of moving to Brooklyn, let’s just put this one more reason on your radar…

Your ideal food day…

It would start with an egg white omelet at the gym (with spinach, cheddar and a single piece of whole wheat toast). Lunch would be the Italian Combo from Court Street Grocers in Brooklyn. Dinner would have to be a spread of BBQ from Hometown in Red Hook (brisket, a jerk rib or three, side of mac and cheese, a little coleslaw, a piece of cornbread, and some banana pudding to finish).

Your goal for 2016…

Personally, find balance between work and personal life. It is extremely difficult in this industry and I definitely make it harder on myself with how I approach my responsibilities. On a professional level, we have a new restaurant that we expect to open very soon. My goal is to find the same success I have had with Walter’s with this new venture.

It’s not a meal without…

Hi, my name is Josh Goldstein, and I am a bacon addict. With that said, it’s not a meal without bacon.

Your last meal would be…

My Dad’s cooking; I totally get my passion for food and cooking from him. The meal would definitely start with one of his soups (true master), either his curried chicken or potato cheddar (although his butternut squash is pretty legendary). The main event would be his ribs; he actually got his method from ear hustling off two guys sitting in front of us at a San Francisco 49er game when I was a kid.

If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be

This was tough, so I broke it into two parts. Part one has to do with my love for basketball. I would want to be Stephen Curry or Draymond Green. I am a die hard Golden State Warriors fan and to be one of the dudes and spend time in that locker room or on the court with those guys would be magical. Part two has to do with my end all goal of being a successful restaurateur, so I would be Danny Meyer or Andrew Tarlow. These two guys have built themselves a handful of rad restaurants that myself and lots of other people like to frequent. I think they both spend as much time on ensuring the food is kept to a certain standard as they do the service.

Best advice you’ve received…

“What the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t yearn for.” – Bob Major

I have got a bit of a clothing and sneaker addiction (thanks Mom), but an old boss of hers once told this to her. You know those emails you receive from companies that say “Now on sale” or “New to our shop”? Yeah… delete instantly!

Read more from our New Face of 2016 series here and here

*Photographed by Danielle Kosann