Ok, so it’s a little funny to do a post about your boyfriend.
But the first time I met him, before we even spoke, I told myself I’d like to do a portrait of him. I’d seen him play at the Standard (he’s a singer and trumpet player)(I was there having drinks with my mom)(!!!) and I thought he was really great.
I mean, it was perfect — that way I had a professional excuse to call him back ;)
I immediately wanted to capture his presence, and I also started imagining what the world of a jazz musician might be like.
Very soon we started talking and loved being with each other, and, shortly after that, it was too late for a style story on the blog to really be as simple and natural as when we do portraits of guys who inspire us… But aren’t our boyfriends ;)
But, this summer I told myself, “You’re being silly, don’t over think it. He’s one of the people who inspires you the most… It would be a shame to restrict yourself for no real reason (which is also what gave me the idea for my editor’s letter last week). You would have done it if he wasn’t your boyfriend, and now you’re not going to do it just because he is?
Anyway, I talked about it with my team, and they were all super enthusiastic.
So there you go. Chris is a musician, he’s beautiful, kind, intelligent, funny, immensely talented, he sings and plays trumpet, he composes great songs… and I’m not at all crazy about him or anything ;)
His daily life is completely different from mine. He works evenings and weekends and practices trumpet for hours during the day. It’s a very special lifestyle — a mix between the perpetual discipline of a musician, and a slightly rowdy nightlife. It’s a totally different New York from mine, made up of long nights, incredible concerts (he’s played several times for the president!) and also small jazz clubs. Our two worlds are different, but just as free, creative, and slightly strange — it’s very inspiring.
Chris is from the South, from North Carolina. He grew up in Florida surfing and fishing, and he’s kept the very relaxed, down to earth side of that culture. I’ve gotten back to my roots in a lot of ways with him, the nature-loving part of me that I got from my childhood in Corsica. We both feel a little confined in the city sometimes…
During the day, he’s very relaxed and minimalist (white t-shirt, Converse, and black Levi’s) — he tries to keep it as simple as possible, which is probably due to the fact that he has to dress up for work every night.
For the evenings, he has a collection of white dress shirts and all of his suits are from J.Crew and the Kooples. He wears Church’s on his feet and he stole my Barton Perreira sunglasses — they’re gorgeous and I love them, but they were a bit too masculine on me after I cut my hair.
In New York, you can go see him (and a lot of the time, see me too ;)) at the Soho Grand on Wednesdays and at the Standard on Fridays (not every Friday, so make sure to check his website). And this week, he’s going to play a special show for us at the pop-up café I’m opening in New York with Cointreau for three days. I’ll give you the details about the pop-up within the day today. If you’d like an invitation, sign up here. We don’t have a lot of people we can put on the list, but it’s going to be great, especially because I’ve also invited Sebastien Perrin, my favorite DJ, to come spin some vinyls right after Chris.
Come, it’s gonna be fun!