August 30 2014

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The 411: Maryam Nassir Zadeh


For a certain breed of fashion-savvy New York woman who likes her clothes artful, impeccably constructed, and as un-label-y as possible, Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s eponymous Lower East Side store serves as a style mecca of sorts. The airy space is filled with eclectic and vintage objets alongside a coterie of clothes and accessories from just-under-the-radar labels such as Susan Cianciolo, Ohne Titel, Undercover, Christian Wijnants—and, as of this spring, Nassir Zadeh’s own; the Iranian RISD grad (she studied textiles) recently launched a ready-to-wear and footwear collection that plucks influence from two of her favorite eras: the splashy palette of the seventies and the minimalist construction of the nineties. Her fabric-focused background informed the selection of featherweight knits, woven silks, and vintage dead stock—all of which have an easy, unfussy elegance that has become Nassir Zadeh’s trademark. Here, she gives us a peek into her equally relaxed beauty routine

The Spa Ritual: We Care
“This beautiful, cozy, and low-key oasis used to be one of my regular health rituals in my mid-late twenties, before I moved to New York. Located in Desert Hot Springs, We Care is a cleansing retreat where you fast and take liquid supplements to detoxify. There is a pool, sauna, nutritional classes, healing, and yoga; you can schedule treatments throughout the day for colonics, facials, massages…. The Spa is located on gorgeous grounds, and you can hike throughout the property and just take it slow and focus on health and healing.”
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The Forever Fragrance: Creed
“Creed Silver Mountain Water has become my signature scent. I have been wearing it on and off since 2003. I can’t smell it on me, but I love when I smell it on other people, or if my husband uses it; it is unisex and smells different on everyone but always smells fresh and clean.”

The One and Only Stylist: Kazue at Kiyora Salon
“One of my dear friends, Lisa Mayock of Vena Cava, first turned me on to getting haircuts by Kazue three years ago, and since then she is the only one who cuts my hair. Between Lisa and I, we have turned at least twenty people on to her and have followed her to any location. I never like to feel like I just came home from the salon, and her haircuts are not fussy. Kazue takes her time and is the master of this Japanese hair-thinning technique, which is essential for my thick hair. Her haircuts also grow out beautifully and last a long time—and [she] gives the best head massage.”
15 East 12th Street, NYC; 212-414-4488,

The Important Import: Hair Foundation Jell
“On my way out [of Kiyora], I buy Hair Foundation Jell; they import it from Japan, and it is a heavy gel laminate. I run it through my hair after I get out of the shower, and that is the only product I use. It smells amazing and really gives your hair an amazing texture and shine.”
Available at Kiyora Salon, 15 East 12th Street, NYC; 212-414-4488,

The Makeup-Bag Must-Haves: Creative Colors
“I’m pretty low-key in the makeup department. I love Prism blush by MAC; it’s a pretty rosy nude color that looks good on every skin tone. For lips and nails, I love color. My friend, stylist Haidee Findlay Levin, turned me on to the brand Illamasqua a few years ago, and I now have a collection of their lipsticks and polishes. My favorites are their peachy corals: Obey on the lips and Purity on the nails. And my most recent obsession is the NARS-Pierre Hardy collaboration. The colors are divine, and the nail polishes come in pairs inspired by shoes.”
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The Local Spa: Great Jones Spa
“This is my New York sanctuary. I love going there during the week and just spending the afternoon between steam and sauna and the Jacuzzi. They have delicious tea, and it’s nice to even take breaks and read on the lounge chairs. If it’s not crowded, I could stay for hours and feel so relaxed.”
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The Body Boosters: Jo Malone and Santa Maria Novella
“Jo Malone’s Wild Bluebell Body Crème was given to me as a gift, and I immediately loved the product. It smells beautiful and subtle, and it has the perfect weight. And Santa Maria Novella Acqua di Rose is a beautiful multiuse spray that is lovely to spray on your face, all over your body, and even on sheets. I also love giving this as a gift; the packaging is beautiful, and you know anyone who gets this will love it.”
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The Healthy Snack: Pressed Juicery in Malibu
“We have recently been spending a lot of time on the West Coast, and my favorite time of the day is picking up my daughter from school and driving through Malibu Canyon and stopping by the Pressed Juicery Truck. We usually pick up Citrus 3, Mint Grapefruit for my husband, Anais will have Apple Strawberry Coconut, and my favorite is Apple Lemon Extra Ginger Cayenne.”
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The Family Getaway: Villa San Michele
“This is a gorgeous boutique hotel in Fiesole, the hills just outside of Florence. It was a former monastery, and the villa is chic and charming and feels quaint and private. You feel relaxed, like you’re in the country, but you still get a bit of urban luxury with the city views so near.”
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Photo: Courtesy of Maryam Nassir Zadeh

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