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July 26 2014

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Tommy’s Boys

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Victor Cruz, John DeLucie, Carson Daly, Josh Charles

Last night, in Tommy Hilfiger’s sprawling Fifth Avenue flagship, the brand and GQ invited guests to the second annual Men of New York bash. Four men were recognized for their contributions to the city this year: actor Josh Charles, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, television host Carson Daly, and chef and restaurateur John DeLucie. Naturally, each gent was outfitted head to toe in Tommy Hilfiger.

“Tommy is somebody who, when I first moved to New York, was very supportive of me at MTV,” Daly said of his Total Request Live days. “I only had cargo shorts from California—I was a radio deejay—and he gave me my first suit, and it was really special.”

While the Misshapes deejayed from the mezzanine, guests hobnobbed and, more important, shopped, with proceeds of their sales going to the Fresh Air Fund, an organization that enables inner-city children to enjoy free outdoor camping holidays. Unfortunately, Hilfiger himself was stuck in Miami due to a travel snafu, but his CEO of North America, Gary Sheinbaum, shed light on the evening’s honorees. “These are all-American guys who are very successful in what they do, and they’re all highly respected in their fields—it was natural for us.”

“It’s humbling for me just to be a part of [something with] these well-distinguished men, and to continue to represent New York City in a positive way,” offered Cruz. Charles, too, expressed his admiration for his fellow men of New York—and one in particular. “I’m a big fan of Victor’s…I got a little shy when I met him!” He, like the other honorees, has had a unique love affair with New York. “Anytime I travel, I always feel good when I come home because New York has everything.”

DeLucie, who has opened up a number of restaurants over the past twenty-two years, including The Lion and The Wavery Inn, summed up his city’s draw nicely. “There’s something about New York, where you get this crush of people that’s maddening, invigorating, and thrilling all at the same time.”

Photo: Paul Porter/BFAnyc.com

James Franco: The Magazine, Bergdorf’s Invests In Beagles, Aggy’s Back, And More…

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Missed the latest James Franco episode of General Hospital? L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art has printed up its own Franco-ized Soap Digest, called Soap at MOCA, to fill you in. Only $9.99! [MOCA Store via Hint Mag]

Aggy’s back! Miss Deyn returns to the edit pages in September’s V, where she lounges on the streets in a spread inspired by that onetime New York punk enclave St. Marks Place. Keep an eye out for spiking Cheetos sales. [V]

Cheetos, however, will likely not be on the menu at the café Bon Appétit is setting up at Lincoln Center for fashion week. Pastries from Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi, Stumptown coffee, small plates from Mario Batali, and lunch from The Lion’s John DeLucie, however, are slated to be on the menu. [WWD]

Bergdorf Goodman has invested in some unlikely new security guards: a pack of beagles, which patrol the store periodically in search of bedbugs. [WWD]

And here’s one place jersey’s not a dirty word: cutting-edge NYC boutique Seven, where owner Joseph Quartana says jersey items (like those from Complex Geometries and Claude Maus) are flying off the shelves. Alert the Snooki! [NYT]

Photo: Courtesy of the MOCA Store

Blasblog: The Lion Doesn’t Sleep

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The Lion, the new restaurant on W. 9th Street, has already been stirring up some buzz. Some of it has been good, celebrating former Waverly Inn chef John DeLucie and his partner Mark Amadei; some of it has been less good, grumbling about the preferential treatment the press has been given (and the panting adoration the press has lavished on it in return). I’m not touching that last part! But why would I, when the stuff I really care about—the old-school gossip surrounding the joint—is so good? The former gay watering hole is where, a handful of decades ago, Barbra Streisand sang her first professional notes when she was still hustling New York City; Joel Schumacher was once a humble busboy. And now? Well, at a preview dinner last night, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher were installed in a corner booth—much to my dismay, though, they were not Twittering. Hana Soukupova (whose husband curated the eatery’s artwork), Waris Ahluwalia, Dr. Lisa Airan, Helen Lee Schifter, Zani Gugelmann, and the Sykes Rellies were there, too, as were plenty of editors, co-owner (and Men’s Health ed in chief) Dave Zinczenko among them. Sure, there are kinks to work out—for one, the water hadn’t been hooked up in the men’s room, so one had to make do with Purell and baby wipes. But even that little problem had a chic solution: The owners hired Bungalow 8′s old bathroom attendant to flatter and distract the regulars. Come to think of it, she probably has some old-school gossip too.

Photo: Courtesy of the Lion