August 31 2014

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3 posts tagged "The Fat Radish"

Feel-Good Food—and Shoes—With Tabitha x Toms


Tabitha Simmons and Blake MycoskieIt was warm and toasty inside the Fat Radish last night at the Tabitha Simmons x Toms dinner, but goose bumps came up on more than one occasion. That’s what happens when people talk about the giving trips that Toms founder Blake Mycoskie organizes to disadvantaged parts of the world. Giving needy kids new shoes—over 10 million pairs and counting in just seven years—feels so good, they say, you get goose bumps. Fresh off one such trip, to Honduras, Simmons was still feeling the afterglow. “I didn’t realize how diligent Toms is, where they measure each child’s foot and make sure that they fit, and then they go back in six months and regift them shoes, so it’s not just a dump-and-leave, which I found was really special.” A celebration of the new collaboration between Simmons and the one-for-one company, the party drew friends of the brands such as Liv Tyler and Hilary Rhoda. Mycoskie never stays anyplace long. His twenty-four hours in New York was sandwiched between a boys’ weekend at his home in Austin and a quick trip to London for another dinner for TabiToms, followed by a visit to Amsterdam, where he’ll get better acquainted with the Toms team there. “I do about three giving trips a year,” he said, “They’re a good reset.” Next up: India in April.

Photo: Neil Rasmus/

The Calendar Kids Of Saint James


For French heritage brand Saint James, not a lot changes from year to year. They’ve made their name on their Breton stripe shirts (the shirt that has been part of the French naval uniform since 1848) and that’s what customers keep coming back for.

This week, their loyal fans get even more to love with the debut of the eight-piece Saint James capsule collection exclusively for Barneys. For the series of menswear styles ($115-$625, hitting Barneys stores this week), which includes crewneck sweatshirts, henleys, and a bomber jacket, the brand enlisted former Freemans Sporting Club creative director Martin Carvajal to create looks to complement the Saint James core classics. Fashion insiders will get a first in-person look at the collection at a private launch party in New York tonight, but before then, has an early glimpse at the accompanying calendar. The photos, lensed by Backyard Bill, feature a series of personalities (and longtime Saint James wearers) including Glenn O’Brien, his son Oscar O’Brien, Zani Gugelmann, Paddle8 founder Alexander Gilkes (pictured, above), The Fat Radish chef Benjamin Towill, Hudson Clearwater owners John and Mark Barboni (pictured, below), and Angus McIntosh of Saturdays Surf, all wearing the new looks along with some of the brand’s staple items. “My father’s navy Breton Saint James jumper would always be a staple item in his weekend bat-suit,” Gilkes tells “I was proudly able to emulate him when I was finally given my mini version, which I would wear with my favorite Postman Pat wellies.” Also coming soon from Saint James: a new Manhattan flagship shop. We’re guessing this calendar crowd will be especially happy about that.

Photos: Backyard Bill

A Meal With Models (No, Really)


It was only the latest of the many Japan relief benefits that have sprung up around New York and around the world since the earthquake and tsunami, but this one was distinguished in at least one way—it was a lot taller. Blame it on the hostesses, two of the most in-demand catwalkers working: Britt Maren (back to blonde, after a season as a brunette) and Alana Zimmer (left). “We saw the news and were just devastated,” said Zimmer at Saturday’s Brunch Happening, proceeds from which went to the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. Zimmer, in fact, had tried to put together a similar event over a year ago for Haiti, but her work and travel schedule proved too much at the time. This time, she solicited the help of pal Maren—and Maren’s boyfriend, a sous chef at the Lower East Side restaurant the Fat Radish, which played host for the afternoon. (“I’m not a Fat Radish,” read the T-shirts on sale. “I’m just big-boned.”)

With the location and food squared away, the girls got Orlo salon, MAC Cosmetics, and Fallon jewelry to donate prizes for a silent auction. They also brought in an acoustic guitar player and graffiti artists to tag canvases. But for model-watchers, the real attraction was the guest list: Hanne Gaby Odiele, Jana Knauerova, Sheila Marquez, and Ashley Smith all stopped by, as did industry folk like Richard Chai and casting bigwig Russell Marsh.

Photo: Marc Stamas / Getty Images Entertainment