Peter Davis

Occupation: 
Writer
Home: 
Born and raised in Manhattan and still lives there
First thing he consumes in the a.m.: Cappuccino

How he stays fit: "Forcing myself to go to Equinox. It's a daily struggle."

Wearing: A Martin Margiela tux jacket, a Thom Browne shirt, Charvet pocket square, Viktor & Rolf pants, Gucci loafers

Personal style:
"A mash of all my teen moments: punk, preppy, bohemian, skater, playboy. I refuse to grow up and my clothes express that."

When he knew he wanted to be a writer: "I never knew I wanted to write. I was a high school intern at Paper and Kim Hastreiter, the magazine's editor, had me write some stuff. She really discovered me as she has with so many designers and photographers and writers. I didn't even know how to type. I majored in painting in college."

If he weren’t a writer, what he'd be: "In a perfect world, a rock star, so I could get away with anything. But in reality, I'd make movies or paint again."

Advice he’d give to anyone entering the field: Be nice to everyone you meet

Inspiration: Being around talented people. "I am so lucky to meet and interview so many creative, visionary individuals in my job."

Fave designers: Martin Margiela, Karl Lagerfeld, Michael Bastian

Wardrobe essentials: "A black-tie jacket (it goes with anything); Steven Alan boxers;  shoes with no laces (Stubbs slippers or Vans); surf trunks and Levi's

His uniform: A black-tie jacket with anything from cut-off shorts to blue jeans. "It's always better to be overdressed and assume you'll end up somewhere great."

Favorite item in his closet: "My black tie made by my tailor, Timothy Everest."

How long it takes him to get ready each morning: "Three minutes. I am very low maintenance."

What he'd never be caught dead wearing: Anything by Ed Hardy

Worth the splurge: Anything by Michael Bastian

Cheap thrill: Krispy Kreme donuts--by the dozen

Signature scent: "I never wear cologne, but my favorite is this old Helmut Lang scent that I have a half a bottle of and is long discontinued."

Gotta'-have-it gadget: iPhone

Music he grooves to: The Clash

Fave restaurants: "The Odeon (a NYC classic), Sasabune (for sushi) and The Monkey Bar (for fattening food and a fun crowd)."

Daily reads: "The New York Times, so I feel smart; then The New York Post ; all day I log on to the websites of AvenueInsider, Paper and Italian Vogue (because I write for all three, too); and also Slamxhype, which has the best info on gear for guys."

Top online shop: eBay

Fave real-world shops: Fred Segal, Ron Herman in LA, Opening Ceremony, Colette in Paris, Browns in London, Beams in Tokyo

Book that's bedside now: Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

All-time fave travel destination: "Tokyo, where the national sport is shopping."

How he's reducing his carbon footprint: "I recycle like crazy. I am a bit of a freak about it."

Charity he supports: Coalition for the Homeless