Locals: Mari Giudicelli, New York

When it comes to fashion, we have developed a philosophy that is yet to let us down. A girl who knows good shoes knows life. A girl who knows life also knows the places where the cool kids hang. You know, the kind of coffee shop you would walk straight past or the local bookstore where your potential future husband would be searching for his favorite (fashion) book. Which leads us to our next point, doing NYC as according to Mari Giudicelli.

As the shoe designer who rocks two of our personal fashion staples like a boss, a good mule and bangs that look like they belong on the cover of Vogue, Mari is the kind of girl we would spend our NYC days with. Having graduated from a fashion design degree, the model turned shoe maven, is all about a vintage jean and tee combination, fine craftsmanship, the arts, travel and a healthy feed. So naturally we had to know where this designer to watch spends her NYC days…

Name: Mari Giudicelli

Occupation: Footwear designer

Current city: NYC

I have lived here for: 6 years

I live here because: The energy, and variety of food available

Hidden gems: Stella Dallas, Okonomi, Commodore

Career highlight here: Being featured on the New York Times, and selling to over 30 stores on my first season

What you might not expect: To come across some guy carrying a dog on his head, or someone running naked

Favourite thing to do: Beach! I usually go to Fort Tilden. But when I can’t take the whole day to do so, I love going to a book store, then to a park to catch some sun and eat a popsicle

Must visit: Noguchi museum in Queens

For an authentic meal: Peters

For fine dining: I don’t usually do that…

For a hard earned beverage: The Commodore

Easiest way of getting around: Subway or bike

The fashion here is: So available and diverse

For thrift shopping: Stella Dallas

For local designers: Maryam Nassir Zadeh

For high end shopping: Barneys

You need to stay: With airbnb

Hidden gems: The mmmuseummm in chinatown

This city in 3 words: Lights, noise, opportunity

Discover more about Mari and that impeccable design talent here.