Alex Davis is a Midwestern-raised designer, and lives with her British painter boyfriend in NYC. She started a luxury brand in 2010 called Cobra Society, which produces men's and women's shoes and accessories using the traditional construction methods and artistry of Morocco, with materials sourced from the North African nation's Middle Atlas Mountains. She describes herself as a private person with a big personality, with a love for Cleopatra, Frank Lloyd Wright, and snakes.
What would the title of your autobiography be?
“Boots, Brits, and Bonjours”
What can’t you travel without?
For the past three years, the Cobra Society Large Tangier Weekender Bag has been on every plane with me, and that’s a lot of flights.
What’s your favorite travel destination?
Morocco. I’ve never found a place ever that has surprised me each and every time I go. It’s a bottomless treasure chest of inspiration, imagination, beautiful people, culture and hospitality. The women who weave Cobra Society’s kilim rugs in the Middle Atlas Mountains are just as vibrant and colorful as the textiles they painstakingly create.
If you could choose one person to show you “their New York City,” who would it be?
Sally Singer, Vogue’s digital creative director.
What or who has inspired you recently?
My mother – for her strength and undivided support of her family.
What are your favorite NYC restaurants?
Izakaya Ten in Chelsea, where I always get the Nama Chozoshu sake, spicy pickled cucumbers, and spicy tuna don. Near my studio is Macao Trading Co., where I love the No Mames cocktail and the fried whole fish.
Where do you get your art fix in NYC, and do you have a favorite artist?
My boyfriend, Killy Kilford, is an amazingly talented painter and since he paints me, how can he not be my favorite? I also love Gustav Klimt, Jenny Holzer, and The Date Farmers.
What are some of your favorite late-night hangouts in NYC?
Wo Hop – because there’s no better Chinese than at 4 am.
What are some of your under the radar must-do recommendations for NYC visitors?
I have four: Ogawa is hole-in-the-wall sushi, and has never disappointed; Saigon Shack, where you must get the pork buns; Yunhong Chopsticks, the only store to get chopsticks; and Taymour Grahne Gallery in Tribeca.
What are some of your favorite NYC stores?
Krizia for sweaters, and Santa Maria Novella for candles and soaps.
What music are you listening to these days, and who are some of your favorite musicians?
I always listen to hip-hop. My favorite artists are Tribe Called Quest, Q-Tip and Snoop Dogg.
What album or song would you consider your personal soundtrack to NYC?
An album entirely made up of ambulance sirens, brakes squeaking and cars accelerating.
When you think of NYC, are there any particular emotions that immediately come to mind?
Happiness, especially when I return from Europe. NYC is the most convenient city, because I know I can call downstairs to my deli at 4 am and order a pint of Haagen-Daaz and a pack of Parliaments and it will be here in five minutes.