Fiona Byrne

After working for New York Magazine, The New York Times, Nylon and more, Fiona Byrne was the East Coast Editor of NME for three years. She co-founded the fashion and style site Naag.com in 2010 and Byrne Notice in 2012 with a vision that encompasses all the interests of fashionable New Yorkers.

Photo Credit: Mark Iantosca


WHAT WOULD THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY BE?
“Real Talk”

WHAT CAN’T YOU TRAVEL WITHOUT AND WHY?
Earplugs, eye mask, inflatable doughnut pillow and three liters of sparkling water, which usually means spending 30 bucks on water at the airport. And my Kindle, which I am obsessed with.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATIONS?
St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands is my favorite Caribbean island. The beaches are insanity. Cinnamon Bay is the most beautiful beach ever.

IF YOU COULD CHOOSE ONE PERSON TO SHOW YOU “THEIR NEW YORK CITY,” WHO WOULD IT BE?
I think anyone over the age of 80 would be a pretty good tour guide.

WHAT OR WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU RECENTLY, AND WHY?
I sat next to Kate Lanphear at a dinner recently and I just love her way of thinking and her entire vibe. In work AND in life.

WHAT ALBUM OR SONG WOULD YOU CONSIDER YOUR SOUNDTRACK TO NYC?
The Strokes are really my New York soundtrack but a few years ago we decided to get insanely cheesy and rented a stretch Range Rover for my friend Baby C’s birthday and drove around the city. We were driving through Times Square blasting Empire State Of Mind. It was a moment. Also, we were wasted. Those were the days.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BRUNCH SPOTS?
I go to The Smile for coffee and brunch because it’s a fun place to chill. And their quinoa is sick. It has two poached eggs, sour cream and sriracha. There’s some squash in there, too. Then you must have a sea salt chocolate cookie afterwards.