Jakob F.S. & Vibe Dabelsteen

Jakob and Vibe are the founders of Vs. Magazine, one of GrandLife's favorite publications. "Above all, we love cinema," the pair told us. "But when we don’t watch or discuss movies, work with actresses, photographers & directors on shoots in NYC or LA, we like traveling to southern Europe, hanging out in the West Village and enjoying good food & good wine any place any time." 

(Photo: Ellen von Unwerth)


What would the title of your autobiography be?
“Room Service, Please!”

What can’t you travel without?
Computers – no better place to work than 30,000 feet up.

What’s your favorite travel destination? LA & Southern France – “sea, sex and sun!”

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon in NYC? Absolutely nothing – although that never happens.

If you could choose one person to show you “their New York City,” who would it be? Woody Allen – we like enthusiastic people.

Who has inspired you recently? Debbie Harry playing sidewalk chanteuse in the 1978 film “The Foreigner” – because of her mysterious character with a sexy foreign accent. We recently shot with Zoe Kravitz for Vs. Magazine and a part from being one of the most beautiful women we ever met, she’s got the most amazing & inspiring personality.

What are your favorite NYC restaurants? Extra Virgin on West 4th Street – we love the goat cheese salad with beets and their truffle chicken – and Il Buco on Bond Street. Their daily specials are always exciting, as is their impressive wine list.

What are your go-to spots in NYC for drinks? Orient Express in the West Village, Apotheke, Employee’s Only, and Macao Trading Co. in Tribeca for their drink “Bashful Maiden.”

What’s your favorite NYC brunch spot? Tribeca Grand’s Jazz Brunch – we try not to eat everything on the divine buffet.

Where do you get your art fix in NYC, and do you have a favorite artist? The area around our offices in Chelsea – we love Dillon Gallery. We don’t have one favorite artist, but we love the work of contemporary artists Alex Prager, Olafur Eliasson and the FriendsWithYou art collective that we featured in the latest issue of Vs. Magazine. We’re also big fans of some of the classics like Emil Nolde, Chagall, and Rodin.

What are some of your favorite late-night hangouts in NYC? Paul’s Cocktail Lounge and Cabin in the East Village – both have great atmospheres.

What’s an under the radar must-do recommendation for NYC visitors? Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg – film, food, and drinks all in one, and their curated movie trailer compilations are fantastic!

What are some of your favorite NYC stores? Whole Foods for culinary inspiration, Little Marc Jacobs in the West Village for amazing oversized teddy bears, INA for good vintage buys, and Bottega Veneta on Fifth Avenue – one of our favorite designers we work with.

What are you listening to these days, and who are some of your favorite musicians? Dusty Springfield’s “The Windmills Of Your Mind” – other favorites are PJ Harvey, Adele, Velvet Underground, Lana del Rey and various artists from our favorite film soundtracks.