Jennifer Zuccarini is the CEO and designer of the high-end lingerie brand Fleur du Mal. Since she founded the company, she says her hobbies have suffered. We imagine that would be the case, especially when the brand is beloved by editors from the likes of Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Lui, and The New York Times, all by its second year in business. And Zuccarini certainly knows her lingerie – she spent time as design director at Victoria's Secret and co-founded Kiki De Montparnasse, where she was also creative director. When not working on future Fleur du Mal pieces, she loves seeing shows and concerts, wandering around the city, shopping for vintage, visiting galleries, and cooking.
What would the title of your autobiography be?
What can’t you travel without?
My headphones, an iPad, a silk eyemask mask for sleeping, one trashy magazine, and lots of snacks.
What’s your favorite travel destination?
My favorite recent trip was a safari in South Africa – it’s such a visceral and incredible experience to be up close to like, a pride of lions. I also love Mexico and St. Barths.
If you could choose one person to show you “their New York City,” who would it be?
Andy Warhol or Bianca Jagger. I loved Andy Warhol when I was in school – he represented that ultimate New York experience: creative freedom, decadence, an artistic community and a good time.
What has inspired you recently?
I recently watched the director’s cut of Blade Runner, I hadn’t seen the movie in many years. It inspired me for our Fall collection, it’s visually so beautiful – the color palette, the silhouettes, and Sean Young was just gorgeous.
What are your favorite NYC restaurants?
I recently ate at Carbone and had a delicious plate of pasta and a cauliflower steak. I love ABC Kitchen, Balthazar, The Smile To Go (for dark chocolate chip sea salt cookies) and the spicy kale salad with tempeh from The Butcher’s Daughter.
Where are your go-to spots in NYC for drinks?
I love The Rusty Knot and Paul’s.
What are some of your favorite NYC brunch spots, and what do you order there?
At Balthazar, I order an egg-white omelette with fine herbs and a side of french fries, and at Café Habana, I love the huevos rancheros.
What are some of your favorite NYC stores?
I find Geminola’s beautifully reworked vintage pieces inspiring, and I go to Maison Kitsuné for sporty-chic pieces – plus I love anything with a fox on it.
What music are you listening to these days?
Right now I’m listening to Disclosure, Kanye West’s latest album, Blood Orange, and Beyonce’s visual album is insane.
What album or song would you consider your personal soundtrack to NYC?
Jay-Z and Kanye’s “Watch The Throne” album. Sometimes you need every bit of strength to get though the day and this album always makes me feel powerful.
When you think of NYC, are there any particular emotions or memories that immediately come to mind?
When I was 4 years old, I came to New York to see Annie on Broadway, starring Sarah Jessica Parker. At the opening night, we were allowed backstage to meet “Annie” (SJP). It was a big moment for me – my sister tells me I was clinging to her with excitement, and she was like, “um, can you get your sister off me?”