As co-founder and head of sales and operations for the jewelry line that she started with her twin sister, Lizzie, Kathryn Fortunato describes herself as an "analytical workaholic." She’s happiest when hanging out in the jewel box walk-up apartment she shares with her sister on Crosby Street in Soho, which sounds perfect for two girls working in the jewelry business. She loves exploring new places, whether it’s a restaurant downtown or a destination far away.
(Photo: Jason Ross Savage)
What can’t you travel without?
Very little. The girls at our office joke that I can fit a week’s vacation worth of outfits, heels and sneakers in a tiny-roll on suitcase
What’s your favorite travel destination?
We explored Tokyo last spring and absolutely loved it. It’s chic, polite, curated, and cool. I have also been going to Portofino, Italy with my boyfriend’s family for the past few summers; there is not much not to love there.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon in NYC?
Coffee in the back garden of Saturdays Surf, sandwich from The Smile To Go, poke around at John Derian, bike or run over the bridge, and Sunday supper (Italian at Bianca or Bar Pitti).
Who has inspired you recently?
My boyfriend’s father, who has lived in NYC for years and seen a lot – his stories are awesome and inspiring.
What are your favorite NYC restaurants, and what do you order there?
Osteria Morini at the bar for a dirty martini and spaghetti with clams, Barrio Chino for the steak tacos and grapefruit margarita, Sandro’s uptown for the best affogato in the city, and Rubirosa for late night pizza.
What’s your go-to spot in NYC for drinks?
The Leadbelly in the LES.
Where do you get your art fix in NYC?
I love doing a day of Chelsea galleries. I love contemporary/20th century artists, most of whom I cannot afford. I am lusting for a Wayne Thibodeau.
What are some of your favorite late-night hangouts in NYC?
The Grand Bar at Soho Grand, good memories and good music as well as Leadbelly for the dance parties.
What are some of your under the radar must-do recommendations for NYC visitors?
Bike up to the West Side Highway for a visit to the Cloisters and a ride over the George Washington Bridge.
When you think of NYC, are there any particular memories that immediately come to mind?
I remember being here as a kid and hailing a cab for the first time. We thought it was the greatest thing on earth.