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PETER DAVIS

  • OCCUPATION

    Editor In Chief of SCENE Magazine

  • HOMETOWN

    Manhattan

  • CURRENT RESIDENCE

    Manhattan

I was born and raised in Manhattan. I went to Buckley school then boarding school where I was kicked out for basically being a punk rocker and a trouble maker. I graduated from Bennington College as a painting major but never picked up a paint brush after school. I had been a high school intern at Paper (when I had blue hair and skateboarded everywhere) and Paper's Editor, Kim Hastreiter, was my mentor and I ended up writing a monthly column for Paper and becoming their Editor at Large. I've also written for The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal and The Daily Beast amongst other publications. I was the Features Director at Fashion Week Daily then the Editor in Chief of Avenue before leaving to become the Editor in Chief of SCENE magazine. When not editing SCENE, I eat too many gummy bears and take iPhone photos of street art. I also just did my first DJ gig as DJ Peter Davis - "Editor in Beats" sounded too wordy and too boastful.

IF YOU COULD CHOOSE ONE PERSON TO SHOW YOU “THEIR NEW YORK CITY,” WHO WOULD IT BE? 
Andy Warhol – just for the shopping tips. And to have him Polaroid me wherever we went.

WHAT OR WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU RECENTLY, AND WHY? 
Anderson Cooper for coming out. The more gays that are in the closet, the worse off for everyone (especially the closeted gays – what a bummer of a way to live).

WHAT CAN’T YOU TRAVEL WITHOUT AND WHY? 
My iPhone – I recently was in safari in South Africa and had literally no internet. I realized that I didn’t really crave emails, but I missed being able to Google stuff. I guess I am a Google addict.

WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATION? 
Tokyo. The national sport is basically shopping and I am a samurai when it comes to scoring cool stuff and Tokyo is just one big city with coolness for sale.

WHAT WOULD THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY BE? 
“New York City Boy”