Sophie Aschauer is the founder of SerpentSea, a sailing-inspired textile brand that makes rugs, bracelets, and key rings, which she started in 2011 after being inspired by a trip to Nantucket. Her pieces are all woven by hand using recycled marine ropes, meaning they're suitable for indoors or out – and functional as well as fashionable, as they come in a variety of colors to suit any design scheme.
What would the title of your autobiography be?
“Sophie Aschauer by Sophie Aschauer”
What’s your favorite travel destination?
I always like going to new places – anywhere new is exciting! For a long time I was dreaming of going on a journey through the Sahara, but maybe it’s better to keep that in my dreams.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon in NYC?
It’s always a good idea to go to the flea market or see a museum show, and have a cocktail at Bemelmans Bar afterwards.
If you could choose one person to show you “their New York City,” who would it be and why?
Most definitely Andy Warhol, if not for him I would have probably never come to New York in the first place.
What are your favorite NYC restaurants?
When I’m at home, most of the time I order a side of aioli focaccia and avocado toast from Café Gitane, and I love to eat at Balthazar – I order oysters and the bar steak.
What’s your go-to spot in NYC for drinks?
Of course my favorite is Paul’s.
What are some of your favorite NYC stores, and why?
I love Dean & DeLuca, McNally Jackson Books, and Di Palo’s. I always feel comforted and happy when I go there!
What are you listening to these days?
These days I mainly listen to audiobooks…. My all time favorite is John Irving’s “A Prayer for Owen Meany.”
What album or song would you consider your personal soundtrack to NYC?
I distinctly remember one song that was playing on the US Airways radio program on my first flight to New York – “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears for Fears. I kept listening to it over and over during my first couple of weeks in the city.
When you think of NYC, are there any emotions or memories that immediately come to mind?
In New York, I fell in love!