New York

Cre­ative direc­tor of Chante­caille Beauté, shares her per­fect day in the city

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life -

Olivia Chante­caille,

he first thing that wakes me up in the morn­ing is the sound of my one-year-old daugh­ter, Del­phina, coo­ing in her crib. It’s such a happy way to start the day. My hus­band [Ren Grady] and I grab her bot­tle and our cap­puc­ci­nos, and then we snug­gle to­gether in bed.

Our cosy morn­ing con­tin­ues with break­fast at home, so we stay in our py­ja­mas and robes. We’ve been learn­ing to cook, which is a new ex­cit­ing adventure for us, so I stock up on fresh eggs and fruit from the Union Square Farm­ers’ Mar­ket.

Af­ter even­tu­ally chang­ing out of our PJS—I typ­i­cally throw on an easy dress from Peter Pilotto or Gi­ambat­tista Valli with Lanvin flats, that way I can walk ev­ery­where—we head out for cof­fee at Ground Sup­port Cafe. It’s the ab­so­lute best cup of cof­fee in Man­hat­tan and it’s one of those places that takes it very se­ri­ously.

There’s noth­ing bet­ter than New York in spring, so we spend the morn­ing walk­ing around when it’s warm out. Flow­ers are a huge ob­ses­sion for my daugh­ter and I, so if I can swing it, we go to the flower mar­ket on 28th Street and pick out an ar­range­ment for our house. We also love to take her to ABC Car­pet & Home. It has a won­der­ful chil­dren’s sec­tion with tons of stuffed an­i­mals and the whole place feels like one mas­sive play­room. The main floor is rem­i­nis­cent of a souk in Morocco with hang­ing lanterns and lights, mak­ing it very stim­u­lat­ing and vis­ually ex­cit­ing for Del­phina.

We then make our way over to the High Line, an old rail­road track that’s been trans­formed into an el­e­vated park run­ning from Gan­sevoort Street up to 34th Street. Along the way we pop into a few gal­leries in Chelsea—paul Kas­min, Mary Boone and Gagosian are a few of our favourites.

If we don’t end up lunch­ing at The Stan­dard Grill, which bor­ders the High Line, we grab a bite with Del­phina at Ladurée


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