JOSEPH ALTUZARR A in 24HOURS
The designer’s life by the numbers.
7.30AM I have an alarm on my phone, a very soothing sound that I often do not hear. My husband, Seth [Weissman], has to nudge me out of bed. I’m not a tremendous morning person, so I need time to wake up. I need everything to be very relaxing – a phone call from a factory with a problem is an awful start to the day. 8.30AM I have a little water, take a long shower, and brush my teeth. I don’t have a complicated beauty regime. I’ve used Kiehl’s Facial Fuel moisturiser for the last 10 years. Then, I put some stuff from American Crew in my hair, and that’s pretty much it. Getting dressed is the fastest part of my morning because I wear the same thing every day, which my team makes fun of me for. I have one pair of jeans and a pair of leather jeans that I wear with boots, a T-shirt, and a sweatshirt. The leather trousers I have made by my factory, one pair a year. I’m going to sound unfashionable, but I have American Apparel T-shirts that I buy over and over, and I’m wearing a Cheap Monday sweatshirt that I bought during college. I have a lot of boxers and boxer briefs, for some reason. I get them at a place in Paris. They just find me. I have maybe 40 pairs, including some I don’t wear, with hearts on them. 9AM My husband leaves before I do, so I’m alone in the apartment. It takes me a long time to pack my bag, and I clean a little and check my e-mail. 9.30AM I hail a cab – I’m a big patron of New York City taxicabs. I don’t know how to drive. Seventy percent of the time I bring my dog with me. Her name is Bean, like a jelly bean. She is so used to this routine that when I go to pick her up to get into the cab, she almost jumps into my arms. She’s a schnauzer and likes any toy with a face. It’s weird; she goes for the eyes first. Every animal toy we get her is pristine except that it’s eyeless or faceless. Schnauzers are bred to hunt rats, and it’s super apparent – if we’re walking and she sees a squirrel, it’s out of control. I listen to music when I’m commuting. Lately I’ve been into the Gone Girl soundtrack. Sometimes I listen to more pop-y stuff, like FKA Twigs, and a lot of older music as well. I love Carole King. And I love Salt-n-Pepa. Have you seen the really weird “Push It” commercial on TV? It’s an ad for Geico, where a guy tries opening a door that says push, but he’s pulling it, and Salt-n-Pepa are like, “Push it, push it.” 9.45AM I always order an egg-white omelette with cheese and mushrooms from the same place, Prince St. Café, on Seamless, and have it delivered. My team knows that when my breakfast arrives, I’m about five to 10 minutes away. 10AM I stop by Smile to Go and get an iced coffee. I drink it iced no matter the time of day, no matter the weather, and come in to work. The environment is pretty relaxed. My CEO, Karis [Durmer], brings her dog as well. I eat and check my e-mail again. I have this compulsive thing that I don’t like having any unopened e-mail – I have to have zero
unread in my inbox first thing in the morning, and especially when I’m going to bed.