Makeup artist François Nars is no stranger to business (he sold his eponymous line to Shiseido in 2000) or pleasure (this is the man who gave us Orgasm blush, after all). A perfectionist with impeccable taste, Nars’ exacting standards are apparent in everything he touches, be it the makeup look he creates each season for Marc Jacobs or his private compound in Bora Bora. Here, on the eve of the 2013 fall collections, he shares his favorite haunts in New York City.
This story first appeared in the February 8, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
15 East 15th Street; 212-647-0015
I love Japanese food and eat a lot of sushi here.
10 Columbus Circle; 212-823-9800
Great for innovative dishes, as well as traditional Japanese comfort food.
62 West 9th Street; 212-353-8400
An excellent spot for brunch.
Mary’s Fish Camp
64 Charles Street; 646-486-2185
Get the lobster roll; it’s the best I have ever had!
233 Bleecker Street; 212-206-1738
This is the best gelato in the city.
864 Madison Avenue; 646-558-3157
I go there to splurge on their macarons. They are out of this world.
La Maison Du Chocolat
1018 Madison Avenue; 212-744-7117
Luxurious chocolates…another splurge!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Avenue; 212-535-7710
Many of my ideas come to me when I am visiting this museum.
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street; 212-708-9400
The Apple Store
401 West 14th Street; 212-444-3400
I can’t live without my iPod.
Assouline at the Plaza Hotel
768 5th Avenue; 212-593-7236
I love collecting books and come here often to see what new ones have come in.
400 Bleecker Street; 212-620-4021
Great place to find stationery, accessories and hard-to-find books.
17 East 57 Street; 212-421-6009
This is a classic Upper East Side neighborhood boutique. I love their suits.
377 Bleecker Street; 212-242-2333
My favorite fragrance is L’Ombre Dans L’Eau.
Hermès Men’s Boutique
690 Madison Avenue; 212-308-3585
I love their notebooks. I write in the small version all of my product and shade names. I keep it with me at all times.
163 Mercer Street; 212-343-1490
The team is always very helpful when I need to pick out items for my mother.
L’Olivier Floral Atelier
213 West 14th Street; 212-255-2828
I love their white floral arrangements.
HIDEAWAY: Motu Tané in Bora Bora
I would spend the rest of my life here if I could.
MASSEUSE: The Spa at Mandarin Oriental
80 Columbus Circle; 212-805-8800
Best spa for a deep-tissue massage.
TEA: Matcha Green Tea
I drink it two to three times a day when I’m in New York. It fuels creativity, ignites the mind and provides me with endless inspiration.