21 questions

Peter Som Spends Too Much on His Sheets

Photograph by Patrick McMullan

Name: Peter Som

Age: 36

Job: Clothing designer

Neighborhood: West Village

Who’s your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
Laura Mars.

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in New York?
Eleven Madison Park always does the trick. But lately I always find myself eating the fried artichokes followed by the polpettine alla siciliana at Gusto, which is in my neighborhood.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
Try really hard to make pretty things.

Where do you get your coffee?

What’s the last thing you saw on Broadway?

Do you give money to panhandlers?

What’s your drink?

How often do you prepare your own meals?
Less than I’d like to.

What’s your favorite medication?

What’s hanging above your sofa?
Painting by Mia Enell titled The Gardening Arm.

How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
It all depends on how good (or bad) you look afterwards.

When’s bedtime?
Ideally in bed around 10 to read, 11 to 11:30 lights off.

Brunch: pro or con?
Very pro!

What’s your thread count?
They’re Frette—but I have no idea.

What do you hate most about living in New York?
The loves outweigh the hates every time. I could do with less of the black dust that instantly gathers on my windowsill every time I open the window.

What’s your brand of jeans?

When’s the last time you drove a car?
New Year’s weekend. I hadn’t driven it in so long the battery died so I need a jumper cable to get it going.

Who should be the next president?

Times, Post, or Daily News?

Yankees or Mets?

What makes someone a New Yorker?
When you have the feeling that you probably couldn’t live anywhere else in the world.

Peter Som Spends Too Much on His Sheets