21 questions

Anna Sui Hates Tourists and Rats

Photograph by Patrick McMullan

Name: Anna Sui

Age: No comment

Job: Fashion designer

Neighborhood: Greenwich Village

Who’s your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
I came to New York to meet Andy Warhol and Diana Vreeland.

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in New York?
Fried chicken at Max’s Kansas City.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
I find alternative solutions.

Where do you get coffee?
Across the street from my office, from a little window in the lobby at 257 West 39th Street.

What’s the last thing you saw on Broadway?
Mary Poppins.

Do you give money to panhandlers?
On occasion.

What’s your drink?

How often do you prepare your own meals?
A few times a week.

What’s your favorite medication?

What’s hanging above your sofa?
Hand-painted chinoiserie wallpaper.

How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
If it’s by Garren, nothing is too much.

When’s bedtime?
11:30 to midnight.

Brunch: pro or con?
Pro if I have the time, con if I don’t.

What’s your thread count?

What do you hate most about living in New York?
Too many tourists, and rats.

What’s your brand of jeans?

When’s the last time you drove a car?
Last year.

Who should be the next president?
Oprah Winfrey.

Times, Post, or Daily News?
The New York Times.

Yankees or Mets?

What makes someone a New Yorker?
Three years.

Anna Sui Hates Tourists and Rats