21 questions

Phillip Lim Likes to Get in Hedi Slimane’s Pants

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Name: Phillip Lim

Age: 33

Job: Fashion designer

Neighborhood: Live in Chelsea; work in the garment district.

Who’s your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
The late Nan Kempner.

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in New York?
Ooh, by far it’s the crispy garlic red snapper at the restaurant NAM (in Tribeca).

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
“Propose Solutions…”

Where do you get your coffee?
Starbucks on 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue in Chelsea.

What’s the last thing you saw on Broadway?
I haven’t had time to leave the “Batcave.”

Do you give money to panhandlers?
Only to women and children.

What’s your drink?
A nice, cold bottle of beer.

How often do you prepare your own meals?
Never. See question No. 2. NAM usually does the cooking.

What’s your favorite medication?
Ambien. Because sleep is such a luxury.

What’s hanging above your sofa?
A life-size oil-on-canvas portrait of my dog Oliver.

How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
I cut my own hair.

When’s bedtime?
Somewhere between 12 and 2 … a.m.

Brunch: pro or con?
Pro for weekends … con for weekdays …

What’s your thread count?

What do you hate most about living in New York?
I miss driving on the open road.

What’s your brand of jeans?
Dior Homme.

When’s the last time you drove a car?
When I drove my business partner’s car to the DIA:Beacon three months ago.

Who should be the next president?
Hillary Clinton.

Times, Post, or Daily News?
All of the above.

Yankees or Mets?
I’m staying out of this!

What makes someone a New Yorker?
The will to fight every day. Especially during the off-duty hours of taxicabs.

Phillip Lim Likes to Get in Hedi Slimane’s Pants