1. Favorite New York bar
Nick: Apart from Bar Fedora obviously. Four Seasons (RIP) and Bar Lunatico
2. Signature drink
Tariq: Achilles Heel for me – after Bar Fedora
Nick: Boulevardier, on the rocks
3. Style motto
Tariq: My own invention of equal parts Fernet, Bourbon, lemon juice and a half part simple syrup. Shaken.
Nick: Wear what makes you feel comfortable and confident.Tariq: Fit, first and foremost. The rest is negotiable.
4. No1 style no-no
Nick: Wearing a backpack with a suit.
5. Signature scent
Tariq: I’m very much a minimalist so I prescribe to the Chanel philosophy of “take one thing off.” So I guess I’d say not knowing how to edit. Save a trend for later. There are seven days in the week.
Nick: I don’t really wear fragrance
6. Signature watch
Tariq: Cinnamon Projects 2pm
Nick: iPhone 5G
7. Dream car
Tariq: Currently sporting my new watch by Tinker
Nick: 1970s Toyota Land Cruiser
8. Favorite New York restaurant
Tariq: 1960s Jaguar SKE
9. Favorite city other than New York
Tariq: St. Anselm
10. One thing you always carry with you.
Nick: Burts Bees lip balm in my pocket; Papier ‘d Armenie Incense when I travel
Tariq: The reality is the phone has supplanted so much. I always need to have some way to record thoughts as they come to mind.
11. What do you collect?
Nick: At the moment – chairs. I have way too many in my apartment!
12. Worst sartorial mistake you ever made.
Tariq: I collect portraiture busts/sculptures of human heads, of all sorts. I usually scour at flea markets and antique shops, or prowl eBay.
Nick: Wearing Abercrombie polo shirts with a popped collar (it was high school….)
13. Most surprising item in your wardrobe.
Tariq: I would say growing my hair out. It took so long to get to the desired length, and I was never really happy with the result. And the in-between was especially terrible.
Nick: A pair of woven leather sandals I bought in India
14. If you could only save one thing in a fire, what would it be?
Tariq: I have a leather motorcycle vest and I’m not sure why.
Nick: A family recipe book my dad made me a few years ago for Christmas. He is a big cook, and he compiled (and annotated with stories and notes) a copy of the one he uses daily.
15. The book that changed your life
Tariq: I have a box of random memorabilia from all years of my life – random things from postcards to small souvenirs. It’s a fairly small collection, but all things that evoke my fondest memories.
Nick: Not book – but poem. “Lovesong of J.Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot
16. The movie you never get tired of watching
Tariq: ‘Things Fall Apart’ by Chinua Achebe. It was actually the topic of my college admissions essay.
Nick: Chicago (guilty pleasure)
Tariq: Moonlight. The movie has so many layers, and mundane moments that are really powerful. I definitely need to go back and see it again while it’s still in theaters.