For years and years, Jessica Allen was the PR whiz behind the scenes at APC—during that era when everyone stateside was discovering (and going nuts for) the French label’s understated separates and perfect denim. Since then, she’s struck out on her own, and she’s worked with very cool companies like Brvtvs, Friends & Associates, Paige Hamilton Design, Denim Refinery, Personnel of New York, and (hey!) Of a Kind. Basically, she’s one of those people who always knows what’s next. More on that below. —mattie kahn
Q: What did you wear to your senior prom?
A: Oh my god. I actually made my dress. This was 1996. It was a sleeveless tank dress style, and it was bright blue, almost like a vinyl fabric—so it was kind of shiny. It wasn’t exactly patent leather, but it was definitely shiny. It had silver trim around it, and I wore these platform jelly shoes. My date dyed his hair blue to match. We were quite a sight.
Q: What magazines do you subscribe to?
A: I subscribe to pretty much every fashion-y, lifestyle magazine that you can think of for work! But the non-fashion, non-work-related magazine that I always make sure to get a subscription to is Runner’s World. I’m a big runner, so my “fun” magazine is Runner’s World.
Q: Ooh, where do you run?
A: I live in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, so I do a lot of running through Williamsburg. Usually, I’ll either go over the Williamsburg Bridge, or I’ll head to Queens and then run over the Pulaski Bridge.
Q: So, speaking of Greenpoint, what are your favorite neighborhood spots?
A: I’ve been really into Park Luncheonette lately. It’s on the corner of McCarren Park. They opened in the last few months, and they do great food. Every time I’ve gone, there hasn’t really been a long wait, and I think, in New York, that’s number one. I’ve been trying to go as much as I can—because I know that’ll only last so long. Selamat Pagi is another restaurant I love. It’s Balinese, and it’s so good. And then there’s this place called Maha Rose that I just started going to. I go there for acupuncture, but it’s really a general healing center. I absolutely love it. It’s fabulous. And last one! It’s called Loren. They sell denim and do amazing denim repairs and alterations. It’s my go-to place to get my jeans fixed or tailored.
Q: What’s your biggest indulgence?
A: I’d have to say massages. I keep going back to the Cowshed Spa at Soho House. You don’t even have to be a member to go. You can just book an appointment and sit and linger and use the steam room. I love it.
Q: What piece of jewelry are you most obsessed with these days?
A: I’d have to go with my engagement ring right now! My fiancé picked it out, and when he gave it to me he said, “If you don’t like it, we can take it back, and you can pick out what you’d like.” It’s super clean and simple—just one stone. It’s perfect. So, of course, I was like, “There’s no way I want something different! I couldn’t imagine something else I’d want.” So, yeah, he nailed it.
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