Alicia Halegua

Alicia Halegua is the president and designer of Metalskin leather accessories, a line of wrap bracelets. Halegua says she created Metalskin to satisfy her creative impulses and desire to design versatile, personal accessories for women to accent or reinvent their individual style. Applying the practical lessons of her styling and fashion background, Halegua hand-selected every element of METALSKIN accessories, meticulously sourcing the precise leathers, snaps and shapes to create her ultimate wrap bracelet. While Halegua now lives on the Upper East Side, she was born and raised in Miami, where she graduated from the University of Miami. After graduation, she moved to New York City and worked in retail and public relations. And the rest… is history!

Where were you born ?
Miami, Florida
How long in New york:
5 years
Owner of METALSKIN, my favorite accessories line.
Favorite Restaurant:
Bottega del Vino
Best Sushi:
Sushi of Gari for all their creative pieces & Nobu for sockeye salmon newstyle.
Best Ethnic Food:
Mr. Chow, Tribeca
Best Italian:
Via Quadronno, simple, a bit crowded but amazing bruschetta.
Best place for late night dining:
Mamoun's Falafel
Best dessert:
anything Lady M, cheesecake is one of my favorites.
Best place for a romantic date:
Bond St., its sexy and was my first date with my fiancée so I highly recommend it!
Best Sunday brunch:
The Mark
Hautest Club/Lounge:
Carlye- not so hot but haute!
Best place for a power business meeting:
The Oak Room
All-around favorite spot in New york:
I am such a homebody, my apartment is my favorite place-I also love to go to my parents apartment when I need a change of atmosphere, because it also feels like home to me.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
I’m a big fan of The Regecy Hotel, I love the service location. I also like the Plaza, the rooms are total luxury.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Venue, I like Barneys and Bergdorf, I can always find something great. As for boutiques, Intermix on Madison has been one of my favorites for a long time. Big Drop on Third is great for a last minute cute outfit.
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
London Jewelers
Best Spa:
I think Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa in the Plaza is the best.
Favorite Charity Event:
I can’t say I have a favorite, but ASPCA is a nice one, the commercials make me cry! I have soft spot for dogs.
Favorite Cultural Event:
Everyday in New York City I a cultural experience for me, I am always learning and observing.
Favorite Cultural Institution:
I love art history; The MoMA is a wonderful cultural institution.
Best Aspect of New york:
There is no ‘best’ aspect of New York, it is a city you often fall into a ‘love/hate’ relationship with. It takes so much out of you, but then at the same time surrounds you with so much energy. It is difficult to say, but the best aspect of New York is that it’s New York, may sound funny, but you know what I mean.
Best Steakhouse:
The Palm, Monday night salad, no anchovies, add hearts of palm.
Best Pizza:
Mezzaluna, keep it classic with margherita extra sauce.
Best Lunch:
Sant Ambroeus, best beef carpaccio.
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Equinox pretty much has it all.
Best Massage:
I like a deep tissue massage at Caudalie.
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
I often use Luxury for car service.
Best Museum/Exhibit:
The Frick, I would gladly move in.
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