Brian Wolk & Claude Morais

Brian Wolk and Claude Morais are the designers behind the critically acclaimed cult New York label, Ruffian. The designers received the Fashion Group International Rising Star Award and have been featured in top fashion pubs, including Vogue, The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Teen Vogue, W, Elle, Nylon, Allure, and WWD. Brian brings his dual training in Fashion Design and Costume design to the label, giving him a unique fashion perspective. It’s a match made in heaven when you bring Claude into the mix, with his experiences traveling the world as a model, then as a stylist. The label has collaborated with some of the fashion industry’s most sought after names, including make-up artist James Kaliardos, hair stylist Neil Moody, and designer Christian Louboutin.

Where were you born ?
Brian: New York Claude: Montreal
How long in New york:
Brian: my whole life Claude: 10 years
Brian and Claude: Williamsburg
Brian and Claude: Creative Directors, RUFFIAN
Favorite Restaurant:
Brian and Claude: Indochine
Best Sushi:
Brian and Claude: Bond Street
Best Ethnic Food:
Brian and Claude: Kittichai
Best Italian:
Brian and Claude: Malatesta
Best place for late night dining:
Brian: The Standard Grill Claude: The Odeon
Best dessert:
Brian: Jasmine Ice cream at Kittichai
Best place for a romantic date:
The booth at John’s Pizzaria on Bleeker
Best Sunday brunch:
Brian and Claude: Capsuto Frere, Tribecca
Hautest Club/Lounge:
Brian and Claude: Boom Boom Room (Top of the Standard)
Best place for a power business meeting:
Brian and Claude: Our Studio
All-around favorite spot in New york:
Brian and Claude: Gramercy Park
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Brian: The Empire Suite at The Standard Hotel Claude: The Royal Suite at the Carlyle Hotel
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Brian and Claude: Chanel
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Brian and Claude: La Vieille Russie
Best Spa:
Brian and Claude: When in need of a spa session, we leave NY to go to Ten Thousand Waves in Santa Fe
Favorite Charity Event:
Brian and Claude: Creative Time Annual Gala
Favorite Cultural Event:
Brian and Claude: The Whitney Museum Art Party
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Brian and Claude: The Metropolitan Opera
Best Aspect of New york:
Brian and Claude: Art and Theater in New York
Best Steakhouse:
Brian and Claude: Peter Luger Steakhouse
Best Pizza:
Brian and Claude: Una Pizza Napoletana
Best Lunch:
Brian and Claude: Michael’s
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Brian and Claude: David Barton on 23rd Street
Best Massage:
Brian and Claude: Ray Allen (Rolfer)
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Brian and Claude: Empire CLS, they’re the only one with Audis
Best Museum/Exhibit:
Brian and Claude: Gagosian Galleries
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Brian and Claude: Walking in the West Village
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