Haute Secrets: Super Stylish DJ Mia Moretti on New York Favorites

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Mia Moretti (credit Sydney Rose Davies)
Mia Moretti. Photo by Sydney Rose Davies

Mia Moretti s known not only for her cool DJ turns at the world’s hottest nightspots, trendiest parties, and exclusive weddings (she spun at Chelsea Clinton’s reception), but also for her high-profile partnerships (with Katy Perry) and rockin’ personal style. (Lanvin, Dior, Louis Vuitton and many other top brands have been clients). Here the uber-stylish Moretti talks to Haute Living and shares secrets from her carefully curated address book.

Where were you born? 
Berkeley, California
How long in New York? 
7 years
Current neighborhood: 
Upper West Side
Occupation:
DJ
You are noted for having great personal style. Where do you shop? 
Wherever I am. I love finding treasures when I’m traveling at local markets, medinas, bazaars, and even in airport gift shops!
Favorite shoe designer/shoe stores:
Brother Vellies; AGL (Attilio Giusti Leombruni);Maryam Nasir Zadeh
Your apartment also has a distinct personal style. Where did you buy key pieces for it? 
Since I’ve been the Fashion and Arts Ambassador for theRealReal www.therealreal.com), I’ve acquired an unhealthy addiction to their home and art sales. Not only am I able to find some unique collector pieces, but I love being able to give a piece of furniture a second life rather than buying something new. It’s a little piece I can do to help contribute to a more sustainable world. When I’m home on the weekends I have a tradition of going by all the Housing Works Thrift Stores and scouring the new arrivals.
Favorite non-clothing stores:
I love museum gift shops, especially the gift shop at MOMA. Dashwood books is one of the most lovely, unique bookshops in NYC. I also recently got turned on to Airweave mattresses, and they have a store in Soho (which sometimes I go into just to sneak a quick lay-in).
Favorite places for cosmetics:
ABC Home carries natural cosmetics which I’m a big fan of, especially RMS Beauty which is made with purified coconut oil.
Favorite hair salon:
Sam & Chris on Broadway and 78th street for quick blow outs or updos with no appointment needed.
Favorite restaurant:

Cafe Luxemburg on the UWS  for solo dinner at the bar; Abyssinia in Harlem for Ethiopian; Artisanal Bistro for cheese cravings.

Favorite for lunch:
Via Quadronno is an amazing little bar and sandwich shop that I found while I was traveling in Milan. It turns out there’s one in New York, just across the park from my house. Their paninis are award winning.
Best Sunday brunch:
Montana’s Trail House is basically your Brooklyn version of a Sunday roast — it’s a charming wood-covered restaurant with the best fried chicken in New York.
Best place for a creative business meeting:

Untitled, the bar at the top of the Whitney

Best bar/cocktail lounge:
Smalls & MezzRow in the West Village; the cover gets you in to both jazz clubs
Hotel you recommend for out-of-town guests:
The Americano, where you can be in the heart of the arts district in Chelsea and [take] a straight shot up the West Side Highway to my house.
Favorite charity:
Housing Works, which I’m very proud to be on the board of, and the work they do for our city.
Night-on-the-town favorites:

The Carlyle for night-on-the-town night caps.

Best current museum or art gallery exhibit:

Diane Arbus exhibit at the Met Breuer

Favorite historic/legendary place outside New York:
Istanbul. I’ve never felt the history of the world rumbling under my own feet like I did in Istanbul.
 
Describe New York in three words: 
Source of life
Best aspect of New York: 
The people
 
Secret to your success?
A good night’s sleep in my own bed, and maybe my Airweave mattress, which is heaven.
Follow the stylish Moretti on Twitter: @miamoretti
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