AMV in New York: Drew Jessup’s 6 favourite spots

Drew Jessup is a professional photographer, based in New York for the last seven and a half years. He talks to us about his daily life and shares his favourite spots with us.

Photos: Jacob Howell

In the photos, Drew is wearing the FOUBAY scarf in canyon mottled, the MARCEL jumper in chocolate melange, the ZUTABAY sweatshirt, the NELABIRD coat and the JOYBIRD jeans.


Hi, Drew! What do you like most about New York life? 
Sophia Loren once said: “When I’m walking down the street, I always feel that around the corner, there is something wonderful waiting for me.” That’s what I feel about New York, which is what I like calling “the magic of the unexpected.”

How would you describe your photography style? 
For me, it’s like a creative mountain that I’m still climbing. It’s hard to describe, but when I take photos, I’m constantly in search of a certain essence. Like sparks of life, film scenes that give you goose pimples, make you laugh, inspire you.

What’s your favourite thing about photography?
At first, I wanted to pick up a camera to capture my daily life: what I do, when, how and with whom. It’s kind of like keeping a journal. I like to be able to keep memories.

What’s an average day like for you? 
I get up fairly late and I always start by drinking coffee. Then, I organise my day around my appointments. Right now, my evenings are pretty full. I go to a store opening (or two), then I join a friend for dinner. If I have nothing planned, I cook at home before going out for a drink. My days usually end between midnight and 4 a.m.

Drew’s favourite spots for … 
— Vintage shopping: Stella Dallas (285 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA)
— Pizza: Joe’s Pizza (7 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014, USA)
— A date: St Mazie’s Bar & Supper Le Club (345 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA) or Le French Diner (188 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002, USA)
— Afternoon coffee: C&B (178 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009, USA)
— A glass of wine: Marylou (41 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003, USA) or Sauce (78 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002, USA)
— Art: The Met (1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA) or The Somerset House (10-25 48th Ave, Queens, NY 11101, USA)


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