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The Essential List

The Essential List: Devin Brook

The managing partner at Brand New School loves the good stuff when it comes to food and drink - but is still in need of the perfect ugly / cute pooch

The Essential List: Devin Brook

Tacos, tequila, club sandwiches, 100-year-old delis, soup dumplings… when it comes to sustenance, Devin Brook is into the good stuff, food that speaks to the LBB team on a personal and gluttonous level. He even once opened his own bar and event space in his hometown of Manhattan - although he’s a west-coaster by birth. 

By day Devin is managing partner at creative studio Brand New School, which just announced the hiring of creative director JP Rooney

We tapped Devin for a truly bi-coastal Essential List. 



Lifestyle



o Place of birth: Los Angeles
o Hometown: Manhattan
o Staycation: I’ve been travelling a ton, so being home is staycation
o Vacation: Anywhere with an eight+ hour time difference. In 2019 I’m going back to Nepal to trek and visiting a friend at an artist’s residency in Switzerland.


o Pet: Eventually one of these incredibly ugly/cute things. It’ll need a winter parka.
o Place of work: Brand New School
o Place of workout: Cycling across the GW Bridge and up 9W, or the gym when the weather dips.
o Side project: A while back two friends and I opened The Wooly, a bar and private event space in downtown Manhattan. 
o Mode of transport: Bike, yellow cabs and my feet. Walking in NYC never gets old.


o Bonus Travel Essential: A gift for the niece and nephews



Culture



o Artist: Daniel Richter and Peter Doig for their insane uses of colour


o Musician: Joy Division, Neil Young, Dr. Dre
o Commercials / music video director: Dougal Wilson
o Film director: Kubrick
o Photographer: Ryan McGinley
o Film: A Clockwork Orange
o Series: The Leftovers
o Music Video: Anything Chris Cunningham



o Board Game: Monopoly
o Book: Just finished Shoe Dog
o Podcast: Here’s The Thing
o Newspaper (off or online): Google News aggregates everything I need in one place
o Magazine: New York Magazine, but only for the crossword puzzle
o Bonus Culture Essential: Record collection



Food and Drink



o Breakfast: I’m damn close to replicating the omelette at Petit Trois…soon



o Restaurant: Barney Greengrass


o Cheap bite: Miznon
o Working lunch: NY = Amelia’s club sandwich, LA = Trejo’s tacos
o Favourite Dish: Ribs at Hillstone
o Signature Dish: Roast chicken and the omelette
o Snack: Peanut butter and banana, almonds, Oreos
o Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate cigar from Moishe’s
o Bar: Walker’s
o Booze: German pilsner or tequila
o Not Booze: Seltzer
o Bonus Food: Soup dumplings
o Bonus Beverage: Mexican Coke



Kit



o Phone: iPhone X
o Computer: MacBook Pro
o TV: Samsung 55”
o Headphones: Airpods and Beats noise cancelling – daily vs. flying
o Camera: Leica and my iPhone
o Soundsystem: Rega and Sonos
o Pen / pencil: Sailor pen and our BNS pencils


o Where you document an idea: Notes
o Casual Clothing: Jeans and a t-shirt 
o Smart Clothing: Slacks and a t-shirt
o Collection: Records
o App: It’s so obvious, but Accuweather saves me all the time
o Website: hbogo.com
o Work program: Chrome
o Digital work tool: Chrome
o Analogue work tool: Chrome
o Morning grooming / makeup essential: Wash, rinse, repeat
o Bonus Kit Essential: Garrett Leight sunglasses
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