You recently opened Gem Wine, a neighborhood wine bar and natural extension of Gem. What were some of the thoughts and considerations you had in mind when creating the new space?
— One of the biggest things I think about is how to make a space feel personal and different than most things in the city. I wanted the wine bar to feel like the perfect library filled with books and wine.
Which places or people do you look to for fresh perspectives in New York?
— I look mostly outside the city, at antiques and nature to add something different to metropolitan life. I also spend a lot of time looking at the opulence of uptown and finding small ways to bring that downtown.