My Grandmother bought a house in Estoril because it reminded her of Southampton, New York where she had a country house for all her life.
Having a house here how can you explain the fact that you've never been to Portugal? I think that's unforgivable!
Where are your favourite travel destinations?
Tokyo is my favorite city for a vacation. I'm a shopaholic and the national sport in Japan is shopping and collecting. The only problem is that I have a size 11 foot and I'm 6'1 so nothing fits me. It's so frustrating. I also love anyplace where I can surf - the North Shore of Oahu, Bali, Baja, Mexico and my second home, Los Angeles.
What cultural references from other countries have you incorporated into your lifestyle?
Definitely British - from Punk and Mod to my tailor: Timothy Everest, who is my style Zen master. I love Japanese stuff, like Comme des Garçons wallets and their polos for Fred Perry. Rei Kawakuba is a visionary.
What is lifestyle?
With Mickey Boarman and Carla Fendi
To me, it's living stylishly. I don't even like to look at ugly toothpaste tubes or laundry detergent bottles. I put those things in clear plastic containers from Muji or buy things that you can rip the label off of. I try to make everything I have around me as clean, simple and beautiful as possible.
I was wondering, fashion's history has thousands of years. how would you explain how the contemporary male wardrobe is almost exclusively based on previous references from the last 150 years?
With Tinsley Mortimer
I wish men's fashion was more futuristic, like the Balenciaga gold C3-PO women's look, but men just look silly dressed as robots.
How do you describe your style?
Preppy roots with a shot of punk rock rebel. I have a basic uniform which often involves a black tie jacket. I wear black tie jackets to the deli or the movies. It's always better to be overdressed as you never know where you might end up.
What are you addicted to?
Too many things! Help! Shopping, Ice Blendeds from the Coffee Bean, Vans slip-on sneakers, bubble gum balls, art (Andy Warhol, Neckface, Konstantin Kakanias, my friend Tom Sachs, Edward Gorey), photographs (Bruce Gilden, Martin Parr, Terry Richardson, Leonard Freed, William Klein), books, vintage Rolex watches, sushi (the best is Sasubene in NYC and LA), sunglasses, Leica cameras, magazines.
I could go on forever. Thankfully, I'm not addicted to television. I was as a young child.
What are your Shopping criterias?
With Nina Garcia
I can shop anywhere from Bergdorf Goodman to the local hardware store. The only thing I dislike is sales. Why do I want to buy something that I probably didn't like the first time I saw it?
What is your pièce de résistance?
Über chic or Glamourous?
With Walter S. Tomenson III
Friends John Whitledge and Mickey Boardman
Über chic. Glamorous is a term I reserve for girls.
Who are your dead style icons?
Fred HughesThe Duke of Windsor
Fred Hughes, who ran the Warhol Factory. Sid Vicious. The Duke of Windsor. Diana Vreeland.
And the living ones?
Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse
Ruben and Isabel Toledo
Peter and his sister Minnie Mortimer
Pete Doherty. Amy Winehouse. Mark Ronson. Ruben and Isabel Toledo (the epitome of a chic couple), future fashion star Logan Scott and my sister Minnie Mortimer, who is a great, young womenswear designer.
What is Chic?
Chic is looking elegant without trying. The model Erin Wasson is chic. The Chateau Marmont is chic. Hermès diaries are chic.
How to be Posh?
Be yourself 24/7 and make sure to look fabulous doing it. And have good manners.
Tell me about your occupations?
I am Editor at Large at Paper Magazine and I've published articles in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Vogue and others. I blog now daily for papermag.com. The blog is called Peter Davis' Status Update. I resisted blogging for years and that was silly because it's awesome. I report about whoever, whatever and whenever I want. I'm also working on a novel, about a talented Mrs. Ripley type who turns Manhattan society on it's read end. I have the best literary agent on the planet, Lynn Nesbit, of Janklow & Nesbit. And on the side I'm starting a swimsuit company with my best friend, the photographer Thomas Whiteside. Watch out Villebrequin - your days are numbered!
And your favourite leisure hobbies?
Surfing, Shopping, Sex.
How is your Routine?
I know that you are an aesthete. Can you describe your dream world to me?
I wish people cared more about visuals, from the design of buildings to cars to shampoo bottles. There is an overabundance of bad design on the planet and in my dreamiest world, everything would look beautiful!
The quality you most appreciate in a man?
Dabney Mercer, Leven Rambin, Fabian Basabe
I don't want to sound conceited, but my world is pretty à la mode. My job plugs me into so many awesome things. I'm so lucky. Wherever I travel, I can find the chicest scene pretty fast. I have a good chic-detector.
In my sleep, painlessly.