Today marks a first, when we welcome the very first, non-designer but extremely fashion centric, magazine editor to the growing number of subjects profiled in “INQUIRING MINDS NEED TO KNOW.” Okay, let me retract some of this, Peter Davis II is the first LIVING editor to grace us with his presence. Within days of this post, Mr. Davis will be part of the masthead of a new magazine by the name of SCENE, which will be a “paper publication” as well as online and will be published every month. The magazine is part of the New York Observer Group owned by Jared Kushner.
1-What is the most treasured possession in your wardrobe?
My Cast of Vices Vicodin ring. I don’t take Vicodin, but I never take this ring off, much like people who wear signet rings.
2-What is your most sterling trait?
That I am a loyal friend.
3-What is your bliss?
Travelling to places as far removed from my normal life as possible. I’ve been to India a few times and every trip there is more blissful.
4-What is your guilty secret?
That I am addicted to bubble gum and can go through an enormous bag from Dylan’s Candy Bar in a single night.
5-Where is your ideal home?
New York City, where I was born and raised. A beach with warm weather and great surfing would be my #2 choice.
6-If you could not be a designer/retailer/etc:, what would you be
I’d be a photojournalist shooting only in film. Bruce Gilden, Mary Ellen Mark, Larry Clark…the list goes on and on. They are my heroes.
7-What is on your bedside table right now?
A bottle of Volvic water and my iPad.
8-What do you wear to bed?
9-What if any, book are you reading now or last read?
Patti Smith “Just Kids.”
10-What’s your advice to the “newcomer?”
Be nice to everyone – the interns of today are the editors of tomorrow. Also, life is much more fun and much easier when you are nice to everyone.
11-Who or what is your inspiration/style icon?
I am inspired by street style – anywhere from Brooklyn to Bangkok.
12-Who is your favorite designer?
13-In 3 words or less, describe the current state of fashion.
Exciting and expensive.
14-If you could, would you wear your own designs or shop in your own store ? or who would you suggest ?
I’d do an American version of Colette and stock it with the best of fashion and gadgets and art from London, Tokyo and New York.
15-If you won a $200,000,000 power ball, what is the first thing you would buy or do?
I’d donate money to the Coalition for the Homeless and GMHC.
16-If you could invite up to 4 people for dinner, who would they be…dead or alive?
Andy Warhol, Jane Fonda, Nelson Mandela and Brassai.
17-What is your favorite movie and/or movie star?
Favorite movie: Good Fellas. Favorite star: Meryl Streep who I think is the greatest living actor of our generation.
18-What is the one thing you would change about yourself?
I’d care less about appearances.
19-Whose opinion do you value most?
My best friend, Steven Mackinney.
20-What store or which designer do you most like to shop in or wear ?
Store: Opening Ceremony. Designer: Martin Margiela.
21-What’s your take on magazines, books versus the internet?
I love both the web and print equally. They are so different that I think life would be very dull if either didn’t exist.
22-Do you have a dream collaborator?
The art director George Lois or the late, great editor Diana Vreeland.
23-If you could pick anyone as your customer, who would you select and why?
Anyone in New York who loves magazines and culture.
24-What’s your music library like?
I have over 13,000 on my iTunes. I like most genres of music, but The Clash is my all time favorite band.
25-What and where is your favorite meal ?
Dessert – somewhere fancy. The floating island at La Grenouille is always delicious