The Usual interview with Surf Collective
EMILY ANDERSON & YASHA WALLIN | STYLE-LIST
You know these two, Emily Anderson and Yasha Wallin, they are the dynamic duo behind The Usual, that love letter to MTK we all enjoy. Often found on the beaches of Montauk during the long summer days (more than likely at the dent repair, like all of us) or sunning their cheeks about town, these two bring about a style all their own. So we thought it only natural that they be on this list to share what’s what. Be sure to look out for their latest edition of The Usual too, hitting stands later this month.
Where did it all start? Getting fired from our gallery jobs, taking refuge on a beach in Montauk, brainstorming creative world domination without working for anyone else. Still working on the latter, but baby steps.
What is your favorite city and neighborhood? Lower East Side, NYC
What is your favorite hotel? Treebones, Big Sur; EDITION, Miami
Your favorite restaurant and dish? Fat Radish, Duck Fat Fries; Harvest MTK, penne pasta; or anything The Usual staff photog Glenn Glasser makes at home in MTK
Best bar? Paris Bar, Berlin; Glenn’s wine fridge
Favorite vacation location? Big Sur; Maui; anywhere you can surf
Favorite surf spot / board? Montauk because it’s home, anywhere you can wear a bikini
Favorite brand? Patagonia, whatever’s at the Montauk rummage sale, Savoir Joaillerie for jewelry
Essential wardrobe item? Bikinis
Favorite time of year? Summer, duh
Your style Icon/s? Grandma. She believed in “outfits”, red lipstick and high heels.
Personal style tip for others? Whatever you do, don’t take style tips from us.
Your tailor? Chinatown’s finest tailors
Your salon? Breeze, NYC
Coffee or tea? COFFEE! Lots of it
Favorite shoe maker? Nike, Loeffler Randall, Rachel Comey
Dream car/bike? Schindelhauer bike or my Peugot beater that just got stolen.
Favorite watch / watch brand? Nixon. The Chalet
Essential gadget you can’t live without? Laptop
Your favorite book? The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes
Favorite band right now? The Weekend; ASAP Rocky; Frank Ocean
Favorite not-for-profit? Kiva; 1% for the Planet; NPR
Favorite artist? Ragnar Kjartensen, Tom Sachs, Olafur Eliason, Katherine Bernhart, Liz Magic Laser, Mika Rottenberg