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2 Minutes in the Bodega with Pia Baroncini

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Pia Baroncini is the creative mind behind cult clothing label LPA. She learned her craft at Parsons School of Design in New York during which time she never once shied away from side hustles—waitressing, blogging, assisting… you name it. Hard work and volition have always been a driving force, whether she’s cutting her teeth working 12-hour days at People’s Revolution or working late nights and weekends at Reformation. Pia may now call LA home, but New York will always be the city where she found her rhythm. We recently caught up with Pia to reminisce about her days in the city, the downtown spots she keeps coming back to, and more.

You have one day in NYC; how do you spend it?

Pia Barconcini: Lucien, Mogador, and Sant Ambroeus.

When you reminisce about your time living in New York, is there a memory that immediately comes to mind?

PB: God, where do I even start. I was 18 and a little baby child living alone all of a sudden in New York City. I was a monster. It kicked my ass, taught me almost everything I know and made me into a woman. I loved every second I was there. I loved the freezing cold and the disgusting heat and the bad smells. There isn’t one particular memory, but every single day I spend in NY, I look around me with awe just like it’s the first time.

What song or album would you consider your personal soundtrack to New York and why?

PB: Charlie Parker—my most-listened-to musician while walking around, always.

Can you tell us some of your favorite NYC spots to…

Spend up big on vintage?

PB: New York Vintage.

Go all out on brunch?

PB: Cafe Mogador.

Enjoy a classic New York moment?

PB: 11th St Bar is the best; get a grilled cheese and listen to the live music. Or Café Carlyle.

Talk shop?

PB: Sant Ambroeus.

Find inspiration?

PB: On the street.

Kick up your heels?

PB: Soho Grand Lounge!

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