5 Minutes With Lydia Chanel Hunt

Although we’ve just had an unusually warm November, the cold hard truth (pun intended) is that a New York winter has started to descend upon us. We asked for a quick catch-up with Lydia Chanel Hunt, the downtown it-girl from “down –under”, to dish on the best spots to pick up those winter threads and places to dive into to warm-up.

“I’m from Australia, so I find New York City winters to be brutal,” says Hunt. A resident of the East Village for four years, she often stumbles upon her favorite shops while running from casting to casting. “I walk around the city a lot, so I’m always on a new street looking out for stores,” she says. Though she may not be New York born and raised, we think that anyone who has learned to brave a polar vortex in reasonably good spirits has earned the right to call herself a New Yorker.

So, without further ado, here are Lydia’s top winter coat shopping destinations and recommendations on a few cozy haunts to escape the cold this Winter.

To Wear:


170 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

“In addition to having a great in-house brand, Assembly carries a bunch of great local designers like A Détacher and Eckhaus Latta, but the main reason I recommend Assembly is because it carries Sandy Liang.  I just got two new coats of hers, and they’re insanely warm. She uses a lot of lamb fur. You can pretty much just throw it on and know you’ll be warm throughout the entire day. “


28 Bond St, New York, NY 10012

Oak is a quintessential New York store due to the fact that they use a lot of black. They also use different materials and create different structures with their coats so it’s not just a black trench or a black leather coat – you still stand out without actually standing out. Plus, they carry a lot of Ksubi – a quintessential Aussie brand.”

Opening Ceremony

35 Howard St, New York, NY 10013

“Sure, it’s a little obvious, but you really can’t go wrong.”

Tokyo 7

83 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

“Tokyo 7 is probably one of the best thrift/consignment stores in the city. They only stock well-known brands – items from Alexander Wang to Philip Lim, Chanel to Hood by Air – and the quality is incredible. Those who have tried to sell clothing here before know how hard it is; because it’s so well-known too, they constantly get new inventory.”

Vintage Shopping in the East Village and Williamsburg

Manhattan and Brooklyn

“East Village and Williamsburg also have some of the best vintage, thrift and consignment shops. No Relation in the East Village does a lot of fur coats that are always in good condition. I am not a huge fan of buying fur, but if it’s vintage I’m okay with it. You can go there and find a really good fur coat for under $300. There are also a bunch of cute vintage shops on 9th Street between 1st and 2nd Ave – honestly what I like to do is just walk around and see what sparks my interest. And if vintage is really your thing and you have a whole Saturday to kill, opt for Brooklyn Flea.”

To Eat/Drink:

Matcha Wabi

233 E 4th St, New York, NY 10009

“Over the last six years I’ve been to Japan 15 times, so it’s become my third home, Australia being my first and New York being my second. It’s nice when you find those little gems that remind you of another place that you’ve lived in. The fact that the owners are Japanese means they know how to make a good matcha latte!”

Little Rascal

163 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

“Little Rascal is this small bar with a huge window that open up onto the street with a little wooden seat outside and massive wooden door. It has dim lighting and about five tables with a long bar. They’ve got a great selection of wine and their food is also amazing. It’s intimate and never too packed”.


424 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009
“Thursday just opened recently and has already become a go-to spot for my friends and I. I spent some time in Korea, and it has this an amazing Korean/Japanese/Western fusion tapas menu that’s great for sharing. They have these sachets they fill with tasty soju drinks and the glowing ice cubes even double as table lights. There’s something on the menu for all tastes – everyone will leave satisfied.

Words by Allyson Shiffman