It's a match made in heaven, and it finally happened: the larger-than-life artist Ashley Longshore has landed in New York City. We went a day in the life with the cool creator often described as a 'young feminist Andy Warhol', known for combining fashion and pop art, and for her outspoken social media presence and dedicated following. On planting roots in the city that never sleeps, Longshore told us "This has been a dream of mine for thirty years and nine months! I've just always felt like artists belong in Soho. I love the architecture here. I love the graffiti. I love the history of the area. It's my favorite part of the city. I feel like there's 'air' here. I love to see all the youngins' running around in their badass outfits...I'm inspired." As we toured her three story gallery, raided her closet, and learned all about how the influential talent with a love of fashion and a zest for life takes her own distinctive bite out of the Big Apple, we, too, were inspired by all things Ashley Longshore's New York. And so will you.
Inside Ashley Longshore's newly-opened gallery at 43 Crosby Street in New York City's Soho. The gorgeous and 'grammable loft space includes a shop of shelves filled with Longshore's many collectible gift offerings and books. It is a place where the artist plans to host events and cultivate community.
Of Longshore's new hometown of New York City, she says, "I love the theater. I love artists. I love bohemians. I love the museums. I love the food. I love the drag queens. I love that if you don't know who you are in New York, this city will eat you up, so it's full of people who know exactly who they are. They're authentic and incredible. That is my drug right now."
Ashley Longshore's drink of choice while she works? "I love matcha.I start my day off with matcha from ChaCha Matcha, and I try to drink water. But also, honey, at home I'll just get up, butt-ass naked, all the drapes wide open, and I'll stumble into the kitchen and make myself an oat milk matcha with Harney + Sons tea."
On Here Lies Love and her love of theater: "You see this thing that David Byrne wrote for thirty years...It's unbelievable...the dancers and the talent and the wardrobe, and the idea that you can transport me to anywhere in the whole entire world. It is my portal. It is my love. Even the theater of this last fashion week...I loved it, and I celebrate all the creativity."
"I'm really into Junya Watanabe right now, and anything Sacai. Some of my favorite pieces are also by Christopher Raxxy, like my cape that I just had embroidered. And I've got some Valentino and Oscar de la Renta moments that are pretty great." Her favorite accessory? Ashley says, "I mean, it's gotta be a smile. I know that's cheesy. And always sunglasses. God, always sunglasses."
"I don't buy or want to haul around big purses anymore. I like a crossbody Fendi."
ABOVE: Ashley's rack of fashion week looks. "I'm actually a pretty goddamn organized person", Longshore explains. "My underwear drawer? Not so much. Everything else is organized. It has to be, or I'll freak out."
ABOVE: A perfect pairing:Ashley's at-home bar mixes well with a pile of jewelry. Visit Ashley Longshore Gallery at 43 Crosby Street in New York City.