How the Creatures of the Wind Designers Spend Their Sundays
Although they met in Chicago a decade ago, Shane Gabier, 43, and Christopher Peters, 33, the designers of the clothing line Creatures of the Wind, are a New York couple these days, living in Lower Manhattan in a prewar building that was, appropriately enough, originally built to provide housing for garment industry workers. “Sundays are our only day when we are physically forced not to work, because our office building is closed on that day,” Mr. Peters said. “So even if we wanted to come in, you’re not allowed to. We commit Sundays to actually living our lives.”
HEALTHY HIPPIE FOOD Shane Gabier: We wake up between 9:30 and 10 a.m. and eat breakfast at home. We eat pretty much the same thing every day; we have a very well-worn path. It’s some form of peanut butter and bananas on toast, or chia pudding. Christopher Peters: It’s some sort of healthy hippie food, basically, grains and fruits and nuts and stuff like that.
COFFEE AND CHITCHAT SG: We go to Café Grumpy for coffee every morning. We’re definitely there by around 11. We really can’t wait too long or we’ll get a coffee headache. That place is kind of like “Cheers.” We will always see at least two or three people we know, hang out for a few minutes and chat.
PRIORITY WORKOUTS SG: Then we walk through Chinatown, through the park between Chrystie and Forsyth, to go to the gym. CP: There are all the elderly Chinese people playing card games, mah-jongg, and every other game you can possibly think of. It’s supercool; there are just people getting really rowdy and playing games. SG: We go to Equinox. The SoHo one is our Sunday one, always. I run; I try and do five to six miles. CG: I’ve started to get into lifting. Wherever we’re at, we’re at an Equinox at some point during the day. It’s good to be able to do that for yourself.
SUSTENANCE SG: After that, we go for brunch. CP: A lot of times we go to Lovely Day, and I always get the same thing. I like a glass of wine after the gym, because it really carries you. SG: Chris gets the salmon and I get the strawberry pancakes, sometimes with wine, sometimes without. If we don’t go to Lovely Day, then we’ll go to Dimes. Dimes is kind of like our go-to place every day. We go to Dimes grocery almost seven days a week for whatever. CP: Food is superimportant. I probably like food about as much as I like clothes. SG: And food is something that we have never skimped on. Whatever happens, we are always eating well, just for general morale.
CULTURE VULTURES SG: By around 3, if we’re not at home spacing out on the sofa, we go to a museum. MoMA is my favorite: I love the architecture; I love the courtyard; I love being up a couple levels and looking over that central space on the second floor. Then we high-tail it back down to our neighborhood, on the F train.
DINNER WITH FRIENDS SG: On Sunday nights, we’ve been, for the last little while, having friends over at our place. CP: For dinner parties, which is great. We’ve been living here for four years, but we finally feel that we have the right matrix of friends where we can have interesting parties of different people. SG: It took us a while in New York City to find those people that also connected with each other, but now we have that group of people, which is really nice. CP: A lot of our friends are people who also work in fashion and travel a lot, so it’s exciting when people come back into town because you get to catch up quite a bit.
RETRO RECIPES CP: We buy a lot of vintage cookbooks on eBay. We’ll be like: We’ll just try all these recipes, and just wing it. SG: The cookbook that we use the most is called the “Japanese Country Cookbook.” CP: A lot of times, you’ll look at the recipe and be like, how hard could this be? Ten lines down they’re like, you’re supposed to have vinegared the potatoes the night before. And you’re like: O.K., wait — what? This is crazy!
PARTY DOWN CP: We’ll have maybe six people over, and you’ll lose a couple people at 9:30. You’ll lose a couple more at maybe 10:30, and then the last group, when you’re having a lot of fun, leaves at midnight or 1. We end up drinking a lot of wine, hanging out and talking about things.