The City Essentials That Make Team Zoe Feel Like True New Yorkers

By Alaina Raftis

The first thing you learn when you move to New York is that nearly everyone is from somewhere else — and regardless of how long it takes, they each have their own unique journey to becoming a true New Yorker.

Cultivating your own personal city style is a rite of passage, and the city calls for pieces that strike the perfect balance between fashion and function. For a modern take on classic city essentials, we turn to DKNY.

This iconic brand understands that city life often means your 9-to-5 turns into a wildly unexpected night — and ensures that your look will never hold you back. Below, discover a few of Team Zoe’s can’t-live-without-them pieces and learn how they embrace the hustle of the big city with smart, chic pieces that can be styled in so many ways.

Samantha Gross, Sales Director

Design: Hannah Chua

DKNY Black Backpack; DKNY Linen Ava White Boot; GEMMED St. Tropez Acrylic Hoops; Apple Airpods; Carbon & Hyde Pinky Ring.

"A very cliché saying by all New Yorkers, but I truly am always on the go!” says our sales director, Samantha Gross.

A chic backpack holds all of the essentials, while a pair of white DKNY logo booties hit the mark on multiple trends this season. For getting into the zone before a presentation, Gross reaches for her Airpods, and for the final touch? A pair of understated, on-trend earrings and a personalized pinky ring.

Nicky Deam, Contributing Style Director

Design: Hannah Chua

DKNY Iridescent Down Fill Jacket; DKNY Cowl Neck Color Blocked Pullover; Georgia Louise The Balm; Tata Harper Lip & Cheek Tint; PureSilk Sleep Mask.

Nicky Deam seeks out pieces for her wardrobe that have an unexpected edge — like a graphic, color-blocked sweater or a glossy puffer. "Any given day in New York can take you from the subway to the office to appointments, dinners, and parties, so your outfits have to be versatile," she says. "A sleek top can be dressed up or down and this optic, patterned style is unusual without being too loud." And of course, a strong jacket is an NYC must.

For beauty, a multi-purpose cleansing balm is crucial, followed by a fool-proof lip and cheek tint. “I rarely have time to touch up my makeup, so products I can apply without a mirror are a favorite,” she says.

Aidan Macaluso, Social Media Editor

Design: Hannah Chua

DKNY Logo Elastic Bra; DKNY Red Turtleneck Pullover; Just Kids by Patti Smith; Beats by Dre Headphones; Passion Planner.

This red DKNY sweater ensures you stand out in the sea of black that surrounds you in New York. “I'll pair it with everything," Macaluso says — "jeans, midi skirts, culottes, you name it!”

Daily workouts also make a go-to sports bra a necessity. Sleek headphones keep commuting less stressful, while a planner is another must for this super-organized social media editor.

This post is presented in partnership with DKNY.