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Peter Davis: Gossip, scandal and a tasty Yankee burger…


PD: Well- it was doesn’t done on purpose. I had studied to become a painter. Abstract art was my forte. I always thought I would become a painter. But when I was 15 I had to get an internship and that’s when I was introduced to the folk at Paper Magazine, Art Forum and Art in America. Upon graduating Paper gives me an assignment to cover the collections in Paris. So there I am the whole of 21 years old in Paris covering the fashion collections when upon returning to the States I then get an assignment from Vogue. I wrote an article about MARC JACOB’S Birkenstock shoes (which were popular at the time) and compared them to wedges. Of course at the time I had no idea that this would create consternation and rather than being upset, Vogue were like ‘wow- this is causing a stir- great we love Peter!’ From there Vanity Fair came calling and then in my mind I thought- ‘Hmm, maybe getting someone to type out my notes off legal pad is going to go the way of the past- I better learn how to type. To this day I can only type with 2 fingers, but I am getting better…”

SCV: Tell me something about some of the people you grew up with?

PD: Well, Andre Leon Talley was always hanging around and then there was my mother’s friendship with Anna Wintour

SCV: Who are some of your favorite blogs to read?

PD: You of course, I always get a kick out of page 6, slamxhype.

SCV: Speaking of page 6- what do you think of the word- socialite?

PD: I think it’s become a pejorative term at best. It’s really hard to define what that word means anymore and it seems everyone has become their own socialite. I remember reading something in Town and Country- it had a rundown of this weeks socialites and it just seemed like it was a forced cattle call. I think the step and repeat process has bastardized the meaning of what it is to be a socialite.

SCV: Are you a step and repeat offender?

PD: On the contrary. I dread step and repeat- unlike some people I know.

(We have a momentary chuckle as a long list of names come out, that this author for the time being has decided to keep to himself).

I always hate it- there are these publicists with clipboards waiting to trap you and get you in front of the camera.

SCV: How do you feel about being in front of the camera? Or better still how do you feel about being such a public figure?

PD:  I have no interest of being known for my physical presence but rather for the caliber of work that I wish to put out and indeed keep putting out.

At this point I once again pick up the latest 2 issues of Avenue mag and am pleasantly enthralled by what Peter Davis has been able to achieve since he took over as Editor. On the inside are thoughtful pictorial presentations of notables with personalized quotes. One assumes a reflection of the candor he has with the city’s starlets and their adulation of him.

I think this is what ultimately important to me- to build a legacy, to champion those individuals that are positive role models and those ideas that engender discussion and highlight the creative spirit.

SCV: I’m curious by page 6’s unrelenting attention to you. Can you tell me more about that?



  1. @Jakob, surely you had to realize, assuming you read more than the first few sentences of this article, that its author isn’t from Brooklyn (though me may currently live there). Have a look at paragraph 3, where he mentions quite clearly that he’s Australian. So, it would stand reason, his writing bears that inflection.

    Just because someone chooses to break from the standardized gossip blog form norm of ‘Short. Choppy. Sentences.’ doesn’t mean, ipso facto, that they’re pretentious.

    But besides that, even if you disagree with the author’s writing style, we can both be assured that you’ll remember it. Which, I’d submit to your holier-than-thou judgment, is kind of the point of it.

    @Chris London, while I agree that this piece certainly portrays Peter in a very good light, I also don’t necessarily see what’s wrong with that. Surely we’re not to believe that we’re always obliged to write borderline insulting articles about subjects we’re profiling, simply because we belong to that nefarious breed of writer known only as the ‘gossip blogger.’

    As a blogger myself, I should like to think that portraying a subject positively remains well within my editorial discretion — without my article’s journalistic validity and its conclusions being attacked with a circumstantial ad hominem.

  2. Im also 100% in Love with living in BK.
    HIpster pride!!

    Thanks for reading the article everyone!

  3. Unfortunately For Jakob I have got nothing but Love From Peter regarding my photos. He told me personally he loved them and appreciated how good he looked in them.

    As for being Fired… hahaha

  4. Johnny- according to Jakob you are now officially fired darling.- The Editor…

    ps- you better not be from Brooklyn!- Our reputation depends on it…

  5. as the above poster said, your writing reeks of feces. honestly, truly, terrible.

    it’s pretentious and vapid.

    you are from brooklyn you ghastly man, have you no pride? kill that pretension and exaggerated, poncy, wordplay and maybe just maybe you could write for some teen publication or something.

  6. Unbelievable is a jealous boy that is in need of drastic attention!!!!! Great article and Peter is fabulous!

  7. To the “Unbelievable” poster (i.e., douche) above, you need to read more or maybe not actually, I could point you to some fashion and celebrity worship blogs which are among the most poorly written crap that I have seen outside a bathroom at a gas station on I-95. And I am talking ones so bad and odorous that not even George Michael would cruise them if they were filled with 22 year old buff well endowed male porno stars. I am telling you. For example, go read http://www.micahjesse.com but not without a barf bag or toilet paper.

    The foregoing being said, while i would happily share a burger with either Peter Davis or Christopher Koulouris, I was left with the rather perplexing thought after reading this piece of social journalism whether when you give another stylish social journalist what amounts to head what is proper etiquette? Do you do it standing up, kneeling or seated?

    And if you are a blog publisher trolling about the city scape at odd hours, writing at even stranger hours, do you do take a break from your hectic schedule, get a haircut, shave and otherwise clean up, dress nicely for Mr. Davis?

    Do you put on lipstick like Malik So Freak. After all Peter is a good looking, well styled dude about town so I am sure before you dropped, metaphorically speaking, I hope that you shaved and had your Sunday best on.

  8. yo unbelievable. what are u 9yr old? sounds like some childhood best friend envy to me.
    get a life,

  9. You are without a doubt, one of the worst writers on the internet today. I can’t believe Peter even let you “interview” him.

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