2011 February 2

A Moment With...Tommy Hilfiger and Lisa Birnbach

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Tommy Hilfiger and Lisa Birnbach Tommy Hilfiger and Lisa Birnbach
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This week, Chic caught up with Tommy Hilfiger and Lisa Birnbach, in the summery, airy Prep World beach house...in the middle of midtown. The duo's collab on a limited-edition capsule collection involves all the necessities and accoutrements for living preppy a la Tommy, housed in an East Hampton-inspired cottage that's doing a world tour this spring. But once you've been properly prepped out, what next?

So Tommy, what are you favorite preppy pastimes?
TH:I like playing tennis. Well, skiing is kind of preppy, isn’t it? I like beach volleyball. And anything tartan plaid, that’s for sure. I also love fishing, but that’s not preppy. My wife and I went to Mexico and we caught a 150-pound marlin. We actually had it stuffed and put it in my house in Mustique. I like New England, I love going to Newport and Nantucket, and I live in Greenwich. 
What's your favorite catch of the Atlantic?
TH: Who doesn’t love a Maine lobster? 
What are your other favorite preppy nibbles?
TH: Toasted cheese sandwiches with cheddar and hot chocolate. I don’t eat hot dogs anymore, but I do like hamburgers. 
Do you have a favorite preppy libation?
TH: Ask Lisa, she’s the expert on drinks. I tend to go a traditional path, with an iced coffee in the summer. 
OK, Lisa, what are your favorite preppy pastimes?
LB: I like to read the wedding pages in the Sunday Styles of the New York Times. And I like to have my cocktail. I also like watching tennis, and if my back is okay, to play it. I never scream when I watch it. Because that’s not nice! Just enjoy it quietly. For sports, it’s okay to be loud when you’re home and in your own living room. 
Is it ever okay to get loud and raucous in the preppy world?
LB: I think preppies can get boisterous when it’s the hours late and they’ve had too much to drink. But you have to be judicious. Don’t scream a lot or it’s like the boy who cried wolf. 
Go-to preppy libation?
LB: I'm very inclusive. Usually a martini in the winter and a vodka gimlet in the summer. 
What’s the best preppy nibble?
LB: Grilled cheese, definitely.  
What kind of cheese?
LB: American, of course! It’s not even cheese, it’s a faux cheese made out of petroleum or something. 

 

hintennis, and if my back is okay, to play it. I never scream when I watch it. Because that’s not nice! Just enjoy it quietly. For sports, it’s okay to be loud when you’re home and in your own living room.  

 

Is it ever okay to get loud and raucous in the preppy world?
I think preppies can get boisterous when it’s the hours late and they’ve had too much to drink. But you have to be judicious. Don’t scream a lot or it’s like the boy who cried wolf. 
Go-to preppy libation?
I'm very inclusive. Usually a martini in the winter and a vodka gimlet in the summer.

 



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