Stratis Morfogen's Miami
By Benjamin Liong Setiawan
Philippe Chow Restaurant Group principal Stratis Morfogen dishes out a sampling of his life and style.
OUT AND ABOUT
Best spot for culture: Anywhere during Art Basel Miami Beach
Best bites: Philippe at the Gansevoort—and not because it’s mine. It’s the truth, I’m addicted.
Flick: The Town (so happy Ben is back on top!)
Live music: My basement, where I play my drums with my iPodSport: Skiing, racquetball and any form of hockey
Jeans: Levi’s 514 straight leg
Footwear: Converse Chuck Taylors, no laces
Watch: Vintage Patek Philippe (no pun intended), Rolex Daytona and my Breitling aviators
Casual wear: Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers
Formal wear: Tom Ford, vintage Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana
Favorite item: My Dunhill tux. It’s the same kind that Truman Capote wore.
Necessary extravagances: Cashmere sweaters and socks, and amazing bed sheets
Cut: Cutler Salon at the Gansevoort Miami Beach
Cologne: Chanel Antaeus
Products: Dr. Brandt’s Lineless face cream, John Allan’s mint conditioner and Kiehl’s Facial Fuel line
Latest gadget: Every type of iPod, iPad, Mac mini… I’m an Apple head.
Car: Porsche Turbo Carrera, Cayenne and 911, and also my 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190 SLSL in mother-of-pearl blue (a color only produced in 1961 and 1962)
Ideal day: Set up a makeshift office with my Apple gadgets on the beach and stay until the sun drops
Fitness: Only David Barton Gyms for me, on South Beach at the Gansevoort Miami Beach
Mealtime: Lunch at News Cafe because it brings back incredible memories of Ocean Drive in the late ’80s and early ’90s when I first discovered South Beach. Prime One Twelve and The Forge for great steak.
Art hound: I make it my business to be in town for Art Basel, as collecting art and memorabilia is my new obsession.
Ocean Drive celebrated with spring fashion issue cover star Eva Longoria at Cavalli Miami.