If you asked us about our favorite things, Lizzie Fortunato Jewels and Songza would definitely make the cut of “Things We Would Need on a Desert Island”. So when we found out that two of the founders also happened to be one of New York’s coolest couples, our love for them went next level.
Lizzie Fortunato is part of the twin sister duo (her sister Kathryn heads up sales and operations) that founded the NYC-based jewelry and accessories line in 2008. Since then her gorgeous statement necklaces and mixed media bracelets have become a cult favorite with the industry’s most influential style stars. Peter Asbill co-founded the internet’s best playlist source with a music streaming service called Songza. Just two years after launching the mobile app, they were snapped up by Google.
We caught up with them to find out how they met and the playlists we should be streaming.
HOW DID YOU MEET PETER? We met on a blind date and were actually set up by a good friend of my ex-boyfriend! Scandal!
WHAT IS INSPIRING YOUR DESIGNS RIGHT NOW? It’s typically fine art, architecture and travel that inspires my work — but the process is always accompanied by music. I tend to design in the middle of the night and prefer having music in the background as opposed to TV or anything else. I listen to a huge range of things but “Vintage Reggae” on Songza is a personal favorite when I’m working.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR OTHER FAVE PLAYLISTS ON SONGZA? I love “Songs to Raise Your Kids To” for classic hits (it’s a great long drive or dinner party soundtrack). I also love “Unexpected Best Night Ever”. I have to take credit here because this playlist was conceived when Peter and I were out to dinner one night and I suggested that he “needed a playlist for those times when you don’t think you’re going to stay out late and you didn’t even put heels on but you ended up having one of those epic 4 AM mornings”.
WHAT THREE THINGS ARE YOU COVETING RIGHT NOW? We just moved so I’ve been shopping primarily for housewares, but I’m really obsessing over light fixtures from One Forty Three (I’m dying for two of the brass swing lamps for either side of our bed… Hint, hint Peter!) and artwork by Sally King Benedict. I also love the new clogs out from N0. 6 — they seem perfect for fall adventures in the city and upstate. Oh and one more thing — pretty much anything from the new Rachel Comey store on Crosby. That whole store is heaven.
HOW DID YOU MEEET LIZZIE? On a blind date at Barrio Chino on Broome between Orchard and Ludlow. She was very late. But very cute.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR SONGZA? By listening to our users! They told us that they needed a quick and easy way to have the perfect music for every moment.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVE PLAYLISTS RIGHT NOW? I have so many favorites! I love “90s Bachelor Pad” because I love silky smooth, light pop hits from the ’90s. And because it’s the perfect season for it, I’m really into “Poolside Chic” right now.
LET’S GO SHOPPING. WHAT THREE THINGS ARE ON YOUR LIST? For clothing? A button down from Barque, sneakers from Generic Surplus, and some Made & Crafted Levi’s, please!!