Joe Zee's Favorite Things

On MTV's reality series The City, Elle's creative director Joe Zee is a soothing presence in a sea of insanity. Plus, VIEW OUR GALLERY of Zee's favorite things.

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Haircut

My weekly ritual for the past 20 years. Here's Eric, the proprietor of Neighborhood Barbers on East 9th Street.

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Favorite Past Time

In my spare time, I'm taking hip-hop classes at Broadway Dance Center, home of the professionals.

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Midday Snack

David Kirsch Thermo Bubbles (pink lemonade flavor, of course) and SmartWater.

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Comfort Food

Momofuku ramen noodles (especially for lunch).

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Art

Photographs in my apartment range from Thomas Ruff to David Hockney to Diane Arbus. Here, a vintage George Platt Lynes print and a limited edition Jack Pierson print sit under a badge from a recent seminar on pop-culture branding.

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Drink of Choice

In my fridge right now (and usually), sugar-free Red Bull and Corona—not consumed together, of course.

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Toys

I'm just a kid at heart. In my office are limited editions of skateboards from Supreme, including a signed one from Richard Prince. (No, I do not allow people to use them.)

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Footwear

My shoe of choice is a pair of reliable sneakers, generally high-tops.

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Bag

Monogrammed (love!) navy, extra-large LL Bean tote. Gift from my friend, Carter Smith.

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Good Luck Charms

Porcelain unicorns from eBay resting on an Hermes plate.

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Inspiration

The view from my desk with my wall of pages from the magazine.

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Wine

Red is the drink of choice, which includes my favorite everyday wine, Portland's Pinot A to Z.

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Dolls

Handmade Wizard of Oz dolls of the Scarecrow and the Lion that were a gift from the Rodarte designers, Kate and Laura Mulleavy (and a small lamb given to me by Gwen Stefani).

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Chair

My version of the famous Z Chair, also known as the ZigZag Chair, which was first produced in 1934 by Metz and Company. The perfect statement to greet someone when they first walk into my apartment.

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Books

My collection of photography and art books, including two copies of Larry Clark's The Perfect Childhood, which was banned in the U.S.

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Books

More out-of-print and contemporary photography books.

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Boots

Canadian steel-toed police boots that I purchased before I moved to New York City almost 20 years ago and I still wear every winter.

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Devices

I'm a certified tech geek. My laptop, iPhone, BlackBerry, hard drive, videocamera, headphones, and cords. I can't live without any of this.

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Lighting

The David Weeks ceiling fixture in my living room was one of the first things installed in my apartment before I moved in.

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Sports

Chanel footballs that were a gift and now sit in my office. They have never been used.

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Glasses

Cutler and Gross frames for a better view out my greenhouse kitchen window.

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TV

My current obsession. Makes me happy ( Glee-tastic) every time I watch it.

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Favorite New Jacket

My most recent score, the Gucci leather bomber.