On a recent trip to New York, CityMag's fashion director, Sharmonie Cockayne, found a cohort of Adelaide expats bringing our city's style to the Gotham city streets.
New York Style Sample: Adelaideans in the Big Apple
There are a surprising number of South Australians in New York City. From lawyers to musicians, the career paths vary, but for each of them, it is aspiration that catapulted them to the other side of the world.
New York’s dog-eat-dog brand of careerism hasn’t sunk these buoyant Adelaideans. They work too much and sleep too little – yes – but they still give CityMag the time of day (in minus 18°C weather), to stop for a picture and take a moment to tell us about the slice of the Big Apple they’ve carved out for themselves.
The expats we’ve found observe New York’s terms and conditions, but there’s also an Adelaide way to do this city. We’re pleased to report these people do ‘Adelaide in New York’ as good as it gets.
Will Spartalis is a production manager at House of Yes. He’s lived in Bedford–Stuyvesant (Bed Stuy) for two years.
Angus Mason is studying music at the Manhattan School of Music. He’s been in New York for two years and currently lives in Manhattan.
Jenna Barrott works as a publicist in the music industry for a company called Deep Blue. She lives in West Harlem, and has been in New York for the last three years.
Angela Cierpicki Tohl is a project manager from Staten Island. She’s been in the Big Apple for more than a decade, clocking up 11 years so far.
Rory Kennett Lister is a writer and creative director with Piro. He lives in Park Slope and has called New York home for the past three years.
Nicholas Ryan Pennington is completing a Masters in Music (Jazz) at Manhattan School of Music. For him New York is the hub of jazz’s historical and continued development.
Zjantelle Cammisa Markel is a “super lawyer” – she’s in the top 5 per cent in her field of law – helping Australians live and work in the US. Zjantelle calls Tribeca home, she’s lived in New York for 20 years.
John Lippett is an art director at Liberty Fashion Fairs. He lives in the East Village and has done for the past seven years.
Frankie Graves is a baby and has lived in New York all his life. His mum, Claire, is the executive director of the Webby Awards.
Cynthia Larenas is freelance motion graphic artist who lives in Bed Stuy.