From the owners of Indochine and BondSt, Acme is a swanky bi-level restaurant/lounge located in NoHo in New York City. A hot spot since it was revamped and reopened earlier this year, it's known for serving up Danish-tinged comfort food on the main floor and for having one of the best late night scenes in the basement lounge. Acme's owners singled out Hanna Astrom-Zusman as their most stylish server, so we chatted with Zusman about dressing the part, what it's like working in a place as popular as Acme, and about some of the memorable outfits she's seen.
The Fashion Spot: How would you describe your personal style?
Hanna Astrom-Zusman: Pretty minimalist, I like interesting shapes and subtle details, though I would never pass on a great print.
tFS: Where do you shop?
HAZ: My five go-tos are eBay, Assembly, Narnia, Tokyo 7, and Century 21.
tFS: Most cherished clothing possession?
HAZ: A 1940s crystal fox fur cape from my grandmother; it weighs nothing and is incredibly warm.
tFS: Do you feel pressure to look a certain way when you're working?
HAZ: The dining room itself is very elegant, so I do my best to dress up!
tFS: Why do you think people love coming to Acme?
HAZ: People seem to gravitate to Acme because it is very representative of some of NYC's most beloved attributes: delicious food presented in a stylish setting surrounded by interesting people from all corners of the globe—including some from right down the street!
tFS: What's the best part of working at a place as popular as Acme?
HAZ: On certain nights it feels like you are part of this great dinner party, and you can tell that people are really enjoying the food and having a good time.
tFS: Do you notice what people are wearing when you're working?
HAZ: Yes, I like fashion and as a server you have to be observant of the people in the dining room.
tFS: Does what a table is wearing influence how you approach them?
HAZ: Acme has a very diverse clientele, ranging from serious foodies to fashion and art world people to travelers, and they sometimes expect different things when it comes to service.
tFS: What attracts you to someone else's style?
HAZ: I like seeing personal style worn with confidence.
tFS: Sartorial turnoff?
HAZ: Orthopedic looking footwear.
tFS: Any memorable outfits you've seen recently?
HAZ: A woman wearing a heavily embellished velvet Balmain outfit from head to toe.