JULES KIM: In this concrete jungle, the more trees that are erected, the more high places we can swing to. Katie and I have built a community constructed from the people who impact change and those who challenge the standard. For us, we grow with the change and adapt to the conditions we help create. I look forward to seeing how this city evolves and how we can play!
JULES: As a jewelry designer working in both the fashion and luxury industries, I have witnessed a leap toward direct retail and watched the middle man disappear. This is a great moment for designers who can benefit from absorbing their own markup!
Alongside your resident DJ, Project Matt, you have plenty of guest DJs lined up this year. What has been the criteria in your selection of music selectors?
KATIE LONGMYER: Criteria for talent is based on passion and style. Those who have it can hang!
You also have a different artist every year curating the look and feel of your image.SSF's resident DJ, Project Matt, in a sunset mood
KATIE: This year, we welcome Khalym Schell of Billy Agency. We're celebrating our style and vibe with her creative touch. Look out for new looks every week!
Katie, besides many other things, you're a dance music promoter. Is there something that has really been the highlight since last summer in NYC?
KATIE: I think there is a resurgence of New York loving the underground. For a while, nightlife was oversaturated with a lot of the same vibe, and now I find more and more people infusing experiences and creative visuals into their events. People want freedom and exploration in their nightlife. Festivals that merge art, technology, and limitless boundaries like Further Future Festival and Moogfest are getting incredible attention in the US and globally. And when the underground thrives, that pushes into the clubs as well.
KATIE: Jeez, there are soooo many…I think having Nightmares On Wax was an epic win as we both grew up on his music and style. The roof is a breath of fresh city air. For summers, we have been overjoyed to share the theme of music and connectivity with partygoers. There have been introductions which lead to albums being recorded, careers being jumpstarted, partnerships falling in or out of love…I cannot wait for this summer’s roster of talent and for our family of friends to reunite!
Select Summer Fridays
Every Friday at Le Bain from 3pm to sunset
The Standard, High Line
Photos by Lorenzo Fariello