Suzanne Pettypiece and Oliver Pettypiece Mandelbaum, Designer, Second-grader
Where are you guys headed?
Suzanne: I just picked Oliver up from Summer Camp in Prospect Park. They put on a play every Friday — Moby-Dick, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. But they’re very interpretive. Moby-Dick, which they did recently, didn’t even have a whale, I don’t think. Now we’re headed to our garden plot.
What do you plant?
Oliver: Rhubarb. Green beans that were digged out by squirrels. Cucumbers. Peas. My favorite is the cucumbers. Actually, I think my favorite is the rhubarb. As long as they’re with something. Like scones.
Is that how you usually dress for the garden?
Oliver: No. Usually jeans and not stripey socks.
Suzanne: Ollie has always had a funny sense of style, though. When he was really little, we went into an American Apparel and he was drawn to these leopard-print tights, which I hesitantly bought for him. He wore them with a David Bowie shirt and cowboy boots. He pulled it off and got a lot of attention — which he did not like. After that, he avoided anything he thought looked “fancy.”
What are your favorite clothes now?
*This article appears in the June 11, 2018, issue of New York Magazine.