Bedside Manners with Leo Mascotte

Interview by Nell Diamond / Photo Courtesy of Leo Mascotte

Following our recent collaboration with Dempsey & Carroll, we sat down with the renowned stationery purveyor's Creative Director, Leo Mascotte, to discuss late-night indulgences and fresh morning air. 

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
New York City, the far west 20s.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN YOUR CURRENT PLACE?
Five years.

WHAT'S ONE THING EVERY BEDROOM SHOULD HAVE?
Two great pillows, a firm-ish one for beneath the head and a lighter squishier for covering ears and eyes.

WHAT'S YOUR BEDTIME ROUTINE? 
More often than not I run an Olverum oil, epsom salt spiked bath, and grab a pile of magazines.  Most of these emerge water logged, shorn of eye catching pages.

WHAT PUTS YOU TO SLEEP RIGHT AWAY? 
Maker's Mark on the rocks.

WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT? 
An ever changing playlist like set, grounded in a review of the day that was. Dialogue notes and script revisions dominate. Plans for the next day find solid rotation, preliminary thoughts on wardrobe are always popular.

WHAT'S ON YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE? 
The New York Review of Books, a large faced alarm clock from the 1930’s, a clay monster figurine made by my son.

WHAT'S THE FIRST THING YOU DO IN THE MORNING?
A big fan of fresh air in the morning,  I open windows, even on days of extreme hot and cold. 

CURRENT BEDTIME READING? 
Sudden Death by Álvaro Enrigue.  

RAPID FIRE FAVORITES:

Hotel? The Carlyle.

Midnight Snack? Haagen-Dazs Cookies and Cream.

Breakfast? Sullivan Street Bakery granola with yogurt and honey.

Sound to fall asleep to? Rain.

Sleepwear? Brooks Brothers oxford cloth boxer shorts.

Best night's sleep? The third night of vacation.  

Worst night's sleep? The night before a morning flight.