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Grady Laird is a cook, editor, writer, entrepreneur, and co-founder of Grady's Cold Brew, one of the nation's first companies to bottle cold-brewed iced coffee. (If you haven’t tried it, it’s excellent, and I love that it’s a concentrate so you can control the strength by adding more or less water. These kits are ridiculously convenient.) Pre coffee empire, Grady worked at magazines like GQ and Condé Nast Traveler. As a serial entrepreneur, nothing infuriates him more than a good idea that dies before it's ever attempted. He lives with his wife (the EIC of Women’s Health) and two sons in Pelham, NY.
Some things Grady loves:
ACCESSORY
"My Baggu Duck Bag found me. When you need to carry something heavy in NYC, you tend not to be picky. That's how I ended up carrying around a teal Bumble and Bumble giveaway tote that had been sent to my (then) beauty editor wife. Probably not something I would have originally purchased myself, but now I'm completely hooked. What makes it so special? The little things. Having handles AND a strap. Being the perfect size for slinging over the shoulder. Having a small side pocket. Having a button for said side pocket. It's simple, practical, and not something anyone wants to steal."
 
BAND
"Barr Brothers. My love for this band started with an in-studio sound session on NPR. They played 'Beggar in the Morning,' which remains one of my favorite songs of theirs. They have been around for over a decade but still don't get enough respect for their music. It tends to be on the mellow and melancholy side, but if you are cool with that, this group will not disappoint. Start with the above song, 'Love Ain't Enough,' and 'Valhallas.'"
FOOD & DRINK, NYC
"Mexicocina. Let me tell you...decent food is hard to come by in our new neighborhood of Hunts Point, Bronx (despite this being the main meat/produce/seafood source to all restaurants in the city). It's just a wasteland compared to the cornucopia of affordable fine dining that was our last location (Williamsburg/Greenpoint, Brooklyn). But there is one massive bright spot: Mexicocina. This is the best Mexican restaurant in the city. Everything is authentic, everything is delicious and everything is a good deal. I go for the chorizo tacos, but the adventurous should try the huitlacoche (also known as corn smut!)." 
STYLE
"Le Laboureur Moleskin Work Jacket. This is my three-season "Mr. Rogers" jacket. My work smock that I change into every morning at the brewery. Super old-school and utilitarian, but with some stylish French flair (the interior label is sewn with gold thread). The front pockets are nice and deep too, but open from the top, not the sides. Maybe that's to stop things from spilling out, but the end result is me looking like some sort of idiot T-Rex when I put my hands in them. I do it anyway. I really love this jacket."
Follow Grady:
Twitter: @GradysColdBrew // Instagram: @gradyscoldbrew
...and see more of his recs on the UNDRRATED site (launching soon)! 
FOUNDER'S FIND: STYLE
Everyone experiences fit issues while shopping, but if you're truly petite (under 5"2", like me) you've likely forked over a serious amount of cash to have clothes ripped apart and sewn back together in a proportion that doesn't make you look ridiculous. So I was happy to discover Stature, a new online boutique that collaborates with independent designers like Rachel Comey, Dusen Dusen and Loup to size pieces for smaller frames. That means shorter torsos and inseams, narrower shoulders, higher and smaller armholes, and pants with correct ankle-to-leg ratios (joy!). I won't lie—the two dresses I've ordered still required a touch of tailoring (one was meant to be oversized, but was too much so for me; the other I wanted a wee bit shorter), but nothing as major as usual, and the compliments have been plentiful.

Where do you shop for specifically-sized clothes (or just find the best fits)? Tell me your secrets and I'll share on a future reader's find.
—Marina
UNDRRATED is a newsletter from magazine editor Marina Khidekel, where notable creatives share the under-the-radar culture, food and style finds they love. Like hearing about underrated stuff? You friends might, too. Forward this to some so they can subscribe.






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