It was only a matter of time before Manhattan socialites Peter and Harry Brant became the subjects of a New York Times profile–and that time has come with both brothers still well within their teen years. Peter, 18 and Harry, 15 are the offspring of supermodel Stephanie Seymour and billionaire Interview publisher Peter Brant.
Thus, they’re gorgeous, rich, cultured, well-connected and frighteningly mature. They sit front row at fashion shows, fly to Europe on a whim, at have dinner at Azzedina Alaia’s house. They’ve even written about some of these escapades for us!
Having spent their formidable years party-hopping and jet-setting with the likes of Michelle Harper and Derek Blasberg, they’ve seen a lot and have a fabulous perspective on it all. Just about every line of this Times piece, titled “The New Princes of the City (There’s Even a Harry)” is enough to make you shake your head and wonder, how do these people exist? Read on for the highlights.
Harry on his style evolution:
“I used to only wear overalls, Alaïa T-shirts and my mom’s Manolo Blahnik loafers,” he said. “That was my uniform.”
Harry on his tweeting schedule and love of Joan Crawford:
“Most of my tweets happen between 1 and 5 in the morning,” Harry said. “I’m a night owl, and random thoughts pop into my head. I’ll be watching ‘Mommie Dearest,’ and I’ll be like, ‘Oh, my God, Joan Crawford is amazing.’ ”
Peter on his three favorite centuries:
“I’m interested in 18th-century furniture, late-19th-century art, the Arts and Crafts movement and history of the mid- to late-19th century,” he said. “I bounce around a lot, but I usually stick with the same three centuries.”
Their father, Peter Brant, on not allowing them to do a reality show and giving them so much freedom:
“That’s where I draw the line,” said their father, Peter M. Brant. “That’s not going down on my nickel. It’s not their cup of tea, either, but they have been approached.”
“I try to discourage their making their private lives public. They’re both good kids, and I’m proud of them.”
“We’ve given them reasonable freedom,” he said, “and expect them to get to school on time. We expect them to be good human beings and to care about other things besides clothes.”
Derek Blasberg on whether or not they get drunk:
“For all their evening proclivities, they go home at a reasonable hour,” Mr. Blasberg said. “I’ve never seen them — How shall I put this? — drunk and disorderly. I’ve been out when Stephanie has dropped them off and Petey’s father has picked them up.”
Harry on working since he was nine and his thoughts on horses:
“I’ve had a summer job since I was 9,” Harry said. “At our house we have stables, so I’d work in the barn. We had to clean the stalls.” Harry doesn’t share his father’s passion for polo. “I think horses are beautiful, and I respect them aesthetically,” he said, “but I can’t play polo like he does. It’s a demanding sport.”
Harry, who we’re starting to learn is hilarious, on how older brother Peter better hurry up and pick a career path:
Peter, you have to hurry. You’re old candy. You’re withering away.
For more on the brothers’ interests, summer internships and how they started partying, you can read the full piece here.