At Thursday night's event celebrating Jitrois' new pop-up store in SoHo (which is super chic and inviting, btw) I had the pleasure of talking to the hosts of the night: Brothers Peter and Harry Brant, who you may know as "the world's luckiest teenage homosexuals" (according to Gawker, anyway).
Indeed, there's no doubting that Peter, who is 18, and Harry, who is 15, lead charmed lives. The sons of billionaire Peter Brant and legendary supermodel Stephanie Seymour, the brothers are lacking neither in looks, style, or money. Despite their youth, they've travelled the world, rubbed shoulders with some serious VIPs--and they've got a boatload of hilarious anecdotes to show for it.
"There's a lot of crazy stuff that's happened to me," Peter says, when I ask about some of his experiences. "I've been in a lot of sticky situations." One of those situations, he tells me, involved scaling a palazzo wall during the Venice Film Festival after a long night at Bungalow 8's pop-up, and hurting his ankle. The next day he paid a gondolier $1,000 to take him across the Grand Canal while the annual gondola race--the equivalent of the Macy's parade, in terms of traffic--was going on, in order to get to a doctor.
"We had this guy paddling through the race. Water was sloshing in and out of the gondola. We almost flipped over," he says. "Harry was like, 'If our boat tips over, I will never stop laughing.'"
I'm not the first to suggest that such occurrences would make for an excellent reality TV show. But the boys assure me they're not interested.
"We've been approached many times," Harry says. "Someone wanted us to do the Simple Life but in developing countries. And I was like, that's a horrible idea!"
But life isn't all fun and games for the boys. Peter is a freshman at Hunter College, studying art history and in the summer he plans to work at Sotheby's. He'll also be chairing the Millennial Ball for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for cancer research, on May 30.
Harry, who is a freshman in high school, says that he's finally found a happy balance between work and play, when it comes to his studies.
"I like to think of myself as a modern day Hannah Montana," he jokes.
"I actually got my first group of A's and I'm actually super psyched about it because I've been going out more than I ever have before," he went on. "I just decided to study for the first time, just like 30 minutes a night. And you know, when you study you will do well on a test. And I never realized that before."
And though they're enjoying being a part of both the art and fashion world, neither one has committed to a career in either--yet, anyway. "I don't know," Peter says, when I ask what he'd like to do for work. "We're kind of young to think about it." Touche.
Needless to say, though, we'll be waiting to find out.