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We asked a few stylish dads to share their hopes for their children, their recipe for the ultimate father-child outing and what surprised them most about becoming a dad

o celebrate that one day in the calendar devoted solely to fathers, we’ve assembled an elegant, stylish and perfectly curated Father’s Day gift shop. We’ve also assembled an elegant, stylish and perfectly curated list of notable fathers—each of whom agreed to answer a few questions about their experiences as a dad.

 

Willie Geist, TV Host
Father to Lucie, 7, and George, 5

 

 

What surprised you most about becoming a father?
How quickly my life turned outward from myself and onto my children—it happened in the one or two seconds it took for Lucie to magically appear in the delivery room. And how fun it is every day.

What do you hope for most for your children?
I hope for their health and their happiness in whatever they do and whoever they become. Also, that they start a lucrative sister-brother act like the Osmonds.

Describe the ultimate father-child outing.
Getting them up on their bikes in Riverside Park, hitting one of our local joints for dinner, hearing the sweet sound of my daughter politely ordering a Shirley Temple and my son ordering “french fries with ketchup, please,” listening to a wonderfully meandering story about their day at school, fielding their questions about the origin of the universe and why Zayn left One Direction, then reading together in “the big bed” before kissing them good night.

How would your children describe you in one word?
Fun. But please update to humiliating when this appears in another issue five years from now.

Describe your father in one word.
Fun.

Willie Geist is cohost of the Today show on NBC and cohost of Morning Joe on MSNBC.

 

Pascal Spengemann, Gallerist
Father to Sylvie, 3, and Nina, 3 months

 

 

What surprised you most about becoming a father?
That I really felt like a man. And how few hours of sleep I actually require.

What do you hope for most for your children?
Confidence and humility.

“Even when your plate is full and your brain is totally consumed by your own projects, there is always room for your kid.”

Describe the ultimate father-child outing.
Walking anywhere with Sylvie when she’s in the mood to hold hands.

Describe your father in one word.
Beloved.

Pascal Spengemann is the director of the Marlborough Chelsea gallery.

 

Kyle MacLachlan, Actor
Father to Callum, 6

 

 

What surprised you most about becoming a father?
A new connection I felt with my own father. Almost like I could look back through the corridors of my memories with a new understanding and appreciation of everything he ever did for me.

Describe the ultimate father-child outing.
A day when we can both learn from each other.

What do you hope for most for your son?
That he will find happiness. Love. Fulfillment.

How would your son describe you in one word?
Lego master!

Describe your father in one word.
Patient.

Kyle MacLachlan starred in Twin Peaks, Sex and the City and Portlandia. He also makes wine in Walla Walla, Washington, under the label Pursued by Bear.

 

Dror Benshetrit, Designer
Father to Noï, 2

 

 

 

 

What surprised you most about becoming a father?
I’m always surprised by how incredibly determined Noï is about certain things, even if she’s never experienced them before. Where does she get that from? I don’t know if that is the experience of being a father or the reaction to her ever-developing personality. Another thing is learning that, even when your plate is full and your brain is totally consumed by your own projects, there is always room for your kid.

What do you hope for most for your daughter?
To be herself—that’s the way she’ll discover her passion, her music, and that is the most amazing thing. I think the certainty of knowing what moves you and understanding what brings you pleasure are what’s important.

Describe the ultimate father-child outing.
Sharing a unique experience together. I find this often happens in museum or gallery shows because right now she’s at an age where there’s not a lot of physical activities we can technically do together. But having an experience together—something totally unique at the same time—is really magical.

How would your daughter describe you in one word?
Big.

Dror Benshetrit is the founder of Studio Dror, whose clients include Alessi, Bentley, Cappellini and TUMI. He also serves on the board of the Museum of Arts and Design, in New York.

 

Andrew Knowlton, Writer and Editor
Father to Julep Lilje, 6, and Signe Rose, 3

 

 

What surprised you most about becoming a father?
How insignificant everything else feels compared to my two girls.

What do you hope for most for your daughters?
For them to be strong, confident and fearless women.

Describe the ultimate father-child outing.
Whatever they want, which usually means bikes, swings, soft pretzels, french fries, lemonade, ice cream and sunshine.

How would your children describe you in one word?
Hmm...hold on, let me ask them. Julep: “Great cook, handsome.” Signe: “Crazy, naughty, funny, nice.”

Describe your father in one word.
Resolute.

Andrew Knowlton is the food and restaurants editor at Bon Appetit. He also writes the “Foodist” column for the magazine.

 

Sebastian Kim, Photographer
Father to Blaise, 2, and Paloma, 9 months

 

 

What surprised you most about becoming a father?
I have to say the best thing about being a father is that my life and career perspectives changed. What was once very important now takes a backseat. I don’t sweat the small stuff anymore, nor the medium stuff.

What do you hope for most for your children?
I hope for what every parent hopes for their kids. To expose them to as much as I can as a parent and prepare them for the world. To teach them values that I feel are important, to nurture and also let them prosper. Your kids are a direct reflection of how much time you put into raising them, and in the end, I hope to watch them grow into a beautiful person.

Describe the ultimate father-child outing.
These days, I love going to the skate park with Blaise and teaching him how to skate. I get excited to see him like things similar to what I liked as a kid. It makes me relive my youth. He’s only 2½ years old, so everything is so fascinating to him.

How would your children describe you in one word?
Paloma doesn’t yet talk and Blaise’s vocabulary is, well, that of a 2-year-old, but when he sees me when I get home, he’s got the biggest smile on his face and shouts, “Yayyy, PAPA home!!”

Describe your father in one word.
Argh, I don’t think I could describe him in one word.

Sebastian Kim shoots regularly for Vogue, Numéro, Interview, Allure and GQ.

 

Coltrane Curtis, Branding Guru
Father to Ellington, 3

 

 

What surprised you most about becoming a father?
The ROI. Follow me. I run a business based on measureable results for a client, based on impressions and engagement. Fatherhood for me is quite similar. It’s simple. You get what you put in, if not more. It’s an investment, and more often than not, your return is immediate. Ellington returns everything that we give; I just wish my stock assets worked the same.

What do you hope for most for your son?
I want him to change the world. I want him to enrich the lives of those that he is in contact with. We are arming him with the education and the worldview to do so. He is bilingual, English-Mandarin, and we are now adding a third language, French or Spanish. The goals and vision for him are high, extraordinary at times. We will give him the tools; it’s for him to choose his path.

Describe the ultimate father-child outing.
Just me and him. No phones. No cameras. An outdoor adventure allowing him to explore nature, something that we don’t get in the city. Hiking. Swimming. Gardening. A long good-night book by Shel Silverstein, and maybe s’mores over an open fire. Ellington is simple; so am I. Just getting some uninterrupted time with him is really priceless.

How would your son describe you in one word?
Legendary.

Describe your father in one word.
Visionary.

Coltrane Curtis is the founder and creative director of the branding agency Team Epiphany, whose clients include Nike, HBO, Evian, The Wall Street Journal, and Moët & Chandon.

 

Michael Rabatin, Interior Designer
Father to Harper, 9, and Hudson, 7

 

 

What surprised you most about becoming a father?
How easy it was when I made the shift from living for my kids to living with my kids! My dad owned a restaurant, and I think I have a short-order-cook gene. It is easy for me to plan, pack, anticipate, slow down or speed up—and, mostly, give unselfishly because I am also receiving so much while in their presence. Living with my kids means that I can take them to vintage stores and antiquing, and they have learned to love the hunt—and I equally can get them interested in James Bond movies since we all learned we have an inner spy in us. In the process, we have learned how to put on a wet suit over a tuxedo and what proper dinner attire looks like, and that antique-store owners can be some of the best historians around.

What do you hope for most for your children?
I hope for my sons the gift that my father gave me: the belief that everything is possible. My father started with yes and then negotiated to no. It was such a positive beginning to everything I was engaged with—from joining a team to picking colleges. The choice presented was always followed first with yes, and then I worked with him on figuring out how to make my desire into a real possibility.

Describe the ultimate father-child outing.
I feel like I am always sharing the boys’ time with others on the playground, at play dates, with my family, with their school or their camp, so a perfect outing is me and my boys. We head to a weekend house in Woodstock and see nothing but trees, campfires and movies, or plan at least one vacation a year where there is nothing to do but hang together.

How would your children describe you in one word?
The one word that my children would describe me with is undoubtedly yes.

Michael Rabatin is the founder of MRJ Design Studio and the director of marketing for the Architectural Digest Home Design Show.

 

Matt Hranek, Photographer and Writer
Father to Clara, 11

 

 

What surprised you most about becoming a father?
The quantity and volume of vomit that can come out of a baby—and surprisingly how un-grossed out you are.

What do you hope for most for your daughter?
To be independent, confident, curious and endlessly exploring.

Describe the ultimate father-child outing.
We’d head to Chinatown and look for the craziest thing we can find to eat, or we’d head to some food stall and eat dumplings or dim sum, and eat candied crab or go to the shop with spicy pork jerky. Then we’d get mango ice cream at the Chinese Ice Cream Factory. We are partners in crime when it comes to food, and even after 20 years in NYC, I still find new stuff to eat and experience with Clara, and she is always game.

Describe your father in one word.
Inspiring.

Matt Hranek shoots regularly for Condé Nast Traveler, Bon Appetit and other magazines. He has previously contributed to RL Magazine, and also writes the blog the William Brown Project.

 

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