New York Textile Adventure
Last week, we were able to attend the Dg Expo Fabric and Trim Show and the Premiere Vision (PV) Textile Event in none other than New York City! What could be better than getting to spend time meeting talented people, ogling at fabrics and buttons, all the while enjoying the amazing food, drink and entertainment New York has to offer.
We were able to stay in a lovely AirBnb in East Village where all the latest and greatest restaurants and shopping is. Every morning, it was just a short walk down the street to Pause Café where we had a fresh pressed juice and a croissant before heading out to the shows.
And because we needed our caffeine as well, a stop at Blue Bottle Coffee was needed for some of the good stuff. We couldn’t believe we hadn’t heard of them before now – bonus when we found out that this amazing coffee is from the West Coast! Of course, we came home with a couple souvenir travel mugs from here; who could resists the cutest logo ever! (update: we use the thermo double wall vacuum insulated blue coffee mug every day).
Anyways, back to the shows, the real topic of discussion here. Our aim was to source eco-friendly cottons, linens and wools, from Europe, if possible. And boy did we find some lovely options! Cottons and linens from Portugal, linen from Holland, wools from Italy, and much more… You will have to wait and see what’s in store.
Just a few days in NY sparked all new creativity, inspiring new collections and of course allowing for a little relaxation and indulgence.
Tuesday evening was spent touring the famous Chelsea Market, window-shopping down 5th Avenue and dining at a great little restaurant called Bar Six – the perfect place to shake off the chills from an unfortunate rain incident (highly recommend the chicken tagine if you ever make it here).
We spent the following day at the DG Expo near Madison Square Garden, wandering the vendors and gawking at all the lovely fabrics. After working up an appetite, we decided to devour a delicious New York street-dog like any tourist should. Thursday was spent at showrooms in the textile district – firming up some deals and orders, then sat and relaxed in Bryant Park with a glass of wine and a burger at the end of the day.
Fortunately for us, PV was hosted by the French, so they had a fabulous spread of French cheese, charcuterie and of course wine – like they do. We were definitely not complaining about the food options here, and more than willing to indulge a bit while waiting to speak to vendors.
All in all, we had a lovely time, and we are excited to get going on new designs. Stay tuned for some gorgeous fabrics, in even more gorgeous prints for our upcoming collections.