I’ve just returned from a wonderful week in New York City! I was there for AW17 meetings although judging from the photos I took you’d be forgiven for thinking I was there for the food. I ate so much!! I am now on a real health kick. Having a side of fries is a slippery slope to melted butter all over your pop-corn…oh dear oh dear!!

The first few days were drizzly, cold and wet..so #cashmereweather for sure! I was so pleased to have my leopard beanie keeping me cosy all week. On Monday I had an exciting meeting uptown which I am bursting to talk about but I can’t just yet. Safe to say there are exciting things to come for AW17.

Breakfast on our first day at a little place called Cafe Henrie, right round the corner from our Hotel (SIXTY LES). This was probably the most acceptable portion size I ate all week…everything else was way out of control! We loved staying in the Lower East Side, there were restaurants galore and it was so easy to walk to the subway to get up town or just walk up to Bleecker. I really think there is no better way to get your bearings and see a city than walking around and getting used to the street names, plus in NYC it is so easy as it’s a grid system.

On Wednesday I had a really fun appointment at Vogue! I met with their accessories associate Sara Klausing. It was lovely to put a face to a name after so much emailing over other photoshoots and calling in samples etc. Prior to the meeting I also visited the 911 museum which was profoundly moving and wonderful tribute and memorial the all the people who lost their lives in the horrific attacks that day. Some of it was really hard to read or watch, but one gets the feeling that by acknowledging their stories you are honouring their lives which they did not have a choice in ending. The memorial pools are also a really calm and reflective place, and overall I just felt the whole memorial and museum had been done so well.

I took half an hour between the museum and my meeting just to get my head straight again and then headed into the new One World Trade Center. It was, I have to say, very exciting indeed and the most incredible building. I headed up to the 25th Floor and had my appointment with Sara. Afterwards I headed back to the Lower East Side for lunch at Dudley’s which was my favourite little place we went to during the whole trip. Such a lovely atmosphere and delicious food, I had a yummy pumpkin soup which was just what I needed as despite the sun being out it was still very cold!

On Thursday I had the day off so I went to the Frick Collection which I loved! And also walked around central Park. I had a couple of meetings back at the Hotel with some existing stockists that evening before heading out for Mexican at Tacombi nearby which was heaven!  Finally on Friday I had two meetings in the morning and then went for brunch…eggs rancheros and waffles at the Clinton Street Baking Company! DELICIOUS! I wondered why the maple syrup with the pancakes was so cloudy only to be told it was maple butter!! Thank you NYC for adding a few extra inches around my waist, it was 100% worth it! Until next time!

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