LILYA designer Lisa, headed over to New York City last month, not only did she come back with lots of design inspiration for our next collection but some great recommendations for what to do in the big apple! Here are some of her must do’s…
FAVOURITE AREAS: Soho, Nolita, West Village, Lower East Side and Brooklyn and Central Park.
WHERE TO SHOP: Creatures of comfort has to be my ultimate favourite store along with Steven Alan, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Warm NY, Curve and Scoop NYC for beautifully curated boutiques with some of my most loved labels. I also can’t go past the Celine, Helmut Lang, Isabel Marant, J-Crew and Free People. When heading over the bridge to Brooklyn, I love Catbird for jewelry, Beautiful Dreamers for artisan-curated garments, the Brooklyn Flea Market and 40 ft single by Stella Dallas for vintage finds.
WHERE TO STAY : The Mondrian in Soho
UNWIND: After many days of walking, have a spa and massage at Great Jones Spa in Soho or simply take a stroll or bike ride around Central Park.
BEST COFFEE: Saturday’s Surf NYC and The Smile To Go in Soho were my morning frequents.
WHERE TO EAT: The Smile for gourmet American food, Dimes and ABC Kitchen for healthy eats, The Butcher’s Daughter for a juice and Lovely Day in Nolita for quaint décor and delicious food.
BEST COCKTAILS: Death & Co. has an amazing cocktail list and Masion Premiere is a Williamsburg speakeasy known for its incredible cocktails and oyster bar.
CHECK OUT: Adorned NYC and Love Adorned for the very best piercing artists and one of a kind jewelry.
MUST DO: Walk the Chelsea High Line, visit Central Park, catch the subway or take a stroll over the Brooklyn Bridge to completely immerse yourself in NYC.
LIVE LIKE A LOCAL: if you have the chance, have a rooftop barbeque and watch the sunset with friends.
TOP TIP: Walk! New York is a great city to walk and it is the best way to find hidden treasures!