New York City, According to Simon Collins

Creative advisor Simon Collins describes New York City as the world’s store window. The city continues to be one of the most important fashion cities in the world—for both business and inspiration—which is why Collins says textiles and events supporting the industry like NYC Textile Week are crucial for growth and innovation.
Here, Collins shares his tips on how to make the most of your visit to NYC Textile Week on and off the trade show floor.
Get inspired: “I’m eternally curious—I can’t go down the street without picking up ideas and inspiration and textile fairs are always like that for me,” Collins says. At shows, he satisfies his taste for luxury and menswear by scooping out quality wool and suiting manufacturers. One of his favorites for function, style and irony is London-based Dashing Tweeds. The mill makes tweed—which Collins points out was originally designed to blend in—with reflective yarn for stylish cyclists to stand out.
Visit independent retailers: Collins enjoys New York City’s Lower East Side’s independent spirit. “There’s lots of tiny stores owned one person and resale shops—that’s where inspiration lies. It’s the independents and the kids because it’s in their heart and it’s their passion. It used to be Williamsburg, but not so much anymore,” he said.
Get walking: “New York is great because you always have four different ways to get around,” Collins said. While he’s known to hop on a Citi Bike, Collins prefers to walk. He suggests picking an avenue, like Broadway or Fifth Avenue, and walking from 57th Street to down to TriBeCa to get a complete sense of the city.