The FWM Guide: New York

Keeping ideas fresh and innovative is something every designer and creative knows is key to the successful realisation of a design. Writers block, or in this case designer block, is one of the worst things that could happen to a creative, but how does one stop this from happening? Here at Fenn Wright Manson we find a change of scenery, or environment can allow for an assortment of ideas and inspiration, so when it came to creating the new collection, our team knew exactly where to head for ideas! New York has been an inspiration to so many creatives: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Diane von Fürstenberg and Alicia Keys, to name but a few. Whilst there our team visited some old favourites and new stores, here are their top picks:

Top 5 Stores
Forget the 4 B’s (Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendels, Bloomingdales & Barneys), to get a real taste of New York check out our selection of boutiques and stylish stores.
Theory
Founded by Calvin Kleins previous CEO in 1997 and based in New York, this brand is great for someone after classic but cool tailoring that isn't too obvious. Theory makes comfortable and sophisticated clothing, with the designers saying “clean silhouettes, quality, craftsmanship and fit are the focus”. Its meatpacking location boasts not only a flagship store, but also the brands headquarters and design offices. 40 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014
Saks
As one of the most famous retailers in the world let alone New York it truly is worth a visit even if it is for window shopping alone - come Christmas their windows are a thing of art and attract audiences from all over. With everything the heart could desire under one roof you’ll be sure to come out with something for yourself. 611 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10022
Intermix
If you're wanting to come back from your trip with a full to bursting suitcase and a list of new designers to check out once you're home, then Intermix is the store for you. With a curated selection of new and upcoming designers mixed with their eye for styling on trend pieces with a new twist you’ll be bound to find something you will love. What’s more, all there boutiques stock is hand-selected to reflect the nuances of its neighbourhood and the lifestyles their customers. 812 Washington St, New York, NY 10014
Rebecca Taylor
Built for, the woman looking to dress in clothes with timeless beauty, and modern versatility. Rebecca Taylor created the brand after her move from New York, with her upbringing being clear to see in her designs, her time in Paris is reflected in the romantic and feminine detailing, her time in London allowed for her urban and sophisticated outlook and her talent down to her mother - a talented seamstress; who passed on her skills as she grew up in New Zealand. Take a visit to the store to see this globalisation of designs all in one place. 34 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014
Vince
Contemporary clothing line Vince was created in 2002. As a brand born in Los Angeles it epitomises laid back LA style, slouchy t shirts, understated palettes and effortless shapes. Silk, leather and denim are the fabrics of choice here, the label offers an injection of luxury into everyday attire. the store also offers both mens and women clothing you don't have to worry about your other half not finding anything either! 833 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

The High Line
The High Line is a public park elevated of the West side of Manhattan, built on a historic disused freight line. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues. The High Line is buzzing with activity with different areas hosting different events and goings on - you will always find something to do from salsa classes to stargazing. We loved the Diller - von Furstenberg Sundeck & Water Feature (between West 14th and West 15th Streets) this pathway has large lounge chairs; perfect for people watching, and a water feature great for children to have a paddle in. Or how about the Chelsea Market Passage where there are outside food carts and an open air cafe with art and public programmes.
Start at the main entrance (The CSX Transportation Gate) and when you've finished walking along the High Line you’ll find yourself in the Meatpacking district (The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Overlook). Once you've got here you will find an array of activity, stores, restaurants and bars, most recently you will find the newly opened Whitney Museum of American Art. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting American art, therefore is a great place to visit to get a real feel and sense of the country you are visiting. Many of our top stores are in the Meatpacking District, so a stroll around the shops could be a great end to your day. 
Top 5 Restaurants
Once you've shopped till you've dropped pick yourself back up at our chosen restaurants.
Santina
Santina describes itself as an Italian restaurant that “integrates Italian coastal cuisine with modern culinary sensibilities”, our team had a great meal here and noted it’s fantastic location - it sits just below the High Line in the Meatpacking district, it also offers great outdoor seating in the warmer months. 820 Washington St, New York, NY 10014
Buddakan
The lavishly decorated restaurant offers a menu of Asian dishes and a fantastic array of cocktails. More eagle eyed patrons may also notice that was the location for Carried Bradshaw's rehearsal dinner in the Sex and the City film. 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Pershing Square
Situated right by the hustle and bustle of Grand Central Station Pershing Square is perfect for a spot of brunch - we highly recommend the pancakes. Sit up in one of the booths and watch the world go by, or choose a front table at the window if you prefer a spot of people watching.  90 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
The Polo Bar
“It’s tradition with flair,” says Mr. Lauren of his brands namesake restaurant. The Polo Bar is Ralph Lauren’s first New York restaurant, on its menu is seasonal American classics and also includes Lauren’s personal favourites. It is easy to see the equestrian homage through the restaurants warm and welcoming interior setting. We recommend booking well in advance, as a table here is highly sought after! 1 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022
BG Restaurant
We know, we said to forget Bergdorfs on our shopping list, however, it is not one to be missed on the restaurant front. Located on the seventh floor the restaurant has amazing sweeping views of Central Park, with classic New York fare on the menu! 754 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019, USA