Marie and Katy have just returned from New York, where they were out for meetings and to see some of our East Coast American clients. Meriel is still in New York working in the office of our New York partners North Sea Air and attending client meetings, returning at the end of this week.
As well as being so busy with flying the flag for LS Productions stateside, the three of them managed to attend several events for Scotland Week, including an Edible Exhibition by Jelly and Gin and Scot Street Style’s #tgNYC on the Friday night. Here Katy and Meriel give a rundown of the week’s events…
On Wednesday we attended An Edible Exhibition, with Scottish edible events company Jelly and Gin providing Outlander inspired delicacies. The event was held in conjunction with Visit Scotland and the Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015, a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland and Scotland Food & Drink. We ate chocolate munros and drunk whisky cocktails!
After a busy day of meetings on Thursday, Marie and Katy met with US PR Week on Friday morning to chat about all things LS Productions. Later on in the day and it was the Pre-Gathering at Feltraiger, with excellent turn out from photographers and fashionistas. Scottish craft beer specialists Innis & Gunn sponsored the event and the three of us got to meet the lovely CEO Dougal.
Into the Gathering (#tgNYC) at Kinfolk 90 in Brooklyn and the event was a huge success! Organised by Gordon J Millar of Scot Street Style and sponsored by both Walker Slater and us, a huge buzz had been created throughout Tartan Week and there were queues out the door. Refinery 29, Anthropologie, Sherry & Holland, Innis & Gunn, David Eustace, Martin Scott Powell and Fred MacAulay all attended, with the LS tote bag gifts and Walker Slater business card holders going down a treat.
On Saturday we were invited to the Napier University Pre March Walk at the GCU Campus on Wooster St. It was incredible exhibition space and we had a lovely brunch with Napier Alumni such as Martin, David, Gary Van Dis, Clan Currie and also Gerard Burns presented his paintings to all of us in attendance.
The LS Productions and North Sea Air team walked to 6th Ave to join the Parade and march with Scotstreetsyle. Walker Slater has made a tweed banner shouting 'ØNWARD' and the group marched down 6th Ave to the sound of bagpipes and joyous crowds. The sun was shining and we all felt immensely patriotic! There was also an exciting spot by Meriel in the shape of Bill Cunningham, and a cheeky photo with Marie and Graham McTavish.
The afternoon was spent with the great Scottish rabble at the Warwick networking and then onto the Scottish themed bar and kitchen Whitehall before Highlands NYC, a contemporary, Scottish themed gastro pub in the West Village.
In between meetings we watched the Brooklyn Nets play Chicago Bulls at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, which was brilliant. We attended countless meetings at Soho House in the Meatpacking district (including exciting talks with our developing partnerships), taxied all over the city for meetings with production companies, photo agents, journalists and government bodies.
We ate our weight in guacamole, drunk numerous cocktails, and dined out at some fantastic restaurants such as Rosemary's Fish Shack in Brooklyn and Beauty on Essex, a pawnshop come incredible restaurant.
All in all it was an immensely successful trip and our minds are jam packed with how we are going come back again next year! There’s so much potential to host an exciting event with all the contacts we have met, and we’ll be keeping up to date with all of our contacts and clients out there.
Next year we will be back to NYC even bigger and better!
P.S. You can see all of the action on Instagram by searching the hashtags #LSnyc, #tgNYC & #LSneversleeps, or by going on our Instagram.
Watch this space…