This post is written by Lourdes.
A year ago almost to the day, we introduced the world to the Edith Élan name. We were green fashion designers taking the "big plunge" exhibiting at our first bridal industry event. At New York Bridal Fashion Week, no less. What a learning experience that was!
With a new collection in tow plus styles that continued on from our the previous collection, one thing was for sure: it was time for a booth upgrade! Gone were the days of a cramped 10' x 10' space. But before we could even start to work on our booth, we had to get there.
Day 1: All "Roads" Lead to NYC
Like last year, Gretchen drove to NYC with her mom, the gowns, and other supplies we would need to decorate our booth. If you didn't see her Instagram post of the packed car, here it is. I, on the other hand, was coming from Connecticut, so I took the train. Our plan was to arrive Thursday before the show started. That way we could use that first day to run around Manhattan getting the last few things we needed, as well as, drop off our stuff for the booth at Pier 94.
Since I got in a couple of hours earlier than G, I did some erranding on my own...and some sightseeing along the way. I mean, it's not every day I'm in NYC. As our meeting time at The Piers drew near, I headed back to Penn Station to get the bags I'd checked while I ran around.
I got my things, hopped in a cab (not before getting yelled at by the taxi line attendant...oops), and headed to Pier 94. It was perfect timing! G and her mom were getting out of the car as I was pulling up.
But now it was whirlwind time. We checked in and got our badges. We unloaded the car, ran to Target for some last-minute supplies, made another drop at Pier 94, and finally battled our way north in NYC traffic for 120 blocks to our Airbnb. I forgot to mention, this was our THIRD Airbnb after our first two cancelled on us the week of the show. No stress, no, none whatsoever... rrrright. Despite the small setbacks, the stars aligned for us that evening because we found an overnight parking spot right in front of our Airbnb. Woohoo! It was time to relax with dinner and drinks at Coogan's Restaurant. If you decide to go, bring your appetite - the portions are filling and delicious!
Day 2: Booth Prep
Friday was a full day of prep. It was also the last day before the start of the show. We got up early to find a weekend parking space for the car and then got straight to setting up our booth. Five hours later, dresses were ready, marketing materials were in place, and our mini-boutique was ready for buyers.
Late in the afternoon we had an appointment with a fabric rep to look at all things pretty and sparkly for our 2018 collection. So, off we three went. By the time we were done with the appointment, all we wanted to do was head back up to Washington Heights. We were exhausted. We headed for the subway with a tiny detour through Time Square.
Sunday night, G, my husband (who made his first trip to NYC), Linnea, and our fave gals from Pure Magnolia got together for some post-show cocktails at Tanner Smith's. Delicious!!! After drinks, the EÉ party headed to Guantanamera. As the food coma set in, we headed back up to our place.
Day 5: Pack It Up, Pack It In
Monday at 5 pm was bittersweet. This year's bridal market was another great learning and networking experience. But at the same time, it was a year's worth of work over and done in the blink of an eye. By 6 pm, the EÉ dream team (myself, G, Linnea, and the hubby) got the booth broken down and the car packed. #likeaboss
We said our goodbyes. The hubby and I headed to Penn Station for the train ride home while G and Linnea started the drive back to Chicago. We won't be seeing NYC again for another year, but who knows where EÉ will go in the meantime. London? What I do know is that this Navy wife is gearing up for another move in less than two weeks.
See you next October, NYC!
Like this blog post? You can read about our first time at NY bridal market here.