WACH Travels: NY Textile Month Brooklyn Tour

Thursday, September 21
One-day, round trip excursion to Brooklyn
$185 from the East End via Hampton Jitney*, Tickets
$135 from New York City, Tickets

New York may not run on textiles but it is surely clothed, blanketed, carpeted and wrapped in fibers in a dizzying array of materials and applications. Clothing racks wheel through the streets, showrooms buzz with the best in design and factories make what we wear and what we use in everyday life. New York IS the heart and soul of the world of textiles and we invite you to join us on September 21 as we explore the fabric of the city for NY Textile Month. Our one-day, round trip excursion will take us to Brooklyn, home to designers and showrooms that are at the vanguard of innovation, sustainability and style.

Fashion designer Mary Jaeger will welcome us to an exclusive event at her atelier for her latest exhibition, TANGLED: ROOTS GROW, featuring wearable and interior accessories inspired by her visit along the Silk Road in Uzbekistan earlier this year.  Ms. Jaeger says of her exhibition, "It is here I begin my exploratory melding of the intersections between hand-crafted textile design techniques, namely shibori (shaped-resist dyeing), suzani (embroidery) and ikat (threads dyed with patterns prior to weaving)."  

Fadó Fadó II rug designed and handcrafted by Rhyme Studio in a Manhattan residence.

Fadó Fadó II rug designed and handcrafted by Rhyme Studio in a Manhattan residence.

Our itinerary will also include a visit to Rhyme Studio, a multifaceted design studio and manufacturer that specializes in contemporary Irish design and art with a focus on sustainability. Rhyme is single-handedly reviving the collapsed Irish woolen industry around the world recognizing it as a miracle eco-fiber with naturally antimicrobial, biodegradable, and water resistant properties, Owner Claire McGovern believes Irish wool is a sustainable, luxury, and heirloom material sourced from small, organic sheep farms in Ireland.

Image © Cowtan & Tout

A rare treat awaits WACH travelers as we receive a private tour of Cowtan & Tout, the leader in textile design and fabrics, including the Larsen Collection. Cowtan & Tout offers the highest quality, award-winning decorative textiles sought after by designers around the world. You are not going to want to miss this rare opportunity to tour the headquarters of this extraordinary company! 

The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago (1974-79) at the Brooklyn Museum.

We will also visit the Brooklyn Museum and take in the exciting exhibition, Africa Fashion as well as the iconic installation, The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago. Our trip to Brooklyn also includes a stop at Industry City, where creativity and craftsmanship have found a home in many different companies.  

Transportation to and around Brooklyn will be by chartered bus from our friends at Hampton Jitney who will also bring us safely home at day's end. If you are already in the New York area and would like join us, click HERE to make a reservation.

There is limited availability for this trip; please reserve your place by August 28. We hope you will join us for this exciting journey to discover and celebrate the world of textiles and gain a newfound appreciation of the art, craft and design of the fabric of our lives. Come aboard! 

$185 for guests traveling with WACH from the East End* - TICKETS
$135, for guests traveling independently to join us in Brooklyn - TICKETS

*Hampton Jitney will pick up guests in Amagansett, Southampton, and Manorville.