The de­signer be­hind Loin Cloth & Ashes, Anisa Mpungwe, can’t get enough of the city that never sleeps

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - INTERNATIONAL REPORT - Follow Anisa on Twit­ter @AnisaMpungwe In­sta­gram @Of­fi­ciallca

I FELL IN love with New York like I did Joburg. There is an en­ergy there like no other. Go­ing to Times Square in the evening is another kind of ex­pe­ri­ence.It’s su­per­fi­cial but al­lur­ing, like a moth to a flame. Ev­ery time I am in New York, I have to visit Cara­cas (Cara­ in West Vil­lage for its de­li­cious chicken wraps.And for the best mi­mosas in town, Rustik Tav­ern

(Rustik­tav­ in Brook­lyn is the one! When it comes to shop­ping, I love spend­ing time in

C Won­der (Cwon­ on Spring Street, near Broad­way. It sat­is­fies my cloth­ing crav­ings and my love for home­wear. I find the whole store ex­pe­ri­ence so spe­cial, right down to hav­ing my own choice of mu­sic, tem­per­a­ture con­trol and light­ing in the chang­ing room! What makes New York City the per­fect fash­ion spot?

There are sales on all the time, ev­ery­where!

How has the city in­spired you? I go to New York to charge my cre­ative bat­ter­ies. Vis­it­ing parks or the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art helps me take a break and cen­tre my­self. Your travel must-haves? A GPS is cru­cial. Make sure to get a stylish back­pack so that your hands are free even after you’ve hit the shops. Pack a pair of comfy train­ers that are easy to style up to make your way around on foot.


Dance… Lau­ryn Hill at The Apollo The­atre Play… Any street in Soho

Get lost… Lower Man­hat­tan

Stay… Bryant Park Ho­tel (Bryant­parkho­

Get a cul­ture fix… The Brook­lyn Mar­ket (The­brook­lyn­mar­

Find a cup of cof­fee… The Civil Ser­vice Café in Brook­lyn or Ralph Lau­ren on 5th Ave

Lis­ten to great mu­sic… Any rooftop in Chelsea

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