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July 29, 2007

Who is that man in the mirror?

Filed under: Designer Inspirations,Fabric — georgene @ 5:37 pm


The most dangerous man I know! Kashi at Metro Textile on 37th St. in New York City. Since his move a few months ago, Kashi has increased his selection of ‘fine fabrics for nearly nothing’. Seriously, I try to avoid going there, but like a moth to the flame I am drawn. I have already exceeded my Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy, by a whole lot. But as always, after a trip to Metro, I find that I just have to acquire a few new pieces.

As I was drawn towards 8th Ave, heading towards Metro Textile, I got sidetracked into Pacific Trimming at 218 W. 38th St. What a great addition to the street! It’s very like a Hong Kong trim supplier you might find in Kowloon, with a vast selection of belt, buckle, and purse hardware, alongside ribbons and buttons, cords, and ?? A great selection, and the ablility to buy in bulk, should you have a need for that.

I had a ‘story board’ of fabrics pinned to a big sheet of 11 x 17 paper, so I was able to hone in on some things I was missing – colored silk organzas, solid silk charmeuse, novelties that worked in with my color story of shades of charcoal, black and grey with shots of hot pink and silver metallic. Hopefully I can make some serious inroads in to my planned wardrobe. As shoemakers’ wives go barefoot, designers often have nothing to wear. I have a closet full of rejected samples, and often never get a piece out of production of the items I really like. My resolution is to do something about that this year. Loooove the pink lame leopard!! I must make a cropped trench from that, and soon!


Here’s my pile in the photo below, sitting on the chair at Metro. Kashi will ship it to the studio, so I don’t have to carry anything. Oh the sweet anticipation! I didn’t get swatches of everything, as there were several other ladies in the shop, so I have to rely on memory for a few days. Kashi told us not to worry, he has no problem helping a lot of customers simultaneously. “Sometimes I have 20 ladies at one time!” he said gleefully. I told you he was dangerous…



  1. Georgene – last weekend, I walked up and down that street trying to find Metro Textiles. Does the sign on the first floor say something else? Exactly where is Metro Textiles?

    Comment by Toby Wollin — July 29, 2007 @ 7:58 pm

  2. Metro Textile is at 265 W. 37th St. right before 8th Ave. on the 9th floor. That is probably why you didn’t see it. Kashi is not open on Saturdays, but you can make an appointment for Sunday if you only have the week-ends free. Phone 212 209-0004.

    Comment by georgene — July 29, 2007 @ 8:35 pm

  3. I love the story board fabrics. Hope you do have time to work up the garments: everything looks yummy. May the parcel fly to the studio, it will seem like Christmas

    Comment by Mary Beth — July 30, 2007 @ 12:41 pm

  4. Looks like a very dangerous but tempting place, I do understand completely why you “need” to visit him when you are in NY.
    I hope I will be able to visit Kashi even for once at least. Hope you will find the time to make the garments from your storyboard fabrics plus the fabrics you purchased from your last visit to this amazing store. Project Runway is now airing on Dutch tv and seeing the fabric and notions stores in NY is a treat for the eye.

    Comment by Els — July 30, 2007 @ 6:57 pm

  5. Fabulous! I need to do a story board for my fall sewing and yours, being in similar colors has inspired me. No pink, but red, silver, garnet and white for my sccents with my gray and black basics. Maybe some mustard in there too. I love it with gray

    Comment by Nancy — July 31, 2007 @ 7:05 am

  6. Love that storeyboard, Georgene. Exquisite colors! You’re right — Kashi is in a class by himself!!!

    Comment by Nina — July 31, 2007 @ 12:59 pm

  7. What a shopping spree! Like a kid in a candy store… enjoy.
    Cheers Meg

    Comment by Meg — July 31, 2007 @ 11:52 pm

  8. I had the pleasure of meeting Kashi on Friday 8/3/07 – a date that will live in infamy! He is dangerous, but fun!!! I live in suburban Philadelphia, but I can’t wait to go back to Metro.

    Comment by Elaray — August 5, 2007 @ 6:42 am

  9. you should get a discount there. that’s a great ad for the place. 🙂 i am planning a trip to new york, and i’m most certainly stopping in there!

    thanks for the tip~!

    Comment by heather — August 15, 2007 @ 11:46 pm

  10. I would totally love it there! I do sew too, but it’s merely a hobby! I love it if you’d check out my designs and tell me what you think!

    Comment by dianabobar — August 17, 2007 @ 10:15 am

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