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Chic Guide: Governors Island, New York City


For our Fall collection, with its feminine take on menswear, we headed to New York City, the suit capital of the world. And just like the unexpected details in the collection, we shot in a place a little less ordinary, Governors Island.

Located in the middle of the New York Harbor, Governors Island is an 172 acre island accessible by a short ferry ride from Manhattan and Brooklyn.

“Governors,” as the locals call it, started as a militia base in 1775, evolving into a fully fledged completely contained army base by the early 1800s. Remade as a park in the early 2000s, it opened to the public in 2016, and quickly became a must-see destination, thanks to its thoughtful design (lots of places to sit and relax), its sublime views of the City and the Statue of Liberty, and the variety of its events, and art exhibits.

What to Do

The island is one of those magical places where there’s something to do or see around every corner. Start by exploring “The Hills,” a series of man-made hills that give visitors breathtaking views of the Big Apple.

After you’re done with your clamber, grab a rental bike, and pedal over to Colonels Row, Castle Williams, and Fort Jay for a glimpse at the island’s history. (There are bike rental kiosks all over the island; biking is a fun fast way to get around). Fun fact: in the early 20th century, troops living on the island could enjoy their own movie theater, public school, and golf course.

Installation view of Yto Barrada, with guest artist Bettina: The Power of Two Suns at LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island. Photo Credit: Ian Douglas

From Fort Jay, it’s an easy ride over to the brand new LMCC’s Arts Center at Governor’s Island, located in a former ordnance storage building dating from the 1800s. The arts hub, which opened in September, contains studio space for 40 artists, and features work focused on sustainability, ecology, and resilience, with an emphasis on Governor’s Island and New York City.

Photo Credit: Doug Lyle Thompson

The perfect thing to top off your adventure? A plate of oysters and a glass of wine at Island Oyster, an oyster bar right on the water, near the ferry, with remarkable views. Don’t you think beautiful sights make things just taste better?

What to Wear

Chico’s Travelers Texture Tweed Jacket, No-Iron All Seasons Button Down, Faux Pearl Girlfriend Jeans.

Fall in New York is one of the best times to visit. We highly recommend layering, as the weather can go from warm to cool faster than you can say “taxi”, especially near water. We love this look because while the denim keeps things casual for a day of sightseeing, the super wearable jacket pulls the outfit together and gives it that perfect pop of fall color.

Get there soon. After October, much of Governors Island closes until the spring. Learn more here.

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