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Greg Natale’s Great EscapeAuthor - Farage / Date of post - January 12, 2012

Whether it’s a relaxing stay at a secluded island resort, the romance of Paris or the pace of New York – in this vacation series the stylish Jet-Set share their holiday favorites with us.  This month Greg Natale, 2011 Belle Coco Republic Interior Designer of the Year takes us to the Lower East Side of Manhattan – just so happens that it’s my favorite too …

Celebrating 10 years of business in November, Greg Natale was recently awarded the coveted title of 2011 Belle Coco Republic Interior Designer of the Year and when I hear him speak of his plans for 2012 it’s clear that Greg has no intention of slowing down. Having designed all of the Farage boutiques he has over the years become a firm friend of Joe & Katy Farage, and here shares his vacation favorites taking us on a journey to the fashionable Manhattan …

What is your favourite holiday destination?

New York.

What’s the first thing you do when you get off the plane?

Go to “Coffee Shop” at Union Square, it’s a very cool diner, old school, always buzzy, great simple American food.

What do you look for in a hotel?

I like smaller boutique hotels that are well designed.  At the moment I love the Thompson Hotel on the Lower East Side. It’s a great hotel, minimal, urban, big rooms, a great pool for New York and I love the underground vibe the Lower Eastside has been able to retain. I also have my eye on the Standard Hotel in the Meat packing District.

What is the best thing you ever purchased on holiday?

I bought some amazing gold and granite effect early 80’s lamps; they came out of an estate in Beverly Hills. I have worked these around my new bedroom. I like vintage one off pieces and they really help make our work unique.

 What will you never forget to pack?

My favorite Farage shirt, it is navy blue strips, I have had it for seasons and it packs so well. When it’s not Farage my Gucci travel man bag, I only use it when I travel but it carries a wallet, phone, camera and any essential travel things.

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