Alexis Cuddyre: New York City

What do you do? 
I currently work on all things brand + creative at ADAY – a super exciting fashion company that designs apparel for active women. We are still a very young company so everyone works on a bit of everything, but recently I have been working on a lot of exciting shoots with creative people in both London + New York. We are always looking to meet new people that we can collaborate with!

What else should we know about you?
I suppose I should start by explaining my Twitter / Instagram handle  (@omgimmarried) – I used to have a wedding blog called OMG I’m Getting Married. I started it when I got engaged because my family lived abroad and it was a nice way to share ideas. I also had a bit of hackathon obsession last year when I discovered the fashion + tech scene through Decoded:Fashion. Lastly + most importantly, I love cats.

What’s your historical London and New York connection? 
I moved to London to study graphics at CSM and have been there for the past 10 years. I’ve actually lived in London the longest I’ve ever lived in a single place and definitely consider it home.
Just recently, ADAY has relocated to NYC, which means I guess I am an official New Yorker, but plan to be back and forth between the two cities as my husband + cat are going to be in London for the short term.

Describe your experience in London as a New Yorker.
The first 4 weeks I was definitely a deer in headlights. I’m directionally challenged at the best of times so the grid system here in NY has helped me a lot 🙂 Being an American in London for the past 10 years has made me sensitive to the cultural differences between the US and the UK so thats been easier this time around. A lot of my colleagues have spent more time in the city so have been great suggesting places to go eat, workout etc. We even have a company slack channel for NY things which has been very helpful.

How can New York and London better engage with each other? 
Can they sort out the time difference – this would make my life much easier 😉 Just kidding (but not really). I think more communities + projects like 3460 that connect people who are living a bit more of a nomadic lifestyle would be great. I’ve stumbled across so many smaller groups of people who are trying to help each other find places to live, find jobs, make friends etc. that have really shown me how kind and generous people can to others.

Favorite NYC secret spot:
OMG. I am going to fail at this because I’ve only been in the city for 6 weeks, but here goes…

Tangerine Hot Power Yoga is my go to for Sunday yoga – beautiful studio, brilliant practice and great teachers. Tamara is my favorite teacher. Its a great workout but also really therapeutic and restorative.

Favourite London secret spot:
So this is probably not a secret anymore but I am obsessed with Counter Albion. The all you can eat breakfast for a fiver is like the most exciting thing in the universe, and you can work there all day every day. The space in the back has a beautiful skylight and the wifi is solid. Definitely a great work space.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Hong Kong. I spent 10 years here when I was younger and have always wanted to go back. There is something about the energy in HK (I know people say this about NY too!) that gets me every time – you know that feeling when your plane lands and you feel a mixture of relief, excitement and nostalgia? 

In flight entertainment:
What’s playing in your headphones right now?
Beyonce always. Britney sometimes.

And what are you currently reading?
I just finished Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan, which was really good.

I also have a copy of Wired + Monocle on my night stand that I look at every night before I go to bed – eventually I will get to finishing these!

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