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Margot Bowman
New York City

Margot Bowman

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A Londoner by birth, Margot Bowman landed in New York in the spring of 2017, drawn to its ultra-high dose of culture and diversity. As the creative director of Boiler Room, she works on projects across the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia—but closer to home, she’s working on navigating a new city, and finding new friends and new possibilities within it. (She also just directed a feminist sci-fi animated short.) For Coach, she shared some of her first-year favorites, the building blocks of her New York.

Mast Books (1)

Photographs by Caroline Tompkins


I was deciding between moving to L.A. or New York, and visiting both, and Mast Books was one of the places where I was like, “No—New York wins.” I was just totally engrossed. The thing I really love about it is that it’s such a humble place—there’s so much great stuff, but it really doesn’t have an ego about it.


I love all the lighting stores on the Bowery. My studio’s nearby, so I’m on this street a lot, and especially when it’s cold and dark, there’s something really magical about them—they’re just these glowing little workshops. I love light and color in all my work, but so much of it is stuck on a screen—it’s great to experience it in three dimensions.

Margot in Sara D. Roosevelt Park (2)
Inside a lighting store (3)

We don’t have parks like the Sara D. Roosevelt Park in the U.K.—it’s like this ribbon of fabric that cuts through the buildings of the city. There’s so much greenery and life happening within such a small width, and it has so many uses for so many different people. It’s a true public space.

Da Hing Florist (4)

You can’t miss Da Hing Florist—in the summer they put all these trees and plants right out onto the street, so it’s like this crazy pop-up jungle. It’s just so green and lush. And then in the winter they have these plastic encasements that cover the outside—it becomes a little greenhouse. It’s quite sweet.

Film Forum (5)

I went to Film Forum to see I Am Not Your Negro when I first arrived—it was so great to see it in a place that made space for that level of expression. It’s quite a subtle, understated atmosphere—you can really feel the heritage there, and the intentions. It’s low-key, not pretentious—they just show really great films.

Margot on Manhattan Bridge (6)

From Manhattan Bridge the view is actually amazing, and it’s also like, the perfect walk. I have this rule with myself that when I’m going over it I’m not allowed to look at my phone—it’s just such a beautiful experience, and I don’t ever want to get jaded about that.

Raffetto's Pasta (7)

I am one of those unfortunate people who got caught up in thinking carbohydrates were bad for you—and it’s been so nice, more recently, to recognize pasta for the amazing food that it is. It doesn’t really matter what you buy at Raffetto’s, because it’s all so delicious.


The ultimate Manhattan visual has to be the contrast between the buildings at Elizabeth and Grand. You have this really old, faux-European bank next door to this tiny multiuse space where everyone wants to let you know what’s inside. I just love the contrast between those aesthetics—between those signs and those columns. It’s kind of like, same game, different language—the power struggle that is Grand Street.

New York street scene (8)
Margot standing on a street in NYC (8)