DISTRICT PROFILE: IN SUPPORT OF
December 10, 2015
Name: Tanya Sheikh and Ivan Gilkes
Company Affiliation + Job Title: In Support of, Founders
What do you do and how did you get here?
We own a showroom and a retail store built from a dream that grew and happened organically. The store is an outward image and concept for showroom that represents emerging designers. Our store is a concept space for young, under the radar designers to showcase their work.
What do you love about Meatpacking?
There is a sense of community, which is the ethos behind this store. We are part of a tight knit group. The BID has done a great job of keeping owners connected and able to bounce ideas off of each other.
If you had 15 minutes, how will you spend it in the neighborhood?
Tanya: I’d get a salad at Friedman’s and head to the High Line to sit and take in some sun and nature.
Ivan: Lunch on the High Line
If you had a few hours, how would you ideally spend the day?
Ivan: Grab dinner then head to one of the many clubs. The Standard’s awesome and helps with selfie taking.
Tanya: I would grab dinner at Fig & Olive and then head over to the Whitney
Where do you go to escape the crowds?
Ivan: Gansevoort Plaza, which is right in front of Theory. I go there when I’m stressed out and just want to think. Also, the park on Hudson St.
Tanya: Down here in the office or the playground on Gansevoort and Hudson with a friend and a cup of coffee
What’s your favorite spot to people watch?
High Line…definitely the High Line. Or late nights, I would say sitting outside at a restaurant and watching people stumble into the clubs.
Where will you recommend for a great cocktail/bite?
Tanya: Catch, I love their watermelon gin martini
Ivan: Friedman’s. Favorite salad ever (adobo chicken salad).
What’s your most memorable moment or experience in Meatpacking?
Tanya: My 30th birthday party at Brass Monkey. It was really fun. Also, our store’s opening party.
Ivan: Definitely our store opening party. I will not forget that ever. Also seeing Chaka Khan at the Boom Boom Room
Of all the personalities in Meatpacking (whether you know the person or not), whom would you want to grab a drink with? And where?
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG. We have to meet our Queen. Best thing in this neighborhood. And we would have a drink at her house!