Not Your Average Fabric Store

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Kashi considers a wall of fabrics at his Manhattan fabric emporium—Metro Textile.

Kashi considers a wall of fabrics at his Manhattan fabric emporium—Metro Textile.

Photo: Georgene Shelton

Without a doubt, my all-time favorite place to shop for fabric is Metro Textile, located in New York City's fabric district at 265 West 37th Street, Suite 908. This textile emporium is presided over by the gregarious Kashi, who culls his fabrics from designers and jobbers and other sources to create a constantly changing collection of stunners and staples.

I first heard about Metro and Kashi through my friends at Simplicity Patterns. At the time, Kashi was squeezed into one small room that was crammed to the gills with fabric rolls. But whatever you asked for, Kashi and his assistant could lay their hands on in seconds. The new location is positively palatial by comparison, with the same split-second service and a quadrupled inventory. My main beef with many of the bigger fabric district stores is that it's difficult to get anyone to acknowledge your existence, let alone help you determine prices and fiber. At Metro, it's more like an ongoing salon, where everyone chats and exchanges tips, while Kashi and his assistant pull roll after roll of fabric—all the while keeping pace with the running banter. You'll just as likely leave with a few new sewing friends as with the signature big blue bags of incredibly-priced beautiful fabrics. It may not do much for whittling down your stash—I have more than a few unintended purchases—but you'll definitely have an authentic fabric district experience.

For those who can't make the trek, Kashi also works by phone, providing the same personalized and personality-plus service along with swatches: 212-209-0004; metrotextiles@aol.com. Tell Kashi I sent you!

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