Colin is creative director and co-owner of the popular Soho surf shop Saturdays Surf NYC. In addition to their flagship location on Crosby Street and a second NYC shop on Perry Street in the West Village, the brand has opened stores in Tokyo and Kobe, Japan.
What would the title of your autobiography be?
I’d like a biography – “Colin Tunstall, by …”
What can’t you travel without and why?
Sleeping pills. Outside of a plane I can fall asleep in minutes, but on a plane I’m over stimulated and confined.
What’s your favorite travel destination and why?
I’ve been traveling to Japan for work, which has been pretty epic. From food, to culture, to style, to surfing – it’s a great experience.
If you could choose one person to show you “their New York City,” who would it be and why?
Someone from the Gilded Age – a Carnegie or a Rockefeller – to see the city explode with over the top power and decadence.
What are your favorite NYC restaurants?
Takahashi and Blaue Gans are both great – for all of my favorites, read Issue 003 of Saturdays Magazine when it comes out in December 2013.
What are some of your favorite NYC brunch spots?
B Bar – it’s a big, old school spot with lots of places to eat, so you don’t have to worry about waiting to sit down. Cafe Sabarsky – near the Guggenheim on 5th Avenue.
What are some of your must-do recommendations for NYC visitors?
Do the things that are touristy, because they’re usually epic. Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, double-decker bus tours, The Cloisters, a Yankees game. Then do everything else I mentioned here!
What are some of your favorite NYC stores, and why?
Obviously SATURDAYS. Then BDDW and De Vera on Crosby St. There’s nothing like them anywhere else.
When you think of NYC, are there any particular memories that come to mind?
I moved to LA for a couple months for a freelance job years ago, and really started to enjoy it but committed to come back to NYC. When I was in the cab driving back into the city I had an overwhelming feeling of wanting to talk to everyone because it was so accessible. I love the proximity to everyone and everything here.