During my first visit to Istanbul, I was lucky enough to spend a day with Erk Erkaya as my personal guide while I was researching upcoming Turkish designers. Erk has been invaluable to my research. And he just plain made my work fun. I hope to be lucky enough to have him as a guide in the future and I recommend him wholeheartedly to any visitor to Turkey. We took some time out to stop by the showroom / studio of menswear designer Hatice Gökçe to check out her collections and I was very glad we did.