Over the past decade, highly awarded designer and brand developer Cyrill Gutsch has become one of the world’s most influential activists for the oceans. In 2012, the German–born powerhouse founded 'Parley for the Oceans', with the mission to eliminate plastic from our seas. This work has seen him win the Fashion Awards' Special Recognition Award for Innovation and crowned Environmentalist of the Year by the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association. Cyrill has also taken the fight to industry, collaborating with brands including Adidas, Stella McCartney and Corona to create far reaching initiatives. A New York resident since 2004, his work has vastly impacted the accountability of plastic use for brands globally. We caught up with Cyrill to discuss how New York has enabled him to flourish creatively, what he attributes to Parley for the Oceans’ success story and favorite places to spend time when in NYC.