Getting ready for our third(!) opening weekend at the Brooklyn Flea this Saturday, April 2nd in Fort Greene and Sunday, April 3rd, and the new Williamsburg location closer to home, with peeks at our new collections for Spring and Summer. Say it with me: COLOR!
Celebrating getting back outside and I couldn't stop myself from designing some new one-of-a-kind necklaces in the midst of getting ready, with some rare old Czech beads I brought back from London, and antique coins & trinkets taken from old Afghani textiles. I wanted to do some long brightly colored pieces and I think these are a good mix of 40's costume fun with a serious tribal edge, hoping they'll make you feel like a proud exotic flower blossoming against all odds on a faraway mountain ledge, the beautiful first moments of Spring release.
Will do more since I brought home oodles of gorgeous colors, yet to be unpacked, and of course will put them on the website soon, I promise, but feel free to email me if you see something you like.
As a tribute to the origins of the materials, we'll be giving $15 from each purchase of these pieces the Central Asia Institute, Greg Mortensen's organization to support community-based education, especially for girls in remote villages in Northern Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I only have a little time to see Paris. It is the reason why I whip out my camera on the morning walk from the Hôtel de Ville all the way up to the top of the rue du Temple on my way to the showroom.
Though I blow on that I'm not that interested in the romanticized Paris, it's still romantic damnit. This is especially true for me early in the morning, when I can see my breath in the wet chill of the courtyard, where the camellias and forsythias are still blooming in the brisk cold, and I step out through the big doors to the street into the city waking up, this is the city of Paris I know best I guess.
Smells of coffee and smoke from the cafés, and yeast from boulangeries and patisseries exhibiting the first trays of artful gems of the day, I go down into the metro, in love with the large graphic announcements of everything there is to do and see and buy, read the daily paper on the train and emerge into the light if I'm lucky, or a drizzle if I'm not, into a new part of the city. I walk and snap photos until I get to rue Chapon, where I'll spend my morning until we decide if we want to eat Pho nearby in Paris' original Chinois-town or the plat du jour at the Taxi Jaune right across the street. We drink little cafe "noisettes" in the afternoon on a silver platter Taxi Jaune lets us take across and are animated enough for when our afternoon appointments come, and stay until 8pm when we come out again in the dark, lock the doors for the night and decide where to go for a drink. We talk about business and about what we want to eat, which is delicious especially when eaten in the company of friends. Later we say goodbye until the next morning when it happens all over again.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Hello old friends. I've been gone from here too long. Before I go into why and tell you all about Paris (made greater because doctors still make housecalls in France) and then London (highlighted by an especially oishii lunch at the new Vinoteca in Marlybone and the incroyable Jewelry Collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum), I want to tell you about an incredible project for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan called Hearts & Hands.
Organized with love by Lynn Russell from Satsuma Press, a $10 purchase of one of Satsuma's letterpress cards will enter you into a drawing in which you can win a handmade piece from any of the 90+ independent designers who have contributed.
100% of the proceeds will go to Shelter Box, an organization which delivers emergency disaster relief, shelter and warmth to people in need. Our donation, my favorite necklace, La Petit Branche, is above but for more and to see all the artist's contributions, visit Hearts & Hands.
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Thursday, March 10, 2011
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011
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Thursday, March 3, 2011
Bonsoir de Paris! I must admit I've been feeling a bit under the weather and working at the same time and so not so many pictures taken. Two days of setting up the showroom and I must say, it is looking quite spectacular.
And so tonight I came home early and collapsed on the sofa, so happy to find Sophia Coppola's Marie Antoinette on TV, made more amazing to watch it in French. It just made more sense, even if I could barely understand it, and made all the more delicate and delicious. My worn out self was riveted and drank it all in, every gorgeous sensuous scene, mostly left me dreaming I could have worked on the set. I would totally take off my coat and lay it over puddles for the entire art department. It completely warmed me, stirred me, relaxed me and made me so happy to be in beautiful beautiful, but incredibly cold France.
Tomorrow starts the showroom and now I must say, Bonne Nuit!
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011
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