We did two shows so close together I didn’t even have time to mention the wonderful American Craft Exposition at the Chicago Botanical Garden…..thank you all who organized and attended the event, it was wonderful.
I did get a chance before heading off to our next two shows to attend the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Costume Institutes show,
As a small studio that hand makes, and has contact with every single customer, every single piece that comes out of our studio and onto their bodies, we have a personal connection with each and every one. We strive to make garments that function beautifully, last a lifetime, that warm the body and the soul. We often get great feedback, you can read some on our testimonials page, which lift us up, just as we hope you are wearing our work. This week we received a beautiful one…..Thank you Susi!
Just wanted to share some feedback.
I wore my lime green coat on this crisp frosty day in n. Virginia. The mood everywhere is grey and subdued. I wore ‘your’ coat to stay warm, and cheer myself up.
The response has been startling!
I have never received so many compliments in such a short time. Best of all, they can from people who worked in various couture industries (Cartier etc). When asked I told them that we met at the PMA craft show. Most were regular visitors and will be looking out for you at the upcoming shows.
Bottom line – we all have an eye for a great product (I am an ex curator)- You have an amazing coat collection . Just confirming what I hope you already know. 👍
We do tons of special sizing in our studio, and recently upgraded our mannequin collection to reflect current shapes and sizes of the female figure, as the way we push and pull our selves, and our diets and exercise regimes, change over time.
More inspiration, almost too much to handle, from our trip to the Met earlier this month. I know I know. I’m in a museum, taking photographs of photographs. But these images conjured up so many memories for me, I wanted to take them with me, my particular memories of the photographs of Irving Penn.
As a girl, I started receiving subscriptions to Vogue at a very young age, and it was my bible. It came into my room and brought me to a fantasy land of fashion, of where I wanted to be. It was my visual sanctuary.
My mother made all of my clothes when I was growing up, and after each issue arrived, it was followed by a trip to the fabric mills, to collaborate on trying to recreate the illusion of what I saw. All my aunts were in on it in their own ways. So many of these Irving Penn images from the 50’s and 60’s remind me of my mother and aunts.
Here’s a sneak peak. Show closes July 30.
And we got to play a bit. They had Penn’s backdrop set up that he used in his studio, so as my “photographer” was with me, I got to particpate.
Above, her own words, Rei Kawakubo. We had a chance to catch this show at The Met last week, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. So interesting to have a conversation from our very different perspectives……my background in fiber art in three dimension, my partner’s in fashion design Haute-Couture, with a very different main inspiration from Yves St Laurent; mine western looking east, his eastern looking to the west, in our young and formative years. Working together for all these years, the push and pull arrives at influences from both. This show is a must see if you are in town.
Never a huge fan of her paintings, I learned so much about the whole woman, her attention to the details of her life, how meticulous she was about her clothing, beautifully documented by the great photographers in her life.
Never knew, and blown away.
Many garments made with her own hands, many carefully chosen and cherished for construction, simplicity of design, and tactile feel of natural fiber.
Had a lunch break to avoid whiplash between these two powerful shows!
Opening a fresh box of some beautiful skins to make a special order, one of our most intricate designs of multi color lambskins, which float over a black napalan shearling.
First step is inspecting the skins, cleaning up the edges, and sorting……as no two skins are the same, we need to choose weight, the wool “nap”, suppleness, and size to relate to the different pattern pieces to be placed, marked and cut.
Summer is the time to rejuvenate the body and the mind, and even though it was in the 90’s in Manhattan yesterday I slogged uptown to el museo for some inspiration, and was thrilled I did not put this trip off……
The Museum is gorgeous and very cool, and spending a few hours with this incredible artist’s work pushed all my creative buttons and was a nostalgia trip as well.
One of our long time clients had a dream. A purple leather coat. Over the years she has been a true lover of our work, a patron who has one of just about every collection we ever created, always special order as she has her own unique figure ,as many of us do.
This week she is traveling to Germany to visit family and friends, and wanted to show them all that older ladies can rock a sense of style, as she does, always with a smile on her face. So before shipping that purple leather coat, with a “surprise” silk lining, I had to snap a few pics, on me, although not quite my size, you get the idea! Bon Voyage Helene!
Having ten gorgeous models assigned to us for the upcoming fashion event at Electric City Couture, (as well as important Jury images need to be taken!) we have been inspired to among other things do our signature annual One of a Kind Color Block coat, this year a short swing on a beautiful black napalan skin.
A new slim shape in black suede, silver zipper, and white stitched lambskin edging. This look can be translated into other shapes as well.
Collecting the right accessories and garments takes time to gather, which is so fun to seek out at the treasure hunt that is the modern Craft Show……so don’t miss out! We are participating in 2 shows this month, and when I have a moment I am shopping my fellow designers booths…..!
It is always refreshing to put our own work aside for a moment and take in something else visually to kick off the New Year, and living in the New York Metro area there are so many great opportunities.
I’m so lucky.
So last week I checked this one off my list at Moma.
Thank You All, that came out to shows this year and supported our work!
I have hardly had a moment to breath in december, held our last Truck Show ataddo in Sag Harbor this past weekend
(they still have some of our work, so stop by)
Such a great way to end the year!
I received this wonderful “thank-you” from a customer from only one week ago….Makes it all so rewarding!
“Last Saturday at the Morristown Crafts Show my husband purchased for me the Spanish Shearling fitted coat. We had no intention of setting out to buy me a coat, but in that moment when we looked into your booth and saw the exquisite designs and perfection of craft……… it was a question we did not even have to ask. Then putting the coat on was a visual transformation as it captured for me qualities of playfulness, sophistication and allure. The practical side is that it is deliciously warm. I know that I will always delight in wearing it, and also delight in the spontaneity of the purchase.”
Bill Cunningham, you should have made it to the Cobble Hill Historic District in Brooklyn when Etsuko and I were wandering around shooting some pics of her wearing our blue Shearling! Stunning, yes? So ladies, come get yours!
Thankyou so much my jacket came today and I love it . The fit,design, and color are
just what I wanted. It was wonderful doing business with you,again, many thanks.
Adrianne, Long Island
Hi Maryszka… Looking forward to spring, but I’ve have certainly needed and truly enjoyed my coats this winter! Also, as always, received many compliments.
Ann, Westchester, NY
I consider myself a collector of Toshiki and Maryszka’s fabulous creations.
I own 6 coats and my husband owns 1. I also own a very hot pink bag that makes a statement. I have an oil cloth rain coat, a cloth coat, a leather swing coat, a cape, a shearling, and a one of a kind butter soft leather coat. My husband owns a shearling. With my coats, I am covered for three seasons. There is never a time, where someone doesn’t marvel at the handiwork on the coats.
Loved meeting you both at the preview, and Joyce loves the very special jacketwhich Toshiki picked out just for her. I hope you are having as wonderful a
time in Philadelphia at the Craft Show as we had; this was our 30th Philadelphia Craft Show Preview as visitors, as well as our 39th Wedding Anniversary
Thanks for making the evening, and the event, very special for us!
Peace, Love, Et Joie De Vivre!
David and Joyce
I still get compliments when I wear it.
I think the coat is amazing for 10 years old!! Best I have ever had!!
From Kati, in Philadelphia, who orderd another just like it with different stitch color, to get her thru the next ten years
I received my coat and it’s wonderful!!! Thanks so much.
Happy New Year
PMA Craft & CraftMorristown
I got to wear my beautiful new coat today & felt so “grand”!!!!
I have always loved the long black shearling coat I bought from you at the Evanston show about 5 years ago – liked the “sleeve guard” that you put in the coat
to keep me cozy and warm…and I can attest that even in these very cold days, the coat did it’s job and more !
Not only was I warm in this frigid weather but looked good too!
The feel of the shearling around my face is the best – the new collar looks even better suited to that job…glad to see the resurrection of leather – I still get
more comments on the leather jacket I bought from you ages and ages ago than almost anything I else I own…. glad to hear you made it through the worst
(hopefully) of winter…
American Craft Exposition
Hi Maryszka… The coats just arrived. They are exquisite and the fit is perfect on both! Again thank you for making a special trip to my house and I do
appreciate your getting the coats out to me so quickly. Our crazy weather can change up very quickly. Have a good winter… I can’t wait for the temperature
Private appointment client in Westchester
The jacket arrived…and it is perfect!
I forgot how beautiful it was.
Berkshire Craft Fair
I LOVE my blue poncho and wore it all weekend!
Berkshire Craft Fair
The coat has arrived and it is all that I would have hoped for!
Berkshire Craft Fair
D I V I N E !
D I V I N E !
D I V I N E !
Thank you both for the beautiful cape! Gratefully, Susan
Love it! I have one of those geometric but in all black! Toshiki’s talent is endless !
Sandra, fellow exhibitor
I actually purchased this beautiful coat @ the Paradise City Show in Marlboro, Ma., yesterday. Not only gorgeous, but the fit was perfect.. Best part: this coat is warm enough for a
serious New England winter, but not bulky and too warm as some leather/shearling coatsm, especially full length, tend to be.
Downside: I purchased it at the end of March, instead of
last fall when I could have enjoyed it every single day of the terrible winter of 2013! :):) Lovely sales lady, helpful, very nice manner. Thank you all – I’ll cherish this forever!