There is nothing more exciting for a maker than visiting another makers studio. We have developed a working relationship with Brennan’s Bit & Bridle in Bridgehampton, where we will be having a Trunk Show on November 7th.
This past summer Toshiki dropped by Brennan’s to chat with Master Saddle maker David Boot, whose studio is on site. David was born in London England, began his saddlery apprenticeship there at the age of 15, with George Parker & Sons, Saddlers to The Queen Mother.
David himself later earned this honor.
He and his partner Lucy now are full time residents of Long Islands East End.
David in the studio
With his creation
David’s master George Parker in England, whom he apprenticed with
It ended with a Lunar Eclipse of a Supermoon!
The Auxiliary of North Shore University Health System volunteers outdid themselves in moving ACE, a show that for 30 years had been held in August at Northwestern in Evanston, to new dates in September, at a new location at The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe; a daunting challenge!
We want to thank them for their extraordinary accomplishment, to give a new buzz bringing an established show to an incredibly beautiful new venue.
I believe it will become the event of the season, as attendees get used to instead of “going up and down the aisles” to see the show, they embark on a treasure hunt of “Gallery Hopping”, and will mark their calendars to spend the whole weekend at the show, to enjoy every bit of meeting the artists, selecting a special piece to purchase, and taking a breather to enjoy the garden.
The show represented all media very well, the very best in leather, the best of fiber and jewelry plus glass, ceramics, baskets, paper wood and metal, were all there.
As far as I could see there were few loopholes in quality of work juryed in, in what I look at, leather and wearables.
Our show began at the Preview Event, when a couple who were seasoned craft collectors stopped in our booth…..she tried on a jacket, looked gorgeous in it……they flirted with each other during the whole process, he pulled out his card, I said “What a lucky lady!” He said “I Love Her!”
And that is what we strive for in our life & work! What a great moment!
And one of our last sales of the show was at the opposite end of the spectrum, to young collectors, juggling an infant as she tried on jackets, and he chose ones he liked. She bought two! as they also both were ecstatic about their purchases and the show…
Below is a brief slideshow of our trip, driving from Long Island to Illinois, unloading our booth and work, transforming our space and some garden views.
Enjoy, and hope to see you there next year!
One of the most anticipated events on the East End of Long Island is about to happen!
From August 23rd to 30th, Grand Prix day,
shop in the Boutiques Garden and Stable Row,
and of course watch the magnificent horses and their riders compete.
Spot our booth with the Red Umbrella out front in the Boutiques Garden, showing our designs in fine shearling coats and accessories, tote bags and handwoven scarves.
Below, The Peplam Jacket in Spanish Merino Shearling with Green + Black Lambskin trim