Irving Penn

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.

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Electric City Couture

We had such an amazing experience this weekend working with Corey Aldrich at the Electric City Couture runway show and Pop Up event in Saratoga Springs, NY

A fundraiser for Universal Preservation Hall, a Performing Arts Education and Entertainment venue for Saratoga Springs, NY. The restoration of the Saratoga Springs Universal Preservation Hall has been a true community project. The sponsors and attendees came out in full force, we had such a great time meeting and working with all of you. We surely left a piece of our hearts in your community, and hope to be back soon!

Thank-You!

Here are some snaps of our trip, preparing for show, fitting some of the models, our pop up shop, time out with local artist friends, including visiting Textile Studio….it was a whirlwind of a weekend!

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New York City!

In just 11 days we will bring our collection to New York!

Save the dates!

Dec 5th  5-8

Dec 6th  10-6     Dec 7th   11-5

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Thank You Philadelphia, Onward to New York

We had a great show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. Pleased once again this year that our work appealed to women in their twenties thru their eighties, who want to be stylish as well as warm, makes us feel like we are staying current as well as classic. Thank-you all who purchased, and with this fall freeze I am sure you are happy. If you had your eye on a piece, it may not be too late so give me a call 212.475.8324 or email me!

So many interesting people come to the show as well. Here is Valerie of Idiosyncratic Fashionistas trying on one of our shearling head pieces!

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Next up for us is a new show to our schedule, in NEW YORK CITY!

A fundraiser for the historic Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Dec 5th, 6th, and 7th.

Also catch the exhibit of the Phoenix by Xu Bing, on view thru the end of the year.

We are really excited for this one…….Stay tuned for more info!

Sourcing

I spent the day yesterday wandering around the garment center, doing what they call “sourcing”.  Looking for components of what we do, parts, fabrics, usually invisible or barely visible aspects of a finished piece. It can be exhausting and a time consuming, but when you find the right thing, its pretty great.

I create my own “catalog” with my iphone, and bring the new ideas, or new sources, back to the studio.

If a project is on “the front burner”, I text the image to Toshiki, we discuss it, and it goes in the bag that day.

Here is some of what I looked at yesterday.

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If you have seen our work, you have seen the hand tied frog buttons we make. We cover this type of cording with lambskin strips, which have been skived thinly, stitch the edge to make a long leather “rope” which is then tied into a frog, picture detail of frogs on black shearling coat.

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