Pleasure + Business; A Fantastic Week in NYC
It has been years since I've been to New York, and with the excuse of a wholesale fabric show, family to visit and the Charles James show at the Met, Katherine and I packed up our black summer clothes and off we went.
So GOOD, such fun, SO much great fabric...we'll be back!
Where we stayed: The William
|Finding a place to stay can be daunting, but thanks to our friend Mathew, we discovered The William, once the club of Williams College, a double brownstone on 39th & Madison that was a perfect location, could walk to the garment district and easy to get uptown or downtown. Small, and designed as an extended stay, so the room was spacious and had a kitchen. I'd stay there again.|
Family: we all love to shop
Walking the Garment District
|Madeline took us on a tour of the garment district...she has gotten to know it via her internship.|
|Botani is the place for all things notions and findings. |
Chain for your Chanel jacket in all sizes and metal finishes.
Zippers in any color, weight, teeth color, pull tab, both in stock and to order.
Black dye by the vat.
We fell in love with the snap setting machines and the amazing sizes and designs of the snaps.
World Trade Center Memorial
|Hard to put the feeling of this place into words. |
It was an island of sober calm in the midst of the chaos of the city.
Walking the High Line
Dinner @ Blue Hill
|Thanks to Madeline who works at Blue Hill, we had the VIP treatment and the meal of a lifetime. Truly the best meal I have ever had, and I am picky picky picky.|
Tucked in a side street in Greenwich Village, quietly elegant but not pretentious, it is all about the food and service and farm to table concept.
|Another great meal was in one of the two restaurants on the ground floor of the big ABC Carpet and Home store. I'd wanted to see this store, so it was perfect synchrony to spend an hour wandering the 5 floors and then have an early dinner. Wonderful food and ambiance.|
Snoop Shopping @ Kirna Zabete
Studio visit to Maria Conjeo Zero +
|Tucked away on a side street is the Zero + Maria Conjeo boutique which we visited, and Madeline had arranged for a studio visit a few doors down and up the stairs.|
NYC real estate, the studio is small and packed to the gills.
I've been a long time fan of Maria Conjeo, and it was a thrill to see the studio.
Known as a designer's designer, Maria Conjeo produces her line in New York. Her clients are artists, architects and women in design and business who appreciate her pared down minimalist aesthetic.
|Mr Wong is the head sample maker. Madeline says he is the best sewer in the world, that he can make anything. He was sewing at warp speed but paused to give us a smile and a wave.|
|Mr. Wong's design table.|
Madeline says that no one except Mr. Wong is allowed to put anything on his table!
|The second design table in the studio with muslin mock ups and patterns in the background.|
The space is small, but the company is growing and they had just leased more space next door.
Charles James Show
|This magical show closed on August 10, so we just made it under the wire.|
More thoughts and musings in a future blog.
|This simple quote spoke to me.|
|I noticed this pair from behind because of their great clothes, then realized it was blogger and sewist extraordinaire Peter Lappin from Male Pattern Boldness who introduced me to fellow blogger Laura Mae from Lilacs and Lace blog.|
Her sundress combined 2 prints in a masterful way, and his jacket was sewn from a vintage bed sheet. We had a fun chat, then ran into them at lunch.
|Here I am with the talented and wonderful Kathy Marrone, editor of Vogue Pattern Magazine. More on our visit in a future blog.|
|We found such beautiful fabrics! |
Wool coatings, denim, knits, panel prints, fall cottons, sweater-y knits, pant fabrics.
I am having a love affair with certain plaids and checks.
Colors, neutrals, a bazillion shades of gray.
Some very cool rainwear.
Know that I only buy fabrics I would work with myself.
Shipments coming every day.
I'm posting NEW FABRICS almost every day, keep checking the website.
In my studio I've just started sewing a dress prototype for a spring 2015 pattern which I am already loving even in a half finished state, a good thing!
Gwen Spencer is coming next week to work with me on samples for the pattern itself.
A little sewing and studio time makes me very happy!