Just a quick Lola update to say she’s growing and doing well! She’s a year and three months now and equal parts rascal and sweetheart.
I’ll be selling bags at the Textile Art Center’s Holiday Market. Please stop by!
I’m a total minimalist when it comes to dressing, but I love killer accessories (go figure!). I fell in love with this onesie by Stella McCartney x goop and think our Tulum clutch looks gorgeous with it, as well as some of my other favorite pieces.
1. Moon Journey scarf by Helen Dealtry, $225
2. Lotus necklace by Me & Ro, $2800
3. Charcoal jumpsuit by Stella McCartney x goop, $1240
4. Tulum clutch by Shannon South, $260
5. Van Doren slip-on by Vans, $55
6. Klaia cage ring by Odette, $138
Our gorgeously scruffy little pup is a year old today! Happy Birthday Lola!
“The biggest obstacle to creativity is breaking through the barrier of disbelief.” – Rodney Mullen
I recently got back into skateboarding after years away from it. I basically quit when I moved to NYC in 1999. I didn’t have any friends who skated and I was so busy working that I didn’t have the time anyway. Recently I came across this video and it inspired me to pull my board out of storage. I’ve been skating mini ramp about twice a week and it’s incredible how your muscles remember things. It is so much fun and, like yoga, there’s always something new to master. It’s a full on mind/body sport that requires you to be 100% present and doesn’t allow for multi-tasking. The perfect escape.
Rodney explains the art of skateboarding so beautifully and his message is applicable to any creative person striving to invent something new. Watch it. You’ll be inspired.
I had the pleasure of meeting Meghan Currie in Elena Brower’s class at ViraYoga in Soho last week. She’s mesmerizing to watch, so graceful and super inspiring. It’s so incredible what we can do with our bodies when we put our mind and a lot of practice to it. I have a lot of practicing to do.
I’m running a few months late on this news, but I’m happy to say that one of my favorite online boutiques, Beklina, is carrying my bags. They’re stocking two totes. One is a collaboration between Lina Rennell and I using her gorgeous ikat printed faux suede. The other is my Montauk tote in camel.
They have such a beautiful collection and do such a great job of presenting it.
Thank you, Angelina!
Many of you who have been following my business from the start know that I began in 2009 as Remade USA, a leather repurposing business. I was very inspired by the idea of not using new materials to make new products as I feel there is so much waste in the world and I didn’t want to contribute to it. I repurposed jackets into bags for about three years, selling direct and wholesaling to Barneys NY for about two years. Searching for the right jackets, cleaning them, deconstructing, and then redesigning and reconstructing them is a lot of work – and it all had to be done in-house. I got a bit burnt out.
Last year, I started looking for other sources of leather waste and I found there is much remnant waste from the furniture industry. I began working with a wonderful NYC-based bag manufacturer and launched my eponymous line last year, using beautiful reclaimed nubuck leather.
I’ve been on hiatus from repurposing jackets for almost a year, but throughout the year I’ve continued to get emails from people asking me to transform a jacket they had in their closet. The stories have warmed my heart and often brought tears to my eyes. Last month, I had a realization that I couldn’t give up this beautifully emotion-driven side of my business completely and decided to re-launch Remade USA as a service.
I’m very happy to announce Remadeusa.com, a new site, devoted solely to my custom jacket-to-bag transformation service.
To celebrate the launch, we’ve partnered with The Collective to run a contest:
Submit your personal story about your old leather jacket to win a redesign into a new bag.
Hello! The past few months have had some big changes. I’ve moved into a new and bigger studio space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. I now have a lot more room to spread out and I’m sharing with a painter named Jackie Meier. She does fantastic large scale abstract graphical paintings and she’s having a show at Nancy Margolis Gallery that opens on March 28th. I definitely recommend checking it out.
Additionally, we’ve adopted a new member into our family! Meet Lola, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. She’s about four months old (three months in this picture) and is so much fun and so much work! She’s growing so fast and has tripled in size since we got her two months ago. I’m a little obsessed and have been going kinda instagram crazy documenting her growth.
I have been working… Last month I showed at capsule, a trade show in NYC. If you have a store or know any stores that would be a good fit for carrying my bags, please email me. I’m still taking wholesale orders and will be starting production soon on my AW2013 collection.
A great new store just opened in Beacon, NY that is carrying a beautiful collection of local, independent designers, mainly from the New York area.
Reservoir and Wood is the brainchild of the talented fashion designer, Erin Murphy of EM Reservoir. The store is stocked with awesome pieces from Erin’s collection (she has her studio in the back – every designers dream!) as well as a few other clothing designers, furniture designers, a candle maker, jewelry designers and bags (including mine!).
A perfect day trip out of the city is just an hour and a half by train to the stunning old Nabisco factory turned museum, Dia:Beacon. After getting your fill of the great installation artists Serra, Judd, Chamberlain, etc, a walk down Main Street will lead you to some cute new shops and restaurants, including Reservoir and Wood.
Grand Opening: Saturday, March 9th from 5-9pm. There will be live music and drinks to sip, plus many of the designers whose goods are for sale there will be hanging out to meet and chat. RSVP here.