Support your independent designer this holiday season! I will be participating in four awesome holiday sales. If you are in NYC, please come by and check them out…
It’s been a rough few weeks for many New Yorkers. I am so grateful that my home and studio were untouched. Hurricane Sandy was the worst natural disaster to hit the NYC area ever. So many people have lost their homes in the Rockaways and Staten Island. It’s been shocking and heartbreaking to see the damage that has been caused. There are still lots of opportunities to volunteer and donate. From now through the end of the year, I will be donating 10% of my profits to relief organizations working to help New Yorkers in need.
After a long break from selling wholesale (Barney’s was my last account), I finally decided it was time to get back into the wholesale game with my new collection. Last month, I showed at my very first capsule trade show. It’s a curated trade show where you have to submit an application to show there. It was a really good experience and I met buyers from some great stores… several of whom will be carrying my bags very soon! Yay!
One of the great things about being there was seeing the new collections of some of my favorite designers and also discovering some that I’d never heard of before.
The lovely ladies of Feral Childe were there and it was great to hang out chatting with Alice Wu. (made in NYC)
Next to them was Micaela Greg, a San Francisco based brand that I have since fallen in love with. (made in SF)
Speaking of San Francisco, I was happily surprised to run into jewelry designer, Vanessa Gade, who I knew from the bay area design world when I lived there a few years back. (made in SF)
I was turned on to LA brand, Black Crane, where I’ve already invested in some of their gorgeous raw-edged organic cotton comfort wear. (made in LA)
Jaclyn Mayer showed me her line, Orly Genger. She makes beautifully crafted, playful jewelry from a variety of cords and acrylic paint, which she does not dip, but hand paints on. (made in NYC)
I met fellow leather workers, Alex and Noelle of Toronto-based The Leather Atelier. We chatted a while about ethical materials, hand crafting etc. They are super talented and absolutely the nicest people you could ever meet. (made in Toronto)
There you have it. There were so many more amazing brands that I would love to add to this list, but for now these were the top ones that really stood out.
I cannot tell you how long I’ve been meaning to write about my dear, beautiful friends at Eko-Lab. We’ve been working out of the same studio space for about a year and a half and the more I get to know them, the more I appreciate their work. Melissa Kirgan and Xing-Zhen Chung-Hilyard are a rare breed. They are artists whose medium happens to be what is typically one of the most careless and wasteful industries- fashion.
These ladies don’t follow trends and they don’t mass produce. They do what comes from their hearts and create beautiful, unique works of wearable art.
They often collaborate with artist, Jennifer Wen Ma, who will sometimes come in and hand paint a limited number of garments.
For pieces with a larger production run, they might hand silk screen Jennifer’s art onto yards of fabric. All of this happens right in our studio and it is so beautiful to see in action.
Eko-lab have recently been focusing more on accessories. They make one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, often using recycled materials such as slices of glass from bottles and other found objects.
They have also recently started working with laser cutting felted wool to make beautiful stoles which were sold at an exhibition Jennifer recently had in Beijing.
The Hudson tote bag is a large carry all made of nubuck leather. It is soft and gorgeous – especially in sage. Autumn is here and sage is such a fresh and more interesting alternative to brown or beige. I recently came across Fort Standard‘s new collection of cage necklaces and fell in love. The muted colors and brass are stunning and I think they go beautifully with my bags. I also just love all of the scents Anne of MCMC Fragrances comes up with. They are natural, complex and intoxicating without being too feminine or granola.
1. Cage necklace by Fort Standard, $280
2. Lace sweater by Micaela Greg at Beklina, $310
3. Stud ring by James Colarrusso at Love, Adorned, $600
4. Hudson tote by Shannon South, $480
5. Nuk pants by Étoile Isabel Marant at La Garconne, $380
6. Lordy loafers by Dieppo Restrepo, $253
7. Hunter parfum by MCMC Fragrances, $95
I’ve been selected out of over 2000 entries to be one of 100 finalists for Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards. I’m really honored and so excited about this opportunity as it could really help me to grow my business, but… I need a lot of help to get there!
I’d be incredibly grateful if you could PLEASE vote for me and pass it on to your friends to vote too!
Thank you so much,
And here are the last of the new photos from the shoot – hope you enjoy them!
Last week, my friend Johanna Björk of Goodlifer.com was in town, visiting from Ojai, California. We got together and did a little photo shoot in my home of my new collection. (she modeled, I photographed) We were lucky enough to pull together some great clothes and accessories from talented designer friends, most of whom produce in the USA (with the exception of Nina Z who has her clogs crafted in Sweden and Dealtry who has her scarves printed in the UK).
A huge THANK YOU to: Kirsten Muenster, Odette NY, Fay Andrada, Dealtry, Feral Childe, Study NY, Afia, and Nina Z. I love all of your stuff and I really didn’t want to give any of it back. Last but not at all least, an even bigger THANK YOU to Johanna, a woman of so many talents – she did a great job styling all the pieces we had to work with!
Here are a few of our favorite pics…
more to come…
We’re super excited to announce that our new collection is now being carried by one of our favorite designers- Rogan! Please go check them out in person and while you’re there, have a look at Rogan’s new fall collection – gorgeous as always and our bags go so perfectly.
Rogan NYC store is at 330 Bowery at Bond Street, in NoHo.