December 30, 2007

Welcoming the New Year

It is time to cleanse our design palettes and bring in fresh ideas, and refine our tried and true ones. I have been inspired by a young woman I met on the street in New York one evening in the fall. I had been curious about blogging...........she appeared out of nowhere asking for subway directions, and my friend and I chatted with her for almost an hour. She described herself as a "global nomad", a model and a blogger..........equally interested in fashion and technology. Wow that is me, so I have been following her blog, 360fashion, as she reports from around the world. Another very exciting fashion/blog development comes from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It's a beautiful page, check it out.
My new year's resolution-to be more informative on my blog with things that I see and hear-it will make me take notice of what's going on as well.

December 22, 2007

Treat Yourself!


Santa Baby, leave a shearling under the tree, for me...............................
If that doesn't happen, you are not out of luck! We are having an open studio during january and february for visits. Come see us and select your colors, get fitted and see how we go about creating a perfect piece for you. Location, Long Island, New York.

December 18, 2007

Show Season is over!

It is now time to be quiet in the studio and get all the orders done so our customers can be warm and cozy in shearlings this winter that is already proving to be a very cold one. 


December 6, 2007

The Washington Craft Show




The Washington Craft Show turned out really well for us. The weather turned cold on the weekend,
and some of our loyal customers came wearing Toshiki and Maryszka coats they had purchased in the
past.
Here is Beverly in one of her Toshiki and Maryszka collection, a long shearling. And Judy who came down from New York to see the show, wearing a red quilted lambskin coat we
made for her quite a few years ago.


Handbag designer Wendy Stevens with Maryszka in our booth trying on one of our jackets.
We also had some fun in the city playing and eating good food, one of our favorites is Sushi Taro, which has some of the best traditional Japanese food.

November 29, 2007

Crafts at the Castle

We had to make a hard choice this year as many of the shows we do are held on the same weekend. We are now in Washington DC at the Washington Craft Show, but if you live in the Boston area and would like to make an appointment, I will bring the collection up during the week of December 15th. Please email or call if you are interested. 917.771.9544 or m@veryspecialjackets.com. Thanks and hope to hear from you.
Maryszka

November 27, 2007

The Washington Craft Show

The studio is once again in chaos as the Toshiki and Maryszka line of shearling coats and jackets gets packed
up again for a show in Washington DC this weekend, at the Washington Convention Center,from Nov 30-Dec 1.
Crafts America is the promoter, and they are known for the consistantly high quality of work exhibited at their 3 shows.
This year is the 20th Aniversary of the show, and if you live in the DC area, a show not to miss. There will be many
interesting events to commemorate their 20th year.


Detail of stitch and color.

An order completed before the show.

November 25, 2007

Trunk Show

I did a trunk show saturday at a nice shop in West Hartford, Connecticut,
Japanalia EIKO. Having grown up in Connecticut, I always thought going
to West Hartford to shop was the epitome.............I have known the
owners as long as I have been in business, and it is always a treat to go
there, and business was good.
Here is Karen in a Toshiki and Maryszka shearling cape.

November 12, 2007

Wearing our History

We first showed the Toshiki and Maryszka leather jackets at the Philadelphia Craft Show about
18 or 20 years ago, and this year someone came wearing a piece she purchased at that first show.
Wow! We were wowed. She wears it a lot and still looks great, and the leather is in great condition.


Melissa and Ingrid in jackets they purchased in previous years.

And finally, our booth at the show.

November 8, 2007

PMA Craft

One of the award winners at the show, jeweler and basketmaker, Biba Schutz.

November 7, 2007

The Philadelphia Craft Show


The opening party.......good food, good customers, great flowers!

November 2, 2007

Working overtime

I have been working nite and day getting ready for our biggest show of the year, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, which begins next week. Not only have we been trying to create our best work of the year for this show, but we have upgraded some components of our display, which always takes a lot more planning and time than you think.

The pressure is really on because the Museum Show has such a loyal following and we have developed a strong customer base for our shearling coats there. They truely appreciate our work, and participating in this show for many years has really given us a chance to be independent designers and makers living and working in the United States. Thank you Philadelphia!

I did get into the studio with the camera today and caught Rose cutting lambskin tapes to peice together
for trim (as our dog Halle looks on),
And finally a look at some of the colors I put together, using a beautiful cappucino shearling we recently found. I think
the combination with black is yummy.

Hope you all get a chance to come to the show!

October 21, 2007

Some of the booths at the Crafts America show in White Plains.

Toshiki and Maryszka shearling coats


Amy Eisenfeld Genser handmade paper wall pieces


Francine Trearchis Ozereko ceramics




The show in White Plains pix of my favorite booths

October 21st

We are exhibiting at a museum quality show in White Plains NY put on by Crafts America. Some of my favorite exhibits

October 16, 2007

october 16th

We exhibited at a really cool show in Manhattan this weekend, across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue.
Held at the former mansion of the Pratt family, a space that is both elegant and intimate, lends it self well to showcasing art and design.


Our work was displayed in a great little room with a Christo print

Toshiki chatting with handbag designers Dick + Dianne Muller and their friend Eric

Guests in the parlor

Rugs by Uli Koch

Rugs by Claudia Mills, furniture by John Hartcorn

Artist David Bacharach chatting with guests

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