March 24, 2008

"Two Who Believe Fashion Is More Than Flash"

I was struck by this article by Cathy Horyn in the New York Times Styles section this past thursday. For all of you who have waited a long time for your Toshiki and Maryszka shearling coats, and can't quite figure out what we are doing kicking around in our studio, I just wanted to say ditto for us on the title of this article, and pull some quotes from it, things like

   "But in recent years, as more emphasis has been placed on personality and creative flair, craft has taken a back seat to other considerations, like embroidery and novel prints. Craft is more than setting right a sleeve. It involves patternmaking and fit, qualities that have diminished partly, if not purely, as a result of the decline in skilled cutters and tailors in New York and Italy."

"Everybody knows that clothing is expensive. But if the industry is to avoid becoming a white elephant, it needs discriminating consumers, not merely rich ones. It needs designers who are more interested in what goes on with the inside of a jacket than what is added to the outside."

Toshiki and Maryszka have been doing it all, with the help of  one assistant for the past 27 years.  We would like to have a bit more help, but these skills are diminishing as more of our textile work is outsourced, and we cannot find even one more assistant with the skills to work with us. And thanks to Rose, who has been with us for more than ten years now.

We will be showing our work this weekend at Craft Boston, so for those of you who do not want to see this kind of work also becoming "a white elephant", order early!

I often call the craft world the "ultimate insourcing"!

March 18, 2008

New Work

We will be unveiling some of our newest work in shearling (yes, for spring!) at a really high class show in Boston at the Seaport World Trade Center the weekend of March 28th-30.

If you can come to the Craft Boston Show, stop by to see Toshiki and Maryszka in booth 423.

March 11, 2008

Paradise City Marlborough

I will be showing the line of Toshiki and Maryszka shearling, wool and leather coats this weekend in Massachussets
at the Paradise City Show. We will have new work and some great end of season bargains!

The Craftsman/npr

Richard Sennett, professor of sociology at New York University and at the London School of Economics. Previous books include "The Corrosion of Character," "The Fall of Public Man," "Respect in a World of Inequality," and "The Culture of New Capitalism."

some interesting points here-I guess we are living in the wrong century for sure!
listen to an interview with the author on the Diane Rehm Show (upper right corner on page for player)

March 9, 2008

The Architectural Design Home Design Show

For good design that surrounds us in daily living, catch this show next time it's in town. Below 
are friends David D'Imperio and Karen showing their extraordinary lighting.

Toshiki found a couch he wanted designed by  Missoni.

Design and the Elastic Mind

There is a very interesting show at MoMA I saw on friday nite. If you want to at least try to wrap your mind around the fast moving and integrated worlds of technology, science and design, you should see this show. Keep thinkering!