December 28, 2010

Fonda Nolita

Who wants to join me next tuesday for lunch at the Tacombi in the neighborhood?
How could the food be anything but GREAT!

December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays!

If you have a Toshiki and Maryszka coat, our assistant of
fifteen years, Rose, has been at our sides to make it happen.
Her skilled hands, and "let's get it done" attitude are just
what we need to keep the wheels rolling. Of course our silky
terrier Halle, and our new rescue dog Totoro, are the real
morale boosters!
So Happy Holidays to all from our team!

Toshiki and Maryszka

December 10, 2010

Our Booth

We are set up and in full swing in the south end of Boston at the Cyclorama on Tremont St. The show is Craft Boston, open sat 10-6 and sun 11-5.
See our work on booth 613!

December 7, 2010

Craft Boston

Finishing up, packing the car, off to Boston. Craft Boston at the historic
Cyclorama will be held this weekend. Preview is thursday night, open to the
public friday thru sunday. It is chilly outside, and a nice soft merino
shearling coat will I promise make your winter more bearable!
See Toshiki and Maryszka shearling coats in booth 613. Last show of 2010!

From craft boston

December 1, 2010

I'll Crane for You

Sunday evening I went to an interesting performance at my friend Antonia's loft.
I'll Crane for You, choreographed by Deborah Hay, adapted by Lynn Marie Ruse, who performed with a sound score by Eric Hubel, and with a film by Aeric Meredith-Goujon.
Costume by Cynthia Ruse and Lynne Marie Ruse.

For more information on this project and more, see

November 29, 2010

WiReD Pop Up Shop/NOHO

Yesterday afternoon I was taking a nap on the couch, and just happened to check foursquare on my iphone. Glad I did. I had completely forgotten about the WiRed Pop Up store happening a few blocks away. Open till December 26th, Broadway at 4th st.
(remember Tower Records?)

Lot's of geeky stuff for holiday shopping.
It's fun to see what is out there, and thought maybe some woodworker friends would like this keyboard.

I liked this eyepad case, which looked like it would accomodate plug ins better than the one I have.

I might get Toshiki this nap pod chair for Christmas, except he would never get out of it!

One on line watch shop let you try on the watches to see how you look in them, but of course people were goofing around.

These wall mount ipad cases would be good for the kitchen. The orange one is perfect for mineI

Santa, are you listening? I want this.
How cool this would look parked next to the Airstream out in Montauk, and perfect
for going into town for groceries!

November 20, 2010

Kina Crow

If you haven't seen the work of Kina Crow, you should come to the Washington Craft Show this weekend. At the convention center near Mt Vernon Place.

And by the way, our collection of Toshiki and Maryszka shearling coats are in booth 416

November 15, 2010

Cheers, Philadelphia Museum of Art!

It's 2 am and I can't sleep.
We just returned home from the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, where for
4 days and one night at the preview event, we exhibited our designs in shearling.

The Women's Committee of the museum for which this is a major fundraiser, once again
did an incredible job of producing the most elegant show of fine craft in the country.
Toshiki and I have been working, living, laughing together for almost 30 years, and I just wanted to say great job done to each other and to the rest of the
great talent we were honored to be in the company of.

Now on to Washington!

November 13, 2010

Good morning Philadelphia!

It is a beautiful day! Come to the convention center today (10-6) or tomorrow (10-5) to see and meet the best talent in America and the guest German artists participating in the show. We are showing our shearling coats in booth 715. Still a few slots left for special orders for delivery before the holidays but they are going fast.
See you there!

November 11, 2010

The Philadelphia Craft Show

The opening party, as usual, was fabulous. And sales were good!
Please visit us in booth 715 to place an order for the shearling coat of your dreams,
Custom sizing and trims, limited edition work done in our Long Island studio.

Show is open to the public today thru Sunday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Below is the best bartender at the show, Juwan, that I have gotten to know over the years when I photograph the incredible floral display behind him

November 7, 2010

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show

I was cleaning the office last night and came across this, which I really can't remember what it was, but guessing our daughter and I were goofing around making a birthday card for Toshiki. Created a number of years ago (his 40th!), and I guess we were wait listed for the show that year. Sonia is modeling her "Healthy Angels" motorcycle jacket he had made for her.

Well this year, and many years, we are lucky enough to be juried into the show, which is next week! I hope you can come to this fabulous show, we will be showing our collection of shearling coats in booth 715!

PMA Craft, for info.

October 21, 2010

Lit Up!


Their film: Oh, to have been inside!

October 16, 2010

The White Plains County Center

A wonderful crisp fall breeze cleared my head and made for a beautiful sky on my walk from the metro north station to the show this morning.

Toshiki and Maryszka shearling coats, The Westchester Craft Show, today till 6, tomorrow 11-5. Hope you visit is in booth 35.

October 15, 2010

Kari Lonning, Basketmaker

Proud to say she is my friend, blogger, twitterer, and basket maker extrodinare, Kari Lonning has a booth near me this weekend at The Westchester Craft Show in White Plains NY.

Known worldwide for her subtly coloured double wall construction baskets, they are truly collectors pieces.

The Westchester Craft Show

The show is all set up and looks fabulous, across the board. The nor'easter expected didn't amount to much so traveling won't be a problem.

See my last post for links to info


October 14, 2010

The Westchester Craft Show

Fall is in the air, and it is a perfect time to shop our shearling collection. We will be at a fabulous show this weekend, friday thru sunday, at the White Plains County Center. At The Westchester Craft Show, you will also see the best talent in the country in a wide range of media and creativity.

This show is New York metro area's finest show of this kind , and VERY accessible from New York City. From Grand Central Station, take Metro North to White Plains. The 15 minute walk to the County Center makes you feel like you are having a day in the country, even in busy White Plains! Or take a short cab ride, always waiting at the station, if you are not up to the walk.

Across the street from the County Center is The City Limits Diner. Their excellent and varied menu is always a treat, and Andre Leon Talley is spotted there often, and we know he has good taste!

Hope to see you there

October 7, 2010

New York is a Stage

On September 10th New York solidified it's very own holiday. Fashion, creativity, partying, competing to be the best, the most innovative. While we certainly did not see even a tenth of what was going on that night, of what we did see I have to give my prize to the windows of Bergdorf Goodman, each one hosting a different performer, a vignette, an imagination......Top honors to Joey Arias and the Dream Music Orchestra.

Joey sang all the old classics, and really captivated the audience and we were all waiting on line to get into the store. After Joey, I guess karaoke with the Olsen twins would have been ok, but we decided to move on.

and the dream music orchestra (marionettes), you just couldn't believe you were here
and you absolutely couldn't take your eyes off them.

Another window had a hair stylist............

and one with a Motown thing going on........................

these chicks just kept spinning more hair, very Baroque

this guy kept pouring hot wax (Biba was mesmerized by this one!)

These two girls were hanging out in the same window. The blonde periodically tattooed the outfit, the little one was handling the dummies

Well this is my last post on Fashion's Night Out, which is almost a month ago already.
We did head back downtown after this, and around midnight finally got some food.

October 3, 2010

More Fun Uptown!

After the party at The Four Seasons we wound up at Chanel where THE Karl Lagerfeld was holding court upstairs and making his way thru a crowd of fans, probably to another event.
(Just for fun, also check out the animation on his own website, scroll over it!)

It was at Chanel that I first saw Marcello Martinez, all decked out. I didn't actually meet him until a week later when we both happened to be in Central Park watching Madonna directing her next film, W.E.

By now we had been out for a while and were starving, so when we peeked into Louis Vuitton and saw all the waiters we immediately thought FOOD!, but they broke into a
chorus line performance, serving up handbags.
Always the unexpected on FNO!

My next post will be devoted to the best performance of the evening in my opinion. The windows at Bergdorfs.

September 30, 2010

Partners and Spade, FNO continued

Described as on outsider fashion event, the design team Partners and Spade on Great Jones St. in Noho said, "We will be hosting one of a kind wearable items, hand made by people not in the fashion industry".

Then for a little culture shock, took the 6 train to a Friends of Fashion cocktail party at The Four Seasons to get into the uptown mood.

stop back saturday for Chanel,Louis Vuitton and more uptown!

September 29, 2010

The Black Carnival

The Black Carnival on Bond Street was very low key, and very, very, cool.
This guy on stilts was fabulous, so quietly creeping around the neighborhood.

Got just a small clip of him........greeting passers by

The other event we liked there was photo booth. We did a couple of them. Wish I could find the print.........


"Fashion Outsiders Fashions Night Out"

September 28, 2010

Fashion's Night Out, 2010

I have been going nonstop since early september, and haven't had a chance to
post much, so I am promising to catch up with things I don't want to forget.

The 2nd to be annual event, Fashion's Night Out happened on September 10th,
worldwide, but I was lucky enough to be in New York City.
The shops outdid themselves and it was a blast, again.

Today's post is about starting out the night at the Ace Hotel in Chelsea,
The line wasn't too bad at 5:30 when my friend and I started out.

There were about a dozen quirky booths, and the ambience was a buzz.

If you bought a wool beret from a roving vendor, you got a free stick on mustache.
I saw them all over town as the night wore on!

Stripe Tee's I guess are very French and the item to have

To be worn with Keds, I guess!

My friend Biba was considering some shoes.

Tomorrow's post: Bond St. Black Carnival