July 24, 2012

Toshiki & Maryszka Shearlings, new website!

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July 19, 2012

Has Barbie gone DIY?

Barbie, recycling, Fashion Institute of Technology.... time to take a break from it all for a few weeks.

Will be spending my time between the beach and the studio, designing for fall.

Will post before packing up the new work, so check back soon!

June 28, 2012

Small Business Summit

On monday I had the priviledge to attend 
put on in conjunction with
American Express Open,

(follow OPENForum for some great tips,
it's on top of my morning agenda now!)

It was a jam packed day starting at 7:30 am
I left at 6 pm, completely juiced with ideas and new energy.

From the morning keynote by Scott Case (founding CTO, Priceline,
to the ending keynote by Scott Belsky, Behance,
and a lunchtime panel including among others
Neil Blumenthal from his very hip company,

Morning + afternoon "Breakout Sessions" allowed us to choose to attend in smaller groups to hear topics discussed that we were interested in. Quite frankly, I wish I could have attended all of them, instead of just four!
These sessions were intimate enough amazingly that we all met one another and participated

One of my favorite sessions was "Evolve Your Brand", and hearing
stories of such very cool small business owners like, Red Slice,
Katrina Markoff, pictured below left.
They were all totally accessible, and great conversations happened.

Of course Social Media was a hot topic in every aspect of business today, from networking with peers, connecting with
customers, spreading the word.

Through out the event keyboards and phone pads were clicking
with tweeters and bloggers.

But one of the oldest "Social Medias" was also being utilized,
live real time drawing of what was happening in the breakout sessions, by artist Heather Willems.
All this stuff was being said in our session!

She said, "I just draw really fast!"

Here she is below, marker in hand.
Isn't she great?
I think she's fantastic!

June 7, 2012

Shearling + Fur Alterations

Now is the time!

Why aren't you wearing that beautiful coat?
Is it the length? The fit? Showing wear, or date?

We can help!
Our studio creates finely tailored outerwear and is equipped with the knowledge and machinery to repair or alter almost any shearling, leather or fur garment.

email us a pix, or call for an appointment
m@veryspecialjackets.com  212.475.8324
studio is on Long Island

May 13, 2012

Old Salem Farm

Our booth is set up here in North Salem New York
We are open Wednesday thru Sunday, May 16-20, from 11 am
Our booth is down near the espresso cart on the cobblestone walkway
There is shopping + horse watching + beautiful grounds to enjoy!

Old Salem Farm click for info

April 17, 2012

American Craft Exposition

The jury is in, and we have been accepted to 
The American Craft Exposition show in Evanston, Il. 
Yea! We will get to work now to bring some exciting new shearlings! 

March 27, 2012

Cold Blast!

To all our spring show customers,
who had the brilliance and vision
to purchase a shearling in what
used to be known as "off season",
I am so happy you have a chance to
try it out before the fall,
and a reminder,
don't store it too deep,
you never know when you may need it!

March 17, 2012


Have you seen the fantastic jewelry of designer SooYoung Kim? I am lucky to have this talent next to me at the show this weekend. And we have an enthusiastic buying crowd coming in who seem to be liking what they find!

March 14, 2012

Craft Morristown

A cape for spring nights?

I hear this warm winter is setting up for next to be a harsh one....

I will make it worth your while to plan ahead!

Come see us at Craft Morristown (New Jersey) this weekend.
New work, plus terrific bargains.

March 2, 2012

GFS Craft Show

The show is set up and the preview is on.
Open to the public Saturday 10-6
31 Coulter St Philadelphia

Sandra Miller, knitwear designer in booth 60, is one of the many talents you will meet when you come.

February 29, 2012

New Work in Shearling + Spring Sale in Philadelphia

All shearling is not the same!

Some are very thick and heavy, only to be worn in the very bitter cold. The merino skins we construct our pieces of are more versatile for the variable weather we have had recently, a la nina type winter.

In fact, I have worn one of my light shearling jackets almost every day, it is suitable for temps up into the 50's.

Our cape collection is a perfect solution for a light throw in mild winters and chilly springs.

I am packing now for a show in Philadelphia this weekend, and along with the new "Confetti Collection", I will have the longest cape we have made, pictured at left. It is silky soft, has supple red leather trim, horn button closure, and decorative red stitiching                    
And did I mention I will have a "SaLe RaCk"?

Come see us!

GFS Crafts, friday-sunday March 2nd-4th

February 16, 2012

Shearling Alterations

Recently we have been getting a lot of calls from people who have 
shearling, leather and fur coats that just hang in their closets, year after year, infrequently worn. The skins are usually in very good shape as they last for years, but like anything that just doesn't fit well, (and how many of us are "off the rack" sizes), it is just not being worn.

Alterations on these garments is very doable if you have the right equipment. Special machines to deal with the thickness, special needles to pierce the skins, and special thread that won't break. And needless to say, the skill of an expert craftsman, because once you cut or sew a skin in the wrong place,let's say not a good thing.

So now is the time to give us a call, before you move that garment back to storage to make room for your spring wardrobe. We only do this type of work off season, when we are not as busy with orders. Usually sending us a picture or two of the item will give us enough to make a rough estimate.

If you have a garment in need of updating email or call me, and have a good spring!


February 8, 2012

Napa Leather Shearling Coat at Germantown Friends Craft Show

We are always looking for new and different ideas for ways to keep
coats closed to keep out the cold, which is what our clients want.
We are always wondering about coats we see on models in magazines
that have no apparent closure.......how does one stay warm, especially on a windy day?
This winter we got an order from a woman who had difficulty with her hands due to Parkinson's disease, and wanted us to come up with something easier than buttons, snaps and zippers, so when
hubby or the doorman wasn't around to help, she could do the job.

Magnets were the answer.
Just strong enough to hold the front closed.
They are imbedded under the center front tape of this napa
 lightweight merino shearling coat.

Want to see it?
Next show
Philadelphia, Pa
March 2nd-4th

January 29, 2012

Shearling Cape on the Beach

One of our new light weight merino shearling capes for spring I shot at the beach on Long Island Sound today.

Nice to wear on a chilly eve waiting for the clams to bake!
What do you think?

January 14, 2012

Shearlings for the Cold, it's finally here!

BROWN black brown BlUe bLaCk green brown
BLUE black RED green PurPle blue blue black
BLACK GREEN RED purple EboNy black
black Cappucino PurPle Black Black ReD puRple
Black Black, and more black!

are some of the colors we have available
in stock for immediate delivery in silky merino shearlings,
good for today (20º) or tomorrow (38º!)

phone for info + appointments,
I do private trunk shows in the
New York Metro area

Maryszka 212.475.8324

January 10, 2012

de Kooning

I was so happy on friday I had a chance to replenish my soul after a long show/holiday season with not much time for museum hopping,
and see this show before it left town
200 pieces of art, one of the greats, one of my favorites