Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Wanderlust Festival

Think I'm going!
Wanderlust Festival

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Warby Barker Cuteness!!

OK, so normally I'm not a fluffy bunny cuteness sort of gal.  But the clever folks at Warby Parker got me with this...Warby Barker!!!  Eyewear for dogs???!!!  Seriously, what dog needs glasses?  Well, I'm sure they don't, but it sure is cute when they to don these gorgeous retro specs.  If you are not familar with Warby Parker you should check them out at www.warbyparker.com. Uber stylish, tragically hip,  eyewear that follows the Tom's shoe model of giving one for every one you purchase.  They are brilliant and very cool.  You can order up to as many as five pair to try on at home.  As long as they are returned within a couple days you aren't charged.  Then order at your leisure.  I noticed that they named the colors  dog enticing names such as spiced liver, lobster bisque, dusty bacon, etc, that just adds to the over top cuteness of it all!!!
If you have time for a good giggle See all sorts of cool 4 eyed pups on their tumblr page

Friday, January 13, 2012

Keds Varsity

I love these!!! Just found them and they are on sale!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Organic Mutations

Andreas Verheijen a Master Florist from the Netherlands creates engineered, hybrid flowers that are both haunting and beautiful.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Channeling Carly Simon

I was struck by this photo of Kim Kardashian and immediately reminded of the cover of one my mother's favorite albums when I was growing - Carly Simon's No Secrets.  I love the look  - big brim hat, long hair, the casualness of jeans and tees.  I really love Kim's addition of a faux fur vest, I wonder if she even understands the reference she was/is a stylist after all but I wonder just the same...

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Wild Horses Revisted

One of my favorite photographers recently emailed the following note, and I am super happy to say that he was just back on Sable Island visiting it's stunning four legged inhabitants.  Roberto and crew write below:

"Dear Friends and Supporters of Dutesco Art,

We just wanted to take a moment to welcome you back from summer and all of your various holidays.  We hope you have been well and have enjoyed time with your family and friends.

We have had a lot of developments here at the gallery. The most exciting news of all is that Roberto is currently on Sable Island!  He is spending two weeks there taking photographs and filming video footage for the gallery and the Mobile Project.  We look forward to sharing these new images with you upon Roberto’s return next week.

Also, we have completely re-hung the entire show.  We are attaching a couple pictures to this note so you can take a look.  Of course if you are able, please stop by the gallery and see it in person.  We think it has never looked better.

In the mean time, welcome back to the city.  We hope you have a fantastic fall and hope to see you here in the gallery soon!

Kindest Regards,

Roberto, Giuli, Emy, Emilie, and Michael"

I can't wait to see what he came back with!!!

Plastic is Forever @ Barney's NY

I posted a while back about my friend Barbara de Vries, who started creating amazing jewelry out of beach plastic.  Quite a bit has happened since then and I want to share some of her progress with you.  Barbara started experimenting with the plastic as an embellishment on clothing and scarves, and last year won a green design contest at Barneys for one of her beautiful tanks.  The pieces are fantastic and have led to a collaboration with Loomstate (Rogan's Eco-Chic colleciton) to create a colorful collection of super fun and beach sexy tees to be sold at Barney's next Spring.  I love them, and can't wait to get one...but which color???  I really love the blue, it's like the water just off her beach.  For more photos and info on her process of creating 900 (!!!) hand made pieces, check out her blog http://itsamanmadeworld.wordpress.com.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Knock on Wood

Back in February, CDB posted about all the wood detailing she was seeing at ISPO trade fair and it doesn't seem to be letting up. I was recently at the Grand Hyatt in Taipei and they have this enormous wooden ball, consisting of cross-sections of trees, in their lobby.

Here are some more inspiring works using timber.

Occasional Table/Stool by Blue Nature: imprisoned wood in acrylic glass

Wayco International stool as seen at the Singapore Trade Fair 2010

Small garden house designed by Piet Hein Eek in Hilversum, Netherlands. The log house was commissioned by Hans Liberg.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Nature's Dish

Nao Tamura's leaf inspired silicone dishware is flexile, rolls up for storage and is oven, microwave and dishwasher safe.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Birds of a Feather

Trend Union's, Fall Winter 11/12, trend presentation uses birds as the inspiration for the season.
They have an inspiring take on the texture's and color's of birds and translate them into beautiful textiles and silhouettes that have a hint of whimsy or fancy.

Coincidentally, I just bought Andrew Zuckerman's newest book, entitled 'Bird', where he showcases more than 200 photographs of nearly 75 different species of birds. What feels very modern about his photographs is the juxtaposition of the birds against a stark white background in order to showcase the personalities and extraordinary details of his subjects. The book is available on Amazon.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wicker Thinking

I'm not usually a type of person who enjoys wicker. For me, it conjures up thoughts of bad Easter baskets and the imprints left on your thighs after sitting it your grandmother's lawn chairs. But Lise Bech's baskets have me reconsidering my previous opinion. She lives and works in the Southern Uplands of Scotland, where she grows a wide range of willows that she uses to create these very modern baskets.

Opera, Your Suite in Nature

The Opera, "Your Suite in Nature", is a new take on a camper hitched to the back of your car and has me thinking of summer expeditions.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


A chance to bee creative and win big!

CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements has partnered with the 4th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards, co-hosted by Tim Gunn and InStyle,
to create a unique category dedicated to crystal innovation, titled “Best Use of CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements.”

This collaboration inspires handbag designers to incorporate crystals as a creative ingredient, resulting in one-of-a kind, luxury designs.

The FIVE best designs will be chosen by a panel of judges including InStyle, Carlos Falchi, Deborah Lloyd of Kate Spade New York and Lisa Smilor of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

These five selected designers will have access to CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements to execute their final handbag for the annual awards ceremony on June 16th where the final winner will be announced.

The winner of the “Best Use of CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements” category will receive a crystal sponsorship with access to crystal and Swarovski know-how.
It will also be featured in several CRYSTALLIZED™ channels and communication tools in the US and internationally.

Submission Requirements:
- Sketches of bags must incorporate CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements
- Sketches must include the silhouette type and which materials (e.g. lambskin leather, suede, PVC, canvas, etc.) and CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements used
- Please be as detailed as possible including measurements, prospective swatches, hardware, embellishment and color palette where applicable

To Apply to the 4th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards:

Attached is the Color Card, as well as several options of CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements
For additional information and crystals, visit: www.swarovskicrystallized.com

Applications will be Accepted until April 15, 2010 and Open to All

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


At ISPO (Europe's largest sport & outdoor tradeshow), this week, I came across a lot wood detailing - both real and synthetic.  I have to say that the out come in even the most common items is an amazing beautifully luxurious feel.  I am especially fond of the dumb bells by Hock.  The Germany based brand looks at everything as an expression of beauty.  Their products include leather sand bag weights that are hand sewn with heavy whip stitching.  I also like how wood texture is being combined with really artifical brights as in the Salomon FreeSkis.  However, the execution and old world charm of the full wood inlay ski by Volkl is undeniable.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Man Shops Globe

The Sundance Channel held a premiere party for a fantastic sounding new show featuring Keith Johnson, (show above with UK textile artist, Becky Oldfield) buyer-at-large for specialty retailer Anthropologie. The invite-only event was held at the Rockefeller Center Anthropologie Store this last Tuesday.

The show, which premieres Wednesday, October 7th, follows Mr. Johnson as he seeks out the best each country has to offer. Having been to many of his stops myself, I have to admit that he totally has my dream job - the St. Ouen Flea Market in Paris, the Kapalicarsi Grand Bazaar in Istanbul and Piet Botha's Craft Shop in Cape Town! Check out the clips of the show by clicking on the Man Shops Globe headline above or go to www.sundancechannel.com it looks great!

The site also offers up this as a bio for Keith, in case you like me were not familiar with his background: "Keith Johnson's passion for art, antiques and travel emerged in childhood as he accompanied his father, an art dealer, on excursions through Europe. His current role as Anthropologie's buyer-at-large is driven by Johnson's early experiences and boundless curiosity. He spends most of the year abroad in search of decorative antiques and found objects to be sold in Anthropologie stores and serve as inspiration for in-house design, as well as gifted artisans to create original works."

"Johnson's relationship with Anthropologie began in 1994 when his partner Glen Senk, now CEO of parent company Urban Outfitters Inc., became president. Senk asked Johnson to find decorative antiques and found objects for the women's lifestyle retailer's first store. As Anthropologie grew so did Johnson's responsibilities. He now acquires decorative antiques and found objects for 123 Anthropologie stores in the United States and curates the art gallery in Anthropologie's Rockefeller Center location."

In this ever shrinking world I have long had an interest in the preservation of cultures thru art and design. I think this might be the start of new awareness - however, the words "inspiration for in-house design" can be a red flag esp. when it comes to a mass merchant like Anthro.

Eitherway, I can't wait to see how it all translates in to the stores.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Use Apples - wikiHow

Use Apples - wikiHow

This made me chuckle, my grandmother used to make entire families out of carved apple heads (see #3). I think my mother might even still have a version of my grandfather a la shrunken apple head!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Beach Clean Up

As I signed up for my local beach clean up this past week it reminded me of this amazing jewelry line. Why you ask...well there is an awesome story here. Last fall, I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak at these gems when they were just taking shape in the hands of Designer
Barbara de Vries. It is completely unimaginable that she creates this stunning jewelry from plastic that she finds along the beaches of the Bahamas.

Each piece of jewelry is one of a kind as each fragment of plastic is unique after being shaped and molded over years, even decades in the ocean. The pieces mimic nature with their stone, coral or salt patina. Totally gorgeous!!

A little about Barbara:

Barbara de Vries has been a critically acclaimed designer for thirty years.

She grew up in Amsterdam and became a fashion model in Paris and London, working for Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Yves Saint Laurent, before studying fashion design at the Royal College of Art in London.

In the eighties she had her own collection in London selling worldwide to stores like Harvey Nichols, Seibu, and Neiman Marcus and her clothes appeared in publications like Vogue, The Times, Harpers Bazaar and numerous Fashion-TV shows.

After moving to New York she became Director of Design at Calvin Klein where she launched the CK Collection.

Recently Barbara started to collect beach plastic after attempting to clean the plastic litter off her favorite beach in the Bahamas.

After so many years in the ocean, she says, the shapes and colors are often extraordinary and inspire me into giving them a second life as a pair of earrings, a bracelet or a necklace. Each piece evolves from it’s original shape and I am really just the recycler.

I love the pieces, the color, the textures, the shapes - all of it! And incase you are thinking maybe you can find your own beach treasures...go to http://www.oceanconservancy.org to sign up for your local beach clean up!


Ok, it's been a while...too long prehaps...we've had a lot going on! Hopefully our followers will forgive us! So...here's a little eye candy that comes along with a good dose of brain food...straight from the creator...(and now I have to brag...) my onetime assistant, the fabulous Jane Henry!


"scarf design inspired by innovation and imagination

pushing creative boundaries

capturing the pulse of the present

Los Angeles designer Jane Henry will launch LOOMLAB this fall. Drawing from her database of visual thought, her scarf designs are inspired by her fascination with modernization and technology.

LOOMLAB was hatched to elevate the scarf market to an entirely new level. Jane envisions the laboratory at LOOMLAB as a springboard for inventive design and experimentation with technology, design, and materials."

Go Jane!!! stay in touch with LoomLab on facebook! and check out the Jane Henry interview on BobbinTalk.com!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Scratch & Sniff - Vanilla, Chocolate, Sandalwood, and Musk

Finally! A rag mag worth it's price tag! And an angle TMZ can't possibly scoop! (Why didn't someone think of this sooner?) Scratch and Sniff hunks! Vanilla, Chocolate, Sandalwood, and Musk - this is apparently what Taye Diggs smells like according to People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive issue on news stands NOW! He says as part of his daily regimen he layers on the essential oils - yum! Gossip Girl's Chace Crawford smells like a fresh mowed football field (my hormones are going teenage on that one!), and contrary to expectation, Michael Phelps doesn't smell like chlorine but like L'Homme YSL. Hmmm, wonder what a sweaty David Beckham really smells like?

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Start Now!!!

Why not, get a head start on your holiday shopping now. That way you can spend the weekend boozing it up with old high school pals or helping Dad clean out the gutters.

So, here's a gift suggestion...they are on my list...hint, hint. Ralph's Rugby Line has some pretty cool socially responsible collaborative gift items this year. A Rugby rugby shirt that 50% of the proceeds go to a new fund to benefit up can coming social entrepreneurs, a exclusive "FEED" bag which you should all know about by now (if not visit feedprojects.org), and my favorite...the above pictured Tom's shoes featuring all the cool iconic touches we love about Rugby. As with all Tom's shoes, for every pair bought a pair is given to a child in need - Amazing, give 2 gifts for the price of 1! So how's that for some real feel good retail therapy?!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Let there be Light

Inspired by traditional Indian water vessels, Tom Dixon's Beat pendant lamps are made from handcrafted brass. The interiors are shiny and hammered while the exteriors have a black patinated finish. Installed as a group, they are quite dramatic.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Twinkle Twinkle

In 1966, as a token of gratitude for American aid during World War II, the Republic of Austria donated 11 iconic Swarovski chandeliers to the world famous Metropolitan Opera House. In July, Swarovski removed the iconic chandeliers, shipped them back to Austria and refurbished each and every crystal. This process included using the latest technology to replace over 50,000 custom-made crystals.
They have now been re-installed and the chandeliers will be unveiled at the The Metropolitan Opera House's Opening Night Gala, in celebration of their 125th anniversary, tonight, September 22nd.

Fashion Blog

39th & Broadway is a new fashion blog "devoted to fashion insiders who work in the industry and need a place to gossip, vent and network." Anyone can contribute their story so I'm curious to see whether the blog will be a good resource or turns into a moan-fest....

Friday, September 5, 2008

New Menswear Line

The fall lines have hit the stores and new to market is the menswear collection named after its designer, Richard Chai. His preppy clothes take a modern spin on cardigans, peacoats, etc. Richard is the brother of Eddy Chai (an owner of the East Village menswear boutique Odin) so it's only natural that his clothes will be sold there as well as Barneys.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Esty is Ecstasy!

I was recently turned on to this ebay type sight by my girl Mimi. It is amazing! You probably already know about it...but if you don't I almost hate to give it away!!! But lucky you...here it is. You don't bid on things, but it is mostly private artists and craftsmen that list their wares in similar, but much cooler way, as the big auction site.
The merchandise is handmade, beautiful, and surprisingly inexpensive! You can search by spinning a globe for goods world wide, or by catagorie, or artist profile.
Above are examples are a bird and berries giclee print on canvas from modernarteveryday, and copper bird earrings by Mimosa in New Zealand. Also, check out KiraFerrer, a jeweler working in Maui.
And please don't hate me when your checks start bouncing...we're all in the same boat here!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Soia & Kyo

Soia & Kyo's Fall 08 Outerwear range gives a nod to British classics while updating the silhouettes with use of oversized trim and asymmetrical collars.