Here are some photos from our September adventures in New York. Technically we were there to look at spring/summer 2013 collections and place our orders. We did that, don’t get me wrong, but we also stopped at our favorite NYC boutiques. There is no place in the world to shop like New York. Thankfully, we only go there once or twice a year!
Dustin and a colorful wall a la NYC.
Erica lounging on the street waiting for Comme des Garcon to open. Classy!
Fabric details inside Comme des Garcons. Can I have one of each?
Our first meeting was with a new artist (to us) the expert milliner, Lisa Battagila. We are so excited to carry her hats next spring. Watch the blog – we may be able to get a few fall/winter styles in time for holiday. She hand makes all of her hats in her Brooklyn studio. We have been looking for the perfect hat designer for some years now! Lisa’s marketing team contacted us a few months ago. We really wanted to see the line in person so we set up a meeting while we were in NYC. After seeing the quality craftsmanship and classic (with a twist) designs of her hats we felt her line is a great fit for our boutique.
Erica, Lisa, and Dustin. We are wearing Lisa’s hats, of course!
We happened upon a button/trimmings store after our meeting with Lisa. The garment district is full of these supply houses open to wholesale only. This is Dustin’s idea of heaven! Everything in the store was made in Italy (yum, yes please!). We picked up a few button styles for the cardigans and blazers we are launching this fall.
Dustin buying buttons and buttons and buttons and toggles and buttons and webbing and webbing and buttons.
Then it was off to visit our friends at Lulu Frost jewelry. Lulu Frost Jewelry = friendly people, an inspiring environment and gorgeous jewels. We have been working with them since the very beginning (remember the original Plaza Hotel numbers!?) and it is a pleasure to stop by the showroom/studio every time we are in New York.
Dustin with Lisa, owner and designer of Lulu Frost Jewelry.
Lulu Frost Showroom/Studio.
Erica wearing new spring styles from Lulu Frost in the showroom. I need this, right??
Dustin working with Sandra (she is such a doll!) on our spring/summer order.
Our last appointment on day one was at w29showroom. W29showroom represents clothing and accessory lines that are progressive and hip. Susanne, the showroom owner, is so cool and Swedish! We bonded over our Scandinavian roots and love for fashion. I wish I got a picture of the sequin jeans she was wearing! We worked for about three hours writing orders for IOSSELLIANI, IOSSELLIANI fine jewelry (yes, that is coming!), and Michael Spirito. Luckily, Susanne offered us amazing “Justin’s Peanut Butter Bars”, grapes, and water.
Dustin and Susanne.
Spring/Summer 2013 by Michael Spirito in w29showroom.
Dinner day 1.
Three meetings, a little Comme des Garcon, and button buying for day one in New York!