Author Archives: Stacy

Etsy x Dossier Magazine Pop-Up Opening TODAY!

Etsy x Dossier Hey guys! Pretty fantastic news because…Etsy is becoming brick ‘n mortar – starting TODAY for one month only. Etsy, the online marketplace for all things handmade, is partnering with arts and culture magazine Dossier Journal to host a month-long pop-up boutique known as Etsy x Dossier this September in New York City’s Lower East Side aaaand Fritz & Fräulein is one of over 30 designers selected to be a part of this curated collection! Ahhhh!!! <<cartwheel>>     We. Are. Stoked. (to say the least)

Here’s the lowdown:

Etsy x Dossier Pop-up Shop
September 4th through 28th, 2014
79 Delancey Street
New York, NY 10002

Open daily, 1pm – 8pm

Dossier creative director Skye Parrott and collaborator Stephanie Tran are offering a curated selection of art, gifts, home and lifestyle goods by over 30 designers from Etsy Wholesale, Etsy’s new private, juried marketplace where retailers can source from professional designers. The temporary boutique is the latest in a series of art and design pop-ups the curators have staged in Lower Manhattan.

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Etsy x Dossier will be open to the general public from September 4 to September 28. Visitors can shop the items and engage in three DIY Saturday workshops ranging from weaving to screen printing to homemade body scrubs. (Prior RSVP for the workshops is required.)

It’s Etsy (and us) – in real life! Come check out the goods!

ox

-Stacy

Madewell + Fritz & Fräulein Pop-Up Event

Madewell+F&F Pop-Up

Hey all! We’re so excited to invite you to join us THIS Tuesday, August 26th for a one night event of a little shopping, cocktails and nibbles with Madewell, their new Fall collection + Fritz & Fräulein! We can’t wait to show you our latest & greatest to get you accessorized and organized for Fall! Oh, and did you hear all the buzz about Madewell’s new denim lineup? I cannot wait to snag a pair (oh, and they’re offering 20% off to everyone that night – ummm…perfection?)

Here’s the deets:

Madewell + Fritz & Fräulein
Tues, August 26th from 5-8pm
(@ 19th St), New York, NY
RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/715720755130636/
See you there!

ox

-Stacy

Disconnect to Reconnect

I just came across this brilliant, short film, I Forgot My Phone, via NPR (article link at bottom of post) re: our (unhealthy) obsession with our smartphones. Check it out and tell me if you see any familiar scenarios.

In our tech-obsessed world, I found this short by Charlene deGuzman to be a much needed wake up call. It made me stop and remember times with friends and family – pre-cell phone fixation.  Real-life experiences: bike rides, outdoor adventures and super soaker battles with childhood friends…and when I was a bit older, trips trekking around Europe (ahem…before I made it mandatory to get a SIM card in every country just to stay connected – and always available to the higher ups. Ugh.) Remembering how freeing it was to unplug a few years back on an incredible 6 week sabbatical to New Zealand.  I was present and focused solely on physically experiencing the dynamic environment around me and those who I was with.  I came back fresh, rejuvenated and so full of fire.

I recently read one of the key practices President Bill Clinton attributes to his success is being completely present – giving full attention and empathy to who he’s speaking with. In an age of such incredible technology to help us live our lives more efficiently (which, don’t get me wrong, I love), we need to learn when to put down the device and give attention to the here and now.  Make an effort (every day) to disconnect so we can reconnect.

A few simple recs I’ve been practicing as of late:

#1 Make your bedroom a no phone zone by buying an alarm clock (yes, they still sell those).

#2 Put your phone away when you’re out with friends. There’s something to be said about giving full attention to who you’re with. Why should we be so concerned with what everyone is doing elsewhere? Be present. Focus and appreciate what’s right in front of you.

ox

-Stacy

Full article: http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/09/05/219266779/our-cultural-addiction-to-phones-in-one-disconcerting-video?utm_source=NPR&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=20130905

American as Apple Pie

American Makers S laptop bag

Alright fans, it’s game time. It’s officially been a year since opening our (virtual) doors and it’s been quite a journey thus far!  We’re kicking off year two and stepping it up – courtesy of the queen of handmade herself, Ms. Martha Stewart.

Yes, it’s true and we are thrilled to announce that we are a nominee for Martha Stewart’s 2013 American Made Competition! You’re thinking, “What does this mean exactly? Stacy, cut to the chase.” The best of the best of America’s makers across six categories (Style, Craft, Design, Food, Garden & Tech) are duking it out to see who gets enough online votes to come out on top.  If Fritz & Fräulein’s Style entry gets enough votes from you guys, we win 10k and that means a whole lot of new, fabulous products developed for you to get your hands on!  I may also even get a little generous and do a giveaway. Messenger bag anyone? =)

But before I get ahead of myself and start makin’ it rain with new goods, you need to know this competition is strictly based on public voting, so every vote truly counts and your support is critical! Click the link here to check out my profile and vote: http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/80344 *Knitty Gritty: Voting for Round 1 runs from Aug 26th to Sept 13th. You can vote up to 6x every day (and for the same person if you like – hint hint, nudge nudge). Just keep clicking that “Vote” button when you get to my page! =)

Thank you so much for your support! Let’s do this.

ox

-Stacy

Music Monday – The Great Gatsby: Lana Del Rey

*courtesy of Warner Bros. Ent.

It’s no secret we’re pretty amped (along with the rest of the world!) for The Great Gatsby film coming out May 10th. After seeing the last trailer, we were especially excited for the first release off the soundtrack, Lana Del Rey’s Young & Beautiful.  It just launched today so check it out and have a great Monday!

http://soundcloud.com/lana-del-rey/lana-del-rey-young-beautiful

Kale & Egg Bird Nests

Kale & egg nests

Hope you all had a great and safe St. Patrick’s Day Weekend.  With that in mind, there’s nothing better for a hangover cure than a good brunch. Sunday brunch is a ritual here in New York, but if you want to stay in and have people over, I have a great (and somewhat healthy recipe) for you. Okay, actually the kale is the only thing healthy, but whatever, it’s delicious. =)

This particular recipe was inspired my local coffee shop here in Brooklyn.  Every weekend, when I pop in for my morning latte, they have these amazing little kale and egg bird nests. However delicious they are, I’m always slightly bummed because the egg yolks are cooked through (which, I understand as they’re not made-to-order). So, I decided to do a little research (thank you Pinterest) and concocted a recipe à la my coffee shop version + a handful of other recipes to create perfect yolk’y goodness. =) So, here we go…

Kale & Egg Bird Nests

Ingredients:

Sauteed kale:
1/2 large bunch kale
2 big cloves of garlic (add more or less depending on your love of garlic)
2 tbsp Olive Oil
sea salt & pepper (to taste)

Herb mixture:
1 shallot, minced
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced (if you don’t have fresh herbs, i get it, but they do make a big difference in taste)
½ tablespoon fresh thyme, minced
1/2 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp sea salt

Add’l Ingredients:
6 eggs
1/2 tbsp butter cut into pats (can omit, but much tastier – of course) =)
Olive oil or canola oil spray (truffle oil wouldn’t be too shabby either)

Optional ingredients (I decided to add these suggestions in because, well, I like options and experimenting in the kitchen. =) Choose 1-3 if you like, but no more as those little cupcake tins can only hold so much deliciousness):
– freshly grated parmesan or cheddar
– jalapeño pepper – chopped
– crispy cooked bacon – chopped
– chopped artichoke hearts (if canned, drained and padded dry with paper towel)
– chopped prosciutto
– chopped sundried tomato
– chopped roasted red peppers (if canned, drained and padded dry with paper towel)
– the options are endless! (just make sure you chop whatever you choose into small bits)

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray 6 wells in your cupcake pan with canola or olive oil spray, making sure to not forget the sides. Cut pats of butter (use your discretion) and place 1/2 a pat in the bottom of each well. Put pan aside.

In a small saucepan, heat 1/2 tbsp butter and 1 tsp olive oil. Add shallot and sautée until soft and fragrant, 3-5 minutes. Add herbs and 1/2 tsp sea salt; remove from heat and stir to combine. The mixture should be somewhat coarse and just a little buttery.

Wash kale, shake or pad off excess water and rip leaves from stem. Discard stems. Put olive oil and chopped garlic cloves in a large sautée pan or skillet heated to med-high (i’m a fan of cast iron, but use whatever you like to sautée in). Sautée garlic for 1 min. Add kale and keep moving the mixture around. Sautée until bits of the kale start to turn brown. I like to sautée mine for a little longer to make it nice and crispy. Dash with sea salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.

Put sprayed cupcake pan with butter pats in the heated oven for 1 min to melt the butter. Remove from oven. Line each cupcake pan well with sauteed kale to form a nest for the egg to sit in. If adding any optional ingredients (cheese, jalapeño, bacon, etc..) do it now, putting a little bit of them on top of the kale nests. Don’t O.D. though as you need room for the egg (and you can always put more on top). 😉 Crack one egg for each nest, careful not break the egg yolks (I typically tap with a butter knife). Add the herb mixture on top (and if you have room, go nuts w/any additional ingredients). However, keep in mind you’re going to want to be able to see if the egg white is cooked through (and we do want this to actually cook). =)

Here’s mine before I popped them in (I did a variety of optional ingredients – those are jalapeños topping the right side):

kale and egg nests pre-oven

Place in oven and set your timer to 7 mins. Make sure to pay attention to the timer as you don’t want to overcook the eggs. Check the eggs to see if the whites have cooked mostly through (if not, check on them again after another minute). When they’re almost cooked (white should be slightly milky-clear on the top, if that makes sense), crank up the broiler and put them in for another minute and then check to see if the whites are fully cooked. My oven took an additional 2 mins, but all ovens vary, just be vigilant. If you want the yolks runny, don’t overcook the whites. As soon as the whites are cooked, remove from oven.  They should look  something like this:

kale and egg nests done

While you’ll want to inhale them immediately, let them sit for 3-5 mins. Then use a small spatula or knife to go around the edges and gently lift them out and wah-lah!  Serve by themselves or with toasted English Muffins, crumpets, or whatever your carb of choice is. Enjoy!

ox

-Stacy

 

 

Music Monday – Girl on Fire

Happy Monday! If you’ve been following the blog, you know February was a pretty big month for me and I’m dedicating this Music Monday to all the women out there who are rocking it to the fullest. Surrounding yourself with such driven and inspiring people creates an amazing synergy I can’t even begin to fully describe.  I feel so lucky to have a group like this in my life to help keep that amazing momentum going.  I have to note, this doesn’t at all pertain solely to those succeeding career-wise but also to those reaching for personal growth, setting goals, obtaining achievements, etc…

As of late, close friends to acquaintances have received promotions, changed careers, had babies, gone back to school, started training for their next marathon (or just started back at the gym, period), opened businesses, achieved new certifications, moved across the country and world, and so on… It’s all about growing, going after what you want – what you’re truly passionate about, pushing boundaries and never becoming stagnant.  The strength of these women – who come from all walks of life, mind you – astounds me.  And so, ladies, this one is for you.

ox

-Stacy

Music Monday – Pillowfight

Happy Monday! Hope you had a fantastic wknd and aren’t too groggy-eyed as we roll into the work week. I thought we’d start it off with a group I’ve been digging on as of late – that being Pillowfight, which is the Gorillaz Dan the Automator’s new project with Brooklyn-based hip-hop violinist, Emily Wells and Kid Koala.  KCRW’s Jason Bentley introduced me to these guys last month as they’ve just released their debut, self-titled album (which you can have a listen to below – you’re welcome). ; ) I’ve particularly been cranking the track, “Get Down,” in the studio and at the gym as it has that perfect twist of funk disco with modern beats to get you up and at it. I’m a fan. I think you will be too. Enjoy. =)

ox

-Stacy

https://soundcloud.com/bulk-recordings/sets/pillowfight

 

 

 

Not Your High School Hilfiger

 

*photo credit: Tommy Hilfiger, LLC

Tommy Hilfiger? What? You’re confused, I realize.  It will all make sense in a minute, so I’ll explain…

February has been a whirlwind month for my business, Fritz & Fräulein, and this week is the culmination of a few large projects I’ve been working on nonstop.  So, without further ado, it brings me great pleasure to finally let the (first) cat out of the bag and announce today, the Fritz & Fräulein Collection will be featured and sold at Tommy Hilfiger‘s beautiful new flagship store, opening in Los Angeles at 157 N. Robertson (at Beverly).  Myself and two other designers were selected to have their products sold at this flagship, which is a new concept for Hilfiger.  Never in their history have they sold anything but the house’s products, let alone handmade, so am extremely honored to be chosen.

*A little fun tidbit: Tommy Hilfiger himself actually started in vintage and antiques, so being that I repurpose vintage materials in many of my designs, this was a great fit for them, with a nod to their founder.

Some of my designs and fabrics are exclusive to Hilfiger, and, as are all my creations, extremely limited or one-of-a-kind.  The store has its grand opening event tonight (pics to come!) but will be open to the public, starting tomorrow, February 14th, 2013.  For now, I’ll give you a little peek into my current collection available at Tommy Hilfiger Los Angeles…

“Everything” Zip Pouches in python-embossed nubuck leather remnant (10 1/2″ x 7″). Currently in coral, emerald, tan and bright yellow.

 

“Everything” Zip Pouches from vintage WWII U.S. Navy uniforms lined in bright ocean blue cotton twill (10 1/2″ x 7″) (front and back shown)

*apologies for the photo quality as I took a quick snap before having to ship them off!

 

Medium and Large Toiletry Bags from vintage plaid skirt and pants (8.5″L x 4″W x 3″H and 12″L (incl handles) x 4″W x 4″H)

 

iPad mini tab closure sleeve and iPad flap & tab closure sleeves from turn-of-the century salt and sugar sacks, padded, lined in corresponding tea-dyed seersucker (various sizes)

So that’s just a snippet of what’s available at Tommy Hilfiger Los Angeles from Fritz & Fräulein at the moment!  Overall, very exciting news! I’ve worked nonstop on my business since last year and am in complete awe in how things really do start to take shape if you believe in and follow your passions and keep on pushing (thanks again, Dad).  I’m so very grateful for my friends and family for their inspiration and support, as well as for Chris over at Hilfiger, who made this all possible.  So, if you’re in L.A., make sure to pop on down to Robertson and check them out before these beauties disappear!

ox

-Stacy

ps – As I mentioned, this is the first of two big announcements, so check back tomorrow for the second installment! So much more to come!

Inauguration / MLK / Music Monday

The Lumineers
*photo credit: Sachyn

 

On this Monday, I’m especially proud to be an American and have the opportunity to pursue building my dream business while providing jobs and supporting sustainability in the hand(made in America) movement.  

I hope you’re having a relaxing day off celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day and had a moment to watch the inauguration festivities.  While I didn’t get the day off (workaholic – just a tad), but streamed the inauguration in the background and am now listening to one of my favorites, the 2012 self-titled debut album by The Lumineers.  If you aren’t familiar with them, their music is acoustic-based, quintessential Americana, reminding me of my Midwest roots, mixing rock, folk and a little bit of country. While their well-known hit, Ho Hey, is incredible, I’m especially digging the opening song on the album, Flowers in Your Hair (which I only wish was longer). Thank god for the repeat button. 😉 Enjoy and have a fabulous rest of your day!

ox

-Stacy