Hope everyone is having a great Friday (and staying warm!)! We’re wrapping up the end of the week with a Fritz & Fräulein first – being featured on Etsy’s Front Page tonight! Pretty exciting and a big thanks to Amanda & Ginger from lebotanicals for including our Men’s Dopp Kit in such an amazing men’s treasury! Head on over to Etsy and check it out before it’s gone! (or, you know, just click the screenshot above) 😉
New Year’s Resolution: Blog More…than once every 3 months.
Oh dear readers, first of all, thank you for patience. The end of 2012 was an intense one and I couldn’t be more humbled by the amazingly warm reception my business, Fritz & Fräulein, received over the past few months from you, my dedicated New York, D.C. and Etsy customers around the world, as well as family and friends that have become family. Needless to say, business grew tremendously and consumed almost every waking moment for me. But…it was SO. completely. worth it. This truly has been the hardest but most rewarding experience of my life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
There’s no signs of letting up in 2013 but, as business expands, I’m learning to balance and delegate more (however hard that may prove to be for me!), while still staying true to the core of my business of creating beautiful, functional and sustainable pieces with exceptional attention to quality and detail. Fortunately, this means I’ll have more time to focus on sharing this adventure with you and expanding this site to include e-commerce (one of my goals for 2013). There is so much more I’d love to share about where my business is headed, but I will have to bite my tongue for the moment. The only thing I can say is that we’re going to be bringing you some really incredible pieces and have some amazing collaborations in store. Stay tuned…
What are you doing this weekend? Nothing? Great, because Crafts in Chelsea is THIS Saturday and I knowww you haven’t started your holiday shopping – yet. =)
What is Crafts in Chelsea you may ask? Another tube sock fair? Imported pashminas? Not even close. It’s only THE best handmade fair of the Fall put on by Etsy New York (and hey, it benefits PS 11 = even more awesome).
We’re shutting down 21st St. (between 8th and 9th Ave) and filling it with a curated lineup of the best in handmade. Over 100 handmade artists and delicious food vendors from all over the New York area (including yours truly) will be there with their latest collections for the Fall/Winter season. Simply a perrrfect jump start to the holiday shopping season while the weather is still lovely and Fall-like for a good ol’ Saturday stroll. And PS – Buying local and handmade makes you feel good by helping support small biz (and NY public schools) aaand ensures there will be no duplicate gift under the tree. Umm…win win? I think yes.
So what are the deets?
When?: Saturday, October 20th from 11am to 4pm
Where?: NYC (artsy ‘nabe Chelsea to be exact) on 21st St (btwn 8th & 9th Avenues)
How do I get there?: Subway*: 1 train to 7th Ave or C/E to 8th Ave; OR via the 23rd St Crosstown bus to 8th Ave
This week is a BIG one as we’re getting ready for Crafts in Chelsea this Saturday. I’m buried under piles of vintage fabric for new laptop and iPad sleeves as well as silk screens for our new vintage modern city pillows (debuting @ CiC!). More to come on that!
However, this Music Monday brings me back to my childhood and our living room song and dance sessions. I’ve selected one of my dad’s favorites, in honor of him reminding me, “You’re my daughter. We don’t quit. We Keep. On. PUSHING.” So dad, I’m listening and firing on all cylinders.
I hope you have someone in your life that positively inspires you to keep striving towards your goals and going after what you love. While I haven’t always had the support in all the decisions I’ve made, I’m very grateful today for my dad’s words of support and encouragement. So here’s to those people in your life that remind you to never give up and keep. on. pushing. Thanks dad.
ps – By the way, if you’re a Stones fan, they’ve just announced four concert dates in London and New York via their YouTube. Tickets to go on sale Oct 19th and 26th, respectively. Click here for more info.
Today I was reminded of what incredible people I have in my life and to continue to strive towards selflessness by practicing empathy every day. While we all deal with daily stresses and responsibilities (mine have definitely made me neglect my blogging a tad – sorry!), I think (and hope) we’re all trying to be overall better people. I’ve particularly been inspired by John “Halcyon” Styn, who recently spoke at a TEDx event and I will feature in an upcoming post, but today my friend Kara inspired me with the following story. I couldn’t be more proud to call her a friend.
“While waiting for the train, a woman was about to sit in a huge puddle of coffee on the bench, and, as as she was in mid-motion, I grabbed her arm and said “don’t sit there!” She started tearing up and told me about how she’s from Bronx and currently living in the projects and is on her way to an important event and if she sat in it, her day would of been ruined. It pays to treat everyone like family.”
Such a simple, selfless act that changed this woman’s day and potentially, future. Every day of your life you are part of someone’s story. What you do (or don’t) say or do (or don’t do) makes an impact. How do you want to be remembered?
Be real. Live with integrity. Strive to the be the good memory in people’s stories. Every. Single. Day.
On this Music Monday we’re going to mix it up a tad and feature Mr. Robbie Williams and his latest venture, high street meets Savile Row menswear line, Farrell. While many of you in the U.S. may not be familiar with him, Rob is one of the most successful pop singers outside of the U.S. and has ridiculously good style. I’ve been known to be a pretty big fan and when I heard he was launching a clothing line (and at my favorite department store, Selfridges, no less), I had to check it out. I was pleasantly surprised to find out, like myself, he was inspired by and named his line after his grandfather. While strictly a menswear line currently, the pieces are taken from WWI military looks and some of Rob’s favorite vintage pieces. You can check out the video on GQ for the full scoop and click here to check out the collection for yourself.
Oh, and in the spirit of Music Monday, below you can have a listen to my all-time favorite Robbie Williams song, Angels. Enjoy.
In the studio today we were listening to WAMC‘s (the Northeast’s NPR station) Afropop program discussing the dynamic music scene in Tanzania and Zanzibar. One of the artist’s featured was X Plastaz and their song “Msimu kwa Msimu”. While this was released a few years ago, it was new to us (and i’m assuming new to you too). I have no idea what they’re saying but I highly recommend hitting play and cranking it up.
I was back in Illinois earlier this month and one of the great things about my hometown is that it is an absolute treasure trove for fantastic vintage items. Fortunately, this also means there are a plethora of vintage items that no one there seems to see the potential in. While at one of my regular stops, I happened upon this very unfortunate pair of lamps:
Forget the shades but great shape, great design, just awful finish, right? Well…after some aggressive DIY…and channeling Kelly Wearstler’s Viceroy Hotel Palm Springs…
*photo courtesy of Viceroy Hotels & Resorts
I’m slightly obsessed with how well they turned out and how they scream modern Hollywood Regency (my absolute favorite style for interiors).
What do you guys think? Love them? Want them? Want to see more images? They are one-of-a-kind, so find them here in my shop while they last!
Thanks and hope you’re having an awesome last week of summer!
In case you’re looking for something to do tomorrow, Etsy is celebrating Craft Day worldwide tomorrow night, Friday, August 24th. It’s kind of a big deal as there are over 1400 communities around the world celebrating with their own event tomorrow! To find a Craft Party Meetup in your area, just click here.
In New York, Etsy Headquarters is hosting a party from from 6-8pm at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 with crafts, food trucks, etc… and it’s free! Just RSVP via this link.
ps – In case you saw the info in this week’s Time Out New York…Yep! That’s my face (on the right) promoting the New York Craft Party on page 60. I about died. I’ve officially arrived. ; )