Category Archives: Fashion

Thanks for Comin’ Out!

Madewell pop-up display shot

A little shot of our Fritz & Fräulein pop-up last night at Madewell. Oh yes, and that includes our expanded selection of butter soft, reclaimed leather pouches, clutches, card cases and wallets. =) Huge thanks to Madewell and all those who came out (& were there in spirit). You guys are the best!

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

Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition Final Weekend

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Photo: © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier

Hey guys! This Sunday is the FINAL day to see the amazing Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition at The Brooklyn Museum before it heads to London. Oh, and the Museum Shop is featuring our limited edition Navy Sailor Clutches (below) in support of the exhibition as well. Snatch one up if ya like! 😉

ox

-Stacy

Navy Sailor Clutch

Carmelo, LeBron & Friends…

They all have something in common starting today…and yes, it has something to do with my second big announcement.

So here goes…2 weeks ago, I was approached by adidas Originals, asking if I could produce my men’s toiletry bag as their VIP Swag Bag for their NBA All-Star Weekend opening event on February 14th in Houston for the NBA Players and celebs. <<falls over>> The kicker? 350 of them in 10 days. Oh, and custom fabric. And labels. And trim. No. big. deal.

So what did I do? Well, what do you think I did? I said YES! (okay more like a, “I can’t feel my legs, holy *%#, YES!!!”)

Now how to pull it off? Well, if you know me, I’m extremely resourceful, work pretty well under pressure and project management is sort of my specialty. (I mean, not to toot my own horn but I tend to make things happen – so toot! toot! haha!). So how did I make this happen? Well…if you’re interested…See Steps 1 through 8…if not, I won’t be offended. Just scroll past for the eye candy and wrap up.

Step 1 – Fabric Sourcing. Ohhh the fun part. This involved kosher 24/6 hot food vending machines (scary) in Bed-Stuy (those vending machines were far scarier FYI)…

 

…Trips to New Jersey warehouses in the Mood Mobile (sadly, sans Tim Gunn)…

…and wayyyy too much time to find the perfect color of black leather (that I never ended up using, mind you).

While sourcing, I had to make sure anything we considered they had at least 45 yards of, while keeping in mind color restrictions, certain patterns, fabric types and weights along with the theme of the bag being “urban survival kit”.  This is due in part that adidas designed the jerseys for the players with a camouflage background and are also releasing a new line of camouflage shoes over the All-Star weekend…

Then to overnight swatch pairings to the client for final selection…only to find out the initial fabric choices are now out-of-stock due to impending fashion week madness, barely skim by with enough yardage of the second choice aaaand…

Step 2 – Trim Sourcing. Think buckles, D-rings, zippers, etc… that’s trim.  350 antique brass D-rings? Cake. However, do you know how difficult it is to find 350, 11″ black #5 YKK brass jean zippers in 3 days? Well, I found out. Fortunately, between my supplier here in New York and a few recommendation’s recommendation’s connections in Chicago, I didn’t have to fly to the YKK factory in Japan to beat down the door …aaaand…

Step 3 – Create matching labels for both adidas Originals and Fritz & Fräulein.  Lesson learned: fabric stamps of my label do not work on cotton twill tape. What does work on short order? Having the incredibly talented Jeraul at Liberation Prints in Chicago pull an all-nighter to silk screen 800 of the tiniest things she’s ever printed in her life and overnight them to me in New York.

*BTW, I should have bought stock in FedEx before this all began.  And…

Step 4 – To simultaneously find, on the brink of fashion week, a New York manufacturer (do you really think i could cut and sew these all myself? sadly, no. not in 1 week) who wasn’t booked and could make the bags that I could A – trust, B – could replicate my quality and design to a tee, oh, and C – could produce and ship in 1 week. Done and done. Well…not really that simple, but let’s just say I had to deal with a few frogs, a few <<laughs loud in the phone>> <<click>>, before I found my bag guru.

Step 5 – Breathe.

Step 6 – Almost have a heart attack when said bag guru doesn’t return calls for 24 hours – 48 hours before my ship deadline. Returns call. Everything on schedule. Aaaand breathe.

Step 7 – Bags completed at 7pm on ship deadline date. Count, pack and QC 350 bags on short-order, putting the last shipping label on as FedEx shows up at 8pm to overnight to Houston. Breathe.

Step 8 – Bags arrive at 8am in Houston. Client happy. Stacy couldn’t be more pleased. Aaaand breathe.

Okay, enough PM 101, let’s see the bags, right?  Right. I get it. Rock and roll.

A shot of the first sample bag made, which I made a few tweaks to, but you get the idea:

And the bag open with digital camouflage lining (please excuse the pinned-in labels, this was the production sample):

 

Finally, here’s just a portion of the 350 in all their glory:

And yes, there were EXACTLY 350, so no extras sadly (and only about 6 inches of fabric to spare – no joke).  However, in our rush to count and pack them in time, I only took this quick shot of the pile of bags and didn’t get any additional shots of an individual bag and lining.  Just imagine the second photo, but with the labels sewn in and you’ve got it. =)

So there you have it. The cats are officially all out of the bag. I have to particularly thank adidas Originals, Danica, my PM on the client side and their designer, who found me in the first place, as well as my amazing colleagues in the industry, Laerte, Juan, Jeraul, Ush, Jeremy and Steve, who all had a hand in making this happen.  My gratitude cannot be expressed enough as, between this project and Hilfiger, my business has grown exponentially over the past month and really, I couldn’t be happier or more humbled.

So, with that, I’m going to take a little much needed vacation. Ironically, Texas and California are on the radar for said trip in the beginning of March. However, don’t think I won’t be be taking meetings. I think you know me better than that. =)

Happy Valentine’s!

ox

-Stacy

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!

Crafts in Chelsea

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

Have a great Friday and we’ll see you there!

ox

-Stacy

 

Fashion / Music Monday courtesy of Robbie Williams

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.

ox

-Stacy

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Spring Into Coral

Spring is in full swing and as I change out of winter mode, there’s no other color I’d rather fill my wardrobe and home with than coral. Pantone set the trend naming “Tangerine Tango” its color of the year for 2012 and brought coral to the forefront in everything from fashion to home goods. From coral pinks to the deepest orange-hued coral tones I’ve scoured the web and came across my favorites featuring this gorgeous hue. Enjoy!

clockwise from top leftCoral Chevron Mugs from Jill Rosenwald; Miranda Corals framed prints by Miranda Baker; room from Shelter Interior DesignCoral Desk by Jelena

clockwise from top left: shirt and coral shorts by H&M, with clutch by Primark; Quartz Ring byTopshopcoral skirt by ASOS via Atlantic-PacificCoral Earrings by Etsy New York team member, Loella Medina

clockwise from top leftDraped Coral Trench by Tibi; Gold Sea Urchin Ring by Etsy New York team member Virginie Millefiore; skirt & ruffled top via Through the Looking Glass Style;  Elsie Miniature Leather Shoulder Bag by Chloe

clockwise from top leftCoral Monochromatic Pleated Clutch by Etsy New York team member Jes Witaj; Working Girl Shorts and TopFlamingo Coral Scarf by Forget Me Not; Vintage Levi’s Coral Ombre Shorts by Kaleidoscope Eyes

And not to leave guys out of this, I’ve found some great choices with this hot color for men as well:

clockwise from top leftAsics Onitsuka Mens Mini Cooper; Coral Chinos by J.CrewTangerine Tango iPhone case by Pantone; bow tie via Through the Looking Glass Style

Have fun shopping and Happy Spring!

-Stacy

*Disclaimer: As a writer for Etsy New York, I originally posted this over there yesterday but thought I’d share with you all over here as well. =)

Coachella Fashion / Music Monday

While I couldn’t make it out to the desert <<tear>> for the incredible lineup, art installations and dancing in the polo fields, I’m doing a little Coachella fashion / music Monday in honor of my favorite festival that’s covering two, yes two weekends this year in the SoCal sunshine.

Coachella fashion means channeling your inner California cool meets rocker/hippie child.  Think minimal clothing with an edge in neutrals mixed with light, bright colors in natural, breezy fabrics for that desert heat.

Sadly, I have to admit that Paris Hilton kinda did it right during this first weekend with her fruit striped gum pleated maxi skirt and white bandeau top (albeit forced the look a bit in the accessory department):

*photo source

As always, Diane Kruger proved to have the best Coachella style throughout Weekend 1 at the festival grounds in this cute striped dress and suede ankle boots with beau Josh Jackson:

*photo source

She also nails casual California cool in Lacoste at the Lacoste L!ve Desert Pool Party:

*photo source: Getty Images

Katy Perry’s choice for Friday has been reviewed as one of the best from the weekend but this sheer/sexy but slightly dowdy look just doesn’t bring it home for me:

*photo source

Now, onto the music…my favorite thing about Coachella is discovering those artists that I necessarily didn’t come for but completely stumble upon at the show. From the vids this year, I’d have to say Miike Snow with a guest appearance from fellow Swede, Lykke Li (who’s been a favorite of mine for a while now) makes the cut:

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And I can’t close out this post without mentioning one of my absolute favorite artists at Coachella this year – a little band called The Black Keys =) :

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If you made it out to Indio (or didn’t, like me), leave a comment and let us know your favorite artists/art/fashion/whathaveyou from the weekend.

Enjoy and hope you’re having an amazing start to your week on this gorgeous summery Monday here in New York!

ox

-Stacy

Favorite DIYs of Pinterest – March 2012 Edition

As you’ve probably already read, I’m kind of a fan of Pinterest.  Being that DIY is such a hot category (and I’m a DIY pinning addict) I’m going to do a quick roundup of my favorites (that I will do – when i get a moment to breathe – i swear). 😉  I should mention that I like to tweak DIYs to give them my own personal style, so I’ve shared the links to the original DIY and included some of my notes / tips below each photo.  If you’ve done any of these or have any favorite projects, please share and comment with any tips, links or pics. In the meantime, Happy Friday and I hope this inspires you to get your hands creating this weekend.

-Stacy

Studded collar via Atlantic-Pacific (project inspired via Cheetah is the New Black). You can pick up these pyramid studs online at Studs & Spikes or at M&J Trimming here in New York (not available via their online site).  Just make sure you dab a bit of Fray Check around the edges of each hole to prevent the fabric unraveling/studs falling out.

Okay, this isn’t really a DIY but I’m digging around to try and find some ombre how-to instructions for at least a few of these (stay tuned). For now, I will say the petals on the cake are pretty self-explanatory (+ pretty beautious, right?) and can probably be picked up at your local silk florist, Michaels or Hobby Lobby. *Thanks to Decor8 for posting.

For those of us that haven’t fully purged our closet of that favorite too short sweater <<slowly raises hand>>, this DIY is for you.  *Disclaimer: I may try this out first on a Goodwill find before taking my scissors to that pink cashmere. I know, I’m a being a baby.

Puff paint? Spray paint? Redesigning? Amazingness. Who needs Jonathan Adler now? Thank you PS – I Made This.

Even though I don’t decorate in this style, I absolutely loooove this DIY. The instructions can be found here. Make sure to scroll down and read all the add’l tips as it seems this DIY has been a little tricky for some. *I’d like to modernize this somehow…maybe spray paint the doilies with metallic paint to make them look like metal embroidery? Add some small chandelier crystals dangling randomly throughout the interior? Do a cluster of sizes but in the spirit of the bubble lamp? Hmmmmmm…thoughts???

While we all would like to afford beautiful, handcrafted furniture, the reality is IKEA will often have to do for now.  Fortunately, there’s IKEA hacks, such as this that make designing your own unique piece of furniture inexpensive and easy.

I think this is SO simple and gorgeous. You can find the tutorial here. I envision this in pairs on the double doors of a library, an English classroom, but I also can totally see this on my front door, adding a little something to our dreary hallway.  But I’d probably dust the pages in gold powder (shocking). 😉