Category Archives: Fritz & Fräulein

Hey D.C.! We’re a Crafty Bastard THIS WEEKEND!

That’s right! Fritz & Fräulein is back at the incredible Crafty Bastards THIS WEEKEND at Union Market in D.C.! Find us in Booth #40. Check out all the deets below + a special discount just for our loyal Crafty fans!

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Yes, indeed, we are pleased to share that we are back THIS WEEKEND for #crafty2014! We’ll be in booth #40 (map below), bringing our popular D.C. flag pillows made from military blankets, along with a NEW version from sailcloth from a D.C.-area yacht aaand some limited edition D.C. totes from recycled canvas. We’re also bringing plenty of our reclaimed and eco-friendly accessories, including toiletry bags, clutches, card cases and the like for both men and women. Come say hey and get a jump on your holiday shopping!

It’s all going down tomorrow, Sept 27th and Sunday the 28th from 10am-5pm at Union Market (1309 5th St. NE, Washington D.C. / accessible via the NoMa-Gallaudat University/New York Ave. station on Metro’s Red line). More details and tickets here:
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/craftybastards/guide/
See you soon!

-Stacy
Founder & Chief Redesigner
Fritz & Fräulein

ps – Show us this post when you stop by the booth for 10% off your Fritz & Fräulein purchase @ Crafty Bastards 2014. *non-transferable & one-time use only please.

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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

Thanks for Comin’ Out!

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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

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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

Pop-Up Shop at Renegade Brooklyn!

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Surprise! We’re having a pop-up shop at Renegade Brooklyn THIS weekend! Get your holiday shop on with us and over 200 artists & designers from all across the country.  We’ll be at Booth #123 in the downstairs vault.
Details: 1 Hanson Place (across from Atlantic Terminal/Barclays Center), Brooklyn. Sat/Sun – Nov. 23rd & 24th, 11am-6pm. See you there!

ox

-Stacy

More info: http://www.renegadecraft.com/brooklyn-winter-home

American as Apple Pie

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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 with Tom Odell

*photo courtesy of Tom Odell

*photo courtesy of Tom Odell

After a bit of a sticky summer (understatement, right?) we’re definitely ready for Fall and, as many are headed back to school this week, what better way to kick it off than with a Music Monday?

Tom Odell is an artist that I was first introduced to via Christopher Bailey, performing @ Burberry Prorsum’s F/W ’13 runway show (but let’s be honest, I was more focused on the clothes).  When I heard him perform a live session on my favorite radio station, NPR’s KCRW Los Angeles, it really rocked me to the core.  The best way to describe his gorgeous music is soulful, powerful, reminiscent of two of his idols, Elton John and Bob Dylan.  Oh, and he opened for the Rolling Stones @ Hyde Park in June. No big deal. Needless to say, this young Brit is definitely one to watch.

He starts the KCRW set with the single he just released today, “Grow Old With Me,” but the session is chalked full of beautiful songs from his EP, Another Love (and performs a few covers). *BTW, at 18:45 he opens the second set with the most amazing cover I’ve ever heard of “I Love L.A.” (NY, don’t be mad, I love you both equally).

Have a listen to the whole session here:  Tom Odell Live Session

ox

-Stacy

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!