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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

Hot off the Presses

If you haven’t been to our Etsy shop as of late or seen us out and about in person, our line has expanded considerably over the past few months.  Part of this included a one-off creation of men’s dopp kits (ie. toiletry bags) from excess charcoal gray, olive green and navy blue military blankets originally bought for our city pillows. These bags sold out completely at their first showing in D.C. at the incredible Crafty Bastards and ended up being THE hot item for the holidays.  Who knew, right?

Charcoal Grey Dopp Kit from Military Blanket by Fritz &amp; Fräulein

Charcoal Grey Dopp Kit from Military Blanket by Fritz & Fräulein

So, with so many people getting tablets for gifts, the military blankets are taking another incarnation into iPad and iPad mini sleeves (don’t worry, the dopp kits aren’t going anywhere!).  The idea had been kicking around in my head for a while and the “when I get time” turned into “right now” when an Etsy customer requested one last week.  Like all our device sleeves, they’re padded and these are lined in the same soft cotton seersucker in corresponding colors as the dopp kits.  So, without further ado, here they are, hot off the presses:

iPad mini sleeve from Navy Blue Military Blanket by Fritz & Fräulein

iPad mini sleeve from Navy Blue Military Blanket by Fritz & Fräulein

 

iPad mini sleeve from Charcoal Grey Military Blanket by Fritz & Fräulein

iPad mini sleeve from Charcoal Grey Military Blanket by Fritz & Fräulein

iPad mini sleeve from Olive Green Military Blanket by Fritz & Fräulein

iPad mini sleeve from Olive Green Military Blanket by Fritz & Fräulein

 

I should note that I only have iPad mini sleeves listed in the shop right now.  However, if you message me, I will happily create a custom listing for you for your iPad – or any other tablet for that matter.

Thanks guys!  Gotta get back to it!

ox

-Stacy

 

 

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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Music Monday

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A little Music for your Monday. You’ve probably seen this (along with 80 million+ others)  but I’m still amazed by this group’s talent (and have yet to get tired of the song). Enjoy! =)

-Stacy

With Love, From Brooklyn

It’s no secret that I absolutely love supporting and working with the bubbling entrepreneurial community of artists and startups in my little town of Brooklyn.  Needless to say, when I heard about With Love, From Brooklyn (thank you Daily Candy), I didn’t need much convincing.  Darla Furlow is definitely my kind of people, recently launching this online shop selling carefully curated care packages filled with only the best local sweet and salty treats, grouped by theme and shipped to your foodie friends, family or clients.

Of course you could always schlep around the city putting together a care package yourself, but when her baskets don’t break the bank and each product has already been taste-tested by a panel of local food lovers, how can you go wrong?  Check out Darla’s rotating selection of goodies at  With Love, From Brooklyn and let your people outside the borough know where it’s at.

My co-worker…

falling asleep on the job again…

Some random facts you should know about Tank:

  • his favorite hot spots are Fort Greene ParkSmooch Cafe and people watching on Venice Beach.
  • he’s a total sun worshipper.
  • favorite foods: chicken, cheese, broccoli, carrots and brussel sprouts (yes, he’s definitely my dog)
  • likes: cats, squirrels (see also: dislikes), his peanut butter toothpaste,  Nylabones (what boy doesn’t love bacon flavored anything?), “killing” squeak toys in 30 seconds flat
  • dislikes: having to sleep in his own bed, squirrels (queue whiplash), non-squeak toys
  • he will also be guest blogging on here from time to time, so look for his posts / rants / raves on his role in the studio and adventures in New York.

I’ve just been reminded it’s dinner time, but hope you all are having a great week!

– S & T

Music Monday

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0E8MWb3hgo]It’s been a crazy busy week between filling orders for my new, Garrison Clutches (which I’ll talk more about in an upcoming post), getting started on an awesome project with an uber-talented new client and planning a biz+pleasure trip back to California (yay!!!)  With that said, we’re just going to enjoy a little Music Monday with some funk/rock/electro beats straight out of the UK from my new favorite group, Fujiya & Miyagi. Enjoy and hope you’re having a great start to your week!

-S

Welcome!

Welcome to Fritz & Fräulein’s Vintage Redesign blog, featuring favorite styles, vintage finds, interior design tips, DIY and great handmade artisans.  We’ll mix this up with a dash of our creative, life adventures – including the latest and greatest of what we’re getting up to in the studio.  Read on and enjoy!

**For those of you who don’t know Fritz & Fräulein, the company itself was born out of my love for all things vintage combined with my personal passion for sustainability and formal training in design. In my travels to flea markets around the globe, I come across gorgeous pieces that inspire me and where, oftentimes, their original use has become obsolete. I decide how I can breathe new life into them through functional redesign or simply allow them to be as they are and appreciated again in a new home. Because of the nature of the materials I work with, every piece I create is truly one-of-a-kind with an extreme attention to detail and quality. I also do custom orders and interior consultation and sourcing.

So what’s with the name? It’s a tribute to my German heritage and great grandfather, Fritz, who lived to be 103, and always said the key to a long life is to live positively, passionately, love fully and “don’t sweat the small stuff.” I carry this mantra with me everyday as I pursue building Fritz & Fräulein.

My ultimate goal is to pass along a bit of history through these pieces while enriching people’s lives with function and great design. I hope you enjoy these as much as I love discovering and creating them.**

Besides here on WordPress, you can find us on the web via the following:

Our Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/FritzandFraulein

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FritzandFraulein

Twitter: http://twitter.com/FritzFraulein

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Email: fritzandfraulein@gmail.com