Category Archives: Vintage Redesign

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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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

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!

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 & 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

 

 

New Years Resolution Time

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…

Much love,

-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

 

Music Monday for Dad

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.

ox

-Stacy

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.

Kelly Wearstler comes to Illinois

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

Wah-lah!

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!

ox

-Stacy