Category Archives: Vintage Redesign

American as Apple Pie

American Makers S laptop bag

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!

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

Game Changers

It’s been a busy month (as, errr…is reflected in my blogging activity – sorry guys!) and March has flown by!  However, I’m so very excited to show (and tell) you about some of the reasons for my absence. With all the supplies I’ve acquired (thank you rare and amazing NY closet space) I really decided to go full throttle with Fritz & Fräulein, my vintage redesign biz.

Part 1: I joined The Etsy New York Street Team (no, not a gang of knitting needle wielding ninjas roaming Williamsburg keeping the hipster population in check – well, not yet at least). ; )  The team is an amazingly talented group of handmade Etsy artists from the New York area that meet online and off to share information on everything from markets to sell at to tax tips and supplier recommendations (yes, for my never ending “trim sourcing” quests for the perfect zipper, chain, buckle, leather, whathaveyou) or just attending handmade events like the upcoming Etsy Symposium and an Etsy-focused taping of The Martha Stewart Show.  We also host our own team blog (which I’m a writer for – yay!), Twitter, Facebook and are launching a Pinterest shortly (and you knowww I’ll be a part of that) ; ) to share anything and everything related to the handmade movement and growing a small business. In the short time I’ve been a member, it’s blown me away with how active and helpful this community is that I’m so very proud to be a part of.

Part 2: This leads me to…the fact that I’ve been desperately needing to acquire an industrial sewing machine to replace my sad little home sewer that just isn’t up to snuff to efficiently sew my Garrison Clutches (and soon-to-be released upcycled iPad/laptop sleeve line). I spoke to Parsons, FIT and my old fashion department at Syracuse for advice and then scoured craigslist, the fashion district and spoke to more fast-talking dealers (sewing machine dealers people, sewing machines) than I care to remember. Just when I was totally over the whole search and about to pull the trigger on a used Juki from the least shady dealer I could find, Etsy New York came through. =) Fellow team member, Rosi, from Rosi Rouge, was moving her studio and needed to sell a vintage industrial Singer 95-10 for a steal. I did my research and learned it was one of the original Singers, Made in America on August 5th, 1920 in Elizabeth, NJ (yes, the “need to know” researcher in me actually called Singer with the serial number), is highly regarded in the industry as one of the best machines ever made and still used by designers today, particularly preferred for its “elegant stitch.”  Needless to say, if it ran good, it was recommended that I snatch it up.  After testing it out and being in utter amazement of its gorgeous work and whisper quiet whir, I did. =) Aaand here it is…

I have yet to name her/him but suggestions are welcome.  Maybe this will be the Fritz to my Fräulein (at least for now). =)

Granny Chic

Who would have predicted what once was only hot on the bingo circuit would become such a long-staying trend?  Knitting, crocheting, quilting, doily’ing (errr..?). Until recently, these words probably brought to mind those not-no-chic, cringe-worthy gifts from your childhood (three armed sweater anyone?).  Today, Gramma’s crafts have turned into one of the biggest trends to hit the design world.  With the revival of the handmade movement over the past several years + the comfort these sorts of materials have brought through these not-so-fun times, Granny Chic has infiltrated all aspects of product design.  You can find it in interiors, with these cute, knitted ottoman poufs from CB2:

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CB2 Knitted Poufs in GraphiteCamoPool, & Blood Orange (online only), $79.95-$89.95. Available in store or online.

Or you can go modern handmade and snatch up these upcycled doily-laden pillows and crochet Kindle cases from Betsy Bell:

Rockin' Grandma Vintage Doily Cushion Cover

Granny Chic Throw Pillows (available in a variety of colors and sizes/also does custom orders), $32-$38/each

Eco-friendly Kindle Snug with Tassles - Chunky Crochet - 100% Peruvian Wool

Eco-friendly Kindle Snug with Tassles (available in 12 colors/also does custom orders), $26

If you need to get organized, go for some vintage crocheted hangers from our own Fritz & Fräulein shop:
Crocheted Wooden Hangers - Blue, Cream, Green, Turquoise and Red Split (set of 3)

Vintage Crocheted Wooden Hangers (wide variety of colors) $9-$18/set

Or add a cute, retro touch with these LOVE yarn stitched coasters:

Coaster Set - LOVE Coasters

LOVE Coaster Set, $14

If you’re looking for a unique (and super cute) handmade gift, check out Skunkboy Creatures. She hand stitches every plush item, including the most adorable ornaments, larger plush animals and amazing custom cake toppers.

Image of Penguin Ornament  Image of Custom Blue Bird

Image of Laying Fawn

Image of Custom Bunny Wedding Cake Toppers

Penguin Ornament, $40; Blue Bird, $75; Laying Fawn, $200; Bunny Cake Toppers, $100.

Maybe fashion’s more your game? Be super chic with the Dublin knitted handbag from Gerard Darel, the designer French women and celebs alike (Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry) flock to for his classic styles.

24 heures Dublin

Gerard Darel 24 Heure Dublin350 €. Available in store (France only) or via gerarddarel.com.

If you’re not ready to hop the pond and drop that kind of coin, you can always pick up a lace shirt or Granny-inspired sweater, at retailers like Zara or American Apparel.

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Silk Lace T-Shirt, Zara, $25.90

Sweater, Zara. *photo courtesy of atlantic-pacific.blogspot.com

So whether it’s home goods, accessories or fashion, pick your poison and insert some Granny Chic into your life. Gram would indeed be proud.