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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

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

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!

Etsy Front Page!

Hope everyone is having a great Friday (and staying warm!)! We’re wrapping up the end of the week with a Fritz & Fräulein first – being featured on Etsy’s Front Page tonight!  Pretty exciting and a big thanks to Amanda & Ginger from lebotanicals for including our Men’s Dopp Kit in such an amazing men’s treasury!  Head on over to Etsy and check it out before it’s gone! (or, you know, just click the screenshot above) 😉

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

 

 

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

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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