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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!

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

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

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!

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

 

 

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). =)