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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

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). =)