Wednesday, February 20, 2013

New York Gift Show: Fashion Review

henna tattoo in Continental Home booth

I go to the New York Gift Show to see the latest home wares, 
but I love spying the other "wears" too. 
Here are some of my fave moments of personal adornment.


Merchandising master Stephen Killian explores B&W @ LAZY SUSAN: 

Laurie Lenfestey of Bittersweet Designs and consultant Nancy Soriano show off their black and white dot iPhone cases.
Graphic and anonymous.


 Margaret Josephs of The Macbeth Collection (left) and Jill Rosenwald rock the fringe.

This skirt reminds me of a man's tie.
Carol Gregg of Red Egg mixes honeycomb fishnets with a silk brocade skirt and 1950s kimono.
Great flowy hemline found at Made Goods.
My plaid radar kept beeping.

an unknown dapper shopper catches my eye from head to toe.

  Schmutzerland's Bonnie Berish's work shirt

In the 1973 booth
XOXO the combo of Claire Russo's plaid jacket with LuRu Home Nankeen pillow.
a purple and gold combo on a side street near Javits

including Mark Musters' blanket style jacket.

this highlighter yellow down jacket
and this purple paisley blazer

 Laurie Lenfestey of Bittersweet Designs and Susan Chancey of Lost & Foundry


and Jen O'Connor, mama angel at Earth Angels Studios


Don Carney ties one of his scarves on at Patch NYC

Ana Romero does similarly in silk

coordinating outfits
out on the street, i really wanted to ask this army green trio if they planned to dress the same.

i also suspect this gift show shopping couple planned their orange and gray outfits.

Meg Cohen (right) and I both went to Friends Select School in Philadelphia. Her collection of colorful, cashmere gear (and more) is soft and delicious. 

Friday, February 15, 2013

VALENTINE SPECIAL: Couples That Work Together

On my way to the Gift Show I passed this sign @ 72nd & Bway. Check out This is How You Win Her Back; the story it''s pretty cool.
I XOXO meeting couples who are in business together, and I always find a bunch at the New York Gift Show. Some couples I have known for years, others I just met at the last show. This Valentine's Day I honor your commitment to create and relate. As far as I can see, it seems to be working!

Two ceramicists in one house:  "It turns out I am married to a great designer." -- Jill Rosenwald on Lawrence McCrae

The flower maker and his wife.
"Working together is a luxury with an undetermined outcome." -- Tommy Mitchell on working with Marty Mitchell,  Tommy Mitchell Company
"We have learned to not take things too seriously." -- Amy & Jacob Townsend of Amy Ruth Designs
"We met in 1972 and have been together ever since. We don't quite look at the world the way most people do." - David Rubin and Bonnie Berish, Schmutzerland
"The idea of coming home in the evening and taking about completely different realties is something I can't imagine -  Ernie Sesskin of Groundwork
(Brian Foster, Me, and Ernie Sesskin)
Don Carney and John Ross from Patch NYC are both artists whose creative modes are totally complimentary.

 Happy Valentine's Day!  XOXO Jane

P.S. If you work alongside your life partner, let me know. 

Friday, February 1, 2013


glittery, glinty, sparkly, shiny...

Lamia, the youngest member of the Moroccan Prestige sales force, gets comfy on a silver 40" sq ottoman.
Whether your pleasure is silver or gold, there was lots o' flashy product at the New York International Gift Fair to satisfy one's METALLIC mood.

John Derian was one of the first pioneers to embrace the leather pouf .
 Metallic stars in Pappelina's woven plastic carpets. Made in Sweden.
Studio Salvage Crafts' stools and benches woven with metallic rope 
Metallic threads run through many of Mastour's silk/wool Tibetan carpets
Metallic bags, woven scarves, and zipps from Christen Maxwel
Siemon & Salazar's Gong pendant features fused metallic leaf.
"Moust have" cast brass place card holders from Jonathan Adler.  
Tommy Mitchell's gilded tole flowers.
Chilewich's Metallic Lace Placement in silver or gold
Metallic Leather cuff from Jamie Dietrich
Red Egg's octagonal coffee table gets a coat of silver. From the Indochine Collection.
Steel is a toned down silver alternative at Design Workshop.