Category: Craftsmanship

cold-weather helmet liner bathing suit

This has become an annual tradition for me, a kind of tribute to my mother. I apologize to those who have read it before, but I have new readers who I think will enjoy it.

It’s bathing suit season, in preparation for the unveiling of the bathing suit I have been collaborating on, I think reposting this old story about my mother is appropriate. If you haven’t read it before I hope you enjoy it. 

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During World War II, my parents became refugees and ended up in a DP (displaced persons) camp in Germany, where they were taken care of by an organization that eventually became a part of the United Nations. This is a picture of my mother, in a bathing suit she made there, out of cold-weather helmet liners. When my parents fled from Latvia they had been able to bring, like refugees everywhere at every time, only what they could pack in one suitcase. 

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welcome to my garment district

patterns

Patterns

Welcome to my “garment district.” If you’ve never seen a garment made, here’s a glimpse into the process, a process dear to me because of my grandfather, who was a tailor.

When I see these pictures of Germaine DeNigris, of Arkins, working, I can hear the pattern paper rustling, the pins rattling in the little tin box, the sound of scissors munching through fabric, and the smell of a warming iron. Even though I’m not sure of what all those little hieroglyphic dots and arrows are, I love this process. This is how a garment is made—and this is what Germaine says about what’s coming:

“The thing I love about the suit we’ve created is that the wearer is given the power to show or cover what they want, and what works best with their unique body type. We all deserve to feel peaceful and playful at the beach, not distressed and distracted about an unflattering swimsuit. My goal with this piece was to create a classic garment that would appreciate any woman’s shape or size via customization, and give the wearer the confidence they deserve to be able to enjoy every beach day more fully.”      

I love the idea of a garment “appreciating” my shape!    

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Peruvian Connection NYC, working for Annie

Annie

I work for Annie Hurlbut. She’s my boss. Actually, I work for Peruvian Connection in the new Peruvian Connection NYC store, but really, it’s the same thing. I’m sure many of you know Annie and Peruvian Connection—like me and so many women our age who discover the store, having shopped PC for years, and swoosh in with an

 

“Oh! I’m so glad you’re here, I’ve shopped your catalog for years!”

 

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I often show up for my shift swooshing in and repeating the same line to my younger colleagues, just for the fun of it. (They used to be amused.)

 So what’s it like working for a company that’s celebrating its 40th anniversary this year?

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#unfollow for accessories

If you can’t afford Cartier, Gucci, or Celine, where do you go for accessories?

 

Where to get those fantastic things that are going to make even your jeans and sweatshirt look haute? Yesterday’s post was all about accessorizing, but I realize some of us might not know exactly where to buy nice scarves, jewelry, belts, etc — especially not the run of the mill. I have some ideas. 

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