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A makers guide to New York

New York is a great city for fashion and shopping (two of our favourite things) so when Georgina and Tina went there earlier this year they couldn’t resist turning it into a busman’s holiday and taking a tour of the garment district. You can never have too many threads but how to store them? At One Penn Plaza there was a cotton reel art installation by New York Artist Devorah Sperber, the artworks are inspired by the original Pennsylvania Station which was once located on the same site.

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On to Mood Fabrics, it’s the shop from Project Runway and did not disappoint! Everyone on the team seemed knowledgeable and very helpful; one chap showed us a range of fabrics by draping them over his shoulder and then sketching what he would make, it was great fun and we could have stayed. They also have a trimmings section plus books and sewing gadgets so well worth a visit. We love this shot of the interior—it reminded us of our sinamay selection but on a much grander scale!

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Next stop was the East Coast Trading Company which had a very cute window display. The name is actually Hyman Hendler in a different wrapper which has been in business for over 100 years. According to their website people also refer to it as the Museum of Ribbons and we are inclined to agree. They had the most exquisite ribbons we have ever seen!  It's a good job they have doors on most of the cabinets as that was all that stopped us from climbing in amongst them. Georgina was particularly enamoured with the store, “I cannot explain just how wonderful this shop is for someone who appreciates ribbon. They have a fabulous array of vintage plus new and all of top quality.  I have to say it was overwhelming and almost impossible to choose something to buy as I really wanted the entire stock.”

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They also had a section dedicated to bridal trimmings and accessories which was truly beautiful and enough to make you go out looking for a fiancé just to have reason to shop there.  We were helped by the manager who was advising several customers at once with style.  She was kind enough to show us their old ribbon sample cards and to explain how production and dye methods had changed over the years.  Even the samples were works of art that we would happily frame instead of a painting any day. When you have all these wonderful trimmings at your disposal you can’t help but accessorise and the award for the best dressed tape dispenser goes to M& J Trimmings of West 38th Street.

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Once again another really helpful team of people worked here and we had one assistant’s life story! They were having a warehouse clearance sale so we were in our element surrounded by vintage Petersham (Georgina’s favourite) and proper oldfashioned thick satin ribbon (Tina’s favourite). They have every type of trimming from ribbons to lace of every width and some very impressive sparkly numbers, apparently Martha Stewart is a long-time customer of theirs(our icon) .


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Finally we ended up at the Fashion walk of fame which celebrates American designers who have influenced fashion on an international scale. Twenty-eight designers have been inducted into the walk so far and we were glad to see a milliner made it on to the list.

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Lilly Dache is one of our favourite designers from the golden age of millinery. These images have us heading to our veiling stock for a play. Browse some of the range on our website or pop into the boutique to see our wide selection of vintage veiling.

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If you are looking for more vinspiration why not follow us on Pinterest . Tina is also running two new vintage inspired workshops as part of London Hat Week 2016; a hand draped cloche and an addition to the bow library series rouleaux trims. Go to the London Hat Week website for more information and to book.

2016-08-02T17:51:56+00:00 By |Atelier News, Latest News|