Thursday, November 20, 2008

Buy 2

OR More...
and Get $10 Off Each Hat
after Thanksgiving
Sale is Friday November 28 4 - 7 pm
Saturday, November 29 8 - noon

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Whosiepie Trunk Show

Save The Date!
Laura (designer of Whosiepie) and I
would like to invite you to MerGirl

Friday, November 28th 4pm - 7pm
Saturday, November 29th 8am - noon

There will be lots of Whosiepie accessories
perennial favorites such as
yoga mat bags
lavender eye pillows
signature whosie bags...
as well as some new gift ideas.

So please join us...
there will be sip of this
and a bite of that to share with you also.

and if you haven't heard the news...
you will have to stop by to get the latest...

p.s. I have to Shout out Erica Tannen's new newsletter, The E-List. It is for all of you that want to stay in touch with all the cool happenings on the shoreline from New Haven to New London. Go sign up now.

Monday, November 17, 2008


by Robert Pinsky
The back, the yoke, the yardage. Lapped seams,
The nearly invisible stitches along the collar
Turned in a sweatshop by Koreans or Malaysians

Gossiping over tea and noodles on their break
Or talking money or politics while one fitted
This armpiece with its overseam to the band

Of cuff I button at my wrist. The presser, the cutter,
The wringer, the mangle. The needle, the union,
The treadle, the bobbin. The code. The infamous blaze

At the Triangle Factory in nineteen-eleven.
One hundred and forty-six died in the flames
On the ninth floor, no hydrants, no fire escapes--

The witness in a building across the street
Who watched how a young man helped a girl to step
Up to the windowsill, then held her out

Away from the masonry wall and let her drop.
And then another. As if he were helping them up
To enter a streetcar, and not eternity.

A third before he dropped her put her arms
Around his neck and kissed him. Then he held
Her into space, and dropped her. Almost at once

He stepped up to the sill himself, his jacket flared
And fluttered up from his shirt as he came down,
Air filling up the legs of his gray trousers--

Like Hart Crane's Bedlamite, "shrill shirt ballooning."
Wonderful how the patern matches perfectly
Across the placket and over the twin bar-tacked

Corners of both pockets, like a strict rhyme
Or a major chord. Prints, plaids, checks,
Houndstooth, Tattersall, Madras. The clan tartans

Invented by mill-owners inspired by the hoax of Ossian,
To control their savage Scottish workers, tamed
By a fabricated heraldry: MacGregor,

Bailey, MacMartin. The kilt, devised for workers
to wear among the dusty clattering looms.
Weavers, carders, spinners. The loader,

The docker, the navvy. The planter, the picker, the sorter
Sweating at her machine in a litter of cotton
As slaves in calico headrags sweated in fields:

George Herbert, your descendant is a Black
Lady in South Carolina, her name is Irma
And she inspected my shirt. Its color and fit

And feel and its clean smell have satisfied
both her and me. We have culled its cost and quality
Down to the buttons of simulated bone,

The buttonholes, the sizing, the facing, the characters
Printed in black on neckband and tail. The shape,
The label, the labor, the color, the shade. The shirt.

-Robert Pinsky

Thank you Sue Levine for choosing to read this to our memoir class over the summer.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

When One Door Closes...

Jan. 1, 2009 Another door opens...

If you have been to Chester lately, you have noticed this big, beautiful, red beet hanging outside of what used to be the bakery in town. This is going to be the new home for a store called
The Local Beet.
I am very excited and can't wait to see their doors open.
If you have noticed this, I would like you to take a moment and notice one more thing....the stairs on the left going up. This is where the New Door has opened for Laura & me.

Those stairs lead to our New Studio. We are both very excited to be staying in town producing our clothing lines and pursuing other aspects of our arts. This new space will allow us to concentrate, focus & be a little more specialized.

We will have open houses about once a month so make sure you are on our mailing lists or have subscribed to our blogs. The hours for The Studio will pretty much be the same as at 4 Water St. So feel free to stop in and visit.

This is really exciting for us and we are looking forward to the new inspiration and what this will produce from us. In the mean time we still have lot's going on down at 4 Water St, in MerGirl.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Lunch w/ Dina Varano

Hello all!
Just a reminder,
If you haven't already made you reservation
for Lunch with
Dina Varano
River Tavern
(860-526-9417 for reservation)
This Sat. Nov.8, 2008
You need to do that right away.
Her first lunch in the spring was sold out.
Judging from the pictures it was amazing.
I will see you there!