Monday, November 29, 2010

Silk Coat

One of a kind coat
Unfinished edges.
Can be dyed if ivory isn't your color.

Sweaters and warm skirts are making an appearance.
Come see them at FROCK.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Gray and beige ...

New MerGirl ... warm yummy cowl. So cozy with partially upcycled piece goods.

Available for purchase
Smashing Darling

Monday, November 15, 2010

It is an honor to be included ...

FROCK, the store/studio I own with Laura Williams was included in a post titled, The Workshop Phenomenon. It was posted by Abigail Doan on e c c o* e c o blog. This really means a lot to me. I have been finding my thoughts being expressed by other writers and independent designers lately. I am so thankful someone is finding the words that are always so elusive to me, but are dead on for what I really want to say. Please check out Abigail's other blog, Abigail Doan ... it is a blog about her life, travels, textiles and art projects. It is beautiful place to be.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Upcycling Sweaters

I have become very inspired by upcycling and breathing new life into clothing that needs to be revamped to stay current. This is my first of many pieces to come.

Love For Frock: VENU Magazine, CT

originally posted by Mo at Smashing Darling

Frock is the storefront/studio home of independent designers Whosiepie and Mergirl (aka TrishDarling), and just may be the happiest place I have ever experienced. It just so happens to also be Darling Headquarters as we know it. How perfect. Fairfield County based Venu Magazine (page 22 for the full story) decided they needed to get to know this darling local CT fashion spot a bit better, now you can too. So...when are you going to visit?

Like the local food movement where people now want to know where their food comes from, they also want to know where their clothes come from. They like buying clothes that they know are made in Connecticut and supporting a local business. "A woman in her 60s came in and when she saw us making the clothes right here she said, 'the world is getting better'. People need inspiration like this, especially now." says Williams-Larson, and FROCK of doing that one stitch at a time.

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FROCK doesn't function like the average fashion house where the designers are hidden from public view off sewing in another part of the building. Or where they go into production making clothes of full year before they are seen. Nor do they start working on their fall line before summer is even half way over. The designers remain free to catch the energy of the day which keeps their ideas fresh and flowing "if it's hot in September, we will still be making cute summer things", says Williams-Larson.

Ginter appreciates the immediacy of being able to work in the now, creating because she is inspired to create, and not because a marketing campaign has demanded that she does, as in the traditional fashion world. There are no expectations to produce just for the sake of producing nor anyone telling them what to make and when to make it. "We can continue to do summer until we feel the very first cool breeze that's when it will tell us it's time to do fall. We are in the season we are in, the way it feels this week." says Ginter.

Monday, October 11, 2010

The light in the studio

... has been so beautiful lately.

handspun bulky yarn

I am looking for hand spun, bulky, soft, natural fiber yarn in winter whites, creams and blues. If anyone has seen such yarns, please send links my way.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Taken ...

I didn't realize you would mistake my hospitality and graciousness when I welcomed you into FROCK today. I am so sorry if I gave you the impression that my clothing was free. I am so sorry if I made you feel welcome to come in and help yourself to what ever you wanted as if it were your own closet. Clearly there was a miscommunication because you took 2 things that weren't yours.

You felt so privileged, you took my lovely skirt inspired by the ocean and a beautiful lacy mohair sweater I had just finished making and newly hung on our rack.

I think the most important thing you took from me today was the experience and the connection I would have made with the person/people who would have eventually bought those pieces. Now I will never see the smile on the person's face who was meant have them.

Anyone on the shoreline in Connecticut that wants to share this on their blog or Facebook page it is much appreciated. If anyone sees it walking around, it was stolen. There was only one ever made.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Thursday, September 09, 2010

IFB Evolving Influence Conference NYFW

The Independent Fashion Bloggers, Evolving Influence Conference, was held two stories below the Hudson Hotel right around the corner from Lincoln Center, the new home to New York Fashion Week. The message today was loud and clear; be 100% yourself, 100% of the time if you are trying to build a community around your blog. The niche community you build, because of that purity to please yourself versus trying to please your community or anyone else, will be what makes your blog/community worth it's weight in gold.

the visual vibe and feel of the day ...

I also learned about Jeff Silverman shoes. Did you know you could design your own shoes?

Wednesday at FROCK

... a wedding dress fitting.

the funniest part ... from the street we here someone yelling turn around ... bride's sister was driving by right as it was happening. Serendipitous, is the only way to say it ... and that kind of thing happens all the time.

ps ... no getting hopes up, I don't do wedding dresses anymore, although this is the second one in 2 weeks. The first bride tricked me, no one was more shocked than me. It's not nice to fool mother nature.