I decided to break down my NYC mega-post into a few, shorter posts. That way it won't be too long and heavy to read in one sitting, and the bonus is it will remind me of my lovely vacation for long. So, as usual, let's begin from the end.
On Wednesday (Dec 15th) I headed to SoHo to checkout The New Traditionalists showroom. I was very curious to see what all the buzz what about, and let me tell you- it was even better than I expected. After admiring the Mad Men worthy sign and entrance and the overwhelming loveliness of the team, David showed me around the place, while I happily took crappy photos;)
The finishing on each piece is amazing. I admired them from afar, but stepping closer and realizing how much thought and craftsmanship went into each and every piece made me admire them even more. Felt, Leather, special painting techniques- these furniture look... nurtured, grown by a loving hand. The fact that the furniture is built locally, just proves that.
As a parent who sometimes (who am I kidding? All the time) gets frustrated about the blandness in children's furniture, the sophisticated lines of TNT's kids' line, ducduc, made me squeal inside.
Finally, it was time to leave so I could get to my next meeting on time, allowing some time for me to get lost (my sense of direction is virtually non-existent, but somehow losing your way on vacation is so much less frustrating).
Karen was even nicer in person, if that's even possible, and after being twitter friends for months we clicked immediately, chatting about design, fashion and life in general... I guess you'll understand a bit more about Karen if I tell you that I miss her already, and we've just met once! (Why can't I have a weekly coffee with my US friends, just for an hour, without getting flights involved??).
Karen just added these dopp kits from her spring 11 collection
Karen walked me to the subway, making sure I won't head in a completely different direction once again, and it was time for my next stop.
To be continued...
ps. Have you seen there's a new Lonny out? I haven't gotten to it yet, but I know what I'm going to read in bed tonight!