Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Crafty Couture

Silk scarf, leather journal and enamel bracelet by Hermes of Paris
Monogram Vernis bag by Louis Vuitton
I feel lucky to own a modest few pieces of high fashion and to have attended a few events that showcased the craftsmanship involved in creating them.
Last November Louis Vuitton threw a party at Saks Fifth Avenue to showcase their personalization services by featuring artisans painting, hand stamping and monogramming right at the event.  I love this bag from the limited-edition Takashi Murakami collection.
And there's a cute display at their 5th Ave store now for spring.
In February of this year, Hermes of Paris opened its first Men's Boutique on Madison Avenue and the event was attended by Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, Katie Holmes and Martha Stewart.  I'm not usually an orange person, but the Hermes shades are very special.
I got to meet Eddie who does tailoring and watch him work on the fine fabrics for a little while.  
I also took a peek at his sewing area -- I would be so nervous sewing Hermes silk!
And last week, Gucci brought its Artisan Corner event to NYC where craftsmen from Italy set up a workshop to show their hand stitching, stamping and embossing skills.
They had a pretty cool sewing machine.
And it was a great weekend for craft fairs, which I'll write about soon.
Hope it's sunny where you are :-) Happy May!

15 comments:

tris1978ton said...

Gosh you are so lucky to see such art at work.

Craftiness NOW said...

thanks, tris1978ton :-)

Sandy a la Mode said...

wow, you are one lucky girl to be able to attend craft fairs and events that showcase such high end fashion! i'd love to own some nice name brand things in my lifetime.. i have a few... but i'd like some more... maybe when i win the lottery?? hehe

MadsaboutU said...

OMG, you lucky, lucky girl! i am so envious!:)

junghwa by amy stewart said...

Oh wow look at that sewing machine!! And I think you are so lucky to be able to experience all that you do. :)

N said...

I'm reading your blog from vacay in palm Springs, CA right now, so yes it is very sunny! These artisan corners sounded like great experiences. You are very lucky indeed

Craftiness NOW said...

hi Sandy, yea, i could use a lottery win too, haha ;-)

thanks, MadsaboutU, we should go shopping!

hey, amy, thanks :-)

hi N, i think YOU are the lucky one to be in palm springs, nice!

anjelikuh said...

Wow, these look like awesome events to attend! i love the window display with the Louis balloons, :D

Sarah Vino said...

Oooo that's lovely! Some real quality!

Craftiness NOW said...

hi anjelikuh, yea, i like that the display is so girly and springy :-)

hi Sarah, thanks and thanks for visiting :-)

jennifer young said...

you're an event planner? amazing!!
j.

Craftiness NOW said...

hi jennifer, yes, it's a roller-coaster job ;-)

jozen said...

while in honolulu, one of the LV shops was hosting a Takashi Murakami art exhibit. it was SO cool!

Craftiness NOW said...

hi jozen, sounds like a fabulous vacation, lucky girl!

Truly Smitten said...

Thanks for your comment, hon! And goodness, you HAVE been busy!

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