Inslee By Design: You made it this far, you know who I am.
Society Social: My studio mate, Roxy is the founder of Society Social - a whimsical line of home goods and furniture. Roxy enjoys drinking wine with me while we complain about how hard our lives are. She's just one of those people who is always there for you (or in this case, for me). So if you have some emotional baggage you've been carrying around, I invite you to stop by #73SPRINGSHOP and take a load off while road testing one of her beautiful pieces of furniture and tell Roxy all about that job you're thinking of going out for, or that date that didn't go as planned, or those five pounds you just cannot lose.
Persifor: Alex, designer behind the perky and fresh clothing & accessories line, Persifor, will be joining us for the Pop Up shop again this year. Alex enjoys running the world with one hand tied behind her back. If there's anything I learned from #73SPRINGSHOP last year, it's that Alex is one cool, calm, collected cucumber that you totally want to emulate and grow up to become. But you can't, because you're a mess. It's ok, I'm a mess too. We can just lurk near Alex and try to absorb some of her powers together while telling Roxy all our problems.
Loren Hope: Omg yes, that Loren! Yes, her stuff is EVERYWHERE. AND IT IS SO CUTE. Loren is taking the world by storm, one piece of hand-crafted-in-Rhode-Island beautiful jewelry at a time. Loren is also a second time vendor at #73SPRINGSHOP and if you weren't her biggest shopper last year, I think i might have been. You know the classic story: Girl gets job at retail shop, girl gets pay check, girl spends pay check in same retail shop...? Yes. That was me and Loren's inventory last year.
Ashley Brooke Designs: Now THIS is a wild card. I have to admit, I don't know ABD and her sassy hand lettered accessories all that well yet. She's a first time vendor, new to the shop this year! Hurray for a newbie! My initial read is this: Ashely is essentially Buddy the Elf dressed in heels and a cardigan. Or in other words, we're going to get along very well. I anticipate we'll fall in love and maybe choreograph several synchronized dances together about the meaning of Christmas.
If you missed it last year, let me fill you in: #73SPRINGSHOP is a hashtag, but it is also so much more. It is a call-to-action to be said loud, and fast, and all as one word: SEVENTYTHREESPRINGSHOP!!! and to be emphasized by doing jazz hands while you say it. Try it and see if you don't feel suddenly energized by the need to buy adorable gifts.
#73SPRINGSHOP is a curated shopping experience featuring a selection of each of our products in a boutique-like atmosphere. We've worked together to design a beautiful space that amplifies each of our unique businesses and makes you feel warm and fuzzy when you step through the door.
There will be Christmas music. There will be puppies. There may also be face painting (TBD... have not asked the others about this yet, but who doesn't want to have their face painted like a sexy reindeer?)
Last year, #73SPRINGSHOP was a raging success. We opened the doors of our merry little studio for a week to the general public and met so many wonderful new friends and clients and sold lots and lots of beautiful gifts.
So this year, we decided to take it a step further and invite you in not just for one week but for the whole darn MONTH. Why not? The longer the merrier!
Yes, that is right. Starting December 3rd, we'll be open daily during the week from 4-8pm and on Saturdays from 12-6pm and on Sundays from 1-5pm. We'll ring the closing bell on December 20th. And really, if you haven't finished shopping by then, then shame on you GRINCH.
Now this is the tricky part...
The studio is in an office building, it's not exactly a traditional retail storefront experience. So put on your adventure pants, and get ready to do some hunting to find us up on the fourth floor of 73 Spring Street. It will be worth it.
If you arrive in the evening or on the weekend, you'll need to buzz #16 to be granted access to the magical party that is raging upstairs in our lair.
Once you're in the door, you'll be faced with a big decision: to opt for the ease and speed of the elevator to floor 4 or taking the stairs, because we know that Fitbit is always watching. Always judging.
Once you make it to floor 4, just follow the sounds of the cacophony of joy that will undoubtedly be spilling forth from Room 401, potentially getting us in trouble with our neighbors. And the rest will be pretty self explanatory... HAVE FUN!
We cannot wait to see you!
Meet Tay. She's a four part composition painted in sumi and watercolor, floated on white mat to expose deckled edged paper, framed in burnished gold shadowbox frames and hung for all to see at our studio at 73 Spring Street.
Will Taylor Swift be named person of the year tomorrow? Who am I to say? But she certainly is the person of 73 Spring Street this week at our Pop Up Shop.
Speaking of the Pop Up Shop... thank you to everyone who has joined us so far. It has been one of the most fun experiences I've ever had. My heart is full to bursting with gratitude for how much support and enthusiasm has come our way.
If you're in the city this week please do come by 73 Spring Street, suite 401!
I am back to round out the rest of your December schedule with more events focused on ME. I assume you've already planned your outfit for my Dempsey & Carroll 2015 Calendar event on December 2nd, which is great. I applaud you for being so organized.
Now, let me be straight with you. The Dempsey & Carroll event is going to be a rager. A 5:30 pm Tuesday night paper-themed cocktail party always leads to a wild time with stories you can only allude to the next day at work without being judged heavily.
Seriously. I'm not going to sugar coat this one, you will be hungover.
You will wake up with glitter in your hair and one of those mysterious black light activated stamps on the inside of your wrist that mean you went to a club afterwards. You will need to call and cancel your debit card because you left your tab open somewhere.
But, I know you all are up to the challenge. My followers are nothing if not resilient. Which brings me to my next point...
If you've sobered up and recovered enough by Friday the 5th and are itching to celebrate more, I welcome you to scratch that itch and come visit me at my studio for the opening night of my collaborative holiday pop up shop, 73 Spring Shop!
This is a truly one-of-a-kind, first time ever, amazing, synergistic, woman-powered pop up hosted by six wonderful brands working together.
Loren Hope, Design Darling, Persifor, Society Social, Three Jane and my own sweet baby, Inslee By Design are partnering up to make your holiday shopping a pure joy.
We each offer a unique product that will check any and every box on your shopping list. And you can tell your coworker/sister/motherinlaw/favoritesoulcycleteacher that you purchased their gift from the designers themselves when you were personally invited to their studio. How thoughtful and resourceful does that make you look? Very.
Not only is this an incredible opportunity to find distinctive and awesome presents, it is also an opportunity to take sick instagrams. Seriously everything about this pop up shop is going to be impossible not to instagram.
I'm talking peony and citrus infused Christmas Trees, a spiked hot chocolate bar, a special station where I'll be dressed as Santa so you can sit on my lap for pictures*... it's going to be incredible.
*That last part about me dressed as Santa just came to me mid blogpost. Have not run this by any of the other designers yet. They may find this a little off-focus. But don't worry, it will happen. If not me, we'll definitely* convince my husband to do this.
*will never happen in a million years
Anyway, we'll be open for business December 5-12th here at 73 Spring Street in room 401. You can find us just off the 6 train between Lafayette and Crosby streets. We can't wait to meet you, toast the season and help you find perfect gifts for everyone you love.
In case you're having a slow day at the office and need more distractions, here's a brief bio about each member of the #73SpringShop crew.
Design Darling, Mackenzie Horan
Mackenzie is an incredibly cute tiny person from Connecticut. She likes monograms and will monogram anything you want on-site at our event. Literally, she will tattoo you with your initials if you so choose. I heard recently that my generation misinterprets "literally" quite often. Let me just say for the record, I know exactly what it means and I've never used it lightly. You know me, I don't exaggerate. Mackenzie is ready to ink you up.
insider tip: She once had a competition with my husband to see who was more bowlegged. They tied.
Society Social, Roxy Owens
Where to begin? Roxy and I are deeply in love. We couldn't do it without each other. Wait...this was supposed to be a bio. I lapsed into diary entry mode.
If you read my blog, you know alllllll about Society Social. Roxy's expert eye and glorious designs make everything about 73 Spring Shop come to life. The entire space is furnished by her. You'll get to see her bar carts, chairs, sofas, mirrors and tables in action at the event.
insider tip: Roxy hates wearing pants. She inspired me to create this print. She's currently not wearing pants somewhere.
Loren Hope, Loren Barham
Loren is the ultimate badass. Because while the other five of us get to plan this event from the comfort of our studio, Loren is video conferencing in from her amazing jewelry designing headquarters in Rhode Island and is having to execute her entire plan remotely while planning to relocate herself, her staff and her inventory to NYC all in the name of meeting you, dear shoppers. You better come buy her stuff purely from a guilt-perspective. But more importantly buy it because it is the hottest thing out there right now - gorgeous statement jewelry pieces that mix vintage stones and styling with modern edge and vibrant color.
insider tip: her husband is obsessed with karaoke and on an unrelated note, she designed custom earrings for each of my bridesmaids.
Persifor, Alex Thompson
Alex and I met and got to know each other through the planning of #73SpringShop and I couldn't be more excited to call her a new friend. She is just all around awesome. You're going to love her. She'll be offering her colorful line of women's wear at our shop. We even have a cute little dressing room for you to change in so you can see how it will all fit. None of that sample sale clothes-ripping-off-in-public madness. (We love you, but we don't want you naked in the middle of our party... as I said, save the weird stuff for the Calendar party on Tuesday)
insider tip: she has a baby girl named T-bone.
Three Jane, Katie Schloss
Katie is the other cutest and tiniest person from Connecticut. If there's anything I've learned in my friendship with Katie and Mackenzie it is that the Elven community of Connecticut is a down-to-earth and welcoming people with a rich history of entrepreneurialism. Katie will be offering her collection of beautiful and creatively designed jewelry. Her earrings are my go-to dress up pieces these days and I can't tell you how quickly everyone I meet compliments me on them.
insider tip: Katie is PERKY. She will out-perk a six year old on Christmas morning. You need sunglasses to look directly at her. Also she's named her future dog, "ribbit"... I'll let her explain this to you.
Inslee By Design, Inslee Fariss
This is me in one of my early creations from my brief stint as a costume designer for the cast of Les Miserables. I am modeling the look I created for Jean Valjean. Around age 9 I retired from costume design and began focusing on works on paper, many of which will be for sale at #73SpringShop. We're talking neon nudes, ballerinas, original watercolors framed and unframed, prints of every variety, calendars both large and small and perhaps ****an opportunity or two for a live custom sketch****
insider tip: my parents will be attending this event with me and will give a short speech on raising a child costume designer without forfeiting my education.
xoxoxo that's all folks! Back to work! I hope you come shop!