This is a continuation of my last post on my recent NYC weekend adventure. On Saturday, I attended a Kenneth King talk hosted by PatternReview Weekend. Kenneth was very entertaining; I could spend hours listening to him speak. Here is a picture of him and the clown hair jacket he constructed (sorry about the poor cell phone picture).
He was going though a ‘hair’ phase and was doing lots of garments using hair. Pieces of clown hair were meticulously woven to create this jacket. He also wove more natural colored hair pieces to ‘tone’ it down a bit just so it would not be so carnival! I’m not sure what look he was going for but it takes a special person to carry a statement jacket like this.
After Kenneth’s talk, there was a pattern swap. I brought some patterns to swap but ended up with a net gain. It was just too tempting; I snagged some cool indie and vintage patterns.
In the afternoon, I slid out of the seminars to squeeze more critical shopping time in. I was also eager to explore the neighborhoods.
I walked from the hotel to M&J Trimming in the garment district. M&J Trimming is the place to go for that extra special button or trim.
Temptations abounded for me but the trims at M&J were pricier than at Pacific. I did pick up some trinkets though: ornate buttons of all sizes and a sturdy punch tool.
From M&J Trimming, I wandered on 6th Ave toward 42nd street. I stopped by Bryant Park on the corner of 6th Ave and 40th Street to sit and rest. Out of the corner of my eye, I spied Kinokuniya, a Japanese bookstore. I had to check out this store because there are no Kinokuniya stores where I live in the midwest.
At Kinokuniya, I shamelessly added to my embryonic library of Japanese books (thanks to TJ!). I love the Japanese pattern book for men’s coats (and Mr. dashing did too; he gave the seal of approval to make a few of the styles)!
The next day, I took a cab to Mendel Goldberg fabrics in lower east side NY. I had heard that Mendels was a great source for high-end boucles. I wanted to get something nice for a ‘Chanel’ style jacket. Unfortunately, Mendels was closed. I wandered down the block and noticed across from Mendels was BabyCakes bakery. What a happy surprise!
BabyCakes is a bakery that offers vegan, organic, gluten/wheat/soy/casein-free desserts. Full disclosure: I am not 100% vegan but I love dining at vegan restaurants because I suffer from various food intolerances. I was in heaven! I have all the BabyCakes cookbooks but I can’t seem to properly duplicate the magic they create in their cupcakes and desserts.
I treated myself to a chocolate brownie cupcake with vanilla frosting and was on a sugar high for the rest of the day (good thing too because I ended up getting lost and wandering around for at least 20 blocks).
About 1/2 block from BabyCakes bakery was Moos shoes, a vegan shoe store.
Was not particularly looking for shoes but when I spotted this little cutie in the shoebox, I was completely charmed by him and had to stop in the shop and look around.
Apparently, the kitty is fond of boxes and the store employees have to chase him out of the boxes when packing things to ship.
I didn’t walk out of the store empty-handed. Check out these adorable cork wedges and the cute shoebox tote. The wedges are incredibly comfortable!
I ended my NYC shopping spree by walking to Purl Soho, a knitting and fabric store on Broome street. Walking past the SoHo boutiques was energizing! I wished I had a few extra days to explore the area. Purl Soho is a knitter’s paradise with posh yarns in every conceivable color. Purl also has a nice selection of Liberty fabrics.
I fell in love with this crazy/colorful Liberty print and had to have it. I also picked up a blue Liberty print to match the trim Kirsty sent me in the swap (was going by memory but wished I brought the trim with me for a better match). The Liberty fabrics will be sublime sundresses. I tossed in a few matching notions for good measure.
Of course, I had to pick up some lux yarn at Purl. I have always knitted with the cheap stuff and wanted to see if the knitting experience was more pleasurable with the really good stuff. The yarn was Anzula hand-dyed, boysenberry colored Merino/cashmere blend. Purl Soho will also wind your skeins into these cute little balls if you want.
At this point, I was exhausted and out of funds. The Liberty fabrics had put me over the top. It was an awesome weekend and hopefully I can make it back to NYC someday.
If you ever have the opportunity to visit New York City, here is a great guide to the garment district. I also recommend checking out Purl Soho and the SoHo shopping area. Don’t forget to bring an extra suitcase!