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NYC part 1: work.

23 Feb

This past week I flew back out to NYC for another work related buying trip (and if i’m telling the truth there was also a lot of personal shopping too!).  Typically the trade show’s are so exhausting, short of a little dinner, or perhaps a little shopping or a show, it’s a lot less play and a lot more work than it was in the days of owning just a tiny little boutique.

This time was a bit more special however, because I headed to NYC the weekend before my trade show along with my mother and BFF so that we could shop for a wedding dress for my upcoming nuptials.  In the days before work and in the evenings of my work week, I filled every moment with the best NYC had to offer this time around and soaked up every minute of it.  Wes (my fiance) even showed up the last couple days to make being away from home (and him) a lot easier!

On Monday, our assistant buyer, Jen from Dredgers Union and Jennie from my other store, ROOM SERVICE and I set out to the shows and secured some VERY EXCITING and cozy products for Fall 2012.  I’d like to show you pics of everything we bought, but that will have to wait for a little while longer.

In the meantime however, I’ll share some pics of the shows themselves.  We attend 5 shows in this 3 day period and they run the gamut from highly curated & small venues to HUGE venues with seemingly everything under the sun under their giant roofs.  I always wish I had a pedometer on me when I am there, because I swear we must walk 10-15 miles a day while at these shows!

(ABOVE) The Starret Lehigh building in Chelsea is one of my favorites for its mass and beautifully rounded leaded window panes.  Just beautiful.  Inside this building in a few giant empty studios is one of the shows I attend.  It is a smaller, curated collection of goods. Then, up the street is another building of studios, housing more curated shows.

Below is the view from the Starret Lehigh and below that are a few interior images of the smaller shows.

Below is the very imposing JAVITZ CONVENTION CENTER.  To say it is huge would be a staggering understatement.  We walk it in it’s entirety.  It takes days, of course.

it is very difficult to capture it’s interior scale, but it is long aisle after long aisle of visual and mental stimulus.  When you leave this building your brain will hurt as badly as your feet and legs.

Fortunately, our buying assistant can also double as a model, making some buying choices much clearer and easier to make.  (coat on jen arriving fall 2012 – skirts shown below that will be arriving NEXT MONTH!).

coming up soon will be a few more posts on this particular trip to NYC.

xoxoxo

danielle

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MADE IN THE 216 taking submissions now!

15 Feb

It seems we just had a MADE IN THE 216 event, but it is that time again.  At least, for the planning stages of it.

This summer the event will be back in the event space of DREDGERS UNION with a new look and new vendors too!  Your favorite vendors will, of course, be back, but in addition we are currently accepting submissions between now and APRIL 15th – (TAX DAY!  !!) of new item from Cleveland area based designers/makers/creators/.

The event draws thousands and has created an audience to first time designers and created brand recognition for others.

submissions are NOT accepted in person or without an appointment, all submissions must first go through email to:

info@roomservicecleveland.com

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: (very simple)

We will reply to every submission within a week or so.

Please email us with:

  • 2-4 images of your goods
  • brief description of your product
  • brief description of your brand.
  • current pricing information if you have it.
  • your name
  • your email & phone number
  • whether or not you have ever attended a ‘216’ event in the past
  • list of other events (if any) you have participated in
  • list of stores (if any) which currently carry your line

or go to MADEinthe216.com and click the link to submissions which looks like:

looking forward to seeing what submissions come our way!

xoxo

danielle

boat party!!! & all you need to know about it

8 Sep

Tomorrow is the BIG DAY!  Our 1st annual ROAR ALONG THE SHORE boat party!

updates on ticket info and more:

TICKETS are available:

  • IN STORE at Dredgers Union or Room Service.
  • They can be bought online for will call pick up through Friday 5pm at RS’s website.
  • Can be purchased at the boat from 8pm – 9pm with cash or credit card
  • WILL CALL tickets can be picked up at the ticket sales TABLE outside the boat day of.

Miscellaneous INFO:

  • boat boards at 9pm SHARP and the BOAT WAITS FOR NO ONE!
  • PARKING: park wherever you would park to go to the Rock Hall, Science Center or Stadium.  The Municipal lot is always a safe bet.
  • there are 3 cash bars on board – all take cash and credit cards
  • there are concessions available on board for cash and credit card purchase
  • the boat party is RAIN OR SHINE
  • the boat has 2 floors totally indoors and the top deck is completely open (dressing in layers may be helpful depending on weather)

xoxoxo

danielle

BEHIND THE DESIGN: 216 event artwork

18 Jul

Every time I produce a MADE IN THE 216 event, I am asked WHO did this design?!?!  Well in the past, every year i had a different local designer do the artwork and i LOVED how different the artwork felt from show to show.

Somehow though, when I met the boys (Lee, Mark & Joel) at  Kiddo Design (TWITTER: @heykiddodesign) it just stuck!  I have broken my own rules and have hired them the last 2 events in a row.  Maybe it is just because working with Lee (TWITTER:@lazelenak) Mark (TWITTER: @marknizinski) & Joel is just so much fun!  Or they have wooed me with their use of animals knitting…either way, their ideas really capture the essence and the whimsy of what I try to create in 3 dimensions at the actual event.

The campaign these guys did for this year’s MADE IN THE 216 & Grand Opening of Dredgers Union party made it to an awesome design blog called design work life.  Check it out!

Below are the main image and supporting image from this year’s campaign as well as the artwork for last year’s Holiday Shoppe & grand re-opening of Room Service, which was the first work I had done by Kiddo.

Below are a few of my other 216 postcard favorites.  The “loveboat” by David Jurca and the red one by The Bubble Process.

thanks again for stopping by!  xoxox danielle