Patternmaking, one of the most time consuming “hidden” parts of the finished garment, is one expertise that Toshiki has, thankfully, as about 90% of our business is custom sizing. Besides making “standard” size patterns, (not vanity sizing, but real world sizing), for our stock, each time we take your custom order, we make your pattern. The photo I take of you when placing your order gets taped to the pattern, and when we are finished with your piece, we put the pattern in storage and keep it. Many times someone calls and says I love the fit of my coat, I want the same thing in a different color, or trim, and we pull out the pattern and discuss new options. Voila, a  fresh look, same comfort and style they have loved for years.


Crafts at Lyndhurst

Once again this coming weekend we will be showing our shearling collection on the magnificent grounds of the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, NY.  Located just south of the Tappan Zee Bridge, about 25 miles north of NYC. This show has become a destination to shop, to enjoy the grounds, the views, tour the castle, all on the banks of the Hudson River. If you have been before, you know why you come again and again……..if its your first time, check this link for all kinds of info to get here. Easily accessible by car or train.

Info about Crafts at Lyndhurst

Admission Coupon

September 21, 22, 23, 2012
Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst
Friday and Sunday 10am – 5pm
Saturday 10am – 6pm
The Hudson Valley’s most popular craft show returns to Tarrytown for its 28th year. Discover the unique designs and creative artistry of 275 leading artists and craftspeople, from across the country, as they exhibit, sell and talk about their contemporary handcrafted works of art. Collectors, art enthusiasts and discerning shoppers will enjoy the rare opportunity to meet these visionary artists and purchase their latest work. For details contact Artrider Productions directly at

General admission is $10 per person
Seniors are $9
Children 6 – 16 are $4; Children under 6 admitted free.
Held rain or shine. NO DOGS ALLOWED.

Fashion’s Night Out, 2012

Fashion week kicked off with the 3rd annual Fashion’s Night Out, which my friend & I feel it’s out duty to become fashion “tourists”. But from what I heard from some fashion “insiders”, it’s more fun not to be on anybody’s “list” and just wander the streets, in our case of Manhattan, and see what you run into. It has never dissappointed us, and even thou this year we were quite distracted, we came up with some good times, our favorite was sinking into lounge chairs at Berdorf Men, listening to a swing band, (does anyone know who they were? they were great!) watching the dancers and drinking Ginger Beers.

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A New Design, Fall 2012

This is one of our new designs this fall, a fitted at the waist ebony merino shearling, trimmed in a bronze and black lambskin edging. It has a wide asymetrical collar that hugs the neck to keep out the chill, but can also be worn open to drape over the collarbone.

I just shipped this coat out to the woman who purchased it at the Hampton Classic, and she looked absolutely gorgeous in it, so the piece is now complete. So exciting when the right person gets the right coat!

Riding Boots & Bespoke Shoes Hand Crafted in New York City

Ever since I moved to New York in my early 20’s, I would wander around lower Manhattan before it was “Soho”, I would pass by a shop with an oval sign hanging above a small shop on a tiny little street. It had an image of a riding boot, and said Vogel Handmade Boots. Intriguing, and not at all what I expected to find there, although that area used to be primarily manufacturing, and where we would shop for buttons and zippers and trims.

Now that we are showing our shearling coats at The Hampton Classic in Bridgehampton, NY, I had the chance to meet Hank Vogel, the 3rd generation boot maker (his son is the 4th) in a company that began in 1879! A very nice man with a million dollar smile, carrying on the tradition.