Toshiki & Maryszka Shearlings at Craft Lyndhurst!

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See us in tent one at The Lyndhurst Estate

Tarrytown, NY

Friday-Sunday

September 20-22

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Remembering The Hampton Classic Horse Show

Everybody is asking me how the show was, who was exhibiting, the atmosphere, etc. etc. about The Hampton Classic in Bridgehampton NY last week, so I thought I would throw up some pictures.

It’s a sampling of my view, as a slideshow.

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Home!

We are home, mentally full, & physically exhausted from an eight day show in Bridgehampton.

Lots happened.

Sales, weather (all kinds), meeting many new people, fishing & beach time, viewing glamour, Hamptons shopping, eating great food………

One of the highlights of the week was being invited to a party at Snake Hollow Studio, and getting to meet the artist Lynn Matsuoka, and birdhouse/furniture designer Keith Barker, whose warm hospitality and group of friends will be fondly remembered.

Lynn visited our booth at The Classic with her son Ryunosuke Matsuoka (Sen restaurant in Sag Harbor)

and  friend

who brilliantly positioned herself behind our Magenta Jacket!

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Shopping The Hampton Classic Boutique Garden & Stable Row

If you mainly want to shop, and get the ambience of the show, or you want to come twice, here are some tips!

Entrance is free on Monday!

There’s limited competition that day – just riders with disabilities finals.

It’s also ASPCA Adoption Day!

 It’s a great day to encourage friends to come if their focus is shopping as it’s no charge at the gate!

Another tip – if you bring 3 or more non-perishable food items on Tuesday or Wednesday, your whole carload will get in free. The donations will go to the Sag Harbor Food Pantry.

See my previous post for more info, and Like us on Facebook for updated news.

See you in the Boutique Garden!

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The Hampton Classic!

Some shows are definitely more fun to do than others, and The Hampton Classic is on the top of the list.

Located in the bustling Long Island resort area known as “The Hamptons”,  this is a very well produced upscale event.

The eye candy is amazing.

We will have our full collection in the Boutique Garden,

so drive, Jitney, or LIRR it out here, from this weekend sunday-Sept 1!

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Like Buttah! Toshiki and Maryszka Shearlings Come to The Berkshires

We never like (& neither do our clients) light colored shearling in suede because of the care, but when we found this incredibly soft camel napalan finish with buttercream frosting, (I mean wool), we had to have it. The tannery in Spain delivered in time for us to make a few pieces, this slim swing trimmed with some new lambskin colors we purchased in France.

First showing this weekend in Great Barrington, Ma, at the Berkshire Craft Show , August 9-11

You can also purchase handbags from Dick & Dianne Muller, Michelle Lalonde, and shoes from Rob & Barbara Matthews!

Full list of exhibitors

It’s a very upscale show in a beautiful setting with lots to do in the area and great food to eat, so come and enjoy

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The Berkshire Craft Fair

Well this wild ride of a summer is about to enter a new phase

S H O W   S E A S O N  S T A R T S !

One week from today I ease gently into it at The Berkshire Craft Show

in Great Barrington, Ma

I love this show, the people, the area, the cause, a fundraiser for a great school

I will be in my regular spot, August 9, 10 & 11

So come see a performance at Tanglewood, or Jacobs Pillow,

The Norman Rockwell collection

or

a Magenta Shearling by Toshiki & Maryszka!

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New Shearling Colors

This was 5 months ago at our Long Island Studio,

or about that until it may happen again.

Have you thought of what you will be wearing?

We have been working in two new shearling colors this summer, magenta & camel

Photos coming soon, as soon as it cools down enough to snap them!

Start planning where you will see our work, check our show schedule

See you soon!

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Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show

We are so excited to have been selected by the jury to exhibit in the

36th Annual PMA Craft Show

in the category of Leather

The show will be held November 7-10 at the

Convention Center

Mark your calendar, it’s a great show!

This was one of the images we put in our application

A full length coat done in brown napalan shearling, with pieced lambskin design

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Crafts at Lyndhurst

Here is a sweet little lightweight merino shearling jacket

we just finished.

Maybe your size!

Come see it this weekend, on a mannequin in my booth  in the first big  tent,

at Crafts @ Lyndhurst, in Tarrytown, NY.

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also great art & artisan work by

Laura Baring-Gould

Dahlia Popovits

Sherwood Forest Design

Kiln Design

Michelle Lalonde

Margaret Wozniak Ceramics

and many many more talented artists.

The weather looks great, so clip this coupon and come!

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Leather, an Important Media?

The Smithsonian Craft Show opens today, and this show gets me to thinking about the medium we get up every morning to work with, and how it seems to be under represented at some shows, which is important to us, as it is how we make our living.

The breakdown of exhibitors at the Smithsonian Show this year is as follows:

Jewelry, 25     Ceramics, 20     Wearable Art, 13     Wood, 13     Furniture, 12     Glass, 11     Decorative Fiber, 9      Basketry 8,     Mixed Media, 6      Metal, 4     Paper, 4

Leather, 1

I began researching the history and importance of leather craft on the internet and came across some information from Tandy. For 33 centuries, man has used leather, a by product of his food, to clothe and shelter himself. Shoes were made to protect his feet. When man started to record his thoughts, he wrote on leather parchment , easier to carry than stone tablets. The paragraph below struck me:

“During the Middle Ages, however, only the wealthy could afford boots, capes, saddles, etc. made of leather. Leather workmanship was limited to a very narrow section of society. A secretive lot, Leather Guildsmen closely guarded knowledge of their art which they handed down from father to son.”

We have been over the course of our 33 year career, mostly self taught in the medium, as other than these types of very limited apprenticeships, there are no “schools”, “societies” or “guilds” to learn from.  We were on board when F.I.T. launched its limited leather program, and Toshiki taught the decorative techniques class for a while.  So much skill is involved in using the medium, which as a natural product, no two skins are alike, to sew it, you can use machines but once the needle pierces the skin, you are committed. There is much hand manipulation to stretch and form.

Also there is so much long term value and beauty to leather, people have loved it to feel and to use, to protect and serve them, for centuries.

So why the snub from some shows?  Is it still not as relevant today as it was in 1300 B.C.?  I have seen some very interesting work being done in the medium.

Have you? Would you like to see more of what can be done in this medium?

Love craft? art? design?

Definitely the IT place to shop this weekend, always a place for a feel good creative vibe, the Paradise City Show of Fine Art & Functional
Design in Marlborough Ma. Come see us in booth 151!

www.paradisecityarts.com

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Booths From left to right, Mark Del Guidice, Toshiki & Maryszka, Nathan Macomber

Paradise City Marlborough, Ma.

The car is packed, but we are doing some last minute photography before I catch the ferry in the morning to cross Long Island Sound and drive up to Marlboro, Ma to show our new work to our very loyal (who most likely wore out their winter coats this season!) Massachusetts customers.

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This new girl is coming with me.

She is a size sixteen, but of course can be made to measure.

Belt is separate, worn without, a semi swing.

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So make plans this weekend to come by!

We have a great show for you!

Laurie Goddard will be there, Frittelli & Lockwood, Ann Brauer, Ayala Naphtali, Patty Bolz, Valerie Hector and more!

We are in booth 151

Styling Shearling

You know if Michelle Obama was wearing anything, she would grab a belt to create a look.

So we tried it on our mannequin, I think she looks sharp!

Yes, our shearlings are light and supple enough to belt without bulk.

Come see them this weekend, in New Jersey,

at Craft Morristown!

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CraftMorristown

Morristown New Jersey is one of my favorite places to do a show. A very low key enviornment, a rural feel combined with a very sophisticated community, good restaurants and nice hotels.

A perfect place for this coat, done in an ebony shearling, trimmed with black and bronze lambskin, collar and cuffs done in an unsheared “Mink Like” shearling, to find a home.

She and the rest of the entourage will be in a booth close to the entrance.

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Come and luxuriate yourself!

March 15, 16, 17

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Be Mine Shearling Valentine!

Happy Valentines Day everybody!

If someone comes up short, and you get an IOU; or you just want to treat yourself to the luxury you deserve (and you know it!) visit Toshiki & Maryszka in booth #1403 to see supple shearlings next week at the American Craft Council show in Baltimore.

Something this good is always worth waiting for!

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