Thank You All, that came out to shows this year and supported our work!
I have hardly had a moment to breath in december, held our last Truck Show ataddo in Sag Harbor this past weekend
(they still have some of our work, so stop by)
Such a great way to end the year!
I received this wonderful “thank-you” from a customer from only one week ago….Makes it all so rewarding!
“Last Saturday at the Morristown Crafts Show my husband purchased for me the Spanish Shearling fitted coat. We had no intention of setting out to buy me a coat, but in that moment when we looked into your booth and saw the exquisite designs and perfection of craft……… it was a question we did not even have to ask. Then putting the coat on was a visual transformation as it captured for me qualities of playfulness, sophistication and allure. The practical side is that it is deliciously warm. I know that I will always delight in wearing it, and also delight in the spontaneity of the purchase.”
Bill Cunningham, you should have made it to the Cobble Hill Historic District in Brooklyn when Etsuko and I were wandering around shooting some pics of her wearing our blue Shearling! Stunning, yes? So ladies, come get yours!
Thankyou so much my jacket came today and I love it . The fit,design, and color are
just what I wanted. It was wonderful doing business with you,again, many thanks.
Adrianne, Long Island
Hi Maryszka… Looking forward to spring, but I’ve have certainly needed and truly enjoyed my coats this winter! Also, as always, received many compliments.
Ann, Westchester, NY
I consider myself a collector of Toshiki and Maryszka’s fabulous creations.
I own 6 coats and my husband owns 1. I also own a very hot pink bag that makes a statement. I have an oil cloth rain coat, a cloth coat, a leather swing coat, a cape, a shearling, and a one of a kind butter soft leather coat. My husband owns a shearling. With my coats, I am covered for three seasons. There is never a time, where someone doesn’t marvel at the handiwork on the coats.
Loved meeting you both at the preview, and Joyce loves the very special jacketwhich Toshiki picked out just for her. I hope you are having as wonderful a
time in Philadelphia at the Craft Show as we had; this was our 30th Philadelphia Craft Show Preview as visitors, as well as our 39th Wedding Anniversary
Thanks for making the evening, and the event, very special for us!
Peace, Love, Et Joie De Vivre!
David and Joyce
I still get compliments when I wear it.
I think the coat is amazing for 10 years old!! Best I have ever had!!
From Kati, in Philadelphia, who orderd another just like it with different stitch color, to get her thru the next ten years
I received my coat and it’s wonderful!!! Thanks so much.
Happy New Year
PMA Craft & CraftMorristown
I got to wear my beautiful new coat today & felt so “grand”!!!!
I have always loved the long black shearling coat I bought from you at the Evanston show about 5 years ago – liked the “sleeve guard” that you put in the coat
to keep me cozy and warm…and I can attest that even in these very cold days, the coat did it’s job and more !
Not only was I warm in this frigid weather but looked good too!
The feel of the shearling around my face is the best – the new collar looks even better suited to that job…glad to see the resurrection of leather – I still get
more comments on the leather jacket I bought from you ages and ages ago than almost anything I else I own…. glad to hear you made it through the worst
(hopefully) of winter…
American Craft Exposition
Hi Maryszka… The coats just arrived. They are exquisite and the fit is perfect on both! Again thank you for making a special trip to my house and I do
appreciate your getting the coats out to me so quickly. Our crazy weather can change up very quickly. Have a good winter… I can’t wait for the temperature
Private appointment client in Westchester
The jacket arrived…and it is perfect!
I forgot how beautiful it was.
Berkshire Craft Fair
I LOVE my blue poncho and wore it all weekend!
Berkshire Craft Fair
The coat has arrived and it is all that I would have hoped for!
Berkshire Craft Fair
D I V I N E !
D I V I N E !
D I V I N E !
Thank you both for the beautiful cape! Gratefully, Susan
Love it! I have one of those geometric but in all black! Toshiki’s talent is endless !
Sandra, fellow exhibitor
I actually purchased this beautiful coat @ the Paradise City Show in Marlboro, Ma., yesterday. Not only gorgeous, but the fit was perfect.. Best part: this coat is warm enough for a
serious New England winter, but not bulky and too warm as some leather/shearling coatsm, especially full length, tend to be.
Downside: I purchased it at the end of March, instead of
last fall when I could have enjoyed it every single day of the terrible winter of 2013! :):) Lovely sales lady, helpful, very nice manner. Thank you all – I’ll cherish this forever!
This past summer Toshiki dropped by Brennan’s to chat with Master Saddle maker David Boot, whose studio is on site. David was born in London England, began his saddlery apprenticeship there at the age of 15, with George Parker & Sons, Saddlers to The Queen Mother.
David himself later earned this honor.
He and his partner Lucy now are full time residents of Long Islands East End.
David in the studio
With his creation
David’s master George Parker in England, whom he apprenticed with
The Auxiliary of North Shore University Health System volunteers outdid themselves in moving ACE, a show that for 30 years had been held in August at Northwestern in Evanston, to new dates in September, at a new location at The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe; a daunting challenge!
We want to thank them for their extraordinary accomplishment, to give a new buzz bringing an established show to an incredibly beautiful new venue.
I believe it will become the event of the season, as attendees get used to instead of “going up and down the aisles” to see the show, they embark on a treasure hunt of “Gallery Hopping”, and will mark their calendars to spend the whole weekend at the show, to enjoy every bit of meeting the artists, selecting a special piece to purchase, and taking a breather to enjoy the garden.
The show represented all media very well, the very best in leather, the best of fiber and jewelry plus glass, ceramics, baskets, paper wood and metal, were all there.
As far as I could see there were few loopholes in quality of work juryed in, in what I look at, leather and wearables.
Our show began at the Preview Event, when a couple who were seasoned craft collectors stopped in our booth…..she tried on a jacket, looked gorgeous in it……they flirted with each other during the whole process, he pulled out his card, I said “What a lucky lady!” He said “I Love Her!”
And that is what we strive for in our life & work! What a great moment!
And one of our last sales of the show was at the opposite end of the spectrum, to young collectors, juggling an infant as she tried on jackets, and he chose ones he liked. She bought two! as they also both were ecstatic about their purchases and the show…
Below is a brief slideshow of our trip, driving from Long Island to Illinois, unloading our booth and work, transforming our space and some garden views.
Located on the SE corner of The Bridgehampton Commons on Montauk Highway & Snake Hollow Rd., they are a hop skip and jump from the show grounds, and where riders of all ages are popping in to get their gear all summer long.
Stop in to see our quality of materials and construction to start your thoughts of a special jacket for winter, and then stop by our booth in the Boutique Garden at The Classic
to see more styles.
Brennan’s will also be doing appointments during The Classic if you want a private try on of your dream jacket.
We are proud to be exhibiting at two shows early in our season with others who are the best in our medium, and that give a fair representation of the best in the field.
One of the oldest materials used by man, humans have been manipulating leather since prehistoric times to to clothe us, to carry things, as ornamental items, to keep our pants up, aide in our sexual fantasies, tether our animals, and so much more.
Most of us in this field are self taught, as there are very few educational opportunities available.
We are a small group, it is a laborious medium that mistakes cannot be made in, due to the nature of working in skins made one at a time, and most of us who have survived have been perfecting our craft for a very long time, some as custom sandal makers during the Woodstock era. There are no leather guilds or prizes to keep us going,
so Kudos to the shows that jury in the best in the medium of Leather!