City Blues

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!

 Happy Thanksgiving!


OOAK Chicago Dec 3-6 booth 6052

Craft Morristown Dec 11-13

Add Sag Harbor Dec 18-20

In the New York Times Fashion and Style, by Bill Cunningham,  this past Sunday



April 1=Show Applications Deadline

Many of you see us again and again at the same shows, and may think its a given that we will be there, but that is far from how it works, or how lucky we could be. Every year we create new work that we must photograph and submit with an application and jury fee to be judged once again, and either accepted or rejected from shows………I guess its like your boss reviewing how you are doing on the job, but in our case even if we are doing consistently better work, we may not be able to keep the “job” next year as we have a handful of “bosses”, or jurors, that constantly change, in an effort to keep a show “fresh” with new sets of eyes picking the work.

As you can imagine, this has its ups and downs. Are all jurors knowledgeable in all media, and able to objectively select good work? Are they able to determine from an image on a computer screen what the actual piece of glass, wood, jewelry or wearable item is?

We have often thought that jurors should walk the show “live” with their ballots to rethink their scores as to what they actually see, and be able to make comments. Inconsistencies could be recorded in a national juror database to make artists more accountable to exhibit work consistent with their images, not camouflaged by fancy photos, and to weed out derivative work.

We jury into the Leather Wearable category.

We happen to take our own images, because we can.

We shoot on a mannequin, rather than a model, to keep the focus on our work, on the details we stitch, which sets us apart from mass produced items.

Models are expensive, and really, with a great model, what are the jurors eyes focused on?

What do you think? For the jury process, use of models, a distraction?

4 applications done, about 3 more to do! Wish us luck!


For Jennifer Lawrence

I know you are the face of Dior, but why not support American Craft too? In your downtime, come shopping! This beautiful dress by Patricia Palson made from handwoven fabric would look great on you!

And we have a cobalt blue peplum shearling that would be perfect with it if you have  to accept an award in a chilly location!   This weekend!         In 2 weeks



I got this great testimonial from a gentleman who purchased a coat for his wife at the Preview Opening wednesday nite.

They come to the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show to celebrate craft, to celebrate each other, to celebrate life.

True connoisseurs!  Thank you so much for supporting the arts and helping to keep America creative!

Hi, Toshiki & Maryszka!

Loved meeting you both at the preview, and Joyce loves the very special jacket
which 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 “date night”..

If you have an opportunity, I hope you can drop by Meghan Patrice Riley’s booth;
she is a young, very talented designer & maker of jewelry, who now lives in Greenwich Village, NYC, not all that far from you…. Meghan has a wonderful, contagious kind of energy, and an abiding love of design. Joyce bought some everyday earrings from her this year, which will also go with the three tiny, yellow diamond eternity rings we ordered from Namu Cho, and the amazing suede & fleece jacket from both of you…

Thanks for making the evening, and the event, very special for us!
Peace, Love, Et Joie De Vivre!
David and Joyce Randolph

Trying to Control the Chaos Before Philly!

Some things racing thru our minds as time draws near to pack up for

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.

Are we doing our very best?

Can we squeeze in one more piece?

What color? What trim?

Do we really need to sleep much between now and when we leave tuesday morning?

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show!


We are soooo excited to have been selected to show our new designs at the

37th Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show


Preview Wednesday Evening, 11/6

The Show is presented annually by the Craft Show Committee & Women’s Committee for the benefit of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  18,000 + attend the show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Your ticket funds are used to purchase works of art and craft for the permanent collections, support educational programs and contribute to conservation and publication projects.

So don’t miss out on a very special opportunity to meet the finest craft artists in the country, learn their story and purchase their work.

Their is excitement in the air as you move from booth to booth where the crafts exhibited embrace a striking variety of forms and functions in

Wood !   Glass!  Baskets !  Jewelry !  Fiber Wearable & Decorative !  Metal !  Paper ! Furniture ! Ceramic ! Mixed Media !

and of course


which includes our newest in Shearlings, to purchase off the rack, or order the coat of your dreams, just in time for Winter ’14!

See you there!

Toshiki & Maryszka

Booth 607

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


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


a Magenta Shearling by Toshiki & Maryszka!



I spent the day yesterday wandering around the garment center, doing what they call “sourcing”.  Looking for components of what we do, parts, fabrics, usually invisible or barely visible aspects of a finished piece. It can be exhausting and a time consuming, but when you find the right thing, its pretty great.

I create my own “catalog” with my iphone, and bring the new ideas, or new sources, back to the studio.

If a project is on “the front burner”, I text the image to Toshiki, we discuss it, and it goes in the bag that day.

Here is some of what I looked at yesterday.





If you have seen our work, you have seen the hand tied frog buttons we make. We cover this type of cording with lambskin strips, which have been skived thinly, stitch the edge to make a long leather “rope” which is then tied into a frog, picture detail of frogs on black shearling coat.



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!


A Visit to MAD

I saw the wonderful Daniel Brush show at The Museum of Arts and Design this past week. A visit to the museum is also like bumping into friends, as I often  recognize the work of fellow craftsmen in the exhibits, in the museum shop,or a recognizable piece being worn by someone wandering the show. Thursday evening the docent happened to be wearing one of my good friend Sandra Miller’s designs, so I had to bolt over and make her pose, which she gladly did! She said the sweater was about 15 years old, and still looked brand new. Ah, the benefit of purchasing a well made garment. For me to spot a Toshiki & Maryszka shearling thou, I usually have to scan the ticket line or coat check room, which I have, and spotted one!


Craft Boston, coming up!

Shearlings were going like hotcakes in Morristown, coats, scarves, hoods, all………..but everyone seemed especially enthusiastic about our capes!

This woman came to the show wearing one she had purchased the last time we came to town, I think she looks great!


And Cecilia Frittelli of Frittelli/Lockwood looked stunning in our black wool cape with what she was wearing in her booth………her hand loomed scarves were a perfect match!


We will be traveling to Boston to finish up our season of shows at the terrific CRAFT BOSTON show, at the Cyclorama. Frittelli & Lockwood will be there too, plus a lot more talent!

Show info Click Here!

Craftboston Holiday Show Information

Craftboston Holiday is a selective display of 90 artists at The Cyclorama at The Boston Center for the Arts. This 19th-century brick building creates an intimate showing and shopping experience. Located in Boston’s Historic South End, the show is located in an area well known for rich cultural arts events, galleries and organizations.

Holiday Dates and Hours
Friday December 7, 2012 10am-7pm
Saturday December 8, 2012 10am-7pm
Sunday December 9, 2012 11am-5pm

Holiday Admission Prices
General Admission: $15
Senior Citizens: $13
SAC Members: $7.50
Children 12 years and under: Free

Admission tickets valid for readmission throughout the weekend.


Definitely Shearling Weather

Hey Girls!

It’s cold outside. But you are in luck.

Toshiki & Maryszka

are coming to town this weekend, bringing their sumptuous shearlings to


and next weekend, to


so get on your shopping shoes if you want to treat yourself to luxurious warmth

shearling coats, jackets, hoods, scarves, capes, wool & lambskin shawls

& whimsical totebags

See you there!

PMA Craft

The wonderful Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show opens today! Unfortunately we are not there, but it doesn’t mean we are not working. We have some great new designs, and to any of our wonderful Philly customers who are looking for a Toshiki & Maryszka shearling coat as the Nor’easter blew thru, MENTION THIS BLOG POST, order thru the show dates and we will give TWENTY PERCENT off!  Will that help you deal with the weather!

Call Maryszka 212.475.8324


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.

Fine Craft in Evanston

The opening reception last night was really hopping at the American Craft Expo last night, so those of you eying that special piece of art, wearable or for the home, don’t wait too long!

Open today 10-8, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 11-5

Our shearlings are in booth 72. See you there!