I used to write a monthly column for a now defunct magazine when I first arrived here and was full of wonder and everything seemed strange and exciting (rootbeer!twinkies!the subway!the skyline!) but hey, it’s been nearly 10 years for me here and that fades as life settles into a routine. So several weeks ago when it was cold, and it looked like summer was NEVER coming and gross “black” snow was going to be around forever The Sunday Star Times asked me why as a New Zealander I think New York is so special.
It was the perfect antidote for the grey skies and my Winter blues. I looked back to when I first got here and reminded myself of all the amazing people and places I’ve been and why moving here when I knew nobody and nothing of America except for what MTV and Fox News showed me was actually the best decision I’ve ever made.
It’s a good reminder that sometimes when your plans are derailed and you have to change paths good things can come of it – that and a nation who loves grilled cheese sandwiches as much as me is a country worth putting roots down in…
A couple of questions are answered below, but read the whole thing here
Kelly Reid knew little of the Big Apple when she accepted a job there at the end of her OE.
Why did you move to the city?
All I knew of New York before I moved there was Public – the restaurant that had procured my visa – that Frank Sinatra song [New York, New York], Danny DeVito in Taxi, and Twinkies. Prior to boarding a plane bound for the US you would have found me crying on the steps of The Providores (a restaurant in London that I worked at and from where I based my OE) lamenting at how cruel it was to be leaving the Commonwealth for America.
But my requisite two years had flown by and I wasn’t ready to return, so The Big Apple it was. And as I celebrate 10 years this July living in New York, I couldn’t be happier that Her Majesty wasn’t able to keep me.
What do you do there?
Like most New Yorkers I do a bunch of things. I wait tables at nights and during the day I design and make my own leather goods line for my label, reid.damnit, out of my apartment in Brooklyn.
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You guys, Capsule Show NYC was a mere week and a half ago but it feels like an eon…it was another successful if not happily exhausting run up to FW14-15 thanks largely to The Shiny Squirrel!
I very wisely planned ahead and treated myself this season and less than 12 hours after it finished I was on a plane to Puerto Rico, escaping the deluge of snow Mother Nature continues to dump on us – I learned to surf, I drove a car on the Right (wrong ;) ) side of the road, drank coconuts, swam in waters clear and blue every morning, read an entire book (!), and lazed in the sun with only the worries of whether I should make day trips to see waterfalls or reefs…
But! as I touched down to 22f this morning, NY hit me with the reality that coco loco time is over and it’s back to work.
Without further ado, proudly I present to you next Winters offerings – FW14-15
Double Moon Clutch
Ranya Cube Purse
JAG Oversized Pouch
Rachel convertible belt bag/shoulder bag
Ali Mini Duffel
Single Buckle Belt
Double Buckle Belt
Yesterday I shot, edited and compiled my lookbook/line-sheets for FW14-15 and I thought since I’m tied to this computer I may as well go ahead and edit some other images that were languishing on my hard drive and add them to the store!
I found a scrap of snakeskin printed leather and I couldn’t resist, can you?! Literally only ONE of these.
And how cute are THESE? They never went into production so I only have the two pictured here – way reduced. Sling over your shoulder for bike rides, or detach strap and you have a cute clutch!
I made a jillion (yes really, a jillion) dopp kit samples to get just the right shape and size, and have included them in my FW14-15 range, but they are so great (if I do say so myself) I am releasing THEM now!
You’re welcome ;)
I have to shoot my linesheets today and instead I’m searching for “dogs who eat like humans” on youtube…
Seven minutes of dogs and their guilty expressions when their owners discover their misdeeds. Love the first and the last dogs!
You guys! These winter snow storms are charming and all but Summer is really where it’s at…riding through the streets with bare arms, sitting in the park with friends and playing tennis early morning to escape the heat. It will happen! I’m super excited to bring you my Spring/Summer 2014 where I hope you’ll be doing all those things and more! It’ll all be loaded up in the next week after I’ve put the finishing touches on FW14-15 for Capsule.
As always, handcrafted in Brooklyn by me, shot by the amazingly talented Adrian Barry.