Ten Year Anniversary

My apartment looks like a jean factory had a head on collision with a paper recycling plant…I’m in the middle of cutting out orders and organizing all the hang tags/care labels that are associated with it and filling out credit card forms.  Le Sigh…in the middle of all this I had to stop to celebrate one amazing fact –  I moved here 10 years ago today!

I had a job set up but I only had one work colleague to call a friend so stayed in a hostel on the Bowery.  Which if any of you who are reading this know NY you will know that is not the most desirable neighbourhood to stay in…I mean it’s so close to the more fancier parts of NY that it’s not dangerous or anything, but you’re fielding attention from all kinds of interesting people…

It was tough in the beginning, my cc was maxed since my flight was booked incorrectly and I had to rebook my flight an hour before I flew out.  So I had like $500 and with accommodation I ran through that pretty fast, there was a creepy cleaner in the hostel and initially my job wasn’t ready for me right away and I was eating the cheapest meals I could to stretch my cash.  I was the literal immigrant story…

Anyways, it’s been a pretty fantastic 10 years.  It’s totally cheesy to say this but I really didn’t find my place in life til I moved here.  I met people like me, the city offered endless possibilities and I really can’t imagine my life any differently. 

Happy ten-iversary New York!

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“I Dye”

Yup, it’s all about the DIY today and I got the tie dye bug baaaaad.  I’m working on a project that required bleached jeans and of course once I had sent the sample off and the order was confirmed nary a bleached jean could I find! So off to the internet I went to learn this ancient 90’s art…

Well, it couldn’t be easier.

You will need rubber gloves a bottle of bleach (any brand) rubber bands (the wider the better) jeans** and bucket.

tie dyeUsing clean jeans – wet them all over , wring out and then rubber bands everywhere.  The bleach will colour whatever you don’t have rubber banded, so use as many or as little as you want depending on what effect you’re after.  I was dyeing 11 pairs of jeans and I ended up using the entire 4qt bottle.  With a ratio roughtly 1 to 4 (I used 12L of water for the whole container).

Don those rubber gloves and mix the solution and then gently immerse the jeans so you don’t splash yourself.  knowing how long to leave it is different every time.  I set a timer for 45 minutes and then checked on it to see how it was looking.  It seemed about right, but you just have eyeball it and lift the rubber bands away to see the contrast to know if it’s ready.

One you’re satisfied with your level of 90’s-ness take them out and remove the rubber bands – be careful as they’ll flick water as you pull them off – rinse thoroughly in cold water to stop the bleaching process,  don’t be worried if the bleached part looks a little yellowed it changes to the whiter shade as you rinse and as it sets in.

Wash in cold water on it’s own with whatever detergent you normally use.

And bam! you have your very own bleached jeans! Aren’t the patterns pretty, I love tie dye, it comes out different every time.

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**Super important note! Bleach does not dye spandex/elastine/polyester white – it comes out more yellowed. Not entirely bad, but just know it won’t have the same effect.  It doesn’t dye ink for that matter.  I had a pair of jeans my ball point pen had leaked into the back pocket and thought I had nothing to lose but it seems even the all powerful bleach can’t do everything!

Happy dyeing!

 

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Kara Walker

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in everyday living and forget to enjoy all that the city has to offer.  Case in point, the Kara Walker show that is at the Domino Sugar Factory for one more weekend.  I was curious enough 1) to see the insides of the building 2) see what everyone is instagramming about…

Well, believe the hype.  It’s pretty major, the spinx is enormous and imposing and the light is beautiful and her workers are incredibly detailed.  It’s worth the look, do yourself a favour and line up early. 

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Brooklyn Stockists

I get really excited every time I get a new stockist (never gets old) and especially when it’s in Brooklyn! Welcoming Lady J + 1 and Courtshop to the reid.damnit family. 

ImageRanya pouch at Courtshop in Williamsburg

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Moon clutch at Lady J + 1 in Crown Heights

 

*Photos from Courtshop & Lady J + 1

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Leather Check Presenters

I started waitressing some 18 years ago as a way to stay afloat when I studied. And I seem destined to always have my hand in the food world somewhere.  I’m working with a restaurant on their new uniforms which for me means making some full Bib aprons and involved going in with a girlfriend this week and having a taco and a margarita to get a feel for the space and atmosphere.  I mean, don’t mind if I do…

And then Canela in San Francisco approached me a while back when I was in the midst of order-palooza for some leather check presenters.  I finally had a chance to work on them mid week and they went out yesterday.  I love when people get adventerous with colour, it makes it all the more fun for me.  Mat and worked together to design it for his needs by moving the cc pouch and adding a slot for a pen and postcards.  Here’s how they turned out.  

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Gorgeous colours right? Makes paying your bill just a little bit easier…

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3 Cheers to Mayo

It’s 82F today (side note, yusssss) and I biked into the city and after picking up materials for an order with new stockist Court Shop, stopped in at my local bodega and got a BLT. Salty bacon, cold iceberg lettuce and ripe tomatoes on chewy fresh Ciabatta. It doesn’t get much better than that. And then it does – this amazing ad. about mayo from the 50’s…

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June 3, 2014 · 5:15 pm

Designing

Designing

Thiiiiiis about sums it up…

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May 29, 2014 · 11:34 am