I found the Vintage Red Czech Glass Bead Necklace while searching through unsold vintage inventory in the NYC Garment District. I was actually looking for supplies for a different project, but I saw these necklaces under dusty piles of boxes wrapped in tissue paper. The necklaces were so pretty I thought it was really sad that they had never been worn and figured why not now?
Though the vintage bright red of the necklaces is what attracted me to them, some of the bead styles were too dated for 2012. We carefully sorted through to find “up to date” vintage styles and wound up with six which I have named: diamond, stella, nugget, small pearl, large pearl, and oval.
The necklaces required a bit of cleaning. We tried to keep the original brass clasps but wound up replacing ones that were too tarnished.
I was worried that the strings might not be durable since the necklaces are vintage. So I wore my necklace on a 4 week trip through Asia where it was really abused. It held up marvelously!
The Vintage Red Czech Glass Bead Necklace is now for sale in our shop.
This is how I feel today. There’s a reason NYC company’s have summer Fridays. It’s a little rainy outside, you just want to play hookie and go to the museum. Or get an early start on your way out to Fire Island for the weekend.
I haven’t had a summer Friday since I started my company, but I still feel the summer Friday spirit. Happy Summer Friday everyone!
I wore my new Farfalle necklace and my wedding dress on the red carpet last night at the Project Runway 10th Anniversary Party. I’m all for recycling dresses because it’s nice for the environment and nice for the dress to be enjoyed more than once.
It’s been 7 years since I was on Project Runway and I couldn’t help thinking about how different my life has become since my post reality TV star days. It was really nice reconnecting with other contestant friends. We’ve had some super fun nights out. But last night I wore flats, grabbed my casual purse, and spent most of the time on the red carpet thinking we might get a great Christmas card photo. Maybe I am just getting older.
I’m working on designing the new Farfalle necklace packaging. I want the boxes to be reminiscent of pasta/food packaging. I’m the type of designer who likes to make a lot of iterations so that I can see what the different possibilites will look like (as you can see from my cut paper samples).
I went to several jewelry box suppliers before deciding to create my own. I think I have a bit of a box fetish, I had way too much fun and bought way too many samples even though nothing had the pasta box feeling that I was looking for. Little containers are so compelling to me!
Diana wear testing our new design, photo courtesy of our friend Bill Ward
We’re getting ready to launch a new collection of Farfalle (bow tie pasta) necklaces. Inspired by hand painted pasta that have been popping up on pinterest, we want to bring the fun of macaroni necklaces to fine jewelry.
Help us decide which designs to produce by participating in our facebook giveaway! In celebration of our arrival to facebook, we’re giving away a necklace prototype! Leave a comment on our wall telling us which design you like most. We will choose one lucky commenter who will receive a Farfalle necklace prototype (made from silver or brass)! Make sure to vote by 11:59 PM ET on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012.
From top left to bottom right: purple w/ pink polka dots, red w/ red polka dots, plain silver, lilac stripes or turquoise with white dots.
There are a lot of guys sporting ladybug pins so we’ve decided to add a picture of Jimmy all pinned up to our shop page. We did a quick shoot with our photographer friend Ricardo Louis.
Jimmy didn’t get much hair and make-up. But if you take a close look at the photos above and below you can see the difference between Jimmy’s everyday face and Jimmy’s model face.
Here’s a peek into our design studio. As you can see, I am a fan of the 3ft tall mood/design board with real life objects pinned to it. You can only get so much out of a picture.
We work from a shared studio space. We have a private office but share dedicated rooms, like our super awesome sewing room. The room is never clean because there’s always a big project going on. If you own a Laser Lace T-shirt, I personally sewed all of the labels in with the Juki pictured. I also sewed the early Fortune Cookie Coin Purses here.
I love our laser cutter.
And we have a clean room. Just kidding, this photo is from my visit to Columbia, but that’s a different story.
Yesterday we left the studio in search of vintage trim for a new secret project. We rolled up our sleeves and went through stacks and stacks of boxes in search of the perfect findings.
Here is Diana navigating through the vintage bangle jungle:
Stay tuned for the release of this project…we will definitely keep you posted!
DIANA ADDS: We were walking down the stairs talking about how this was our American Pickers adventure when the producer of American Pickers overheard us! Turns out he works in the office above us, and that American Pickers is an incredibly fun show to work on. A lot of the crew wound up becoming pickers themselves after seeing so many awesome things.
Diana brought in some homemade mini apple flower tartlets. I thought it was funny, because she likes to make things that look like other things ( fortune cookie coin purse and ladybug pins)! So we decided to put them all together and snap a few photos.