I'm definitely not a city girl, but thankfully my husband is. He lived in NYC until he graduated from college so he is "the man" when it comes to taking me and our girls to NYC. We just have to tell him where we want to go, what we want to do and he makes it all happen without a moment's worry or hesitation. We zip around on the subway from morning till late at night and he loves going to all the shops and out of way places as much as we do. This weekend was no exception. The weather was absolutely perfect, in the 70's! After a quick breakfast we headed to the garment district to visit our favorite shops, and a few new ones as well. Our first destination, Mood Fabrics.
For those of you familiar with the TV show, Project Runway, this is the fabric store where the designers shop for their fabrics. I had never been there before. My younger daughter and I felt like we had died and gone to heaven! Even "the man" could not get over the extensive selection. I think he may have been almost as excited as us. Truly, I think you could find anything you were looking for here. There are three levels, over 40,000 square feet, of rows and rows of neatly organized absolutely beautiful fabrics from silks to wools.
When I came upon the above row of fabrics, I almost passed out. Beautifully embroidered silks and ruffles in amazing colors! Like these...
We especially loved the iridescent color of the ruffled fabric on the right. I think Marie Antoinette's seamstress would have been a frequent visitor to this aisle.
The bottom level of the store is devoted to upholstery fabrics for home couture. "The man" especially loved this level. One row after another of high quality unique fabrics, perfect for any home decor project!
My daughter adored this upholstery fabric on the couch she's sitting on as well as all the bright greens, oranges and blues available in similar designs. She definitely inherited a signficant share of my genes...she went crazy in the same aisle as me!
Once we left Mood, yes - it was very difficult to leave, but we did venture on to a few more of our regular stops.
Tinsel Trading Company had relocated since our last visit. I kind of missed the charm of the previous interior. I was hoping to find some handmade paper and embellishments for my frames there (last trip I brought home quite a lot!) but this visit I just picked up a few things. Their window displays are always very creative and I was happy to see some pieces from Wendy Addison's collection.
Throughout the fashion and garment district you can see these flags pictured on the left. There are a handful of different characters and subjects relating to fashion and I found them really charming. On the right is M & J Trimming, a must stop for buttons and trims! After admiring their vast selection, we were starving and in dire need of lunch, which I'll continue in Part II tomorrow - not to be missed!