As I mentioned in my last post, I took a week-long trip to NYC this month. Part of the trip was spent sourcing “new to me” vintage materials. I went during the hottest week of the summer so far, where it was a steady 97 degrees everyday in the city. So picture me in an un-airconditioned warehouse waist high in boxes and piles of chains and beads and random jewelry parts. Everything is covered in a layer of dirty rust or dusty grime because it is all vintage and almost everything is tangled and scattered about. You are literally stepping on jewelry parts all over the floor and climbing over boxes and digging through stuff like you would in one of the houses in an episode of hoarders. Now imagine doing this in a pair of too-tight high waist jeans that make it really hard to bend forward and temperatures somewhere above 97 degrees with no air-flow. Suffice it to say, I was in a hurry to get in and get out and with sweat dripping down my forehead I really did not spend as much time as I needed to find all the items I was seeking out. This is some of what I managed to take home for new designs.
The rest of the trip was more enjoyable and included a dip in the newly re-opened McCarren Park pool where a riot happened to ensue in front of us and we had to leave after waiting in line for an hour in the sun just to get in. It was the 2nd day of the grand opening…so the lines of people were crazy. Gotta love NY for that spontaneous burst of crazy that always seems to be lurking around every corner, but i’d be lying if I said I wasn’t happy to come back home.