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Monday
Nov282011

HOLIDAY DESIGNER RESALE!

JASON JOBSON & JUDITH LYNCH AT FERRAGAMOReaders of this site know that sales of any kind are not the usual topics covered on any of our pages.   In fact, in the three years since I launched aLIFEofSTYLE.com, I have never written about the oh-so-popular designer resales.   Although the requests come in regularly, I've never felt comfortable giving one my stamp of approval.  COCO'S PROFILE - CALF/ FELT W/ COSTUME JEWELRY That is, until this month!  A very special private sale is happening now in Michigan and it is one that any serious fan of designer handbags should not miss.    It makes sense that a super chic woman is behind this rare event.  GUCCI TOTE & DRAWSTRING IN PRISTINE CONDITION Judith Lynch has style by the mile, and she is that special type of collector that has put her on the "best customer" list of the biggest names in fashion.   Ms. Lynch is a trunk show staple at the Neiman Marcus and Saks 5th Avenue in Troy, Michigan - however that's just when she is in her home town.   A connoisseur of fashion like Judith has the private numbers of sales associates in New York and Beverly Hills, and she has been known to do some serious shopping in Florence, Paris, and a list of international cities.  Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Chanel are among her favorites, as well as Dior and Celine - and her inventory is in the hundreds.

In all my years in the industry, I have never seen a collection like Judith's. VINTAGE LOUIS VUITTON VALISE  In fact, I personally witnessed many of the purchases made in Troy, during various events and trunk shows over the years.   If a handbag was unique or limited, Judith was drawn to it.   Like a serious collector of fine art or jewelry, Ms. Lynch has the skill of an editor.   Her natural instinct and style gives her the ability to look at a collection of thirty bags and know which will be the top three or four best sellers.   Obviously one smart cookie, it is no surprise that Ms. Lynch has an engineering degree and has worked in the automotive industry for many years.  Even with the tremendous challenges that industry has seen, Lynch remains a sought after consultant in the field, specializing in drive systems.  Style and brains - winning combination!CHANEL COSTUME JEWELRY - NECKLACE, BRACELET, EARRINGS

It makes sense that handbags have attracted a serious class of collectors over the last ten years.   The quality and savoir faire that are utilized to create these bags has never been higher or finer.   Certainly, the price points too have reached astronomic levels.    Putting everything in perspective - handbags and shoes have risen dramatically when compared to ready to wear clothing.     When I worked with Thierry Mugler fifteen years ago, a skirt suit retailed for $3,000.00, and that was one of the most expensive in the industry. CHANEL -PINK TWEED CLASSIC  At that time, it was possible to purchase a designer handbag on the main floor of Neiman Marcus for $800 - $1,000.00.    Fast forward fifteen years and a designer skirt suit is now about $4,000.00 - (typically broken up as a $3,300.00 jacket and $900.00 skirt).    Handbags on the other hand now regularly retail for 3, 4, and $5,000.00 from many designers - some with no legacy at all.  So while clothing has increased 30% to 40%, bags have increased 4 to 500%!     Serious collectables indeed!

Ms. Lynch's love of designer creations doesn't stop with handbags. CHRISTIAN DIOR TOTE WITH HARDWARE  Her collection of costume jewelry is probably the largest private collection in the U.S., and that means - probably in the world!   In many cases, Judith would buy multiples of the same style - keeping them intact and ticketed - just as any true collector would!

Just like many who collect antique furniture, fine art, or jewelry, Judith has reached the point where she is finished collecting.   No one can say when or why, put only the collector knows when they are done.  Judith and I caught up at a Ferragamo Creations event in Troy and she let me know she was planning her sale.WRIST TO ENVY! - ARM FULL OF LOUIS VUITTON RESIN BRACELETS    After gifting dozens of items to friends and family, she has decided to sell her carefully cataloged and organized collection.  The bags are kept packed away like little works of art, and they are carefully stored in a professional facility.  Judith plans to arrange small group showings, or one on one appointments before the holidays, and a public sale sometime in the new year.

This opportunity is not to be missed, and I highly recommend passing along this information to any fashion fan you have in your life! 

To inquire about this most spectacular collection-Click- Email Judith

Wednesday
Nov092011

STARBUCKS CREATING JOBS IN AMERICA

STARBUCKS - GIVING BACK TO AMERICANSIn addition to creating tens of thousands of jobs for hard working Americans,Shop StarbucksStore.com the coffee giant has seeded a program to help even more Americans get back to work.   For every $5.00 you donate, you get a made in the U.S. red, white, and blue bracelet with the message - INDIVISIBLE.   Click over to Starbucks site to see how your $5 donation, actually turns into $35.00 in the community. 

Bravo Starbucks!CLICK IMAGE TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION   If all corporate giants took similar actions - the unemployment rate in this country would fall.  Let's hear from other corporations that have a plan to help the U.S. economy!

Don't forget to order your gift cards today... trust me - who wouldn't appreciate one?

 

Tuesday
Oct252011

GET UGLY.. OR PRETTY AT RICKY'S! 

UGLYDOLL - LITTLE UGLY TUTULUIf you live in or near New York City, then you know Ricky's.   Ricky's "love" stores (as they used to be known) was the go to store for all the staples a college student needs.  From hair treatments, to rain boots, to every line of skin care a young girl or guy could want, Ricky's has it.   Not to mention perfect gift items like the Uglydoll series, and novelties that can make you blush - it's all here.  VELMA FROM SCOOBY-DOO

With Halloween around the corner, Ricky's is also the BEST place to find every possible supply you might need.   In fact, Ricky's has about 30 pop-up Costume Super Stores around the tri-state area.  Costumer options run the gamut from a conservative Velma from Scooby-Doo to a very super sexy "Heavenly Delight".   I think that's a non-denominational costume!   Happy Halloween!  HEAVENLY DELIGHT TEMPTRESS 

Visit RICKY'S web-site today - they can ship any costume to you before you go trick or treating!   If you don't know Ricky's, click on the toothpaste and get to know this great resource.  It was just announced COMING TO A MALL NEAR YOU!last month, the chain has plans to go nationwide in the next two years!

Wednesday
Oct052011

NEW SPIN IN BROOKLYN

JANE'S CAROUSEL - DUMBO, BROOKLYNIf you haven't been to Brooklyn recently, you don't know Brooklyn.  The borough with some of the liveliest residents and most famous reputation, has been undergoing a transformation in every way.  New parks, new housing, and new transportation.  You name it, it's new.  From the massive Ikea in Red Hook, to the gourmet market Foragers in DUMBO, there are new things to discover every day.THE HAPPY HORSES - JANE'S CAROUSEL

One of the most beautiful additions to the borough is Jane's Carousel.   A full scale carousel from 1922 that took 25 years to restore is not something you see every day.   A gift from Jane and David Walentas, the carousel is the icing on the cake of the newly developed Brooklyn Bridge Park.   DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass)is the lucky neighborhood to receive this beautiful addition, and the Walentases basically created and own DUMBO, via Two Trees Management.  David is a developer with an eye on the future, and wife Jane is an artist with an eye for design.  The two purchased the carousel at auction in the early 80's saving it from being broken off and sold piece by piece. JEAN NOUVEL PAVILLION - JANE'S CAROUSEL

The steel and glass structure that now houses the carousel is designed by world famous Architect- Jean Nouvel.   The sleek structure is as modern and clean as the carousel is vintage and detailed, and the two are a perfect compliment to each other.   Of course, the setting on the East River between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridge, and backdropped by lower Manhattan creates just about the most postcard worthy pictures you can imagine!

Housed in a nearby brick warehouse (next to St. Ann's Warehouse Theater) for the past 20 years, you can almost see the horses smiling about their new home! READING THE WHOLE STORY - JANE'S CAROUSEL

Visit the Carousel anytime.  Open or closed, it is a great place to visit.  DUMBO is also the easiest area to visit in Brooklyn for all you Borough-phobes.   You know who you are.. in fact, I used to be one.  Trust me, taking the F train to the first stop in Brooklyn is about as easy as it gets.  JANE'S LOGO AGAINST THE MANHATTAN BRIDGE The whole trip takes about 15 minutes from 34th street in Manhattan.

JANE'S CAROUSEL - DUMBO, BROOKLYN

Saturday
Jul232011

AMY WINEHOUSE DIES-REHAB NO MORE

AMY WINEHOUSE DIES AT 27British singing sensation Amy Winehouse was found dead today.  At age 27 she joins a tragic list of legends, who like herself struggled with drug and alcohol addiction.   Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, & Jimi Hendrix all died of overdoses at 27.  Kurt Cobain committed suicide at 27.  Winehouse's death is likely to be ruled an overdose, but it was also a suicide.  How else can you describe actions so reckless?  While Winehouse had a voice that set her apart from most female performers of her generation, however it was her very public addiction to drugs and alcohol that stole the spotlight as her fame grew.   Her last performance earlier this month in Serbia was a disaster, with Winehouse being booed off the stage.

Winehouse's sexy style became as famous as her voice right from the beginning.   A mix of Bettie Page "kitten with a whip" overt sexiness, with a dose of grunge thrown in to cool it off.   Her style influenced fans and fashion designers around the world.  She can be credited with bringing back the big hairstyles ala the 50's and 60's.  (MTV Media monster Snooki is sure to have copied the style).

It is a sad day for music, and humanity.  That someone would allow themselves to destroy a life so rewarded seems unbelievable.    Someone could have, and those close to her should have helped.  

It seems her BACK TO BLACK  album will be the last we remember her for.   The songs were destined to be classics, but with her overdose Amy made sure it happened even faster.   Her most famous song to date was ironically titled Rehab.     Click the Album cover here to visit itunes now.  I know I'll be listening to all the songs again now myself. 

Wednesday
May252011

The Hills Are Alive... Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival

The mention of music and hills might have you thinking of Julie Andrews twirling on a mountain top in Austria - but I'm referring to rolling hills much closer to NYC.   The picturesque setting of the Poconos is home to the best new music festival in the country.   The Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival was founded in the Summer of 2010 and was a smash success.  With a focus on music education, the festival made an immediate impression on a wide range of music fans - from the novice student just starting to express an interest - to the seasoned professionals who have generously joined the festival.  This unique program brings together classical music lovers at both ends of the spectrum.ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - PETER MARK

The festival was the brainchild of Dr. David Mazza of NYC.   A homeowner in the Buck Hill Falls & Skytop community, Dr. Mazza was inspired to promote his interest of classical music through an educational approach.   Education is really at the core of the festival, and it was how Mazza was able to assemble a dedicated board of directors and creatives in a short period of time.  Acclaimed Opera Coach, Master class teacher, & Conductor Peter Mark is the founding Artistic Director of the festival.   HISTORIC SKYTOP LODGE Mark's commitment to the program is a testament to the quality and integrity of what is being created at the Buck Hill Skytop Festival.  

The setting for the now annual event is the historic Skytop Lodge.   Just a two hour drive from NYC and Philadelphia, Skytop is an excellent weekend destination any time of year.   With a range of outdoor activities from horseback riding, to skiing, to golf - the lodge has a storied past dating back to 1928.  (The modern spa facility was a welcomed addition to the amenities in recent years and has made Skytop host to many weekend spa retreaters).   Skytop lodge and the BHST Music Festival are featured on the official website for the Poconos region.SKYTOP LODGE AND THE AMAZING VISTA

The festival has a wide range of programs to enjoy with a wide range of price points - from $20.00 for a morning show to $150.00 for a performance with dinner.  To see the 2011 program - scheduled July 22-30th - click BUCK HILL SKYTOP TICKETS.    Why not drive out for the day, experience a great performance, and then retreat to the Inn for some peaceful R&R - many make it a seasonal trip. (book now as the Inn fills up FAST).   It's a great way to spend a relaxing weekend and support the arts and art education.  With a suggested donation of $10.00 - you can even catch a production of CARMEN this Summer on Saturday July 23rd.

Once you spend a weekend in the Buck Hill Falls & Skytop community - you might not want to leave.  After all, with thousands of acres as your back yard - who wouldn't want to call this picture perfect post card setting home?   To view real estate in Buck Hill Falls - visit Buck Hill Falls Real Estate  See you at the Festival!! 

Friday
May202011

Here comes The Rapture - Debbie Harry Style!

BLONDIE - THE BANDWith all the talk of the end of the world, I thought if anyone should profit from "the rapture" it should be Debbie Harry herself.   After all, the blond bombshell was so ahead of her time when she released this single and video on the early 80's.   Before any other female artist - Blondie was rapping and doing it alongside Fab 5 Freddy!

Click over to itunes and download Rapture now!  If the world is ending Saturday - what's one more itunes charge?  Watch the video below.

See you on the other side!

 

Saturday
May142011

SEBAGO SUMMER - ON THE WAY!

BOATS OFF THE SOUTHERN COAST OF FRANCE PH: JASON JOBSONDust off the lawn furniture and roll out the Grills because the warm weather and summer sun are finally on the way!   I know winter is over the first weekend it feels warm enough to wear my favorite boat shoes!  Growing up on the East Coast, boating is never that far away.  Between the Atlantic Sebago Spinnkaer - Red/ Navy / WhiteOcean, the Hudson River, and endless Lakes, a harbour lifestyle is not hard to find.   In fact, there are few pastimes more popular than nautical pursuits.   From the JASON JOBSON SHOPPING IN ST. TROPEZ IN SEBAGO DOCKSIDESSouthern coast of France to the Southern Coast of California, the beauty of the seashore is unmatched by anything man made.   Of course in the fashion world, there are few reference more timeless and valid that boating and nautical style.

Boat shoes from companies like SEBAGO have  been a tradition for all hands on deck for generations.  Since the 1940's the New England company has been providing hand sewn mocs to a dedicated audience.   Of course now the shoes are known worldwide.   Even the trendiest retailer in Paris - Colette - carries a special collection of these American Classics.

Everyone should have a pair in their closet.  They are the perfect go-to shoe for that weekend trip out of town, or just pounding the pavement of NYC or any Metropolis you call home.

Personally, I size down a half a size because the leather of my Sebago Docksides stretch a bit.   I'm not timid about wearing them everywhere.. weekends on the dock or even during the week when I'm on the clock!

SEBAGO SPINNAKER -WHITE / NAVY / TANClick- NORDSTROM  to visit their web-store now - you'll have them worn in for next weekend!

If you prefer something a little dressier, of courseSALVATORE FERRAGAMO BOAT SHOE - NAVY / BROWN Italian designers like Ferragamo also offer their version of boat shoes.   Beautifully crafted in Italy, click BLOOMINGDALE'S to shop a great selection.    

Sebago - Spinnaker (Pink/Navy/Blue) - FootwearOf course the folks at Zappos have revolutionized the way people shop on-line for footwear.   The innovative shopping site has numerous Sebago styles to choose from - click Sebago to shop Zappos now. 

Happy Summer!  Hope to see you on the dock in your SEBAGOS!