I had a working meeting in the city on Wednesday before I headed back up to Hawthorne. I am working on a collaboration with the legendary stationer Dempsey & Carroll. To debut when ‘Style & Simplicity’ comes out on May 6th. The idea is that it will be a boxed set to compliment the book. My idea is that it will make a great gift when combined with the book too. Handwritten notes hold such a special place in my heart, so I am so honored to have this opportunity with the likes of a Dempsey & Carroll, which I have so long admired. More on all this when the date draws closer.
I was left with about an hour after my meeting before I needed to be to Penn Station for the 1:20 train to Hudson. There is no place in New York City that I would choose to wonder around for an hour more than at John Derian’s shops. I have been coming to his original shop for close to 20 years. I wrote in my book the importance of shopping at independent retailers–how they give a city flavor & personality. The love and care and attention to detail they give to their shops is inspirational on many levels.
And most recently, he added another space to the grouping, smack dab right in between the other two, featuring his fab furniture line. It is just a magical delight to wander between the three spaces. If you have an extra hour on your hands in the city, this is where to spend it.