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Herb & Dorothy

20120123-084728.jpg I watched the most charming and inspiring documentary yesterday, while TPS took Bailey for their ritual Sunday afternoon walk. ‘Herb & Dorothy’ is about a love affair–between 2 people, as well as their combined love and passion for art, artists and collecting. This film came out in 2008, and I had read a bunch about it, as well as the Vogel story over the years, but had yet to see it. I can not tell you how much I enjoyed every moment.

The back story. Herb and Dorothy Vogel live in a one bedroom, rent controlled apartment in Manhattan. He was a postal worker and she a librarian. After they married, they decided they would live simply on her salary, and they would buy and collect art from his. They amassed one of the world’s most important collections of Minimalist and Conceptual art.

Put this film on your list and watch it when you want to uplift your spirit. I am still buzzing from the happiness that it brought.



The Things I Carry

20111117-065509.jpg A customer came up to me yesterday who must read the daily blog, and asked, “What do you carry in your bag?” At first I was a bit stunned, and then I remembered the post I wrote yesterday morning. Tipping my hat to you, Mr. Fielden. Here are the things I carry.

1-My Filson bag is the perfect size to carry me thru the day.
2-The Burberry umbrella I bought at least 15 years ago in London, will now be an item I carry daily. Darn it.
3-Gold dollar coins that I like using for barista & taxi tips.
4-A vintage Mont Blanc pen that was a gift from David Sive, Ted’s dad.
5-My trusty iPad, and the only thing missing from the photo is my iPhone, because that is what I used to take the photo. Hard to imagine a day going by that I don’t use one or the other, but almost always both.
6-The Louis Vuitton daytimer that I bought my freshman year in college when I was visiting my sister in Palm Beach over Winter break, that looks as good today as when I bought it. It is no longer my daytimer, but instead holds a Moleskin journal for quick note taking & doodling, as well as notecards for when I need to send off a quick note. The little LV wallet was a recent purchase on our trip to Charleston. They make indestructible goods.
7-My keys, which contains a charm made for me by my friend CoCo, that says, Live in the Moment. A sentiment that holds huge meaning for me in my life.
8-A box of matches from Sant Ambroeus in New York, that reminds me of a magical night we had there.
9-A vintage 63 game piece given to me by my friend Jane Dagmi. We give each other 63 items, as we share the same birth year.
10-A roll of Harry Barker No. 2 bags for Bailey.
11-A tin of Altoids gum, which I can’t imagine living without.
12-Ditto for the Kiehl’s lip balm.
13-A travel tin of Maldon sea salt, because good salt is good salt.
14-And lastly, a large stack of 1 and 5 dollar bills. Being a retailer, I am always swapping out singles and fives for 20 dollar bills, as we never want the till to run out smaller bills.

What a riot, I had no idea how much stuff I had in there till I took it all out. To the lovely lady who asked, this is what I have in my bag.

A happy Thursday to all.