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NY NOW & Shoppe Object

This was the view looking out of the oversized windows at Pier 36 on the Lower East Side yesterday morning at Shoppe Object, the first show I walked on the beginning of this buying trip in New York. It is a spin-off of the big show at Javitz. Found some fun things then hopped in a cab with my friend CoCo (who is here buying for her store in Portland too) and headed to the convention center for the beginning of a long, busy, eyes & head super full of visuals for the day. I did not click away much as I was pretty in the zone. A bit of the zen of buying. Found so much goodness. For me it is all like a puzzle. How will what I buy new fit with what we already have? How will I display it? Does it tell a story? Does it make my heart sing? All of this is swirling around my head as my eyes are landing on product. Is this something we will buy just once or will it become a perennial WK classic? What ship date should it arrive? Do I buy lots of it right out of the gate or try a little to see how it does? Is this seasonal or will we stock it year round? All shopkeepers have their own method. I certainly have mine. I love the process. It is the thrill of the hunt, looking for special needles in the vast haystacks, putting it all together to create a story–both emotional and visual. Tremendous thought, love and care goes into each and every decision, each and every purchase. By the end of the day I am pretty whupped, but invigorated at the same time. Another full day awaits at the show today. As always, merci for following along!



 

 

And Then Rest

After a whirlwind city trip buying at the show where visual stimuli is at every turn, we are back up at Hawthorne. I find I need a few days of rest after such intense days of creativity. It is as much for my mind as it is my body. I feel like I need to have quiet to absorb all the beauty/minute details/inspiration that has been taken in. The country is just the place to do it.



 

 

Finding Treasures at the Show

Wow, just wow. Have found soooooo much good stuff and I have another whole day to go. Look for all sorts of treasures coming our way to Watson Kennedy in the coming months. From new handsome lamps, to English candles, to French bath products, to plaid oversized scarves that double as a throw, to tins of toffee, to cutting boards shaped like footballs–to name just a few. It is all in the mix!



 

 

Pyrrha at Watson Kennedy 

Always such a treat to see the new works by many of the artisans whose work we sell at WK when I am buying at the shows. Pyrrha is one such example, as I am always so excited to see what new creations they bring. Handcrafted using authentic wax seals and imagery from the Victorian era, Pyrrha talismans protect, celebrate and inspire the wearer. Their work has graced our cases for over 15 years, creating many happy customers with their soulful necklaces. I always love when someone comes in years later and shows me a piece they tell me they have worn every day since.



 

 

A Day at Market

A day at Market, a day in New York, a day surrounded by visual treats galore. Throw in a quick trip to the chiropractor and all in all, it was a pretty swell day of buying at the show. Excited for Day 2 to begin! And only in NYC would they jackhammer in front of the hotel at 3 o’clock in the morning, SO I thought I would take this time to do an early post, heat up the heating pad for my lower back, and go through e-mails. My hunting & gathering went incredibly well and here is just a tiny part of what caught my eye and will be heading to the shops and website shortly.






Happy Tuesday all!



 

 

Roses as Respite

This Flower Friday brought to you from the John Derian booth at the show earlier this week. Truly, dreamy, right? Walking the aisles of the Javitz Center for a few days looking for shop goods is wonderful and challenging all at the same time. One must look at a bunch of ‘not great’ (ok, sometimes really awful) to find the gems, so when I stumbled into John’s booth to write my order, my heart skipped an extra beat when I spotted these roses in a display. A respite of floral beauty. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did/do. 



 

 

A Day at the Show

The first day of the show was a visual feast. Choices, choices, choices. I am like a kid in a candy store. A very large candy store, The Javitz Center. I remembered to pull out the trusty camera phone a few times so here is a look, from candles to cutting boards, at some of what is coming our way.



 

 

Goods–Here, There & Everywhere 

I am back at it again buying at the show in New York City.  Such a visual feast.  I have used the ‘needle in a haystack’ analogy many times before, as it is so true. It is the search of looking high and low, in every nook & cranny, leafing through pages and piles–to find the gems.  Very excited to have remembered to click away some images.  Here is a bit of what is on the way…



 

 

NY NOW Now

Yes, that time again. Show time! An energizing round of days where product takes center stage. Well actually, where ‘finding’ it takes center stage. I have been so taken by all the details, such as the flowers, ephemera, artwork (I know–surprise, surprise) that many of the vendors have taken the time to add to their displays. It is what gives a booth, or a home for that matter, visual interest that goes deeper than just the things up on the shelves. I snapped away some of my favorite vignettes as well as things coming our way to WK in the months ahead.

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Day 2, The Show Continues…

With phone/camera in hand, I was determined to capture more images. Another full, non-stop day and I found sooooooo much great stuff. Needle in a haystack is how I always think of it. Diamonds in the rough too. By the end of the day I am looked out, but completely energized by what I saw, bought, and utterly excited knowing it will soon be in a display for all to enjoy at the shops. Here are a few more of the diamonds I found…

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