Jil SanderLeather-Trim Wool Cardigan
Akris PuntoFaux Leather-Trimmed Two-Button Blazer
Yves Saint LaurentLeather-Collar Blazer
Elizabeth and JamesRex Leather-Trimmed Blazer
Michele and I set out on the second Megabus trip of the year on Wednesday morning. We had combed the on-line listings to find leather specialists and came up with three: Global Leathers, Global Leathers Leather Impact Leather Impact and Leather Suede Skins, Inc. Leather, Suede, Skins, Inc. How did we decide which one to visit? We got Yelp. Yes, we did a Yelp search and the raves about Global Leathers led us to the 9th floor and a veritable treasure trove of colorful leathers. We were welcomed by the charming Leo Gonzalez who made us feel appreciated and important even though we are just beginning to use leather in our fashion creations. He gave us a quick tour, explained the differences in garment leather versus home dec or purse making leather, showed us the huge selection of colors and then pointed out the scrap bins to get us started. Since my initial plans are to add leather as accent pieces to future creations, I stayed with the scrap bins and found plenty to kickstart my initial efforts. But Michele is more ambitious and adventurous than I am so she plunged right in and bought a full skin in a gorgeous purple.
|Scraps of dark burgundy, tan and black|
|About 3 square feet of the most lusciously soft olive green|
I know that Global Leathers will be a new favorite. I'll keep you up to date on how I use these initial pieces and what I have planned for in the future. If you are in NYC, it's worth the effort to stop on by.
|Happy to have found Global Leathers|
Last, but not least at all, the quilt top is pieced and ready to give to a friend with a long arm. She won't get to it until after her quilt guild's show in late October so this is as close as Lucky is going to get to it for now.
Here's hoping you have a new technique or fabric or idea that makes it exciting for you to be sewing.