Saturday, February 6, 2010

20 reasons to love a man named Thom


1. Kopi on the roof of the factory, on the way to the Deli for $2 bagels with peanut butter and jelly & mango and carrot juice.
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2. One section of an entire warehouse filled with sample fabrics for Thom Browne- mostly greys - mostly AMAZING
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3. Daniel (one of the designers) with the first product sample on his left, and then the modified version on the right- for a little PIZAZ at the show. (Not gonna lie- my first impulse when I saw this bag was to get inside).
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4. Pattern blocks at the factory- there would be at least 100 meters of pattern blocks hung like this around the walls in the tailoring production factory in Queens.
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5. View of New York from private car * woah * going across the Queens bridge to Manhattan for fittings
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6. Kopi experimenting with the Spring 2010 jackets for styling of the show on the 15th of February at the Thom Browne PR firm in Chelsea
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7. Thom Browne menswear wrap dresses (THIS IS WHY I ADORE THIS MAN- THESE DRESSES TURN MEN INTO GODS WHEN WORN- GODS)
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8. Everything is hand made- from the patterns (which are tailor made in Italian and are not copied or reproduced even down to the collar patterns - which are done on the stand per jacket), the textiles are designed on illustrator (my gingham patterns for cotton for spring 2011 have been ordered- YES), hand cut & sewn by lovely men that listen to soul music and say "cawfee".
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9. Kopi and I went to 'shake shack' the best burger in the world, sometimes the queue can span kilometers to order one, the milkshakes are a dream and are so thick you need a spoon to 'drink' them.
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ten. Through my job I get to go to the garment district every day to visit some pretty cool places; this is a corridor of a leather shop- with this particular section being vibrantly coloured lamb skins - ITS THAT SPECIFIC. ITS THAT AMAZING. !
There are also trim shops that would have a trillion buttons, clasps, zips (including 4 inch thick zips- incredible) EVERYTHING YOU COULD EVER NEED OR IMAGINE OR DESIRE.
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11. Robert Childs (the other designer) and Ezra (illustrator for Victoria's Secret) at dinner at Fette Sau- a garage that sells cooked meat by the kilo and beer by the gallon, with communal tables & incredible music. I love these men too
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12. The flesh and I (you can see the reflection of the blood bath in my eyes) ha ha
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13. The snow falling outside the apartment in Williamsburg onto the neighborhood
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14, Graffiti from the meat packing district slightly modified on MS paint
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15, Daniel, Kopi & Robert wearing their Thom Browne attire with matching briefcases waiting for a taxi to 14th street for PinkBerry & Whole foods.
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16, My first present :) Thom Browne cashmere Italian socks with red and blue tennis rackets and polka dots.....HOW EXCITING AND OUTRAGEOUS - PRESENTS ! ! ! !!
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17, Next week I need to sew 100 of these raccoon tails to pill box hats for the show so I spent a little time bonding with them
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18, Robert, Thom Browne & Daniel discussing colours from Pantone swatches for Spring 2011, and choosing patterns for the fabric mills (my gingham and some stripe designs got through the process - AMAZING SO THEY WILL BE PRODUCED FOR NEXT SEASONS SHIRTS!)
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19, Kopi trying on an extra long bomber jacket with beautiful soft lamb skin sleeves for Spring 2010 at the office (210 11ave)
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20. The factory after hours- when all the Italians have gone home and its just the designers left slaving their guts out in the name of menswear.
Ah man, this is a dream life
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2 comments:

PRIMARY COLOURS. said...

looks like you're having so much fun, you'll never come back! Living the dream EC, living THE DREAM. xx

a said...

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