September 2013

Diptyque Opens its First Shop in New England in Westport

01/14/14

Diptyque Opens its First Shop in New England in Westport

The famed maker of scented candles and parfums opened its doors in Paris in 1961. This is the first location in New England.

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Exhibit Marks 40 Years of Wrap Dress by Von Furstenberg; Her Retreat Is in Connecticut

01/13/14

Exhibit Marks 40 Years of Wrap Dress by Von Furstenberg; Her Retreat Is in Connecticut

Vogue and its Editor in Chief Diana Vreeland were instrumental in getting the wrap dress and its designer launched toward eventual fame. According to the Vogue story, a letter in the exhibit from Vreeland was the only positive reaction to a first collection that was being dismissed as “a princess’s whim.”

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Shipping Container Housing as Latest Connecticut Architectural Style

01/06/14

Shipping Container Housing as Latest Connecticut Architectural Style

New Haven will soon have at least two examples of this unique modular approach that he says will cut the time and eventually the cost of housing, while still providing the amenities that people want.

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Asian Antiques, Fine Art & More From Connecticut Estate in Westchester Auction

01/02/14

Asian Antiques, Fine Art & More From Connecticut Estate in Westchester Auction

Clarke Auction Gallery was started in Westchester NY in 1998. It is owned and operated by Ronan Clarke, an Irishman who started his career in Ireland and came to New York in 1988 via London.

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BCBG, Coach, Prada, Three Dots & More at Madison Upscale Consignment Shop

12/26/13

BCBG, Coach, Prada, Three Dots & More at Madison Upscale Consignment Shop

“It’s important that clothing is currently in style and in good condition. Blazers are popular in the store right now. You can wear them dressed up or with a pair of jeans. They complete an outfit."

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Glittering 'Rock Candy' From Connecticut Jewelry Designer Holly Shannon

12/23/13

Glittering 'Rock Candy' From Connecticut Jewelry Designer Holly Shannon

he arranges different brightly colored gemstones, like emeralds and pink tourmaline, on delicate silver or gold chains. The close positioning of each stone causes it to jut out at different angles, which causes the grouping to look like a piece of rock candy.

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Calling All Those in a Panic: Last Minute Gift Ideas from Connecticut Shops

12/23/13

Calling All Those in a Panic: Last Minute Gift Ideas from Connecticut Shops

You're up against THE deadline, and still don't have a gift for . . . Before you throw your hands up in despair, consider these items—or something a lot like them.

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Katie Couric, Vogue Paris Like Connecticut Jewelry From Évocateur

12/13/13

Katie Couric, Vogue Paris Like Connecticut Jewelry From Évocateur

"Each piece conjures a story that’s yours to tell … tales of ancient times and memories of favorite places … the magic of new love … the glimmer of dreams just begun.”

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Holiday Gifts from a 3D Printer: MakerBot's New Greenwich Store Lets Santas Be Cutting-Edge

12/10/13

Holiday Gifts from a 3D Printer: MakerBot's New Greenwich Store Lets Santas Be Cutting-Edge

The new stores showcase MakerBot’s innovative 3D printers and scanners, while also featuring the MakerBot 3D Photo Booth, workshops and unique 3D “printed goodies perfect for stuffing your stockings.”

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In Essex, One of Connecticut's Best Holiday House Tours Offers Glimpse of Shoreline Style

12/06/13

In Essex, One of Connecticut's Best Holiday House Tours Offers Glimpse of Shoreline Style

The 12th biennial house tour Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., begins at the Essex Town Hall, 29 West Ave. Most of the tour’s gracious holiday homes date back to the 19th century and have seen renovations over the years to enhance, expand or modernize the structures to fit the needs of their 21st century inhabitants.

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Style Provocateur at Textiles House to Presidents, Ritz Paris, Tells Scalamandré Story in New Book

12/04/13

Style Provocateur at Textiles House to Presidents, Ritz Paris, Tells Scalamandré Story in New Book

The book Scalamandré: Haute Décor will be celebrated in a cocktails event Dec. 12 at Cobble Court Interiors in New Canaan, as part of Toys for Tots drive.

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South Windsor Potter Offers Gifts With One-of-a-Kind Style in Holiday Open Studio

12/02/13

South Windsor Potter Offers Gifts With One-of-a-Kind Style in Holiday Open Studio

If you’re looking for a gift this season that will bowl them over, stop in at John Macomber’s 38th Holiday Open Stu­dio at Greenleaf Pottery in South Windsor Dec. 7 through 15.

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Jewelry Trunk Show Brings Small Business Saturday Sparkle to One Connecticut Village

11/26/13

Jewelry Trunk Show Brings Small Business Saturday Sparkle to One Connecticut Village

In Connecticut, one of the best venues this year for Small Business Saturday is the tiny village of New Preston in the town of Washington, nestled against Lake Waramaug in the Litchfield Hills.

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Brookfield Craft Center Launches Its Annual Holiday Sale of Art, Fine Crafts

11/22/13

Brookfield Craft Center Launches Its Annual Holiday Sale of Art, Fine Crafts

“The price points have changed so there is something for everyone on one’s list.”

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Connecticut Artist Wins Global Rug Design Competition in Sweden

11/19/13

Connecticut Artist Wins Global Rug Design Competition in Sweden

Deborah Velasquez was recently chosen as the winner of the global carpet design competition sponsored by CarpetVista of Malmö.

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All Hail Etsy: Holiday Gift Ideas from the Web's Most Ginormous Crafts Market

11/15/13

All Hail Etsy: Holiday Gift Ideas from the Web's Most Ginormous Crafts Market

Connecticut is well-represented among the million or so artisans and vendors on this increasingly popular e-commerce site. Here, we pick a few of our favorite local Etsy shops.

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Post Tiffany & Co., Lambertson Truex Handbag Virtuosity at Privet House

11/14/13

Post Tiffany & Co., Lambertson Truex Handbag Virtuosity at Privet House

The brilliant design team behind Lambertson Truex, Richard Lambertson and John Truex will be offering for sale handbags and other pieces they have hand-selected from their private collection at the shop Privet House, located in the shopping haven of New Preston in the Litchfield Hills.

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Denyse Schmidt's Quilts Star for Pottery Barn; 'Amazing Deals' at Her Bridgeport Studio This Weekend

11/08/13

Denyse Schmidt's Quilts Star for Pottery Barn; 'Amazing Deals' at Her Bridgeport Studio This Weekend

While Denyse Schmidt’s premier quilts can sell at price points in the thousands of dollars, a great opportunity to purchase Schmidt’s artistry and style awaits this weekend, when she is holding her Sample Sale 2013.

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'Mad Men' Era Illustrator's Works, Babe Ruth Autograph, Rolls Royce & More in Bridgeport Auction

11/06/13

'Mad Men' Era Illustrator's Works, Babe Ruth Autograph, Rolls Royce & More in Bridgeport Auction

Black Rock Galleries (BRG) is holding its Fall Estates Auction Nov. 10, and it will take two sessions to handle the more than 1,300 lots that gallery owners Grant Panarese and Christie Spooner have spent the last few months acquiring from area estates.

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'Classic With a Kick' Fashion at New Boutique in Old Saybrook, So Chic

11/03/13

'Classic With a Kick' Fashion at New Boutique in Old Saybrook, So Chic

If Cinderella had a closet, it would probably look a lot like So Chic boutique. (105 Elm St. Old Saybrook; 860-388-2222) Imagine a room with crystal delicately falling from the ceiling, softly painted walls silhouetted with flowers, and beautifully adorned dresses in yummy fabrics hanging throughout. Owner Didem Arici of Branford set out to, “create an environment where people would come and feel special. The first thing in retail is to make the client happy and feel comfortable.” Originally from Turkey, Arici moved to the United States 10 years ago and worked as a visual merchandiser for several large retailers. With a professional background in landscape architecture, it was her creative eye that guided the eye-catching displays of local Lord &...

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New Haven Fashion Designer's Styles Flatter Women of All Ages, Sizes

10/31/13

New Haven Fashion Designer's Styles Flatter Women of All Ages, Sizes

The designer is the soft-spoken, über-talented Jamaican-born designer Neville Wisdom, and if you’re a style-conscious woman—of any age or dress size—and you’ve never heard his name, read on and click on the links to Wisdom's website and Facebook page.

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Swedish Style in New Book By Connecticut Experts, and at Lillian August

10/29/13

Swedish Style in New Book By Connecticut Experts, and at Lillian August

“People think of Scandinavian rooms as all cold and white and stark,” said Edie van Breems, who with her partner, Rhonda Eleish, has established herself as an expert on Swedish style. The partners in Eleish van Breems Ltd., based in Washington Depot, have just brought out Reflections on Swedish Interiors, their third book on Swedish décor.

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Big-Box Holiday Blues? Artisans' Jewelry, Crafts in Westport, New Haven, Middletown, Guilford, Brookfield ...

10/28/13

Big-Box Holiday Blues? Artisans' Jewelry, Crafts in Westport, New Haven, Middletown, Guilford, Brookfield ...

These days, going out for dinner at a nice restaurant almost always means enjoying the talents of a chef who sources ingredients as locally as possible and creates menus based on seasons and micro-seasons. Why not take the same approach to holiday shopping and gift-giving.

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Target Darling Privet House Among Shops Making Tiny Connecticut Village a Destination

10/25/13

Target Darling Privet House Among Shops Making Tiny Connecticut Village a Destination

When it comes to sourcing all manner of stylish things—whether for holiday gifts, for the home or for oneself—the tiny village of New Preston, Conn., (a section of Washington) can be perfectly described by the often co-opted and clichéd declaration that less is more.

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In Avon, a Show of Fine and Historic Quilts That's a Stitch Above Others

10/22/13

In Avon, a Show of Fine and Historic Quilts That's a Stitch Above Others

Nearly 300 quilts will transform the Avon Congregational Church from a place of religious worship into a place of creative admiration this weekend. Antique and new quilts will be displayed on the walls of the sanctuary, which dates back to 1819, over the pews and balcony and in the classrooms.

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Special Milestone at Hartford's Heart of Fine Clothing, Stackpole Moore Tryon

10/17/13

Special Milestone at Hartford's Heart of Fine Clothing, Stackpole Moore Tryon

Around the time Connecticut’s capital city was taking on an early-evening glow Wednesday, John S. Carusone joined Stackpole Moore Tryon owners Jody and Ron Morneault and longtime men’s clothing expert Tracy Murphy for an informal event that marked milestones in the narratives of both the store and one of its favorite clients.

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Get Great Deals at Shops at Yale By Aiding Fight Against Cancer

10/16/13

Get Great Deals at Shops at Yale By Aiding Fight Against Cancer

Starting next Monday, Oct. 21, and running through Oct. 26, the shops at Yale are offering a special promotion in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month that will raise funds for Closer to Free.

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'Unique Retail Emporium' Gift-ology Opens Shop in Blue Back Square

10/15/13

'Unique Retail Emporium' Gift-ology Opens Shop in Blue Back Square

Gift-ology, billed as “a unique retail emporium that brings together a world of charming and unusual gifts, as well as famous brands,” has opened a shop in Blue Back Square in West Hartford.

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A Connecticut Art Advisor; Not a Decorator, She Doesn't Match Paintings With Pillows

10/15/13

A Connecticut Art Advisor; Not a Decorator, She Doesn't Match Paintings With Pillows

"I don’t come in and match a piece of art to a throw pillow. My clients tend to fall in several categories. There are those who understand the concept of collection building. They may already have started one and want to best know what to add that will enhance what they already own. They want to understand the art they are going to live with."

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Inner Glow, Outer Glam Greenwich Event for Women Features Inspiring Story

10/13/13

Inner Glow, Outer Glam Greenwich Event for Women Features Inspiring Story

When Ellela Cosmetics and Lashes on Greenwich Avenue holds an Inner Glow Outer Glam workshop Oct. 27, from noon to 3 p.m., it will team up with world-renowned author, speaker, women’s empowerment coach and TV guest expert Allyson Spellman.

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Hip Young Style Venture at Center of iConnect Hartford Launch Party Friday

10/08/13

Hip Young Style Venture at Center of iConnect Hartford Launch Party Friday

Models will promenade on the streets of downtown Hartford Friday, clad in the grunge-punk inspired garb of Urban Natured, an up-and-coming clothing line based in Hartford.

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10/04/13

Drama Queen

Update your wardrobe with a few well-chosen accessories.

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The 'Revealing' Story of Corsets in Connecticut, a New HavenTale

09/26/13

The 'Revealing' Story of Corsets in Connecticut, a New HavenTale

Madonna made corsets sexy, provocative and even a manifestation of female power. The narrative arc between the pop superstar’s iconic on-stage outfits and the rise of the corset as a body-shaping device in 16th-century Europe—with its aesthetics-enhancing squeeze being the rage in the Victorian era—makes an important stop in Connecticut, and specifically the storied Wooster Square neighborhood of New Haven.

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Fashionista Alert: Two Tibi Trunk Shows This Week

09/25/13

Fashionista Alert: Two Tibi Trunk Shows This Week

Greenwich designer Amy Smilovik presents her fall collection at Steven Alan stores in Greenwich and Westport.

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Guy Wolff's Mastery of Garden Pot Design Depends on His Litchfield County Roots

09/23/13

Guy Wolff's Mastery of Garden Pot Design Depends on His Litchfield County Roots

Here’s my theory and you can take it or leave it. I contend that Guy Wolff would never have become the Superstar of the Flowerpot if he had set up shop anywhere else but Litchfield County.

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Bigger than Martha Stewart,Polo Ralph Lauren, Kathy Ireland Coming to Connecticut for Business Women's Forum

09/20/13

Bigger than Martha Stewart,Polo Ralph Lauren, Kathy Ireland Coming to Connecticut for Business Women's Forum

Her company outperforms Liz Claiborne, Tommy Bahama and Polo Ralph Lauren, and, according to a Forbes magazine cover story on this “Supermodel Supermogul,” she also outsells Martha Stewart “and she’s richer, too.” The she is former-swimsuit-model-turned-fashion-empire-entrepreneur Kathy Ireland, of course, and she’s coming to Connecticut in October to inspire other women in an event that raises funds for a Post University scholarship program. A news release Friday revealed that Ireland, CEO and chief designer of the design empire Kathy Ireland Worldwide, the 23rd most powerfully licensed brand in the world, will be the keynote luncheon speaker for the 31st annual 2013 Business Women’s Forum (BWF), Connecticut’s largest and...

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Bedford Street in Stamford Will Be a Style & Shopping Hotspot This Weekend (With No Vehicles)

09/18/13

Bedford Street in Stamford Will Be a Style & Shopping Hotspot This Weekend (With No Vehicles)

A prime shopping district in downtown Stamford will be the venue this weekend for Arts & Crafts on Bedford, with the street closed to traffic and approximately 90 merchants offering everything from photography to jewelry and pottery to fiber arts in a festival-like atmosphere, where there will also be dining in extended sidewalk cafes.

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At Mill House Antiques & Gardens in Woodbury, a Collector is Now the Owner

09/16/13

At Mill House Antiques & Gardens in Woodbury, a Collector is Now the Owner

Five years ago William Hildreth possessed an above-average ability to spot and buy premium antiques. As for selling antiques, that was totally foreign to him.

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Eero Saarinen, Isamu Noguchi Pieces Highlight Nest Egg's Meriden Auction Saturday

09/13/13

Eero Saarinen, Isamu Noguchi Pieces Highlight Nest Egg's Meriden Auction Saturday

Nest Egg Auctions of Meriden is starting the fall auction season with a strong selection of fine art, rare books, antiques and jewelry, much of it from the last century. Highlights of the Saturday (Sept. 14) auction include a Dieter Waekerlin for Behr sideboard, an Eero Saarinen “womb chair" and ottoman for Knoll, and an Isamu Noguchi Cyclone side table for Knoll. “The market for mid-century art and furnishings is still very strong,” says auctioneer Ryan Brechlin in a release detailing the auction, for which doors open at 10 a.m. The gavel goes down at 2 p.m. “Dealers, galleries, and collectors are already showing a lot of interest in this auction” Items include a James Abbott McNeill Whistler etching of the sculptor Drouet. The early and...

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Fashion on the Avenue to Sparkle in Greenwich Tonight

09/12/13

Fashion on the Avenue to Sparkle in Greenwich Tonight

On a day like today, the haunting voice of Ella Fitzgerald warning that “into each life some rain must fall” is the last riff that might seem appropriate. But with the chance of a storm forecast for Greenwich, the forces behind one of Connecticut’s best public fashion events turned their thoughts to precipitation—briefly—and then continued on as gracefully and unflappable as a runway pro.

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