Friday, November 11, 2005


I love my visitors, I only wish I had a bit of space for a chair so people could sit down and relax. Anyway, here is the littlest fashionista, Erika of Mellifluous Couture's daughter Isadora, choosing to model a Sharon Spain handbag.

Also, some Serious Gnome products on the wall. The photo does not do the hot rod colors justice at all.

I have lots of books in right now, Knitting decks for your favorite knitter, and Drawing From Life is back in stock as well.

Tonight I am going to get my pre-party haircut. You are coming, right? Next Thursday, 5-9ish, drinks, comestibles, music, chatter.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Autumn Leaves

In the last few days, the tree across the street has lost all of its orange leaves. The season is upon us in earnest now.

By special request, I'm getting more squirrel playing a snare drum (not a typo) t-shirts, this time in adult sizes.

Zing magazine is here, and it's huge! It's fall fashion Vogue sized. Well, not quite, but very large.

O-check is here too! Card cases, blank notebooks in all colors and sizes, calendars, passport cases, pencil cases with seriously funny sayings on them, and little colored tags to hook on your bag or your belt or wherever.

Wool & Hoop is here. When I was ten, I had little kits to learn embroidery and trapunto and such. I ended up with little ducks and odd 80s designs. Well now you can do crewel and make a very hip lovely design in wool. C'mon crafty people, this one you can do.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005


Wednesdays are both exhilarating and terrifying because it's box day. UPS, Fedex and DHL all make little visits because I'm closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and all the packages stack up.

Today was a windfall in the store's very short existence. First off, I am pleased to present Serious Gnome, a Vancouver design company whose first product is gorgeous wall plaques. Wall decor is right on target - Blik has had its decals for a while and Fold Bedding has paintable abstract shapes called Wallter. Serious Gnome is different as the designs are created by fine artists and then glazed in fantastic colors, all by hand. I have flowers, clovers and skulls, and they look great grouped together on your wall.

I finally have some pieces from Undesigned by Carol Young. Somewhere between doing fittings and then showing her spring collection at Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion in LA, she had time to sew up some clothes for Rare Device. I have reverse recycled tops and skirts and gorgeous herringbone cropped trousers which are perfect over your boots right now. I am so happy to carry Carol's work!

The Silent Revolution bags are here, they are extremely well made and stylish. They are for urban travellers and have padded iPod/PDA compartments, cell phone pockets and all of that good stuff.

New jewelry: Jenifer Balducci is a CA designer newly arrived in NY and we've got her sexy necklaces, earrings and rings made of Whiting & Davis mesh combined with semiprecious stones. They are light as air and drape beautifully. If you are feeling romantic (in just kind of a creepy way) Judith Hoetker of Brooklyn has some silver pieces that you have to see. Her most publicized piece is a sterling silver razorblade pendant with a wee heart cut out of it.

I am also carrying Not For Tourists guidebooks for NYC and for Brooklyn. These are homegrown guides to neighborhoods with nice clear maps and tips about the good stuff here in New York. My friend Kathryn carries hers around everywhere, bulging with cards and scraps of paper. We bought this when we moved to Brooklyn, they are really good little guides.

Finally there are the books. I have some new art and design books, some photography books and zines, and a limited-edition book called Lavender guessed it. It even smells like lavender. I have a few choice graphic novels and a very funny little book of rejection letters called Dear Thank you Yours Sincerely. And, I'll be getting a few copies of Fevolution - great, can't say enough about it artwork by the man known as Feric. It is slipcovered and has Japanese stab binding and is a super present for you for someone who loves art.

Wow that's a lot of new stuff! Come by and check it out, or contact me if you must have something, and I will ship.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Shopping Online

I have been debating the whole e-shop thing with Rare Device. I really want the store to be a place to touch stuff and try things on and flip through pages, but it seems ridiculous these days to ignore all of you savvy design shoppers not in NYC. Today I got a call from a fellow in Sweden who wanted some things. I think this is a sign.

So - I'll be working on setting up online shopping. But if you come to New York, you must visit! Part of the dilemma is that I want to offer 'rare' items, and so coordinating the online buying with accurate inventory levels is a bit harder, but I'll work on it.

Today was bag day. I visited some showrooms and have picked out some awesome things for spring, and some items in time for the holidays. I will say no more right now but I will get pictures up when things come in.

I know that Carol's super Undesigned clothing will be arriving this week, and some cool messengers from Silent Revolution. Finding the perfect bag is agonizing, I know, so I'm trying to have as many styles as I can cram into the store. I believe I'll have more reading material too, from fun and inexpensive zines to limited-edition art books.

I must sign off as I must get ready for the Gen Art Shopping Spree tomorrow night. I will be selling my jewelry and distributing Rare Device postcards to entice you to take the subway and visit the shop.