July 31, 2020

From left to right:
Coats from the 1910's; 1920's Winter Coats; 1925 Sears catalog

The importance of "common sense, fairness, kindness, equality"
and deep pockets!


As someone who creates custom coats, I take pride in my generous pockets; both on the exterior and interio...

April 3, 2020

When I was composing my blog post "I ain't making no stinking masks" last week, I was doing a ton of research and making those stinking masks. Who am I fooling.

I broke through my ambivalence, but we still need to remember when it's time to vote that our federal governm...

March 27, 2020

Hungarians making masks in a sterile environment

I feel the need to explain my ambivalence about all the publicity with regards to encouraging volunteers to create home made masks for health care professionals to protect them against the Coronavirus.

Before I begin, let...

July 19, 2019

One small step for one man, a giant leap for functional fashion.
From head to toe, Neil Armstrong's suit was an engineering marvel with a heavy dose of expert tailoring for good measure.
Every stitch had to be be tough, flexible and airtight.
After 4 years and over $70...

July 12, 2019

A few fashion Fridays ago, I posted photos of whimsical dresses made out paper plates and pages of a book. As creative and imaginative as they are, nothing quite holds a candle to the work of Isabelle de Borchgrave (but please don't hold a candle to her art!). A painte...

June 28, 2019

Some of you may not know this, but in my former life, I was a visual merchandiser.
(If you're my age, think Rhoda from the Mary Tyler Moore show.)
Contrary to what you may think, it wasn't a very creative job since we had to follow strict corporate guidelines.
That is...

June 21, 2019

Since I'm allergic to metal, I don't wear a lot of jewelry and I'm very particular about the jewelry I do wear. I can only wear pendants on a leather or fabric cord. Most of my pieces have a very special meaning to me. I may recall the place where I chanced upon it, th...

June 14, 2019

First I'd like to thank all of you who surprised me and were there to support me when I presented at Women of Willow Grove this Tuesday. It's been a while since I've done public speaking, but I could not have asked for a friendlier, more supportive audience.
So thank y...

May 31, 2019

I finished a Silk Matka wedding suit this past weekend and went straight to work on a ensemble that my client will be wearing to her son's Bar Mitzvah.
Before I dive back into my work, I want to invite you to Women of Willow Grove Tuesday June 11.
I'm going to be their...

May 10, 2019

The first Monday in May is the biggest event in fashion. What I like about the Met Gala is that function is totally thrown out the window. It's all about fashion for art's sake. Many of the fashions on the pink carpet are totally outrageous and completely impractical.
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