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Category Archives: Fashion & Style

For Jeremy’s Place Kids

Jeremy Sage in an old Calvin Klein commercial with Brooke Shields.
Thank you Davie Kaufmann for showing me this a few years ago.

For those of you not familiar with Jeremy’s Place, it was the premiere children’s birthday party venue on the Upper East Side when I was little. Jeremy’s Place was run and hosted by Jeremy Sage who played Jesus in Godspell in 1977, and Thomas Garbutt who, during the party, acted as Jeremy’s sidekick, Chief.  Located in a brownstone on East 81st Street (which is now a consignment store) you entered through a gift shop where the birthday kid’s parents picked out the contents of the party favor bags.  My favorite was the glow-in-the-dark spiderweb with suction cups.

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Me on stage with Jeremy.

Upon entering the main room, the first thing you saw was a large vitrine holding a complex train set which was running and making noises.  From my childhood memory- Read more →

My New Obsession with Novelty Costume Jewelry

I’ve recently gone down an ebay rabbit hole, fascinated by three costume jewelry brands: Jonette Jewelry, American Jewelry & Chain and Danecraft. I started collecting a few JJ (Jonette Jewelry) pieces and am impressed with the quality of these mass produced castings. I am also baffled by the variety of whimsical and literal subject matter. An outsider studying 20th century American culture through costume jewelry would be convinced that we were obsessed with cats chasing mice and fish. I guess current internet culture does demonstrate our obsession with cats. I now work as a designer and model maker for a big jewelry company in California and I also wonder at the number of models and molds each of these companies created just dedicated to one particular theme.

The following pins depicting a cat and  fishbowl were ALL MADE BY ONE COMPANY, Jonette Jewelry. I imagine every few years they felt they had to revamp this popular theme or give the consumer options within this theme.  Each of these pins was available in different finishes and you can see the last one even has added color, definitely elevating the production cost. (I’m not even going to get started on the variety of cat and mouse jewelry because it’s too vast!)

JONETTE JEWELRY CAT AND FISHBOWL PINS

Next we have designs from two companies, Danecraft and Jonette Jewelry. I like to imagine a JJ design meeting: “Those jerks at Danecraft have a cool cat couple in a car?? We’ll show them!”

It’s not just cats. Cows are thoroughly represented, as are nurses, real estate brokers, wizards, pretty much every aspect of human, animal and fantasy life. There are Read more →

Some U.E.S. Style

I often see this guy walking past Dean & Deluca around 10am.

Strong Hair.

I kind of love these Zuki coats, but wish they weren’t made from real fur.
Photo from zuki.com

The Upper East Side Collection (of jewelry)

So, in case you didn’t know, I make jewelry (www.rebeccaschiffmanjewelry.com) and my new “Upper East Side Collection” is based on architectural ornament in the neighborhood.  I’m running a Kickstarter campaign to get enough pre-orders to be able to pay for some equipment, materials and promotional costs.  There are only 7 days left.  Please check out my Kickstarter video and page.

The Upper East Side Collection on Kickstarter

 

Here are some examples of the collection so far:
19 East 88th Street:

1041 Park Avenue:

Building photos taken by Brandon Perlman on medium format film.  Some guy at 1021 Park Avenue, possible the super, threatened to call the police while we were taking a photo from across the street on the Park Avenue median.
Jewelry photos by Evan Miller.

Paris Dispatch: 16th Arrondissement Style

On the way to the Raoul et Jean Dufy exhibition at Musée Marmottan in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris I walked through the very pleasant Jardins du Ranelagh.  Almost every person I passed, young and old, perfectly exemplified the traditional upper class French style, the Parisian version of the Upper East Side, but even more so.  Unfortunately, I broke my camera on the second day of my trip so these photos are from a very old half-broken camera I borrowed from my brother.

Another Elaine Stritch Sighting

This time I knew exactly who she was.

Here is my previous siting.

Vintage Clothing Sale to Benefit Haiti on Upper West Side

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Photo by Teddy Blanks

It’s finally warm enough for me to wear this awesome leather jacket I got from Sammy Davis Vintage‘s showroom in Spanish Harlem a few months ago. I can’t find a specific example but this jacket reminds me of something Francoise Hardy (my fashion idol if I had to choose one) would wear.

So, don’t miss this event!

Sunday, April 18, 2010 – Vintage for Haiti Benefit Sale
144 West 86th St, Apt 2B (private residence generously donated for the event)
2pm – 7pm

Sammy Davis Vintage is organizing a spring/summer sale to help She’s the First raise $200 to fund one year of education for a high school or vocational student through the Haiti Outreach Program.

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She’s the First benefit sale will also honor Sammy’s 24th birthday with complimentary cupcakes & wine. Plus, TBD door prizes for the first, 10th, and 25th attendee!

This is the trifecta of sales: Birthday, Benefit, and Beautiful things!

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FASHION: “Banana George” Blair

Ninety-four year old barefoot water skiier, George A. “Banana George” Blair, spotted outside CVS (formerly Glendale Bakery) on 87th Street and Lexington Ave.

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Official Banana George Website
Banana George on Wikipedia

Why are older people the best dressed people on the U.E.S?

I saw this woman on Madison Avenue while walking with my friend Salty, who, as we were walking away after I took this photo, said she thought the woman was an actress. This stylin’ senior had a deep smoker’s voice and in my head I can hear her snapping a dry funny insult to a younger relative on a sitcom.  Does anyone know who she is or recognize her?

For more stylish seniors check out the great blog, Advanced Style.

And the UES post on Ann Slater.

Looking at the World through Blue-Tinted Glasses

Anne Slater Photo via Advanced Style Sorry for the lack of updates.  I’ve been busy trying to figure out how to make a living and this is probably the least likely of my pursuits to assist in that mission.  But I couldn’t stay away for long. I am addicted to TruTV (formerly CourtTV.)  I don’t actually sit and watch it.  I like to have it on while I’m doing other things, especially when there is a large block of episodes of Forensic Files, or The Investigators, or Mission Road, which are all pretty much the same: like a candle, it creates a certain ambiance in my room. One show that draws me in more is Dominick Dunne: Power Privilege and Justice where crime writer Dominick Dunne narrates the stories of various high-profile crimes and sometimes casually mentions that he had once hung out with the criminal or murderer in question at a fancy party somewhere. Read more →

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