Sunday, January 25, 2009

Behind the Scenes

Yet another milestone at Winifred Grace. . .the Spring collection is finally complete and we had yet another photo shoot with the amazingly talented Gintas Zaranka! Attached are some behind the scenes photos of our gorgeous model, Bailey from Elite Chicago (she's only 15, by the way).

The newest Spring items from Winifred Grace will be available on the NEW website which is scheduled to go live the first week in March. Until then I will be posting pictures here. If you are interested in purchasing anything please do not hesitate to let me know directly.

Thanks for your patience, in the meantime. I've been totally in over my head.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Raven Kauffman

I know many folks who do not enjoy the Art Deco period as I do. These clutches by Raven Kauffman MIGHT just change their minds. And if you don't like Art Deco OR clutches, you should just check out her website because it's cool.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

NY Mag!

Here is a tid bit of press for Winifred Grace that appeared in New York Magazine. No one even told me about this one! I found out from a customer -- oh well!

Paige Gamble Headbands

This band belongs on my head. Such romance!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Winifred Grace at Steven Alan

This just in: Steven Alan just placed an order of Winifred Grace for their newest Silverlake store! I'm thrilled beyond belief to be sharing space with fellow designers Alyssa Norton (long time favorite designer of mine) and Wendy Nichol.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Eileen Shields

Footwear designer Eileen Shields has been nominated for The Fashion Group International's Rising Star Award (for which Winifred Grace was a recipient in 2007!). These shoes are sort of, well, bad-ass. Way to go, Eileen! See more styles here.

Viva Nanna Manning!

After being widowed in her early fifties my maternal grandmother, Nanna Manning, went to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico every summer to study painting, sculpture and jewelry design at the Institute of Art located in the heart of the village. Once my grandmother was too old to travel there on her own, my mother, brother and I made a couple of trips there with her, not for classes but just so she could savor the wonderful memories.

My junior year of college, while I was studying in Spain, Nanna Manning passed away. One of the few regrets I have in life is not flying home for her funeral. I suppose it was just too painful for me to travel all that way to bury someone I had been so close with. And maybe out of that regret has come the constant stream of inspiration I channel from her. There have been so many days when I just wished she were alive to share what I have been creating, and even collaborate.

Since her passing I had been longing to return to San Miguel, in honor of her and everything she passed on to me.

In May of 2007 my mother and I finally made our pilgrimage. I was quite anxious about the trip, worried for the rush of emotion that would flood my mother, and how hard that would be to see. I was clearly transferring all of the anxiety I had about my OWN flood of emotions on to my mother -- but I did not see this until I was 3 margaritas deep, sobbing to my Mom about how much I wished Nanny were with us.

As I am approaching my Spring line, and seeking inspiration, I felt it only appropriate to revisit the photos from my trip. These are just a few shots of some architectural details I found very pleasing. Hopefully you will too!

Viva Nanna Manning!


New York Magazine just covered a new store that opened last month in the East Village called Duo (site under construction). They carry independent labels producing such pretties as these: Sah Cavalcante's intricate, Victorian-inspired dress [This is the PERFECT dress: Casual with riding boots and tights. Super sexy bare-legged with a heel], and Angela Spencer's delicate, lightweight crocheted accessories made of vintage cotton. This collar would be cool layered with said PERFECT dress, making it even more perfect. After doing some research I discovered that Sah Cavalcante is still in school which is why there is so little of his work out in the world. Hurry up and graduate, Sah! Come on! We're waiting!

Speaking of DIY

I was just checking out Martha Stewart's website and came across some really cute, fun, and seemingly easy projects. A blanket made of old sweaters, corn husk votives, and a rug made of upholstery webbing. Click here to see more.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Make Workshop

Make Workshop is a DIY workshop located in New York City where you can take classes on everything from knitting to shoemaking to quilting. If you're lucky you'll learn to make something as cute as this!

Erickson Beamon

For a long time Erickson Beamon has inspired me with stunning jewelry, but this takes the cake. I'm drooling.

Fall Into The Gap

Check out these cheap finds at The Gap. All under $60!

Leonor Mendoza

Leonor Mendoza is a Venezuelan artist living and working in Brooklyn. These handrails are magnificent! Check out more of her gorgeous metal work here.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

East Village Renovation

The New York Times just featured the home of Koray Duman, an architect from Turkey. It is a 600 square foot apartment in the East Village that he recently renovated. Simple. Cool. I'll take it.


It never ceases to amaze me how many gorgeous rooms there are in the world. This one just hit me over the head. From here.

A Girl Can Dream, Right?

It will be Spring somewhere, sometime soon. If I lived somewhere where that kind of thing happened I would do all my shopping here.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


I'm pretty sure I love all of these things. All at once.


Roger Davies takes beautiful pictures of beautiful people.Link