NYFW 2015 – PART 2
So aside from the potential of catching a show, my agenda also consisted of visiting the infamous MOOD Designer Fabrics and new to my radar, Holland Textiles. For those of you that really know me, you know that I have been sewing forever! (literally since 4th grade, no exaggeration). I plan to dedicate an upcoming post to highlight my sewing throughout the years and talk about the origin of my skill. Although I have not totally indulged in my craft 100%, that yearning to be behind a sewing machine has NEVER gone away and I always find a way to incorporate fabric shopping or something textiles related while traveling. This trip was no different. My first attempt to visit MOOD was a bust as they were closed in observance of Fashion Week but in the 11th hour, only hours before my departure, I was able to get into both MOOD and Holland Textiles!
Holland Textiles is nestled in the heart of Brooklyn. It’s fresh and exuberant storefront stands out as you drive down Third Avenue. As I entered, I was immediately overwhelmed and intrigued by the flashes of color that popped against the crisp white walls and floor to ceiling shelving. How could I pick? How do I decide? I could spend hours in this place!!
My inspiration for these prints was a skirt I made last year. It was a big hit and many of my friends expressed their interest in wanting one of their own. So I thought I would attempt to make some revenue this time around and incorporate some stylish and vibrant colors to sell. Take a peek at the selections I made.
On to MOOD Designer Fabrics…..I searched MOOD for the ever popular 4-legged Project Runway star, Swatch, but to no avail. However the staff was very friendly and inviting, even giving me a few teasers about my “Texas accent”….go figure. You actually enter the store from an upper level floor. The upholstery store is on the first floor. So a quick elevator ride up and there I was.
I couldn’t be in NYC and shop for fabric without going to MOOD Designer Fabrics. Although I had visited the city before I had not had a opportunity to experience this fabric icon. I had to make it happen this time around. Because I had spent so much time (and money) at Holland Textiles, I wasn’t exactly sure what I would purchase. In my head I could hear the great Tim Gunn saying “Make it work”. In the end I only purchased two fabrics which I plan to use to make tops for the skirts I would make for myself.
Very successful shopping trip. Can’t wait to share my creations….stay tuned!