Category Archives: leather

Before March Madness

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Here are my outfits of the day for the month of March 2020.  No more school for a while.  I just discovered a show on ABC called Schooled to help with my school withdrawal.  It is almost as funny as the silly things kids say at real school. It’s set in the ’90s, which is when I started working at my job.  Back then I think my fashion look was sort of Monica from Friends.

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Rebecca Taylor jacket, Milly top, Joe’s Jeans leather jeans, Calvin Klein booties
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Free People dress, Sorel boots
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Joie leather dress, Marc Jacobs boots, Tashkovski bracelet
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Baublebar choker, Rachel Zoe silk dress, Marc Jacobs boots, Tashkovski bracelet
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Aqua Cashmere sweater, Trina Turk leather skirt, Rebecca Minkoff boots, Harry Potter lanyard
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Rachel Zoe silk dress, Joe’s Jeans leather jeans, Marc Jacobs sandals and sunglasses
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Honora necklace, Tashkovski bracelet, Halston Heritage dress, Banana Republic top, Marc Jacobs boots
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Cinq a Sept silk dress, Marc Jacobs boots
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C by Bloomingdales cashmere sweater, Joe’s Jeans leather jeans, Marc Jacobs boots, Tashkovski bracelet
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Aqua Cashmere sweater, French Connection leather skirt, Rebecca Minkoff boots

 

 

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Woolly Winter

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Today, after work and a five-mile Green Lakes hike, I headed over to the Sue & Leon Genet Galley at The Nancy Cantor Warehouse (350 W. Fayette Street, Syracuse, New York 13202) for the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection exhibit, Let It Snow!  Keeping Warm at Syracuse University, 1870-2020.

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I love the irony of this whole premise that it is cold in Syracuse in winter and I’m all hiking my head off for two hours a day thinking it’s totally warm – what’s wrong with you people?  Naturally, I am also all about cashmere, fur, leather and down parkas, so this little exhibit was right up my alley.  Keeping warm is my schtick.  Really, it’s fashion.  Fashion’s my schtick.

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I frequented this gallery when it was housed in Slocum Hall back in the ’80s, so actually visiting it again, it’s kinda/sorta my old stomping grounds.  I am a graduate of the Fashion Design program at Syracuse University and a really cold (minus 4 degrees) day in 1982 is referenced in the literature, which was probably a day I was walking around campus with my gigantic portfolio and paint case or a huge bag of fabric and a sewing kit (dual degree Fashion and Studio Arts) blowing around all over the place.  Could this be anymore about me? LOL, sorry….

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This is obviously an exhibition of outerwear spanning a century and a half.  Everything on the mannequins looks stunning – well preserved and for the most part, timeless.

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The show was curated by Professor Jeffrey Mayer.  Kirsten Schoonmaker gave a slide presentation during the event tonight sharing her expertise on textiles, specifically a history of the fashion/costume use of wool and fur through the ages.  Students in attendance were clearly enthralled by her dynamic presence.  She is an Associate Professor of Fashion Design at Syracuse University, as well as the exhibit designer and collection manager.

Let It Snow! will be up through February 28, 2020.  You will love it. <3

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***from the Syracuse University website

On Dec. 2, 2019, Syracuse University canceled a full day of classes for the fourth time in its 150-year history. This means that generations of students have trudged through snow, sleet, ice, and wind in order to get to class. How did they keep themselves from shivering as the daytime temperatures plunged as low as -4°F in January of 1982? Students on campus have proved that staying warm doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style. Thick fulled wool in fashionable hues has been cut and shaped to follow the silhouettes of the moment, whether it be the 1880s, the 1980s, or today. Collars and cuffs have been trimmed with insulating materials from soft fur to plushy polyester, trapping warm air around exposed skin as icy winds blow. Belts and buttons not only keep coats from flapping, but also add a touch of shape, sparkle, or contrast. Selections from the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection reveal that while faces may change, outerwear has always been a style statement on campus.

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About the Sue and Leon Genet Gallery:

Based in the School of Design at the Nancy Cantor Warehouse, the Sue & Leon Genet Gallery is a student-managed space hosting exhibitions from the school’s students, faculty, and alumni. Programing seeks to engage the University and downtown Syracuse community with exhibitions inspired by and related to the field of design. Public gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, noon to 5:00 pm., or by appointment.  Call (315) 443-2455.

Norma

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The Tashkovski Collection is officially launching on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 5 – 8 pm at The Chop House on Waring  (200 Waring Road, Syracuse, New York 13224 – (315) 445-1976). The event is called Sip & Sparkle and will include twelve local vendors. They will also have a Wild Turkey bourbon tasting and some appetizers.  It is going to be a lot of fun!

I had a poster made and some postcards.  The bracelets are photographed, catalogued and tagged.  I have a Square reader to process debit/charges.  I am ready to be ready (which means ready, I think).

Here are the latest pieces.  These leather bracelets feature vintage pins manufactured in Estonia circa the 1970s by a tin toy company called NORMA.  I scoured the world looking for them.  I’m in love with them!  The are handmade, one-of-a-kinders.  I know you will fall in love with them too. <3

The Rakuten Way

 

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I have been manifesting money in the mail.  The first time it happened – OMG, it was totally unexpected.  I stumbled upon this site called Rakuten.  They know you, know what you like, know where you are on-line shopping.  Through emails you click their links to get to things you planned on buying with or without them, things you feel comfortable paying the price offered – and then they give you cash back.  Win-win!

https://www.rakuten.com/r/KTASHK2?eeid=28187

Check it out!  Use the link above and get started.  This site encompasses all shop sites – Amazon, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, and many more.  All types of merchandise, not just fashion.

It is amazing! <3

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Tashkovski bracelet, J.Crew T-shirt, Rag & Bone patent leather skirt, Hue tights, Marc Jacobs booties
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Tashkovski bracelet, BCBGMaxAzria sweater and skirt, Sorel boots
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Tashkovski bracelet, Banana Republic top, BCBGMaxAzria dress, Karl Lagerfeld Paris boots
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Theory cashmere sweater, BCBGMaxAzria belt and leggings, Ralph Lauren boots
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BCBGMaxAzria sweater and dress, Marc Jacobs booties
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Tashkovski bracelets, Theory cashmere sweater, BCBGMaxAzria silk velvet pants, Calvin Klein booties
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Tashkovski bracelet, Theory sweater, Rebecca Taylor dress, Marc Jacobs booties
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Free People cardigan, Rebecca Taylor silk top, BCBGMaxAzria pants, Joie sandals

 

Role Play

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Theory cashmere cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria dress and pants, Marc Jacobs booties, Tashkovski bracelet

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Theory sweater, Joe’s Jeans leather jeans, Nine West booties, Tashkovski bracelet

As I sit here writing this post, I am wearing the outfit pictured above.  These leather jeans are like butter (butttaaaahhhhh….).  And the cashmere tunic sweater is perfect-o.  Such is the problem of a fashion blogger – how do you continue to wear newbies in the real world and not your very favorite pieces?  How to you mix it up to keep it all fresh?  

I guess keep doing what I am doing as long as it is fun?  I must be a fashion role model for someone out there.

<3

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BCBGMaxAzria jacket, Milly silk/spandex top, Joe’s Jeans leather jeans, Marc Jacobs booties
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BCBGMaxAzria sweater and dress, Marc Jacobs booties
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Tashkovski choker, BCBGMaxAzria top, belt and sandals, Trina Turk skirt

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Kobi Halperin top, Trina Turk leather skirt, BCBGeneration sandals
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Nine West suede cap, Theory cashmere sweater Free People leather skirt, Sorel bootie, Tashkovski bracelet

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Cinq a Sept silk top, Alice + Olivia silk velvet pants, BCBGMaxAzria sandals Tashkovski bracelet 
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NFS – QUATREFOIL
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Bailey 44 top, BCBGMaxAzria pants, BCBGeneration sandals, Tashkovski bracelet
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$75 . – STONES
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Aqua Cashmere cardigan, Rachel Zoe silk top, Marc Jacobs booties
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Theory cashmere sweater Free People leather skirt, Sorel bootie, Tashkovski bracelet
Theory sweater, Joe's Jeans leather jeans, Nine West booties, Tashkovski bracelet
Tashkovski bracelet, Theory sweater, Joe’s Jeans leather pants, Nine West booties

 

 

Bracelet Factory

 

 

 

More bracelets.  My dining room table is the bracelet factory.  These are from the ethnic series, meme series and horses!  All are leather with fur (rabbit and sherpa).  Rebecca from Tandy Leather taught me how to add snaps.  Bracelets fit 5 1/2″ to about 6 1/2″ wrists.  The ones that tie have eighteen inches of suede string attached, so they can fit a larger wrist.

Mine is 5 1/2″.  I took a poll of wrist sizes via texting a bunch of friends to get a sense for what was standard.  Bracelets really need to be tried on.  They are infused with positive energy – you kind of need to feel the vibe.  It will be so cool when they find permanent homes.  They are like foster kittens.  Kind of hard to let go…but I think I am ready to be ready (to be ready) to sell them.  <3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

War & Peace

These Tashkovski collection bracelets are part of the War & Peace series.  They are made with vintage US Army patches and pins.  There is a Girl Scout patch in the mix (it is from the ’50s!) and a peace pin that was originally designed to protest war.  The idea with these pieces is to respect everyone’s position.  I truly admire those who serve our country.

Ultimately, peace is the goal.  Find peace within yourself first and your world will change.  I promise you that. <3

 

 

Music Collection

 

Cue the drumroll….

Here is the first look at how I spent my summer vacation.  I became a jewelry designer.  There are over five hundred pieces in the collection to date.  This is the Music series.  I scoured the flea market world to find vintage pins and attached them to genuine leather, sherpa and rabbit fur.

These bracelets are available for sale with price points of $55, $65 and $75.  I am in the process of photographing everything and adding tags to them so that they can be sold locally and on-line.  Kind of playing that by ear.  I am artist first and designer, of course, and (I guess) businesswoman now, too (using intuition as my guide).

I am in love with these bracelets.  Not sure how easy it will be to part with them since they are all one-of-a-kinds.  Handmade and infused with (lots of) love. <3

Tandy

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Tandy Leather is my new favorite place on Earth.  It is only five minutes away from my house by car (6700 Thompson Rd., Syracuse, NY 13211).

I have been there twice in the last two days (I’m working on a leather project that is consuming me – so excited about it!).

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I can’t believe the store has been here this whole time and I had no idea.  I just love, love, LOVE this place!  The smell of leather hits you full-on as you enter.  It is intoxicatingly provocative.  OMG!

There are all sorts of hides and also smaller pieces in different colors and textures depending on the scope of one’s project.

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There are dyes, as well, and tools, and accessories to purchase, like rivets, eyelets and snaps.  Also hardware for keychains, wallets, purses and such.  The prices are incredibly reasonable too.

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Tandy sells various crafting kits – to make wallets, moccasins and purses.  Regularly scheduled leathercraft classes are usually free with the purchase of a kit.  See the website for more details.

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Store Hours:
M-F 9am-6pm
Sat 10am-5pm    Sun Closed

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Tandy Leather is a hidden gem. <3

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