Would you pay $100 for perfectly reproduced saddle shoes? Yay or nay? Make your vote count in 2008! (see the poll on the right) Democrat, republican, libertarian, fascist...whatever. Voting is all about shoes. Because, when it really comes down to the important issues, we all have feet.
POLL RESULTS: It was a tie. Thanks. Real helpful.
The snazzy pumps (available in red) have an awesome hidden platform for extra lift, comfort and fanciness. (That's how the big guys do it.) These are the heels for people who don't wear heels. Trust me, as I am a card carrying member of that camp. (Also, do you know what standing on your toes does to make your butt look even cuter? Ahem.) (fyi, this pic doesn't really do these shoes justice. The toe is exactly right.)
Here are the booties you wish you could find at a vintage store. Absolute seasonless perfection. Easily worn with shorts, skirts, small socks, chunky socks, tights, skinny jeans, dresses, you name it.
ALSO - and this is big news to a lot of you out there - for the first time ever select John Derian plates on sale. Really amazing pieces. (This is a rare occurence.)
(next day: So I am hearing that this video is not new news. I'm late on the bandwagon. Also, apparently some people who are undoubtedly cooler than me, think the music is... sappy. I think the big, emotional, sweepy enya-ish soundtrack is awesome with the dorky dancing. I think, in fact, that the combo is what made me well up. And the travelling is just astounding.)
note: I just spent way too much time googling images of people wearing turbans and other glamorous headgear. I couldn't really come up with the right pic (as much as I swoon over Peter O'Toole dressed as T.E. Lawrence). However, my extensive and scientific research has shown that this turban can be worn in many styles. With a cigarette holder and red lips for a languid, glamorous look. With jeans and a wife beater for a rockabilly vibe. Or just on a bad, frizzola hair day (such as today).
First I met with Debbie Fisher - I went to her store to place an order (she, and her store, and her jewels, are so lovely). It's always nice to chat with another small business owner who also has two kids. The balancing act and all that jazz. Plus I just like being in her store. It's so peaceful and pretty. Her jewels will be in the store soon. So far her pieces are the only exception to my avoidance of beads. So pretty.
Later the same day I met with the gracious midwesterners from Sven clogs. I've been ordering Sven boots since my first winter - four years now! - so it was nice to put a face to those accents. Lucy and Marie were just as sweet as I expected. They showed me some new colors and bases for their clogs. I think it's nice that they trekked out to the East coast to meet their clients to ask their opinions. This winter, The Boots are back in full force. If you don't have them, you don't know what you are missing. Your feet will thank you. All the other shoes you own will be mad because you will never wear anything else. For real. And we are the only store in Brooklyn that carries them with the low, bendable soul. This is the ONLY way to get them. I am placing an order for them early, mostly because I'm already tired of being sweaty and I'm ready for Fall and all it's wooliness.
I'm brimming with community pride! Catbird is super proud and excited to be a big time sponsor of Williamsburg Walks. Pedestrian-only Bedford Avenue, occurring four Saturdays, from July 19th to August 9th.
"Not a street festival or street fair, Williamsburg Walks is an experimental temporary pedestrian street closure intended to promote the enjoyment of Northside Brooklyn, both on Bedford Avenue and beyond, by encouraging the community to come together to shop, stroll, and socialize in an area unobstructed by traffic.
Williamsburg Walks places emphasis on allowing the community to self-organize and enjoy the spaces they have at their disposal. These events will focus on community involvement, and feedback from each Williamsburg Walks weekend will influence subsequent events."
So a few weeks ago (maybe it was months?) I got a very polite email from someone saying that they bought one of their favorite pairs of earrings at catbird and one of them had broken. They weren't a lot of money but they were her faves. She sent me a really clear pic of what had broken and asked if there was anything that I could do. The tricky part: she lives in Switzerland. I'm not sure if you've ever heard of it, but it's across the lake, over there in Europa. What to do, what to do? I'll tell you what to do. Get her a replacement earring and mail it to Switzerland. (This simple solution actually took me a little while to come up with.) Anyway, case closed. Story over. I never heard anything and just hoped it got to her okay. Quicker than you might guess, I forgot about the whole thing.
Guess what? Yesterday, "two hot swiss guys" (according to my discerning employee, Maggie), delivered a small package with SWISS CHOCOLATE! How awesome is that? It came with a flowery, hand-written notecard where she made a HILARIOUS joke. It said: "...I hope you like swiss chocolate". HA. Obviously she doesn't know me.
And look at the cool packaging. Pflümli. YUM!
"What's that you say? Dreamcatchers??!" I know! Shivers. BUT LOOK!! These wil be coming to the bedford store soon and they are the sweetest things imaginable. Each one individually hand made and different from it's sister. Such a great present for a new baboon! There's even a boy one (and I swear it is appropriate for a boy). Also coming from the same designer: fairy crowns, for your little girl's birthday. Or for fancy dress up. Or for every day, if that's how you roll. She will lightly swoon with fairy princess glee.
Also a new shipment from jimmyjane is on it's way. Highly UN-proper. If ya know what i mean.
This dress is by Bow and Arrow, one of our favorite new designers. If Jackie O worked in a cafeteria, this is what she would be sporting. And it has pockets, for your extra hair net.