As a designer, getting your foot in the door at a top NYC department store is pretty much what you work for and towards in general. So, I was thrilled when back in January, I was invited by Bloomingdale’s to be a trunk show vendor, meaning coming to their stores in New York to showcase and sell my new Candy Shop Collection. Bloomingdale’s NY has a lot of history for me – I grew up shopping at their White Plains Store (and the manager’s daughter was my best childhood friend). Plus, I incurred my first credit card debt of any significance after a summer of living (and practically commuting) through their 59th Street flagship store. So to be invited to sell my designs there? Full circle in the best way possible! I started at White Plains, very close to where I grew up in Tarrytown, NY, here is a shot of me in front of my first display in the Accessories department:
I was there all day and they even pulled some of my jewelry for their summer runway show that was held that evening. Check out one of their models wearing our Egyptian Collar Necklace with a fab magenta dress (left). On the right is Mary Ann, The Accessories manager who doubled as my second mom growing up! Such a privilege to get to work with her for the day:
(Have I mentioned how obsessed I am with their black and white tile floors?!) I also got visits from lots of friends and family which I really appreciated as it was my first foray into the world of big NY retail and I was a little bit nervous. From White Plains, my mom (who was nice enough to assist me for the first two days) and I took a very late car ride into the city so that I could be at the 59th Street Flagship Store all day last Friday. Here’s my display at 59th street – a bit smaller than in White Plains – par for the course for real estate in NYC! The cool thing about it was that is was a real trunk, drawers and all:
The weekend was divided up between a third Bloomingdale’s location – their awesome SoHo store – and a second day at 59th Street – all and all FOUR days of NY retail! (I had to buy a pair of flats on day three to keep from limping home). I also had the help of these two beautiful ladies, fellow designer Siobhan Murphy (left) and my jewelry angel Ginny (right), who flew in from Charleston for the weekend:
With the three of us on rotation, we modeled and moved some jewelry and enabled one another to get plenty of Magnolia Bakery cupcake breaks (they have an outpost in the 59th store, which we were strategically position next to) as well as run over to Zara to pick up cute, retail appropriate flats! We also had a great visit from Alia of Firefly Events and amazingly talented event designer with whom we collaborated on a fun blog post awhile back:
She picked up our new scarab stud earrings which have yet to make their debut online. Of course we did need to blow off a little steam at night with some of my local friends – let’s just say our Saturday night made for a very long Sunday!
So, the part some of you have been waiting for is next… I am sorry I don’t have more photographic evidence, but you’ll have to take my word for it and this picture, below. Ginny and I were having a celebratory drink at the gorgous David Burke Townhouse across the way from Bloomingdale’s 59th Street after our last trunk show when who should walk in but one of my all time favorite celebs and a fellow jewelry maven, appreciator, and pusher… JOAN RIVERS! It was her 80th birthday and she was celebrating with some friends, and there I was at the bar with by big case of jewelry, wearing all my own jewelry and I just could NOT pass up the opportunity to say hello. So, we stopped at her table on our way out and I’d barely got my fangirl words out of my mouth when she said to me “OH MY GAWWWDDD, I LOVE YOUR EARRINGS!” (these, to be exact). We chatted for awhile about her jewelry line and mine, she asked for my business card and then, when I went to give her one of my necklaces SHE took her OWN necklace off and gave it to me! So, Joan Rivers and I ACTUALLY traded our OWN necklaces with one another. Voila, this necklace (below) was hers and she has The Candy Shop Vintage Egyptian Collar Necklace, which a little bird told me she wore througout the rest of her birthday dinner! It was a pretty special, classic NYC celeb moment.
And, speaking of NY moments, before I left town I was lucky enough to meet and sit down with a friend I’d only previously known through Instagram. We’ve been “liking” eachother’s photos and jewelry designs on Instagram for almost a year now, but this was the first time we’ve met in person. Lorraine is not only immensely talented (check our her Etsy shop) but is one of the warmest, smartest and coolest ladies I’ve ever come accross:
These were the highlights of a great trip and retail adventure… Thank you Bloomingdale’s and NY for having me!
– Deirdre Zahl, Candy Shop Vintage owner & designer