On Tuesday June 11th we'll be celebrating the opening of Tess Michalik's show, The Progress of Love. Tess's work moves me. Her paintings are layered and the paint is thick. She gestures toward decorative interiors: wallpapers and elaborate finishes, sometimes explicitly and sometimes more impressionistically. The paintings are luxurious and rich while expressing both freedom and claustrophobia. I adore them. I want to eat them.
I hope you come see for yourself.. as much as they reproduce beautifully, and they do, they are so much better in person.
As an added bonus, and also a stylistic counterpoint, we will also be joined by Althea Simons and her collection, Grammar NYC. Althea makes crisp white, and occasionally black, shirts out of organic cotton. They are manufactured here in NY and fulfill all my minimalist dreams: elegant in their simplicity, fresh and clean.
Last week we welcomed ceramic artist Gregory Knopp into the store for a trunk show. His cacti and egg-shaped air plant receptacles are gorgeous and wild. They reminded me a little of Louise Bourgeois' spidery and alien work. I love them.
I convinced him to leave a nice assortment with us, so if you missed it, you're in luck.
Hey loves,We had a great time coming together to send some love to the women in the
public sphere inspiring us daily. 64 gorgeous cards out to the likes of: Christine Blasey Ford, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Nancy Pelosi, Stacy Abrahms and more.
Here are some pics. More events to come, and all are welcome.
It got me thinking about Cynthia Nixon. She stood up for NYers and spearheaded the progressive platform when no one else wanted to do it. Taking on Cuomo, with his huge war chest, along with the connections and advantages a long time incumbent enjoys, was no easy feat. It required a strong spine, and a willingness to do the hard work of galvanizing and unifying a movement with many disparate priorities. I believe we would not have had the decisive mandate we now enjoy without her tireless, clear-eyed, willingness to stand in the fire voicing the inequities, highlighting the places we could do better.
What does this have to do with a Park Slope boutique?? Nothing and everything, as usual. The personal is political. I feel a debt of gratitude to the people, and hey I'm gonna go with THE WOMEN PEOPLE, who stood up this election cycle, many of them for the first time. They're my Galentines.
You guys are too. You canvassed and sent postcards, supported with your dollars and your voices; paid attention and called out the BS when you saw it. YOU delivered these wins for all of us. I'm hella grateful. SO...
WINE, SNACKS, CHOCOLATE (maybe a cheese plate?? I'm kinda obsessed)
WANNA COME MAKE SOME GALENTINE'S CARDS with me on 2/13 at DK? I think we all have women who help us keep the plates spinning, and I'd like to acknowledge them along with provide an opportunity to send Cynthia some thanks, give Nancy Pelosi love, send our hearts out to Christine Blasey Ford, tell AOC we see her badassery and we have her back.
And so many more.
I'll have supplies, cards, and addresses. Bring your fine selves.
Our January Sale continues, and there are still plenty of delicious bargains to be had. Xirena's dreamy alpaca sweaters are $149 from $282. And the baskets are overflowing with steals at $25, $50, and $75.
In the meantime, Hartford's first Spring shipment just arrived complete with new Liberty prints, and a sweet red linen dress with pockets(!). New beauties from Velvet arrived on Friday as well: fresh t-shirts, soft half-sleeve cashmere sweaters, and new silhouettes.
And pleasing to the bod and the pocketbook: Alternative Apparel sweats are back in stock along with their super cute leopard print tees.
We hope to see you soon.
A peek at the pieces I'm dreaming about wearing right now:
Xirena apres ski alpaca sweater in Vail
Matta cotton voile sarongs in cheerful stripes
Xirena cotton channing shirt in Le Marais stripes
Matta Sabina dress in cotton voile shot through with rainbow stripes of delicate metallic lurex
Xirena apres ski sweater in Taos stripes
Here we are at the end of 2018. It was a fast-forward kind of year here in DK-land. So much happening in the world and so many moments of feeling both powerless and powerful. There is pleasure and purpose in realizing that although things are broken, we each individually can make them better.. and when there is SO MUCH room for improvement, you can dig in wherever you want, it ALL helps.
To wit: we expanded our collaboration with artist Jenny Belin, showcasing more of her portraits of feminists, including more contemporary women: gun-control activist Emma Gonzalez, writer Rebecca Solnit, artist Amy Sherald, professor Anita Hill, and more. We created buttons of many of them, so you can carry their images out into the world, because REPRESENTATION MATTERS.
In October we hosted the glorious Turning The Tide: Blue Wave Project from the Pen and Ink Brigade, a collective of women artists and illustrators. We raised over $8000 for voteriders.org, ensuring that people who needed assistance getting to the polls would have it. The artworks were spectacular, as was the opening party :)
This year I dug into it all by co-creating Persisticon. If you haven't checked it out yet, please do. It's a passion project: a social enterprise full of art, laughs, love, and making a difference in the world. Our ultimate goal is the election of pro-choice progressive women, but along the way we seek to foster community, provide platforms for funny women, support our local small businesses, make some art, and have fun. Here's the award winning poster Johanna Goodman did for the first Persisticon event, held in late March at the Bell House in Brooklyn:
When I started this post I planned to include a bunch of pretty new things from the resort collections pooling on the racks in the store.. but it's gotten so long I'm just gonna make another one...
Wishing you and yours all the blessings this world has to offer, and looking forward to seeing you in 2019.
The weather broke yesterday. Or at least the humidity did, and it's a pleasant 75 degrees, with a calm, overcast grey sky. It's delightful. So I pulled out a few sweaters. They've been squatting in the back room waiting patiently for a moment when their mere existence won't be offensive to summer-lovers, bent on guzzling up the rays.
I love summer for sure, but man am I happy to feel a gentle, slightly cool breeze skimming my skin after a few weeks of oppressive heat. And so. I'm celebrating by pulling out a few of our sweaters. There are more to come, but in the meantime here's a little cashmere tease from Velvet. Available in a rich brick orange-red, and deep cobalt blue.
If you're traveling somewhere cold, you're welcome to ask.. the back room has more cozy goodness from Xirena, Velvet, and Hartford holding out for appropriate weather, and we're happy to give you a sneak peek.
In other news:
The sale baskets are overflowing, and we've initiated a new system: everything in there is marked with a dot: blue, green, red, $25, $50, and $75. Lucky finds abound.
Cotton canvas, sized small, medium, and large, and available in both natural and black, Magic Hats are my new fave. Packable, crushable, with a perfect brim and easy cool, they provide relief from summer's unrelenting rays, and successfully top any outfit.
Maybe my favoritest bestest thing ever? On Wednesday, New York Magazine posted author Cheryl Strayed's favorite things. She's one of my favorite people. Serious shout out to Jennifer Moeller, the costume designer for the Public theater's Tiny Beautiful Things who gave Cheryl the shirt. Besos!!
Here is what Cheryl wrote..
"Diana Kane Feminist T-shirt
The costume designer for the play version of Tiny Beautiful Thingsgave this T-shirt to me as a gift, and I fell in love with it because it’s really comfortable, but it’s cool. Every time I wear it, I get a response. Once, I was in the company of several elderly men who were so taken aback, and to have to actually explain the shirt to them was funny. I was out in the woods in New Zealand, and this young kid working in one of the lodges pretty much glommed on to me because you could tell none of the other tourists he encountered really shared his values. We went on safari in Kenya and Tanzania, and some men who were part of older couples in the group felt threatened in this old-fashioned, outdated, always-incorrect assumption that feminists hate men or think they’re all bad. It allowed me the opportunity to gently educate them, and whether they received that lesson, I don’t know, but at least I got to deliver it. It’s always a conversation piece when you wear something that announces your identity. It communicates to some people that you’re safe with me, and to others that they should watch out."