Saturday, April 27, 2013

Ruby Lane's Ruby Red Tag Sale Event - Today!

A quick post to remind everyone that today (8am PST Saturday, April 27th) through tomorrow morning (7:59am Sunday, April 28th) is Ruby Lane's Ruby Red Tag Sale.  You will find an amazing selection of antique & vintage treasures at 50% off their regular price.  Simply click on the titles above the pics to visit my shop and peruse today's sale items.
Gift ideas, home decor and furnishing or just that special something for yourself...stop by and browse Ruby Lane's Sale Items at The Ruby Red Tag Sale Event ....50% off makes it a great time to start collecting:)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Women Who Defined Us - Nettie Rosenstein

In my lifetime, the changes in society are beyond what I could have ever imagined as a teenage girl.  Now in my late (very late:)) forties, I look back at the women who cut the way for us to succeed.  They were not whiners, they were not looking for someone to do their job for them - they were tough and motivated women who went against societal norms to build businesses that would stand the test of time and change the way the women were viewed from that point on.  They were new immigrants to a country that didn't allow women to vote and where men controlled both the garment and jewelry industries.
My personal favorite of these trailblazers was Nettie Rosenstein.
The brooch above is one that I sold some time ago.  The details and design were just amazing...if you ever come across any of her figural flower them and run, they are stunning in every way!

Nettie Rosenstein (Rosencrans) emigrated to NYC from Salzburg, Austria in the 1890's.  By 1916, she was operating a custom dressmaking business out of her home.  Remember, there was no financial backing and no government loans available for women owned businesses...this was good old fashioned hard work, dedication and financial creativity.  In 1921, she employed 50 dressmakers and moved her business to
 E. 56th St, where it was more at the heart of NYC's booming fashion industry.  Can you imagine!...a struggling female immigrant who's style, creativity and overall savvy was becoming a top name in woman's fashion, how difficult for her that must have been!! She was instrumental in the concept of the "little black dress" and by the 1920's her fashions were sold in only the finest department stores.  Decades of success followed and Nettie died at the age of 90 in 1980.

To view Nettie Rosenstein pieces on Ruby Lane (including a few of my own) below

One example of what a young woman's role model should be and there are many others from the same time period.  Hattie Carnegie comes to mind...but that's another post.

When doing your research on these wonderful women...go to the source that looks to the true historical value of the biography.  The information gained above is from The Jewish Women's Archive at 
with credit to the original author who supplied much of the information in Nettie Rosenstein's NY Times Obituary.
Harriman, Margret Case. “Very Terrific, Very Divine.” New Yorker (October 19, 1940): 28–34; Obituary. NYTimes, March 15, 1980; Steele, Valerie. Women of Fashion (1991); WWWIA 7.

Thanks for reading:)


Monday, April 1, 2013

Vintage Designer Spotlight - Georges Briard

As collectors and purveyors of all things vintage, we come across designers who catch our eye and appeal to our own sense of style.  Occasionally, a designer will appeal to me, not only for the above reasons but because of their business/branding savvy.  These people were the trendsetters of decades.  They formed "looks" that would last for years to come...amazing really, when you think about it.  For my first vintage designer spotlight, I chose Georges Briard...barware & glassware, table & kitchen linens and a wide variety of china & serving pieces, this man was the master of mid century branding!

Georges Briard (born Jascha Brojdo 1917 to 2005) was an artist and award winning designer of mid century housewares.  An interesting man who was born in the Ukraine, moved to Poland and emigrated from Poland to Chicago in 1937.  After attending the Art Institute of Chicago, he joined the military, serving on General Patton's staff as a Russian interpreter.   Upon completion of his military service, he moved to NYC, where he worked under Max Wille.  An artist at heart, Briard painted under his given name and sold commercially under Georges Briard.  He became wildly popular from the 1950's to the 1970's...quite the man!

As his designs spanned 20 to 30 years and into the more recent '70s (well they're recent to me:)), the availability of items is plentiful and affordable...right now.  Personally, I believe that in the years to come, his barware and serving pieces will pick up some collectible steam making them more valuable...thereby being a good investment now (but in this business, you never know and this is only my opinion).

This Mod Georges Briard Coffee Pot Percolator is from Antonia's on Ruby Lane
One of my personal favorites is this set of Anemone the colors and a great way to brighten up that morning coffee while sitting on the WhimsicalVintage on Ruby Lane

A spectacular example of the range in which he designed, is this lovely Imperial Imari Tea Trio offered by Wisteria Lane Vintage Glass and Collectibles on Ruby Lane
So whatever you're in the market vintage Georges Briard and I'm sure you'll find something that strikes your fancy!  Happy Hunting!!

Next week's Spotlight will be on one of my absolute favorite costume jewelry designers...I'll leave the name a mystery for now:)

Thanks for reading!!