the good stuff – live nomadic shopping sessions – May 22 + 23

! Save the Date !

 Live Nomadic Shopping Sessions

Round 1

MAY 22, Saturday   |     In Person In NYC 

12 PM  @  HEARTWORK    29 W 30th St.  #301

 

    MAY 23, Sunday   |   on Zoom  – Worldwide 

9 AM  CA    12 PM  NYC       5 PM  UK      6 PM  EU

 

Smart, contemporary, easy-to-wear clothing+accessories.

Elegant + rustic, textile-based goods for your home.

 Beautiful, natural, handwoven fabrics.

All with a modern edge.

 

ZOOM LINK   

For May 23 @ 12 Noon EST

  Feel free to share this link with your people  

https://zoom.us/j/7684403248?pwd=ajlBVGxhMll2Q2NmUnRldEdRR1B3QT09

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


LIVE Nomadic Shopping Sessions…

I’M BACK !

!  LIVE NOMADIC SHOPPING  ! 

It’s simple. I’m still doing what I’ve always done.

Sourcing the most contemporary accessories, clothing, and home goods in the fine artisan sector, along with the smartest pieces from my favorite sustainable brands and producers.

I’ll present them to you LIVE.

Online with Zoom.

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In Person in NYC.

!  You’re invited  !

The debut live shopping round will be this May.

You’ll be able to see how things fit, to understand how they feel and how to wear them, and to hear their story directly from me.

Order unique items I’ve travelled the world to find with the finest artisan groups and producers holding down the ever important heritage handmade sector. Receive exclusive online codes to use with favorite sustainable brands, taking advantage of my yearsss of styling expertise and enjoying the perk of a little discount.

Expect to meet your needs for venturing out to dinner, making it to a few outdoor parties, taking a vacation at last, and as always, hanging in beauty at home.

The aim is to breathe life into online shopping, to give dimension and movement to the pieces that so often look just flat on the screen.

It will be my pleasure to style you, to guide you to the smartest, freshest new pieces to add to your repertoire, and to help you cut through all the noise about sustainability.

 


Where I go from here …

I thank my lucky stars, in a period of such intense global struggle, to be able to allow myself a return to my roots, a real Mediterranean retreat. Dual citizenship helps, as do dearest friends, and an indelible nomadic spirit. I navigate every day among umbrella pines and giant cacti, ultra salty seas, boisterous characters, ludicrously large hunks of feta, and real mozzarella, as big as a baby’s head. From an idyllic, big bday autumn in Paxos, Greece to Italy, Napoli, a sometime beloved home – I’ve harvested olives, discussed heated politics of the moment, and walked more rocky cliffs than even tiny local lizards manage to.

Clearing in Paxos.

Napoli. My mamma was born here, my big sister… my grandparents greeted us for decades in their home perched above one of the most majestic gulfs in the world. Although I can’t hug anyone, and masked smiles happen only through sparkling eyes, I say thank you life – thanks for delivering me safely to this place.

From my window. Il Vesuvio, powerful creator of land and life, occasional destroyer.

2021 is here. I’m evaluating. Where to live? How best to evolve my career? How to spend the next half of my life? Art, fashion, the electronic dance world, the fastest, coolest cities in the world – these were the motivators in the first half. Ever lucky stars! Parties, festivals, productions, fashion shoots and shows, trips to work at the source of heritage cloths and artisan traditions – all had a major thread in common – a love for passionate self expression, the stories of people told in celebration and style. And even as things have gotten tough – illness, work challenges, most profound loss and massive changes – I still aim to live celebrating and working out the story, if only in fragments, in redux for now, between one lockdown and another.

I am certainly cultivating a deeper relationship with “what I do,” working on a new project, bringing together long time dreams of making the world a better place with best use of my skills as a communicator and entrepreneur. I’ll be sharing more over next months about The Artivist Nest (!!) an arts activism non profit for social good of which I am a co-founder.

Please click through below to read about our mission and our developing concepts for yearly retreats, the first of which is happening in June 2022, corona virus be damned! Teen refugee community building and integration is our first endeavor to spread some good luck. Other themes involve accessible sound therapy, the securing and elevation of women’s place in the world, a simple strategy for a big personal reduction in carbon emission, and so much more….. Here’s to brighter times ahead!

http://theartivistnest.org


Healing Art of the Abiquiu High Desert

Suzie Fowler-Tutt is an inspiration. Here’s to creating and consuming with real purpose and effect. Her artist statement:

Suzie-Fowler-Tutt is a mixed media folk artist and painter who spends her free time exploring the vast wilderness around her home in Abiquiu, New Mexico USA collecting interesting rocks, sticks, bones and feathers to use in her work as well as infusing pigments with local earth to enhance the power of her representational art. Suzie immersed herself in the art world once again after a 20-year military career as a Naval Intelligence Chief. Difficulty transitioning to civilian life and suffering from PTSD led to a variety of unhealthy coping measures. Upon hitting rock bottom she sought care and began healing through artistic expression. Suffering and pain are universal. How one copes with it determines the ability to function in society. Whether expressing a message of hope with her ‘Pathfinder’ series, facing pain in the ‘Lost Souls’ works, or healing by creating ceremonial ‘Prayer Sticks’ and ‘Smudge Wands’, Suzie has found peace in the remote high desert at Studio Rama Seca.


Experience is a superpower!

I’ve been observing something wonderful over last few weeks.. my brain has been offering solutions to things even while I’m doing something else, not actively considering them.
All the years of finding answers to myriad large and small questions seem to have formed automatic pathways to solutions – and these pop up spontaneously, in their own time. It’s like you ask yourself a question, put a goal in the calendar, or set to preparing something you need to do – and your mind offers solutions, better ways, without having to actually ponder and search and analyze. You just know at some point, it simply comes.
It’s like a superpower you earn with years of practice. A bit of ease, some flow with challenges and process.

 


A Solopreneur’s Mission Statement

MISSION Independent entrepreneurs and small businesses contribute to a healthier collective future, helping to curb mass production and consumption by placing more focus on authenticity and mindful process.  I believe people who are allowed, encouraged and trained to do their own thing create a more contented world – and self-realized, fulfilled humans are a powerful thing.  I recently had an aha moment around my own personal mission. Having often longed for mentorship as an independent entrepreneur, I’m inspired to offer the very same support I have always desired myself. To that end, I’ve created a consulting and mentoring practice consisting of a series of practical workshops. They’re written from the point of view of my own active experience, and certainly founded in the spirit of self-starting.  ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS One-on-one and group workshops function as a sort of “business therapy.”  The very practical curriculums are designed for creative entrepreneurs at different stages of their endeavors: for those who are exploring what to do, those who are starting up, those who are digging in, and those who are ramping up. Custom consulting packages are also available for entrepreneurs seeking help with particular issues or structured support from a fellow founder. The take aways are answers – a clearer business concept and identity, documents and tools to manage smooth operations, strategies to address challenges arising in your mission, an action plan for your business, pertinent resources and referrals, and a supportive, sounding-board relationship to return to.   VIEW PDF


Cactus – the man, not the plant

In May of 2012, I landed in Bogota to snoop around their textile scene. I had just made my first trip to Peru to visit their premier trade show in Lima, Peru Moda and Home, and to explore the country a bit. While planning this maiden voyage to South America I thought, might try to make a more thorough expedition.. I contacted a few friends to see if anyone knew anyone, and the gods of hospitality extended their hand to me once again. A friend of the family in Bogota invited me to stay, so I booked an extra leg to my trip, and off I went. Lucky. In Bogota I was advised to take taxi’s carefully, not to be out in the evening on my own, not to have that much cash on me, etc. I was super intrigued by the museums and gardens and parks, but not very confident about exploring freely. That approach wasn’t going to work all the time. At one point, the generosity and care taken by my host produced an invitation to lunch at the home of a distinguished professor and textile expert, Ricardo Carrizosa. For this trip I had to take a few buses and a publico, or van, to get to a mall where we had our rendezvous, that was absolutely nowhere on the outskirts of town. Then we drove into the hills to his beautiful home and art studio to have a charming lunch among his flowers and a brilliant chat surrounded by his cache of folkloric wonders and books. I was schooled in Colombian artesanias – in addition to hearing all about Ricardo’s travels and intrigues! IMG_2771IMG_2780IMG_2791IMG_2798IMG_2803I admired the mantas antiguas Ricardo had thrown on the sofas – these handwoven beauties were from Peru and I had just picked up a few of the same myself while in the Sacred Valley. Ricardo had found a veritable treasure trove of these heirlooms in Puno, in a little shop on a street just off the main Plaza, with mantas stacked to the ceiling! That sounded like Valhalla to me having just been introduced to these collectibles and already obsessed. He insisted that I get myself there at some point. Never having been to Puno, I wasn’t quite sure I would ever locate it. But there was another clue.. The man to see at the shop was an avid collector of Peruvian handwork of all kinds, maybe a bit of a hoarder even as I was to learn. He went by the name of Cactus, quite a flamboyant character in the town and well loved by all. Ricardo was confident that I would find him if I ever made the trip. I thought, hmmm, sounds farfetched, but…..   This is me, a year later in Puno, looking for Cactus, with a nasty bout of altitude sickness that kept me awake for nights.. I’m smiling, but it’s only because I have chewed up coca leaves stuck to my temples. I was instructed by the giggling ladies in the market place to do so because they could tell I had a migraine that was out of control painful. It didn’t work, but it was a fun distraction. IMG_6020


Saheli Women

I was recently invited to work with a promising NGO based in Jodhpur, India – Saheli Women.  Since their director, Madhu, and I met in the fall,  I’ve been tinkering with product concepts to produce with these ladies. Mirror and embroidery work are their strengths and I am very drawn to both. Why not create an eye pillow or eye mask with embroidered silk? I’m obsessed with the patterns in tile work, at once so fine and imperfect, and have many photos saved from travels around the world. These are a starting point for a simplified embroidery motif.  And as far as mirror work goes, wall hangings are dancing in my head ! More soon……IMG_1352IMG_1351 IMG_1350 In their own words: Saheli Women is a nonprofit clothing manufacturer and ethical fashion social enterprise in rural Rajasthan, India. Located in the village of Bhikamkor, Saheli Women employs 20 rural women, providing them with fair wages, health insurance coverage and a safe work environment free from gender, religious and caste discrimination. Saheli is a subsidiary of IPHD, Institute For Philanthropy and Humanitarian Development (IPHD), a women’s empowerment and rural community development nonprofit based in Jodhpur, India. It manages the Saheli Women production facility for clothing, accessories and homeware out of its community center in Bhikamkor. Additionally, IPHD sponsors the educations of all daughters of Saheli Women members, runs the only female health clinic in the village and delivers workshops on a range of topics including human rights, feminism, menstrual hygiene and health and financial literacy.  


Mongolian style Booties

I swooned when I saw them the first time .. All hand made, with loads of inspiration and in the spirit of high craftsmanship. The man who is working with me in NY on development of new designs, sampling, small batch production, etc., made them back in Georgia – ex-Soviet Union – before coming over with his family a few years ago. He studied fashion illustration at art school, and picked up all sorts of other skills as well. I’m talking with him about how to reproduce them! Black ones with grey copper details. Ivory ones with jute and copper and olive, close to the originals. I’m thinking to look for a sole that can stand up to the city. They will be precious, with 40 hours of work at least to each pair. Taking orders !! Write to us at order@nomadicthreadsociety.com with interest if you are swooning, too…..MongolianBooties Lasha


Metallic Kimonos for Every Evening & Every Party

Nomadic Thread Society is proud to present a series of textiles of our own design. We’ve recently become obsessed with mixing natural with metal fibers. The result is this intriguing, diaphanous weave. The Metallic Kimono emerges as the perfect “it” piece. It’s one size, multi-seasonal, and weighs nothing. Tuck it away in your handbag before work, and slip it on before an evening out. This signature piece works with infinite outfits ushering you easily from day to night.   Photo Nov 30, 10 54 33 AM Photo Nov 30, 10 59 05 AM Photo Nov 30, 11 04 14 AM Photo Nov 30, 11 05 09 AM


India !

There is so much to say, and yet I am fairly speechless. A wonder for the spirit and senses, yet utterly confounding.. No use trying to figure it out. India is a land of infinite beauty and complexity. I shall always return. I have a deep and lasting gratitude for the tremendous hospitality extended to me by colleagues and friends throughout my trips, and beyond. I felt I was held by their generosity as if in the palm of their hands. Never have I meant NAMASTE more than here. IMG_3277 IMG_3479 IMG_3469 IMG_3447 IMG_3441 IMG_3424 IMG_3395 IMG_3369 IMG_3179 IMG_3206 IMG_3267 IMG_3263


Whimsical Woolen Color Strip

We were given this sample strip of colors by some lovely Peruvian weavers on a past trip… Still conjuring handwoven and embroidered pillow shams to cozify spaces in need… wool colors peru


Looking forward to India

surab cu1 Jacquard is our newest fascination. Our Spring ’15 collection will feature this eloquent hand craft. India is a great master of this delicate, intricate skill. We are experimenting at the moment with original jacquard designs, derived from our favorite ancient tiles… photographs of which have been collected over a lifetime. While we are in India, we will be working with artists to see if these new motifs can be achieved with jacquard.


Vapor Inspiration

Visual inspiration strikes in the form of subtle vapors- colorful, ethereal, moody, expressive. We’re a bit obsessed and wanted to share. The artist is Filippo Minelli. Looked into his work, Silence/Shapes, and found that these colored vapors derive from his observation of smoke bombs at protests. Interesting how a smoke bomb can be used to scatter and scare and yet these artful interpretations inspire serenity. Matters of perspective and context, make us think… 9641ba1d288c7d72dfe3312078ab5037 a646874e5abe70a9dec7865fa3e1a56e art-and-smoke_11 (1) c68bd0c4805d1341d86130ca9e54f7bf filippo-minelli-shape22 photo6 tumblr_mga4phB5RT1ra3jlho1_1280


Shooting in Wonderous Andalucia

Truly a land of gypsies and nomads, at once lost in time and full of history… Welcome to Andalucia, where the Sierra Nevada rises from the vastness and the locals keep things real. Farms and mountains dominate, along with great Moorish forts and tiny remote villages. There is a powerful charm found in ancient olive groves, where trees are thousands of years old. Nomadic was invited to shoot our Spring 2015 collection on a dear friend’s land. Said friend was also our talented photographer. The model was a neighbor, beautiful young Davina. Everyone participated, from Ramon, the gardener, who erected our tipi, to Sofia, Davina’s mother, who lovingly prepared our meals. As always, an authentic, homegrown effort with loads of vision and love. spain Alhambra de Granada photo 2.JPG (1)Echinacea flower photo 2.JPGTry this! Ummm, no nevermind.. overtiedyedshoulderstyling flowersandlightMagic morning light on the land stones


D&A Green Room NY + LA

Here’s a little tribute to a community-making, business-incubating trade event, hosted by Designers and Agents twice yearly in New York and Los Angeles. Many and gracious thanks for the opportunity. We could feel the supportive energy of the founders and their team, and surely benefitted from their two thoughtfully produced boutique shows. Extracurricular highlights included: Mashti Malone’s ice cream shop in LA. A visit with Oscar, the super cutie pup, who immediately claimed a one-of-a-kind Pisac Manta. The wild container gardening display at a Bergamot Arts Center Sunday afternoon dance party. photo 2 copy photo 1 photo 3 copy Back at the LA show, we met Edie Pereira of Specialty Dry Goods and picked up her gorgeous leather satchel. It reminds us of our Basil Racuk Indigo Ombre Paper Bag for it’s deconstructed beauty. We traded one of our ZigZag Ikat Bed Covers with Mandy Kordal of Kordal Knitwear for an eclectic fall “it” sweater of hers. Anita Arze designs an incredibly comfortable and stylish harem pant set which we were happy to trade for a Shibori Kaftan of ours. Special thanks to Sanae of Sanae Intoxicants for her hospitality around town. photo 3 photo (12)


birds, studs, and stones

Just back from another inspiring Peruvian buying trip. No altitude sickness this time, leaving me with plenty of energy to check out the beautiful colors, monumental scenery, and artful tribal elements… cusco delfin stud ear cuff huacapucllana cusconicole