Monday, April 28, 2008

quirkiness and "not normal"...

I was just reading a post on Three Potato Four on how there are some "not normal" vocabulary & phrases that their daughter has learned from them... It occurred to me that we all have a way of "not normal"-ness...

Mine is a combination of complete quirkiness with a unique way of using words that sound grammatically correct but are in fact the MK way of speaking... You will have to stop in Cursive to catch it!

The quirkiness comes into play, especially at Cursive, when something FAB-U-Lissss catches my eye:

1st off - I gush
2ndly - I say "WAIT, I have to get my camera and photograph this..."
3rdly - I tell the person (s) that this will be going up on Cursive's blog, their bag, jacket, jewelry etc... will be having their 15 seconds of fame and then give them our business card... to check out the post in a few days... I must say I've met some wonderful people this way.

However the past few days I have been camera-less so without images...

1. A woman with layered blond-hair wearing a dark navy velvet jacket buttoned with brown leather buttons, that I knew immediately was the J.Crew jacket I had been coveting but completely missed buying. The woman confirmed that it was by J.Crew and that it was the most comfortable jacket to wear and perfect for this Spring-like weather. Hanging from her right shoulder, was a very large dark teal tote in patent leather. She just moved back to Santa Monica and was commenting on how she had not been able to find stores like Cursive in the Los Angeles area, let alone, in Santa Monica. I emailed her the name of Sugar Paper that I discovered in Lucky Magazine's "shopping trip" feature on L.A. stores.

2. A new Orla Keily bag was hanging off a wrist of a young woman. Cute and spring-like pattern matched the Saturday ambiance we were experiencing.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Observations and repeat customers...

It seems to be that time of year when we see repeat customers shopping in Cursive once again. It all began this morning:

1. A German woman, who has her own special events company, and lives both in Hamburg and the Netherlands, bought one of the large Apuura photo albums with a Central Park map and the surrounding streets hand-stitched to the cover as a gift. She will put photos of her trip to NYC in the album and give it to her boyfriend.

2. Two women dressed so colorful and creative, (sorry, no photos this time, as my mother took back her digital camera for her sisters trip), were from Holland and they bought up a variety of paper and journals for inspiration. I recognized them from the very cool "folding shopping bags on wheels" to carry all their purchases. Similar to this one:

3. A woman from Connecticut bought the Jeanine Payer Francesca bracelet with Aquamarine, "The spirit is the true self" - Cicero. She mentioned purchasing a bracelet last year with her husband to celebrate their wedding anniversary. I remembered her first and last name and that she was thinking of having the bracelet shortened if it was too big and this was a year ago since I had seen her! It's amazing to re-live an interaction with a customer.


4. We had an Orla Kiely moment when two of her bags on the shoulders of two customers looking in opposite directions passed each other. It would have been a great photo... if only I had my camera...

5. Thank goodness we have some air-conditioning inside. Today it was 73 degrees at least in our corner. Quite refreshing after having some very hot days on the 1st floor last week.

6. Tribeca Film Festival is showing some movies at the Loews movie theater next door so 19th street (between Broadway & Park Avenue South) is cleared of any parked cars for the next few weeks and white tents and police barricades have been placed outside to curb crowds... Someone said that Scarlett Johansson was shopping on the 3rd floor this afternoon.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Spring is in the air...

1. Vishnu, my new employee, began her first full day with me yesterday. Most of the day was spent sku-ing all of our new merchandise, along with her learning how to work the register. She grew up in India so she is most comfortable wearing saris.

the first day we met BEFORE we hired her...

Her first work day with Cursive


2. Flower and herb pickings at the Farmer's Market by a photographer.


3. Red is the new accent color...

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

This bag (bought in Argentina and a favorite of the woman carrying it) captured my camera/eye with its scalloped edge handle that reminds me of the backbone of a dinosaur!


A bit of orange... (clockwise from upper left): satin ribbon from Tinsel Trading; a man's jacket by Alpana Bawa in the East Village; a powder room done up in a paisley wallpaper by a friend of mine; a jcrew designer of knitwear wears one of my favorite jcrew sweaters.



I love the different shades of blue and textures in this outfit.

A few new items have arrived at Cursive and one of our favorites is this
bristle brush shaped as a set of teeth!

Monday, April 07, 2008

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Press: New York Magazine's Shop-A-Matic

7 items from Cursive were picked by New York Magazine for their Shop-A-Matic column and curated by Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Our pewter objects are back in stock!

(Clockwise from upper left corner):
heart with thorns in bronze finish
14K plate starfish with thorns
gunmetal datura pod
14K plate bird foot
titmouse bird
14K plate datura pod

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Happy April!

Customer's necklines

Bobby bought Madeline a Jeanine Payer Ring, last Fall, that says "At one glance I love you with a thousand hearts". Recently I met Madeline who wanted to buy her boyfriend a ring by Jeanine Payer but we didn't know his size. It wasn't until a few days later, when Bobby came in to size his finger, that we realized I had helped Bobby with Madeline's ring and now it was the reverse.

A still life at ABC

New patterns from one of our favorite card lines