Monday, July 13, 2009
I had so much fun exploring my new playground between 35th and 39th Streets and 7th and 8th Aves. ! Greg, from Stitch and Bitch, was nice enough to give me the names of a few stores, so I looked them up. The first one I visited was Daytona Trimming (251 west 39th St. NY, NY 10018, Telephone(212)354-1716, Fax(212)391-0716 e-mail email@example.com, http://www.daytonatrim.com/).
I had never seen so many ribbons in my life!
Yet more ribbons!
and yet even more ribbons!
What can I say, I got intoxicated (or perhaps beribboned)!
Just in case you were wondering: here's what ribbons are used for (from Wikipedia): A ribbon or riband is a thin band of flexible material, typically cloth but also plastic or sometimes metal, used primarily for binding and tying. Cloth ribbons, which most commonly include silk, are often used in connection with dress, but also applied for innumerable useful ornamental and symbolic purposes; cultures around the world use this device in their hair, around the body, or even as ornamentation on animals, buildings, and other areas. Ribbon is also sometimes used as a package sealer, on par with twine. A typewriter uses a cloth or plastic ribbon to hold the ink.
They also sell lots of buttons...
Daytona has been in business since 1946. Now that is longevity, especially in New York! It is one of the oldest and most established fashion buisnesses in the fashion district, and carries ribbons, jacquards, fringe, bead trims, sequin trims, lace cords, rhinestone trims, feather boas, sewing needles, sewing thread, knitting needles of many kinds, wool & sew on... I was so blinded by all the ribbons that I somehow completely overlooked the yarn (silly me), but there are some very nice pictures of it on the daytona website...
There is also a whole section of sewing patterns, which I always find practical for knitting as well.
When I was there, the store was very busy with lots of different kinds of people, some fashion students, some very focused pattern searchers, a few giddy kids in a "candy store"-- I felt right at home. On the way down I had thought for a second how crazy it is that I use my time away from my kids riding my bike to fashion land, but walking around and seeing all the exciting things around me (trimming stores, button stores, zipper stores...), I thought that if I were away from them at all, this is where I would want to be!
Thanks Greg, for the tip.