john derian

a social week

During the last week I met, shook hands with, chatted with, gossiped with, shopped with, shared lunch and/or cocktails and/or dinner and/or tea with the people above: NYC artist and totally cool downtown girl Michele Varian, shopkeeper and lover of patina John Derian, textile wizard and Buffalo-native John Robshaw, lighting designer Jamie Young, chic Upper East Side designer and Montrealaise Amanda Nisbet, House Beautiful editor-in-chief Newell Turner, DC designer Darryl Carter, COO of Darryl Carter Inc Charles Grazioli, House Beautiful publisher Kate Kelly Smith, CEO of furniture design firm The New Traditionalists Philip Erdoes, style guru and potter Jonathan Adler (and even more!)

On one hand I call that a very good week, on the other, well...where's my anti-bacterial hand gel (it is cold & flu season after all).

mark, hugo, cicero and paul (and john)

As you can see, this is Mark. Or rather, this is Mark's jacket and shirt. As soon as I rounded the corner to see him standing in a booth at the New York International Gift Fair my eyes were locked on this combination of fabrics. This, despite the fact that he was standing in the John Derian booth, as was Mr. Derian himself. I quite love Mr. Derian's products and his style. I was very pleased to meet him. We had a brief chat and he was just as I imagined him to be: soft-spoken, low-key. John Derian is the retail source for Hugo Guinness, so of course I mentioned that I have a very treasured piece of Hugo Guinness artwork - the French Bulldog. And then John said, "Well, you have to meet Mark - his dog Cicero is the one in the picture." Imagine my utter delight. Mark and I compared notes about our beloved Frenchies, iPhones out for photo sharing. And then I asked Mark about his jacket. I adore it. Vintage in look, but entirely modern in cut and fit. The tartan, muted. The details, flawless. The pairing with this shirt, inspired. The jacket is Paul Smith, according to Mark, who volunteered the info along with a description of Paul Smith as a British designer -- it was as if Mark wasn't sure if news of Paul Smith's artistry had made it across the border into Canada. Amusing. I assured him I was familiar.

Just look again at those fabrics together. So delish.