Monday, March 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I received the most incredible photos from one of our customers, Paige Campbell, who had a Best & Co. themed baby shower!
As you can see, the cake was modeled after our gorgeous gift boxes – right down to our signature ivory bow!
I love the tiny cupcakes surrounding the cake. A cluster of three on petite silver pedestals – so sweet!
Even the m&m’s are in the Best & Co. color scheme. I have to get some of these for the office!!
And check out all of the beautiful baby gifts from Best & Co. just waiting to be opened!
Thank you Paige for sending these gorgeous photos! My entire team loved seeing them! I am sending you a little cashmere something to welcome your little one into the Best & Co. family!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I recently received a lovely birthday card from my dear Godmother, Mary Ann, containing this wonderful photo from my christening (just twenty two years ago . . . ahem!)
That’s Mary Ann holding me (don’t my sister and brother look thrilled to have a new baby sister?)
Certainly, the christening is the main event when it comes to Godparent duties, but Mary Ann maintained her responsibilities with regularity and aplomb. To this day, she remembers every birthday . . . and this leads me to the subject of today’s blog . . . chic baby gifts.
I was lucky enough to be the recipient of one of the chicest baby gifts ever – courtesy of Mary Ann. Upon my birth, she purchased a set of sterling silver teaspoons and then sent one on each birthday (monogrammed of course) until I had the full set. Now, truth be told, it’s difficult to grasp the chic factor of silverware when you’re five . . . and for that reason, Mary Ann always included a little something that was more age-appropriate. (This was an excellent tactic as it also enabled my mom to snatch the silver out of my sticky hands and carefully place it in a safe deposit box.)
When I graduated from college, my mom presented all of the teaspoons to me and I was thrilled to have something so special and “adult.”
Photo Courtesy of At Home with Carolyne Roehm
Anne Randell, my head of PR and Marketing, gives charm bracelets to her goddaughters – and then adds a charm for each special birthday. So sweet!
Our friends at Charm Co. have a fantastic collection of vintage charms that we sell in our Greenwich Best & Co. store. We also sell wonderful bracelets by Links of London. Here's a whimsical bracelet that reminds me of animal crackers. Wouldn't it be fun to receive a silver animal charm on each birthday tucked into a real box of animal crackers?
Photo Courtesy of The Charm of Charms by Jade Albert and Ki Hackney
My very stylish friend (and new Mom,) Alison, gives these precious little booties to celebrate the birth of a new child. The bottoms of the booties are personalized with the baby’s birth date and name:
And of course, I would be remiss if I didn't include a plug for our gorgeous Best & Co. layette gift boxes. They are inspired by the century old designs sold in Venice. In addition to giving your gift panache, they become true keepsakes when used to store all the wonderful mementos of a baby's first year.
What about you? What gifts do you love to give and receive?
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Even before we arrive at the studio, my team spends days creating story boards, planning each shot, sourcing props, and casting models.
Here’s Halston’s rack. Just like the “big girls,” our models visit our showroom for a final fitting before the shoot to ensure that the clothes fit just right.
We photographed two of our Spring 2009 collections – “Nautical” and “Picnic.” As a result, we had an interesting mishmash of props at the ready including a massive antique ship’s wheel, vintage butterfly nets, masses of fresh flowers, and dozens of fresh cupcakes . . . which Ava got to sample when her shot was finished.
It takes a village! Here’s my team getting everyone set for the shot and simultaneously making sure that we don’t crush any of our precious models with the giant ship’s wheel!
Isn’t there a saying about working with small children and animals? At Best & Co., we throw caution to the wind! The Scottie has been Best & Co.’s mascot since 1879. (In addition to the fabulous outfit – we will be offering dog collars and leashes this year. This set is in blue and white gingham – so cute!)
And in high-tech ways . . .Ava* multi-tasked on her i-phone while getting her hair done . . . actually, the phone belonged to the stylist (thank goodness!)
*We had three little girls on the shoot named Ava!
The first two mock-up’s landed on my desk this morning (see below) . . . . stay tuned!