Big Hearts Bring Big Help

As Valentine’s Day approaches, Patty Tobin is putting her heart into a very special private Trunk Show.
Hosted by Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan (CDPHP).
The event will benefit two inspiring Capital Region non-profits: Family Promise of the Capital Region & The Bus Stop Club.

This Thursday, February 9thPatty Tobin will showcase her beautiful handcrafted semi-precious gemstone and pearl jewelry collection from 11:30AM – 1:30PM for a private trunk show event at CDPHP‘s main office in Albany (visit our events page). For those unfamiliar with CDPHP, it is an award-winning, not-for-profit, physician-founded and doctor-directed health plan provider based up in Albany (where we’re from). The philanthropic arm of the company, CDPHP The Foundation, has earned a reputation for being an excellent and very active benefactor in the communities in which it operates.

Our work with CDPHP has highlighted one aspect of the company’s mission, which I think is particularly distinguishing and progressive. The Foundation goes above and beyond the bounds of what’s “normally” provided by your health care company by actually stepping out and investing real time and real money IN your community.

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Their efforts “to support civic and cultural activities in CDPHP communities,” are genuinely felt in the communities they serve. This Thursday, for instance will bring together many different philanthropic persons and organizations to work collectively to raise monies for two unique organizations:

Family Promise of the Capital Region (recently named the Charity of Choice for 2017 by CDPHP) helps homeless families stay together and assists them with everything from food and shelter to helping them get back on their feet, find a job, and secure a home for their family in a way that is sustainable. 

The Bus Stop Club, is the second, and it devotes extra time, attention, support — and oftentimes just “fun” — in safe, supervised environments for the siblings of children diagnosed with chronic illness or developmental, physical, or intellectual disabilities; situations which often leave those kids inadvertently neglected or overlooked by parents and family members trying to cope/manage their other child’s all-consuming illness; leaving this child vulnerable to early onset depression.

These Rose Amethyst stones offer a rare shade of lavender…they are translucent, and yet, they still hold varying degrees of rich to pale purple with warm glimmers of honied yellow
that appear and disappear with
the light as you move.

Patty Tobin donation necklace to CDPHP's local Albany Charities

This is the gorgeous Rose Amethyst necklace Patty Tobin is donating to CDPHP for this event. The necklace, a $795 retail value, will be “raffled off” during Thursday’s event and ALL proceeds will go to Family Promise and The Bus Stop Club.

Patty has worked with, participated in, donated to more charitable organizations than any individual or business I’ve ever worked for — and I worked in fundraising for years. Like many Americans, she is a small business owner, bootstrapping her way through these challenging and uncertain times, and as such, I can attest to the fact that donating not only one’s product, but one’s time and energy as well, is no small thing. But, regardless, I have never seen Patty turn her back to any person or group in need of help. Indeed, for being such a tiny person, the woman really does have the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever met.

Holiday Gifts Trunk Show at Circles on Tuesday, Dec. 20th

December 17, 2016  |  Gift Ideas, News & Events, Special Events

Patty Tobin Holiday Gifts Trunk Show at Circles on 12/20/16

Shop Small this Saturday 11/26

November 24, 2016  |  News & Events, Special Events

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Please come out and “Shop Small” this coming Saturday, November 26th! Patty Tobin Fine Fashion Jewelry boutique will be open and ready to serve you as only a small business can. We open at 11AM and close at 6PM, but don’t forget you can always schedule an appointment outside of our regular store hours to come in. If you can’t make it to the shop then we invite you to visit our online store and continue supporting our local small business. Happy holidays!

Sparkle & Tease Lights Up Patty Tobin Boutique

November 5, 2016  |  News & Events, Philanthropy, Special Events

Our Sparkle & Tease event to raise money for Pets for Vets was a riot and tons of fun. Les Femmes Fatales put on a show for our guests and lit up the shop with their tantalizing performance. We think the pictures from that night (courtesy of Sofiography) capture the evening perfectly. Take a look:

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Winner of the night’s raffle, Lauryn K, reacts to her winning ticket (left) and dons her beautiful new Patty Tobin necklace (right). All proceeds from the night’s raffle went straight to our local Pets for Vets.

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The crew: From left, Joe Scibienski, me (Teal), Patty Tobin, and longtime Patty Tobin fan and friend, blues and jazz vocalist extraordinaire, Catherine Russel.

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Sip’N’Shop In Charleston!

October 9, 2016  |  News & Events, Special Events

Patty Tobin is excited to announce our upcoming showcase in Charleston, South Carolina! Thanks to our friend and fabulous jewelry designer, Deirdre Zahl, we will debut Patty Tobin Fine Fashion Jewelry in this coveted Southern market in early December. You may remember last year when we hosted Dierdre for a trunk show of her Candy Shop Vintage jewelry line at our New York City Boutique. (For a look back at that event, click here.)

New this season, Patty Tobin has created a beautiful collection of semiprecious gemstone necklaces, each featuring a one-of-a-kind hand-crafted wire-wrap pendant like this Sterling Silver work of art. Shown above is a multi-strand appetite gemstone necklace with a large Sterling Silver pendant that wraps around a central Aquamarine gemstone.

New this season, Patty Tobin has created a beautiful collection of semiprecious gemstone necklaces, each featuring a one-of-a-kind hand-crafted wire-wrap pendant like this Sterling Silver work of art. Shown above is a multi-strand appetite gemstone necklace with a large Sterling Silver pendant that wraps around a central Aquamarine gemstone.

We will join Dierdre at her Candy Shop Vintage store on Cannon St. in the heart of Charleston on December 2nd and 3rd for a special two-day “Sip’n’Shop” event. We have wanted to enter the Charleston scene for years and introduce our line to the Southern ladies that have a reputation for always dressing to impress. We hope they will turn out for this fun event and meet Patty Tobin in-person and see her newest collections of colorful semiprecious gemstone and pearl jewelry. Patty will be bringing an all-new collection with her to showcase, and we can promise it will be worth the trip downtown!

Large and lustrous these stunning South Sea Pearls are hand-knotted on silk and feature a Sterling Silver and Gold hand-crafted wire-wrap pendant with a lovely Moonstone at its center. One of a kind by Patty Tobin.

Large and lustrous, these stunning South Sea Pearls are hand-knotted on silk and feature a Sterling Silver and Gold hand-crafted wire-wrap pendant with a beautiful Moonstone centerpiece. One of a kind by Patty Tobin.

December 2 & 3, 2016

Friday: 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Candy Shop Vintage

9 Cannon Street
Charleston, South Carolina

Something To Bark About: Fellow Animal Lovers Gather For A Night Of Fun and “Fur”lanthropy

newest2c_blog_comp_main_humane society2016What a night! We are so grateful to every one that attended our Humane Society Fundraiser Trunk Show on August 9th. The evening was a resounding success and a whole lot of fun! We were joined by many longtime friends and customers and were so happy to make the acquaintance of so many new faces. Guests gathered in support of Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, a fabulous organization that works tirelessly to safeguard homeless and abused animals from around the Capital Region.

We did our best to make the evening as enjoyable as possible. Guests sipped cocktails and enjoyed great company, great conversation, deeelicious food, and, of course, an exceptional jewelry showcase made possible by designer and philanthropist, Patty Tobin.

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For more than 20 years, Patty has worked upstate and downstate with countless charities and nonprofits to benefit any number of causes from Alzheimer’s to kidney disease, elderly care to enumerable children’s charities. Which is why we were both so excited to finally do an event that would benefit animals in our area. (We Tobins breed fierce animal lovers…)

To ensure we raise as much as possible for the cause, Patty devoted herself these last few months to designing a stunning new collection of pieces to showcase exclusively at the event. Included in these, was a number of Patty Tobin Couture pieces, mainly statement necklaces like the Sapphires shown above (left) and the Aquamarines also shown above (right and center). These, among others, feature a new series of commissioned artisan pendants that Patty has recently introduced to her line. While these styles rest on the high-end of her line, Patty showcased a beautiful assortment of timeless necklace, bracelet and earring styles that offered guests a wide range of price points.  

blog_humane_ring copyThe jewelry definitely gave the party a bit of swing, adding some fun and playfulness to the gathering as women took turns trying on different pieces and vying for a spot in front of the only mirror in the room to get a glimpse. For a little added excitement (and a little extra fundraising), Patty donated the stunning 23-carat Pink Topaz sterling silver Acanthus Cocktail Ring for a raffle prize (shown right). And our gracious host, Annmarie Ellis, donated a Patty Tobin Bali Sterling Silver necklace featuring a beautiful Lemon Topaz pendant as a second surprise raffle prize. 

Thank you to everyone who worked with us to make this event possible and to every person who took time out of their busy schedule to attend. We’d like to send out a special thank you to Robin Anderson (Humane Society, Board of Directors) for her participation and effort organizing this event. We hope you will remember the name Mohawk Hudson Humane Society and go back and read our earlier blog that tells you a little bit more about who they are and the great work they do (click here to read that story).

Before we sign off, we have to give a very special Thank You to Annmarie Ellis for opening her home to us and really making this event possible. Not only did Annie graciously donate her home as our venue for the evening, but she worked tirelessly alongside Patty, donating her time, energy and capital to make sure the evening was a success. We are very grateful to you for everything, thank you.

Annmarie and Rocky Ellis

And last, but certainly not least: The Rock.
Rocky Ellis, the night just wouldn’t have been the same without you, boy.
You are the best security guard, jewelry model, and co-host anyone could ever ask for!
Thank you for sharing your home and your humans with us for the evening.

Rocky Ellis wearing Patty Tobin

Shop for Charity! Humane Society Fundraiser Trunk Show on Tuesday, August 9th

Patty Tobin is happy to announce a special Trunk Show Fundraiser Event to benefit the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society on August 9th from 5:00-7:30pm. We would like to offer a special thank you to our generous co-hosts, Annmarie and Herb Ellis, and Robin and Andy Anderson. We are so grateful to be able to collaborate with these wonderful animal-loving individuals to put together this night to benefit a great organization that provides ongoing refuge and care to so many homeless and abused animals.

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Patty Tobin has volunteered to do a special trunk show for the event and to donate a portion of all proceeds directly to Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. All jewelry will be for sale during the evening, so we heartily encourage our guests to come ready to shop for charity. The more jewelry we sell that night, the greater the benefit will be to this extraordinary organization.

Mohawk Hudson Humane Society works tirelessly to not only provide a safe-haven for countless abused and homeless animals, but to educate and advocate for the protection and prevention of animal cruelty and abuse. It is an organization you can be proud to support.

“To improve the lives of homeless and abused animals through sheltering, adoption, education and advocacy, as well as the prevention of animal cruelty.”  – The Mission of M.H.H.S.

 

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Stevie and Avon are looking for their forever homes. If you or someone you know is looking to adopt, M.H.H.S. has adoption info for Stevie and Avon and many others on their website. Click on the image above to link there now.

“We envision a community in which it is unacceptable to neglect, abuse or abandon animals; in which homeless animals will be given refuge in an appropriate facility; and that ensures every adoptable animal finds a home.”  – The Vision of M.H.H.S.

Join us on August 9th and help us to support Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.

Something To “Wrap” About

June 10, 2016  |  New Arrivals, News & Events

Patty Tobin has created some truly unique pieces this summer. These beautiful necklaces feature complex wire-wrap pendants in sterling silver. Patty has commissioned artisans from across the country, to create these precious one-of-a-kind works of wearable art.

Patty Tobin Sterling Silver Spiral Pendant Necklaces

First-Edition Patty Tobin designs for Summer 2016. Read on for details about the styles shown above.

The centerpiece of each piece consists of a central semi-precious gemstone woven (by hand) into an elaborate and intricate maze of winding sterling silver. By pairing each pendant with single or multiple strands of brightly colored semi-precious gemstones like the vibrant Apatite (left) and rich Prasiolite (center) shown above, Patty adds a burst of color that pulls you in until your focus falls on the remarkable central pendant designs.

More pieces are currently in the works and will be posted on our Facebook, Blog, and Instagram once available. To date five of the six first-edition designs have sold, including all three of the necklaces shown above (details provided at the end of this article). There is still one piece left and it’s this gorgeous Iolite gemstone necklace:

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The last of Patty Tobin’s newest collection, this first edition gemstone wire-wrap necklace features multiple strands of faceted Iolite briolettes and a central pendant made up of Opal and Lapis wrapped in Sterling Silver, $1,495.

From left to right, here are the details for the necklaces shown at the beginning of this article:

Apatite briolette double-strand with Aquamarine wrapped in Sterling Silver, $1495.

Prasiolite briolette double-strand with raw green Emerald in Sterling Silver, $1495.

Sunstone briolette with Moonstone inside Sterling Silver wire-wrap, $1495.

Mother’s Day Trunk Show At Bloomingdale’s May 5, 6, 7

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Here’s a sneak peak at some of the new designs Patty will debut at Bloomingdale’s this week!

 

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Our “Hot” New Neighbor

March 22, 2016  |  News & Events

Maybe its because the Academy Awards just passed, but after going on eight years now as an independent jewelry boutique on W. 17th Street, having Barneys move in around the corner, feels a little like having Leonardo DiCaprio move in down the hall from us! To say the least, it’s super exciting and has every small business owner in the neighborhood filled with anticipation for what’s to come now that Barneys is officially here!

Barneys striking black marble facade facing out onto Seventh Avenue between 16th and 17th Streets in Chelsea.

Barneys striking black marble facade facing out onto Seventh Avenue between 16th and 17th Streets in Chelsea.

The block’s been buzzing for weeks with talk of Barneys return to Chelsea. Last month, the iconic Barneys New York opened its brand new Seventh Avenue doors in the same spot it originally occupied when it opened in 1923. It’s commanding exterior features a 170 foot stainless steel marquee running along the store’s black marble facade; floor to ceiling windows that provide a staging ground for the company’s world-renowned window displays, and multiple views into the store’s main level from the street.

The striking spiral staircase in the center of the store creates an atmosphere of exceptional luxury and modernity. (Photo by Scott Frances)

The striking spiral staircase in the center of the store creates an atmosphere of exceptional luxury and modernity and is an ode to the original spiral staircase in the old Barneys from back in the day. (Photo by Scott Frances)

The only oblique architectural reference to the original Barneys interior design is the central spiraling staircase at the store’s epicenter. The massive futuristic design adjoins all four floors allowing customers a special vantage point from which to experience the store’s calm, luxurious, and very modern esthetic. The central staircase itself seems to echo an important discerning quality unique to Barneys, which, as WWD‘s David Moin phrased it, is a “place to see and be seen.” The social aspect which is apparently a part of every Barneys location and experience, according to the company’s COO and SVP, Daniella Vitale, is perhaps even more pronounced as a desirable “meeting place for everyone” — or at least that’s the hope. (WWD)

Inside the new modern downtown Barneys. This is what high-end specialty luxury retail looks like. (Photo by Scott Frances)

Inside the new spacious modern downtown Barneys. This is what high-end specialty luxury retail looks like folks.          (Photo by Scott Frances)

“Our new store is designed and curated to be a real neighborhood store, but also it will have a tourist
component that didn’t exist 10 years ago.”
– Daniella Vitale, Barneys New York (WWD, 02.15.16)

Its an exciting moment for small businesses in the neighborhood like us. Patty Tobin opened her Fine Fashion Jewelry boutique at 108 W. 17th Street in Chelsea seven plus years ago right around the corner from the legendary retailer’s new digs.

Our little jewelry box of a boutique is just a hop, skip and a jump away from the new downtown Barneys, which spans the majority of the Seventh Avenue block from W. 16th to W. 17th Street.

Our little jewelry box of a boutique is just a hop, skip and a jump away from the new downtown Barneys, which spans the majority of the Seventh Avenue block from W. 16th to W. 17th Street.

Many independent retailers in the neighborhood, especially those within close proximity to the new Barneys like Patty Tobin Fine Fashion Jewelry, are hoping that the arrival of a retail force like Barneys, will not only boost foot traffic in the area, but will attract the elite clientele who shop with discerning taste and an eye for quality and exclusivity.

Patty Tobin jewelry is right around the corner!

Take a Right outta Barneys, a Right onto 17th St.

Walk down the block and we’ll be on your right!

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Since 16th Street has little besides residential apartment buildings to offer, we’re hopeful that Barneys customers will spill over onto 17th Street as it is packed with many more delightful retailers like Patty Tobin Jewelry, Pippin Vintage, The Rubin Museum Gift Shop, Housing Works, West Elm and From The Source among others.

With so many more cultural attractions now in Chelsea like the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Rubin Museum of Art, the High Line; the clusters of art galleries all along the west side; places like Chelsea Market and the Apple Store; not to mention the celebrity sprinkling that goes regularly amidst the high-end shopping and culinary draws right next door in the Meatpacking District or just below it in Soho, the neighborhood hardly resembles that which the original Barneys inhabited 20 years ago. Although Chelsea has not yet elevated to the standing of a “high fashion” area, it is certainly on the path to becoming just that. Barneys CEO Mark Lee was quoted in WWD saying that he believes that Barneys return to the neighborhood “will be a catalyst — no doubt.”

As Patty would say, “From your mouth to God’s ears, Lee!” Stay tuned for more exciting neighborhood news about Patty Tobin’s hot new neighbor as we keep you up to date on the latest news and goings-on with the new downtown Barneys flagship store in Chelsea!