On March 14th Patty Tobin and I kicked off our first series of trunk shows at Bloomingdale’s! I’m gonna tell you all about it, but first I just want to say one thing to summarize how it went: WOHOOO!!! Patty and I couldn’t have been happier with our first two weeks of shows!
Simply put, the jewelry was a smash hit! The colors pulled people right in, and the prices – as usual for Patty Tobin – were so reasonable people couln’t believe it! It wasn’t just the customers responding to the jewelry either; everyone — from the sales associates on the selling floor to the personal shoppers upstairs to the various makeup artists running back and forth — was loving the collection!
In all honesty, we would have been more than happy with the opportunity to showcase our jewelry at any Bloomingdale’s store, but I have to say, there really was something very special about debuting at the 59th Street flagship store in Manhattan. It may just be my long-time love affair with that particular department store — or maybe it’s because it’s such an amazingly iconic place – but whatever the reason, I have to tell you: Each morning when the loud speakers around the store would sound off at 10AM sharp with a loud siren blast that let everyone know the doors were officially open for business, and Frank Sinatra’s voice came ringing out to “New York, New York,” I felt a truly thrilling sensation.
It wasn’t just the excitement, or the nerves for that matter, but an overwhelming sense of pride that bubbled up inside me, filling me with utter confidence. Pride for my amazing aunt, who has worked so hard to get this far. Pride in her amazing jewelry designs and all the wonderful people who have been such dedicated supporters of Patty Tobin; people who know and love the jewelry, appreciate its value, and who recognize Patty’s incredible talent. Pride that we are still one of the few jewelry companies that actually manufactures our products not just in the U.S., but right here in our home state of New York. And just an overall sense of satisfaction for how hard we’ve worked and how far we’ve come since openning our first Patty Tobin Fine Fashion Jewelry boutique in 2009.
With six days of shows at 59th Street and two in Short Hills, NJ, we got to meet so many wonderful people. Patty and I were both loving the opportunity to interact with so many new customers, fellow designers and entrepreneurs, as well as Bloomingdale’s amazing staff. The energy on the selling floor of such a large retailer as Bloomingdale’s is really quite invigorating. Despite being on our feet for 14 hours a day for the better part of those two weeks, as soon as we stepped on the floor, I could see we were both energized — “rearing and ready to go,” as they say!
Patty really outdid herself with the jewelry for these shows. The pieces she designed for Bloomingdale’s events included several of my all-time favorite Patty Tobin styles, plus a whole bunch of brand new pieces that were so new, in fact, even I didn’t get a chance to see them all until we were setting up on the first day!
The colors were just magnificent! Sparkling blues, rich purples and bright bursts of orange that were literally stopping people in their tracks. We had plenty of pearls, as always, but we had an especially fabulous collection of stunning “gemmy-gem gems,” as Patty would call them.
More exciting news and updates, plus plenty more photos from our first Trunk Shows in New York City and Short Hills are coming soon, so stay tuned for more at PattyTobin.com!
UPCOMING TRUNK SHOWS AT BLOOMINGDALE’S
Find us in Fashion Jewelry from 10:00AM – 6:00PM
The Shops at Riverside (Bergen County, Hackensack, NJ)
Weds, April 3rd
Thurs, April 4th
Fri, April 5th
White Plains, NY
Sat, April 6th
Visit our Events Page for complete details on all upcoming shows at pattytobin.com/events.
ENK Coterie is the year’s most exclusive global fashion trade show, filled with notable as well as burgeoning designers, and attended by the industry’s elite. Yurga will be showcasing her jewelry for the first time stateside at this year’s event on February 24, 25, 26 at the Javits Center.
Patty Tobin and Yurga Lago are continuing to build on their collaborative projects, which started back in 2011 when Yurga first hosted two trunk shows for Patty Tobin in two of Lithuania’s most incredible cities: Vilnius and Klaipeda. We can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for these two wonderful ladies!
Patty will be assisting Yurga and her associates at the show. She invites you to stop in and be personally introduced to Yurga.
ENK International – Show times:
Sunday, Feb. 24, 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Monday, Feb. 25, 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 9:00AM to 5:00PM
3 East 54th Street
New York, NY 10022
Visit ENK International’s official website.
Platinum Style released it’s “Winter Fire” issue this month with a red hot feature on the New York-based R&B group, Allure.
Patty Tobin was thrilled to drape these gorgeous and extremely talented young women for Platinum Style’s winter fashion special. Akissa Mendez (right) and Lalisha “LaLa” McLean-Sanders (left) both rocked Patty Tobin jewels for the photoshoot. It was so much fun to see each lady immediately gravitate to pieces that so clearly reflected what each woman describes as her personal style.
When asked to describe her own individual style, LaLa, told Platinum Style that she is the “versatile” one. And we weren’t surprised at all! Of all the Patty Tobin jewelry out to choose from, LaLa decided to rock our new Hematite & Vermeil bracelets ($195 each).
Call it a coincidence, but these are the same bracelets we are always highlighting for their versatility. You can wear them as bracelets, or fasten two together to wear as a short necklace, or three together for a longer rope look, and that’s just what LaLa did! Check out the beautiful shot of LaLa sporting two bracelets together as a choker-style necklace with two more stacked on her wrist as bracelets.
Akissa, on the other hand, describes herself as the “edgier” one, which is easy to believe. Not only did she pick one of our big “mega” torsades in gorgeous faceted aqua quartz briolettes, but she also chose to rock our Hematite Rope necklace as a belt!! We LOVE when we get a chance to work with women who totally appreciate all of the different ways you can play around with Patty Tobin jewelry to reflect your own personal style.
Allure has produced three studio albums and are currently putting the “finishing touches” on their fourth album. As a family business, Patty and I totally admire these hard-working, tight-knit, female artists who describe themselves more as sisters than just members of the same musical group.
They know what it’s like to create your art independently; without the big checkbook and resources that come with a big label. (Oh, how well we know that story…) And just like these determined, tenacious women, we too agree that when it comes to your name, your brand, your business, creative control is worth everything.
So sing it sisters! We’re with you!
If you haven’t checked out Allure yet, you can visit their Facebook page and read the full story at PlatinumStyleMag.com. Don’t forget to check out the great fashion spread in this month’s issue while you’re there!
Special thanks to Benjamin Soto Ortiz (Photographer) and Bree C. at Platinum Style.
Open Closet Magazine, a new fashion publication based in NYC, is on a mission to promote new up-and-coming designers like Patty Tobin in a way that inspires its audience. The only magazine of its kind, Open Closet Magazine, hopes to be the leader when it comes to spotting and promoting new talent among designers from every end of the spectrum.
The magazine launched its first issue for September 2012 with Mob Wives star, Ramona Rizzo, gracing the cover and wearing a Patty Tobin bali sterling and freshwater pearl bracelet ($225, available online) and a pair of our pink baroque freshwater pearl earrings ($95, available through special order, call 212.414.0174).
Working with co-founder and stylist, Avery Johnson, was such a treat! He loves Patty Tobin jewelry and hand-picked each piece that was featured in the magazine, including the pink and peacock keshi pearl torsade as seen on Ramona in the photo to your right ($895, available by phone: 212.414.0174).
The whole team at Open Closet is just a great group of talented people, including Ramona who is such a doll. She loved the jewelry and was so excited to get her new Patty Tobin necklace at the launch party.
Not only did we get the opportunity to work with Avery and his team to drape Ramona for the shoot, but they were so taken with Patty’s jewelry, they wanted to feature her as one of the main designers for their first issue! Scroll down to see the amazing two-page spread on Patty Tobin and her fine fashion jewelry collection. Plus, visit our Facebook page for some excellent party pics of Patty and her gang at the launch event here in New York.
We have no doubt that the magazine will be a smashing success and we can’t wait to work with them again down the road! If you haven’t heard of of Open Closet Magazine before, you should definitely check them out online or follow them on Facebook.
We’ve been thrilled to work with Open Closet Magazine and Platinum Style, both new publications dedicated to the New York-centric fashionista. The stylists from both magazines have been loving our new Fall 2012 arrivals and will be shooting them for their upcoming issues! Here’s a little sneak peak of what’s new pre-photo shoot. We’ll have more news, updates and behind the scenes photos following our shoot at the store this weekend. Patty herself will be featured as an up-and-coming designer and life-long entrepreneur in the second issue of Platinum Style, due out this fall. We can’t wait! Stay tuned for more excitement in the coming months!
Here are some of the styles the magazines have been “oohing and ahhing” over …
Open Closet Magazinepulled this pink and peacock shade keshi pearl torsade for it’s first ever cover shoot with Mob Wives Star Ramona Rizzo. It’s not hard to see why they wanted it — it’s a signature Patty! And it’s just a stunning piece!
Mob Wives star, Ramona Rizzo, will be featured on the cover of the upcoming debut issue of Open Closet Magazine, a new publication for fashionistas that is dedicated to promoting and creating buzz and awareness around talented emerging designers, models, and artists. We had the pleasure of working with fashion editor at large and co-founder of Open Closet Magazine, Avery Johnson, who explains the magazine’s ultimate goal is “to be a leader in showcasing the full spectrum of designers in a way that inspires – a one stop shop for stimulation, information, and beautification!”
We couldn’t be happier to work with Avery and his fabulous team! Check out the first teaser shot from Ramona’s cover shoot (below) where she’s wearing our bali sterling and freshwater pearl bracelet ($225). This style is available online at PattyTobin.com.
“Retro Hollywood Glam” is the theme of the premier issue of Platinum Style Magazine, a new New-York-centric publication that focuses on the fashion and lifestyle of the chic New York urbanite. We were so excited to get a chance to work with the new online and print publication that launched in June; not only because we had an opportunity to participate in their first ever issue, but because they featured an interview with our favorite local actress-slash-restaurant-entrepreneur, Adriana Moretti.
Adriana is just an all-around fabulous woman — beautiful inside and out. If you have ever been to her and her hubbies’ new restaurant, Incognito, in Chelsea, you’ve no doubt witnessed her wonderfully bubbly presence and wild sense of humor that we at Patty Tobin love so much. We had so much fun draping her for this shoot and hope that both she and Incognito continue to get the recognition they so deserve.
In addition to profiling several fabulous New York women, the magazine is full of special features on New York’s art and culture scene, night life happenings, trendy fashion boutiques (like ours — wink, wink), beauty products and just the “overall fashionable style of the City.” To catch up on the latest issue and see all the fabulous photos from Adriana’s shoot, click here.
America’s Next Top Model runner-up, Laura LaFrate, appears on the cover of Metroland‘s latest issue for the Summer Fashion 2012 Special, which features this photo of her in a gorgeous Alice & Olivia silk blouse and skirt and our new Carnelian Gemstone chains ($295). Both are available at Circles in Stuyvesant Plaza! Visit our online store to shop for this necklace and others like it!!
Shop for this necklace online at PattyTobin.com/shop!!
It’s Memorial Day weekend, and you know what that means: Vacation season has officially begun!
All you regular weekend getawayers out there probably know all too well how tricky it can be to pack for that much-anticipated weekend jaunt to the beach or out to the country. Every trip is the same, you tell yourself “you won’t need much,” but as the clothes and the shoes and the toiletries start to make their way into your oh-so-adorable (but oh-so dinky) Longchamps weekender bag, suddenly you realize you either have to drastically cut back on what you’re bringing or lug two bags with you instead of one.
Packing light is a skill, it’s true, but packing light without sacrificing the integrity of your outfits or your fashion sense? Now, that’s pure talent We asked some of our “best dressed” customers their tricks of the trade for consolidating one’s tiny tote for a weekend away and found that many of them had the same thing to say as Travel + Leisure magazine:
When traveling this summer, all agree, a dynamite “statement necklace” is a “must pack” item!
And where better to find the perfect statement necklace than Patty Tobin Fine Fashion Jewelry? There’s no designer out there to compare with Patty’s undeniable style, bold color selection, and unbeatable price-points. You can travel with ease knowing that you have only one lightweight bag to carry and one key accessory to take each of your outfits to the next level. “From black tie to blue jeans,” as we like to say, pair your piece with a little black dress for a Saturday night party in the Hamptons, or wear it with shorts and a tank top to Sunday brunch and shopping with the girls; no matter where you go, we promise you’ll be getting compliments.
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We are so glad to have been invited to participate in last week’s United Nations Bazaar. The whole event was such a fun experience. Hosted this year at the Kuwait Mission to the United Nations in New York, this annual shopping event is organized to raise money for various humanitarian charities. This year’s Bazaar was dedicated to the refugee victims of Syria, who have been suffering greatly due to their current situation.
The event attracted a wonderfully eclectic mix of vendors to participate in the all-day event that brought together a diverse international crowd. Hundreds crowded in over the course of the day to support an important cause while enjoying delicious international cuisine and fabulous shopping.
Patty Tobin brought a colorful selection of classic and playful styles that capture this season’s hottest trends: large statement style necklaces, pink pearls, blue, blue, and more blue accessories. Our colorful gemstone chains were one of our hottest items. They come in such great colors like our rich red (carnelian), bright blue (topaz), chocolate brown (smokey topaz), black (onyx), and purple (amethyst). And at $295, these babies are really a steal! Easy to wear long, doubled or layered — a definite “throw-on-and-go” piece.Ladies were also loving Patty’s new Hematite Cube Bracelet ($195) with its large crystal-set 18k white vermeil magnetic clasp. The fun part about these is that you can wear them as bracelets, or connect the clasps and wear two or more as a necklace. Gotta love that versatility.
We always love working with the incredible women of the Islamic Heritage Society whose hard work and dedication is truly an inspiration. We look forward to participating in their next philanthropic endeavor!