It’s October and already Patty Tobin is in full swing with her second circuit of Bloomingdale’s Trunk Shows! After a successful series of spring shows, jewelry designer Patty Tobin kicked off her Fall-Winter line-up with Trunk Show events at Bloomingdale’s White Plains, the 59th Street flagship store in New York City, The Shops at Riverside (Hackensack, NJ) and in Willow Grove, PA.
Among the many beautiful new arrivals on display at Bloomingdale’s bi-annual HOT event was one of my personal, all-time favorite Patty pieces (shown left).
Two separate — but stackable — bib-style necklaces (one longer, one shorter) made from three graduated strands of small bronze pearls, copper coin pearls, and bigger round baroque honey-golden pearls. The faceted citrine and amethyst briolettes that are woven into each strand gives each necklace an added depth and dimension by using gemstones that capture and reflect light as you as move. Combine them as one, and you have a truly exceptional piece of jewelry.
…such a classic Patty piece!
Among the other favorites customers “ooh-ed” and “ahh-ed” over at our first few shows was this beautiful new abalone torsade (shown right).
The colors are simply stunning and appear to morph as you move: primarily a brilliant greenish-teal-blue, the abalone flashes hints of everything from fuchsia and purple to even citrus-green and shades of amber. Sure to brighten your mood as soon as you put it on, the second best part of this piece is how surprisingly lightweight it is for its size! You would think it must be a heavy piece, but you’d be surprised how light and airy the abalone feels around your neck — a winning combo, if I do say so myself.
Always a popular piece, Patty Tobin’s aqua quartz briolette torsade (below left) was back at the show drawing in customers like moths to a flame. This necklace is total eye-candy. It’s bright crystal blue color combined with the eye catching sparkle of all the different size briolettes pointing every which way. It’s like a magnet…it just pulls you right in!
Our new white chalcedony briolette necklace has been a tremendous hit so far this season! We simply cannot keep it in stock. As soon as one comes in, it flies right back out. And, at Bloomingdale’s it was no different. This seemingly understated — or arguably “simple” — single-strand necklace packs way more of a punch than you might think! Compared to some of the other necklaces it sits beside, it may not look like a killer, but trust me, once you put it on, you will fall in love. Lightweight and easy to pair with any kind of outfit, this necklace is a perfect example of a Patty Tobin piece that goes “black tie to blue jeans.”
Last but certainly not least, we have two beautiful new pearl pieces in our collection of fall favorites! These baroque keshi pearls are so unusual in their size and shape and both have a natural luster that makes them shine like satin. The pink lariat (left) was especially attractive to shoppers at our latest shows as pink continues to be one of the hot colors this season.
Don’t forget to visit our EVENTS PAGE for all upcoming
Trunk Show dates!
Also, coming soon to our Online Store…
– a new special shopping section where you can browse all the latest Patty Tobin jewelry that has been showcased at Bloomingdale’s!
Here’s a news flash worth getting up in arms over: Patty Tobin is now carrying a fabulous new collection of “gemmy” evening bags! The designer has brought together an impressive assortment of embellished clutches that are now available in New York at the Patty Tobin Fine Fashion Jewelry Boutique, 108 W. 17th Street, and in Albany at Circles in Stuyvesant Plaza.
“They’re the perfect compliment to our jewelry,” says the designer of the new bejeweled clutches. A longtime handbag aficionado, Patty Tobin can tell you first hand how “essential” a good handbag is to your wardrobe. “It’s like a piece of jewelry,” says Tobin. “Only you carry it instead.”
Wonderfully colorful and beautifully crafted, these gemmy little bags feature various animal embellishments from peacocks and cheetahs to tigers and turtles. “They’re just awesome,” says Jayne Drost, Director of the Elizabeth Dee Gallery in Chelsea. “I want to wear this at every art event I go to.”
All of the handbags come with an optional chain attachment that can be easily hooked on to use as a purse strap, or left off if you want to carry it as a clutch. “It’s great to have both options,” says Drost. “I really just want to hold it, but if I need to free up my hands, it’s super easy to just hook the strap on real quick and throw it over your shoulder. It’s still looks great.”
The new evening bags start at $145 for the satin clutches and $395 for the full crystal encrusted clutches. Call 212.414.0174 for more details on our current selection.
It’s hard to believe that it’s already July, and that we’ve officially wrapped up our first full series of Patty Tobin Trunk Show events at Bloomingdale’s! But here we are with 27 exciting days of showcase events under our belt (with more to come this Fall!) After 12 weeks of shows at four different Bloomingdale’s locations including New York City, White Plains, and Hackensack and Short Hills, New Jersey, Patty Tobin and I sat down to take stock of our biggest “show-stoppers” and customer favorites, and to put together our first TOP 10 BESTSELLERS LIST!
For those of you who are familiar with our “Fine Fashion” jewelry line, you already know that Patty creates a lot of “one-a-kind” and “few-of-a-kind” pieces in addition to her classic Patty Tobin signature styles, or our “standard bearers,” as she would call them. (For those of you who are checking us out for the first time, many of Patty’s designs are just that: “One-of” or “few-of” a kind pieces (a.k.a. limited edition items) and when they go, they’re gone; some will be replicated, but very seldom duplicated.)
The collection we brought with us to these shows, which kicked off back in March in New York City at Bloomingdale’s highly anticipated and widely promoted “HOT” event, represented a “Perfectly Patty” combination of said “One-ofs” and the designer’s “signature styles”. So, when we sat down to put together our TOP 10 list, we were faced with a bit of a challenge. We wanted to include not only the pieces that had sold the most in number, and were therefore obvious customer favorites, but also the real “show-stoppers” that may only have sold once due to the fact that they were, in fact, “one-of-a-kind” pieces. In the end, this is what we resolved to feature as our TOP 10 “RAVES & FAVES” AT BLOOMINGDALE’S:
TOP 10 BESTSELLERS
#1) NEW Shell Pearl Lariats
#2) 16MM Shell Pearls
#3) Ladies loved the LAB!
#4) Bali gets ‘em every time
#5) + #6) + #7) Crazy for QUARTZ!!
#9) Fire Agate Ropes fly right out!
#10) Freshwater Pearl & Gemstone Lariats
Many of these styles will soon be available for sale on our website. In the meantime, please direct inquiries and purchase orders to us by phone at 212.414.0174 (or toll-free at 877.772.8891).
There’s a great new blog in town that I want to share with all our “NY-Centric” friends and family called Manhattan Sideways. Patty and I were fortunate enough to be “discovered” by the blog’s author a few weeks ago on one of her zig-zagging excursions along Manhattan’s side streets. According to Betsy, the site’s founder and primary author, what began as a “whimsical idea” of walking the side streets of New York and documenting all the wonderful little businesses that make Manhattan such an extraordinary place quickly developed into the grander concept for ManhattanSideways.com.
Betsy’s mission: To explore the treasures of the side streets and document each and every place.
From great little shopping destinations to bars and restaurants to home furnishing, galleries, gardens and much more, Betsy and her team “pound the pavement and share their stories.”
Taking it one street at a time, Betsy and her team weave their way through the side streets of New York, meandering from east to west and back again; all the while highlighting the many small businesses and the people behind them that make up the wonderfully distinctive character of New York City, but who too often get overlooked or are left undiscovered to the masses.
“Spending time with Patty Tobin inevitably puts a smile on anyone’s face. One cannot escape her sweetness and positive, endless energy.”As one of these small businesses, tucked away on our little section of 17th Street, no one understands how this works better than Patty and me. We hear from people all the time how happy they are that they “stumbled” on us, and how they never knew we were here, despite frequenting the neighborhood often or living right around the corner for years. It’s a common story and one that is known all too well by small business in any major city, but especially New York.
Getting the word out about who you are, where you are, and why you are so special and worth a trip downtown, uptown, crosstown, etc, is arguably the greatest challenge for small independent boutiques like ours.
Every little shop’s dream is to get discovered by a highly publicized outlet that specializes in Shopping and Retail destinations and who already has a well developed readership and access to a wide range of audiences. Getting free publicity from such a high-profile resource can make all the difference in the world to an independent business like Patty Tobin. Only, trying to capture the attention of the big media outlets is a lot harder than you might think. It always makes me think of trying to hop a 20-foot fence with one hand tied behind your back.
You can understand then why it was not only exciting, but terribly refreshing to meet a woman like Betsy with her vision of promoting the many independently-owned businesses that give Manhattan its distinct character.
I was particularly touched by the personal reflection on Patty and I that Betsy incorporated into her write-up on our shop. I want to share my favorite little snippet from the description that went up on their site last week as part of their “Meet 17th Street” feature story.
“Patty’s fine fashion jewelry shop was another one of those pleasant surprises that I discovered while strolling on 17th, and meeting both Patty and her niece, Teal, made the experience even more gratifying. It became obvious immediately that the two are all about customer service. In their own lovely way, they establish a relationship with each person who walks through their door, and it seems that many continue to return time after time.”
- Betsy, Manhattan Sideways
We can’t encourage you enough to take a moment to check them out and share them with your friends and family. Whether you are a born and raised New Yorker, or an adopted one like myself, or even a tourist coming in for a visit, ManhattanSideways.com is a fantastic resource for everyone coming to or living in the New York City area.
Help them, help businesses like us! Let’s grow their following, so they can keep doing what they do best — strolling for buried treasures like us and sharing their discoveries with the world!
Starting Wednesday, May 8th, Patty Tobin will return to Bloomingdale’s 59th Street for a 3-day Trunk Show just in time for Mother’s Day! Save 15% on Patty Tobin jewels at Bloomingdale’s on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00AM – 6:00PM. Patty and her showcase will be setup on the 1st Floor in Fashion Accessories.
We will also be offering a special 10-20% OFF for Mother’s Day at our W. 17th Street boutique today through Saturday. We have lots of beautiful gifts that will make any mom feel special. Don’t wait til the last minute! Mother’s Day will be here before you know it! Sunday is not far off, so stop by and see us at 108 W. 17th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues in Chelsea, or at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street.
Join Patty Tobin this Thursday, May 2nd from 10AM – 4PM at The Plaza Hotel for the first annual “Just Jewels” event. This one-of-a-kind jewelry boutique showcase event will bring together 50 different jewelry vendors to benefit The Moise Safra Community Center in New York City. Admission is $20 per person and includes a $25 auction coupon. Guests may purchase tickets online here.
After wrapping-up our first full circuit of Patty Tobin Trunk Shows at Bloomingdale’s in New York, White Plains, and the malls at Short Hills and Riverside, New Jersey, it’s time to pack up the jewels, put a sign on the door, and head back for Round 2!!
Starting tomorrow at 10AM, Patty Tobin will be setup to showcase her beautiful semiprecious gemstone and pearl jewelry in the Fashion Accessories department on the first floor of Bloomingdale’s 59th Street. We’ll be there to kickoff the Private Sale, an exciting savings event running straight through the weekend.
There will be GREAT SAVINGS going on all weekend throughout the store, including 20% OFF Patty Tobin Jewelry!
New York customers can enjoy savings on Patty Tobin for the duration of our trunk show, which starts on Thursday and runs through Saturday from 10AM to 6PM. The deals continue straight through our Sunday show in White Plains from 11AM to 6PM.
And DON’T FORGET … Mother’s Day will be here before you know it!
So why not shop early, take advantage of the great deals going on this weekend, and save big on something really special for her? By the time Mother’s Day rolls around, we promise you’ll be relieved that you already have a beautiful gift ready and waiting for her! Forget the hassle of rushing around, searching for that last-minute gift, and come by and see our trunk this week at Bloomingdale’s!
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.
Patty Tobin is thrilled to announce our upcoming showcase at Bloomingdale’s! Starting in March, Bloomingdale’s will feature Patty Tobin and her jewelry line for 12 trunk show events at four different store locations in New York and New Jersey. We will be kicking off our showcase at Bloomingdale’s annual “HOT” event at the 59th Street flagship store in New York City on March 14, 15, 16 and again on March 21, 22, 23.
Patty Tobin is proud to be recognized by Bloomingdale’s for her Made In New York jewelry line, which will be featured at the White Plains, NY, Short Hills, NJ and Hackensack, NJ locations in addition to New York City. As a born and bread upstate New Yorker, Patty Tobin has been, and continues to be, committed to keeping the manufacturing of her jewelry not just in the U.S., but right here in our home state of New York.
All items will be for sale at each of these events, so whether you’re looking to treat yourself or to pick up a gift for someone special in your life, there will be plenty of beautiful pieces to choose from and a range of price points to accommodate just about any budget.
All of our upcoming Trunk Show dates and times are listed below for each of the four Bloomingdale’s locations that will be featuring Patty Tobin in the coming months. We will continue to update our Events Page with more details as they come in, so stay tuned for more exciting news about Patty Tobin at Bloomingdale’s!!
59th Street & Lexington Avenue
March 14, 15, 16 – 10:00 AM – 6:00PM
March 21, 22, 23 – 10:00AM – 6:00PM
April 25, 26, 27 – 10:00AM – 6:00PM
May 8, 9 , 10 – 10:00AM – 6:00PM
June 20, 21, 22, 23 – 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Short Hills, NJ
The Mall at Short Hills
March 17 – 11:00AM – 6:00PM
March 24 – 11:00AM – 6:00PM
Bergen Shops at Riverside
April 3, 4, 5 – 10:00AM – 6:00PM
June 6, 7, 8 – 10:00AM – 6:00PM
White Plains, NY
April 6 – 10:00AM – 6:00PM
April 28 – 11:00AM – 6:00PM
May 11 – 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Don’t forget! You can visit our Events page for more details.
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.