Blondie & I took this off week to unwind and relax at the Bungalow Hotel in Long Branch,NJ. Without any pressing agenda or tight schedule to stick to, we sipped on chilled top shelf whiskey and did our best to just have fun… Fun can be relative and most of the time we are, but sometimes it’s hard to just zone out and have a minute to your thoughts. We took this opportunity to do just that and it felt amazing.
It hasn’t been since Blondie’s blog mystreetsweets, that we’ve shot just for the sake of shooting. Now that we have our beloved Cannon 5d MKIII, we wanted to see how it held up in low light…
For Valentine’s Day, Blondie & I decided to whisk ourselves away to the newly established Wythe Hotel, right in the heart of Williamsburg Brooklyn. We were sad to see our stay in Williamsburg come to an end, from there we headed over to East New York to pick up a re-order of shirts from my screen printer. Quality control from yours truly :)
DETO’s new website is finally up. You can check it out here. There were so many obstacles in the way of making this collection, shooting the look book and just capturing everything that encapsulates german car culture into a collection. There was so much trial & error getting the samples to the caliber of quality i was looking for. I went through three suppliers & two screen printers until i was finally happy with the end product. Also, finding the right photographer, location & models that would do this look book justice. I ran into Victor Tate at NYFW and asked if he’d be interested in shooting it. We brainstormed from there, making sure we were on the same page for the shoot which didn’t take very long & then working out all the fine details. Thankfully Victor coordinated everything & took much of the stress that comes with shooting a look book off my shoulders. This shoot wouldn’t have come out as amazing as it did without him. And last but not least, getting the right people to put DETO’s new website together, Chandler @ Cherry Collab made that happen. I couldn’t be happier with the end result.
Some behind the scenes shots from that day.
Today we were up bright & early for the review of the Thompson Hotel at Gild Hall. I was racing up the NJ turnpike to meet the PR person from the Thompson by 2pm, i should’ve taken into consideration the chronic construction detours that your GPS doesn’t tell you about until it’s too late.As you start to enter the Financial district of manhattan, the buildings get taller and the streets get much more narrow. The surrounding architecture almost appears to curve over you as they project into the sky…Our trusty stead for the weekend was the Mercedes AMG G63, this marvel of german engineering was the perfect option for our downtown get away. As we entered the main lobby we were greeted by Katy Law, who very warmly showed us around and made sure we were settled in for our weekend stay at Gild Hall. The decor and overall ambiance of the main lobby has a very waspy/new england/old money feel that is refreshing for a hotel being in Wall St. I would’ve expected any establishment in this area to be super modern with chrome, black-on-black, brushed aluminum and black leather everywhere with dim lighting… I’m pleased to see the Thompson took a unique approach with their Gild Hall edition, which is much different than the rest of their locations throughout the city.After settling in our room, we decided to scout out the surrounding neighborhood since neither of us really weren’t too familiar with this area. The financial district has a vibe all of its own, less commercial and more business. As you might imagine, this pocket of manhattan is actually at a much slower pace. Especially on the weekend, it was refreshing. There weren’t ads/billboards all over the place like the rest of the city, just the backdrop of the asphalt and the overcast of the goliath sized buildings.After we returned from our venture into the city & sub zero NYC air and were just in time for our appointment with the Felice. The Felice is the authentic italian themed restaurant/bar affiliated with Gild Hall. By 8pm the candle lit restaurant provides for a very intimate atmosphere. Our dinner at the Felice was served by Andrea Lucignani, who is native to Italy and really gave us insite on each course that was served. Andrea’s passion and genuine enthusiasm for each course really made the difference with our overall experience at the Felice. The next morning we packed up and had lunch at Cafeteria before heading home.We head back to King’s County for our next stop…
2013 is shaping up to be quite a roller coaster…the unveiling of DETO’s new website is only about a week away. We made sure everything is in order for the online shop.Here are a few screen shots from the short film we shot for DETO’s new Teutonic Nightfall collection. I’m so excited to see how this turns out.Mean while Blondie is slowly cultivating her vision into physical form, one piece at a time for her upcoming jewelry collection. I’m so proud of her.
There is so much more i’d love to tell you, but you will just have to follow us on our journey to see what’s next