We've participated in a lot of fun shopping events over the years but the Coral & Tusk and Friends Pop Up Shop that we are participating in now is really something special. Coral & Tusk out of NY sells all manner of whimsically embroidered goods with a totally unique look and they have invited a bunch of kindred "friends" to sell in a Spring shop for the month. They've really taken curation to a whole new level and created a world unto itself. We are so proud to be among some of our favorite stores and makers such as DS & Durga, Catbird, In God We Trust, John Robshaw, and The Great Lakes Goods.
Stephanie of Coral & Tusk was gracious enough to take time out of her busy month of hosting to tell us more...
109 South 5th Street
Hours: W, Th, Fr: 11am-7pm
Sat, Sun: 11am-8pm
M, T: closed – by appointment only
What gave you the idea for the Pop Up and how did you go about selecting the "friends" to be included?
We see the shop as an opportunity and space to share our point of view about the intentions behind creating our collections: from vignettes to experiences. The other aspect of the pop up is curating a very special selection of goods from some of our favorite designers that we see our products teaming wonderfully with! We carefully selected product from "friends" that we felt were a really strong compliment to our things, and to one another. One of my mottos for the year (well, life as a whole really!) is that a rising tide lifts all boats. The products made by these other designers that we really cherish are so well done as individual pieces which feeds onto another one of our own philosophies, which is that even if you walk out of the shop with one item, any single item, it is a stand alone object that you will be happy with for a long time, and does not require the context of everything else to make it feel special or make sense.
Can you tell us a little about the amazing canoe and tipi?
For the more magical and experiential perspective, we are creating several custom pieces and environments for the shop!
-A full scale embellished tipi (inside and out), so it feels like you are actually going into one of our pocket pillows yourself!
We used our favorite Fox Tipi Pocket Pillow from our collection as the guiding light in terms of feeling and design. Alija Craycroft, our Studio Director and very talented illustrator, mapped the entire pattern out, hand painted the design, appliqued embroidered pieces to it, then hand embroidered special designs around the entry way. I designed an embroidered fabric to line the inside as a "wallpaper" to really give it a feeling once inside. There is a lush aplaca rug to sit/lay on, and our large 30" square cushions around the edges to get really cozy.
-A large adorned fabric canoe-- check out this short video documenting it: http://vimeo.com/92274462
Cindy who works with us made this from scratch-- we still have no idea how she did it, but it is exceptionally impressive!
Here is a video of the shop being put together made by our own very talented Maya Tippett:
(canoe video also by Maya--- a tipi one is in the works!)
Any more special events happening for the last week?
Absolutely! on the last day we will be open, there will be a Pamela Love Trunk show (May 31). Additionally, Auchentoshan whisky has provided complimentary whisky for the popup for the duration of the shop. On the 31st, they are going to conduct a tasting which we are looking forward to!
My guess is that there also may be some deals to be had since everything in the shop IS for sale after all!
Anything else you'd like us to mention?
A HUGE thank you to everyone involved: my own Coral & Tusk team, each with their own stand out strengths- they are all right there working really hard with this extra project and I could not be happier with them. Amy Lipkin of North Sea Air who partners and consults with me on all kinds of projects and development, and is a space wizard. Rose of The Great Lakes Goods who is someone who makes you feel like anything is possible because she is a phenomenal friend and support---- and has really direct no nonsense solutions to what seem like unconquerable issues such as: have a weird large shape in the room.... "cover it with moss!"...and last but not least, each and every designer whom SO graciously accepted my crazy question of being willing to be involved with the shop and entrusting us to sell their amazing things!!!!!!