by Marisa Marcantonio

Luru Home, a new textile and accessory company was formed by two friends with a passion for an ancient artform and fabric. Formed by two Connecticut-raised friends based in China, Luru employs Chinese women that create batiks using original, thousand year old techniques and indigo dyes. Graphic geometric circles, dots, florals and linear patterns from hand cut stencils with a naturalistic, fresh tone keep this ancient craft alive.
The young founders, Liza Serratore and Claire Russo, met when they were 15 and have been creative influences ever since. The recent college grads were seeking global adventure after graduating from college in 2009, so they headed for Asia to teach in international schools. Liza ended up in Shanghai, teaching third grade Language Arts, and Claire, a great artist, ventured to Northern Thailand where she taught I.B. Art.
In June 2010, they met up in Shanghai, where they chanced upon a local fabric workroom that created exquisite hand-dyed pieces using indigo and a soybean resist. The technique been a Chinese mainstay for ages. Yet the more they researched, the more they learned about the Nankeen dyeing’s precarious situation amidst an increasingly mechanized textile industry. In response to this, Liza shares, "we founded LuRu Home to not only bring patronage back to these deep blue printed cottons and linens, but also to bring this incredible process to the world marketplace. "
Living in Shanghai, the gals work with two of the remaining six families who continue to practice the traditional production of these fabrics. Claire manages creative production, and Liza focuses on business development and marketing. Two small studios dye their cloth, and their intern helps with the language barrier. This duo made a striking debut at the Gift Show. I hope you will seek out and support their beautifully creative designs.

The textiles are pre washed and slight variations make each piece individual.

From deep blue to blue and white combinations, the variety is vast.

Cosmetic bags with bright detailing in eye - catching circular patterns.

Small Diamond Pillow

Cotton Fish Bowl Pillow

Cotton Honeycomb Pillow

Diamond Back Cotton Pillow

On The Fence Cotton Pillow

Check, Please cocktail napkins


by Marisa Marcantonio

If you are entertaining this holiday, do it in style with signature colors that are not all stars and stripes. Mix it up and relax, summer is finally upon us!

Photo Courtesy of Cultural Intrigue
Hang some star lanterns from the trees for instant evening glamour. Available at Cultural Intrigue.

Photo Courtesy of Mottahedeh
Instead of being so matchy matchy this 4th, bring in some exotic appeal with these great tin dragon plates from Mottahedeh. The pattern comes in china to use inside and tin for outside.

Photo Courtesy of Cultural Intrigue
Get some shade under this darling parasol from Cultural Intrigue, the go to source for umbrellas and hanging lanterns.

Photo Courtesy of CS Post
For picnics and poolside entertaining, melamine or tin are good choices. They look good, last a long time, and kids won't break them. C.S. Post offers Polka Dots in red white and blue.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo Courtesy of Sperry Tents
No one likes to miss a good party. Regatta's tend to be well attended, and often spill out onto the lawn. With the rain we have been having on the east coast, safeguard your party with a Sperry Tent.

Photo Courtesy of Crawford Contemporary Silver and Gold
If you are a sailor or know one, learning how to tie knots and when to use them is kind of important. Crawford, a British import, is now at 1044 Madison Avenue, offers a chic gift option for those that love high knots, spinnakers and Mount Gay Rum. Their Reef Knot Bracelets are made of marine rope and have silver or gold shackles. These are a constant reminder to learn the bowline and finally get it down pat. Visit their new shop or order online at Crawford Contemporary.

Photo Courtesy of Sea Bags
Sea Bags are made in Maine from old sails. They are green, since recycling is in full effect, and they will take donated sails and turn them into bags. Buy a bag and send a sail to them at Sea Bags.