FINE FROCKS FROM IRVING & FINE

by Marisa Marcantonio

Two girls, lots of travel and editorial backgrounds. When Lisa Fine partnered with Carolina Irving to create Irving & Fine, they took the blouse world by storm, creating something the market lacked. Fun, bright, Indian-inspired blouses with touches of embroidery and a dramatic cut, they were perfect for parties and running around town. They recently introduced dressy jackets in materials like velvet and linen, so you can always have them rotating in your wardrobe. The gals also have their own eponymous fabric lines chronicled on SB in the past.

Silk Patmos 100% light ramie blouse with bands of lace on the sleeves and at neckline. For additional detail, Jali like lace insets replace seams. Shown with a belt sold separately.

The 100% Natural Linen Lamu coat has hand embroidered black raffia and wooden beads. It is paired with hand-blown venetian glass rings by Legge and Braine, gold bracelets by Bungalow 8, Mumbai Wooden bangles with inlaid silver and turquoise by Jaisalmer Arts.




Samarkand Tunics of 100% linen in indigo with creme raffia and red with black raffia has hand embroidered raffia and wooden beads.

They hold trunk shows around the country and team up with Indigare Souk, so watch that space for their next pop up sale...

FINE FABRICS

by Marisa Marcantonio



Lisa Fine divides her time between Paris and New York. I first met her over breakfast, when I went to Paris to cover Les Biennale Fabric Fair for House Beautiful. She began her creative career at Mirabella Magazine by way of Texas, has a great eye for design, and has recently launched Lisa Fine Textiles fabric collection and clothing line. She tirelessly travels back and forth to India, meeting fabulous people and making lifelong friends along the way. Her adopted city of Paris welcomed her with open arms, she often has breakfast at Cafe Voltaire and brings her dog with her. No stranger to living well, her homes decorated with an eclectic global mix have run in Elle Decor and Domino.

Travels and inspiration led her to turn a creative itch into a reality, and she began by launching Irving and Fine with friend and former House and Garden editor Carolina Irving. Their billowy, embroidered Peasant blouses were quickly scooped up and carried at Charlotte Moss's now closed shop and other style emporiums.

She imparts her creative spark in all that she does. I recently caught up with her at a party, and I knew I needed to show her latest designs.

She shared, "I love the colors of India, Persia and Central Asia. Whether tonal or in contrast with an unexpected color, I never tire of the indigos or pinks.

Along with that, the textiles of India and Persia. Animals and flowers inspire, especially those seen on the borders of Persian miniatures. I have found a lot of creative influence in The Calico Museum in Ahmedabad and in the Lanvin bedroom in the Decorative Arts Museum in Paris. The flowers and animals from old 17th and 18th century Indian and Persian textiles work very well with the flowers and animals from the art deco murals by Rateau. My obsession with travel and research along with my love of adventure make the designing of textiles a source of never ending inspiration and fun!!!"

Her fabrics are carried at John Rosselli, Travers and Company and Hollywood at Home. The soft block printed florals, charming sprigs and small repeats are easy to use, since they add a dash of the exotic with subtlety.




Samode in Indigo


Kashgar in Rubia


Maharab in Indigo


Maharab in Berry


Baroda with a bird border at the edge


Rambagh in Guava


Rambagh in Berry


Paradeiza in Sky Blue


Parageiza in Guava


Paradeiza in China Blue


Photos Courtesy of Lisa Fine
Pasha Palm

TODD ALEXANDER ROMANO OPENS THE SHOWROOM IN THE FINE ARTS BUILDING

by Marisa Marcantonio

After seven years on Lexington Avenue, Todd Alexander Romano has moved his shop. He helped revive a sleepy little stretch along Lex into an interior design shopping destination. The space was small, so it made sense to move to spacious new digs in the Fine Arts Building, at 232 East 59th Street, joining Neirmann Weeks, Bennison, Chelsea Textiles and others.
The mix at The Showroom includes 18th and 19th Century antiques and objects, custom Italian china, the fabrics of Tillet and Northcroft, dhurries by Langham and Fine (which used to be called Irving and Fine), and Christopher Spitzmiller's vivid lamps. Romano's great color sense and collector's eye make a visit to the new space well worth it.


Romano opened his firm in 1999, and established a loyal following for his fun use of color, great upholstery shapes covered in bold prints and making antiques look great mixed with modern pieces.

With great dealers in the building it is truly one stop shopping.
Tablescapes lure you in, making everything covetable!
Coffee tables and chairs eagerly await...

Tons of pillows are tempting....
Photos Courtesy of Todd Alexander Romano
Detailed pieces mix with clean silhouettes. This is a stop you need to make!