Krak Addict


My name is Susan.

And I'm a Krak Addict.

Yes, I get high off of touching, feeling and hopefully one day owning a Reed Krakoff handbag. Ever since the multi-faceted Reed Krakoff branched off as the Creative Director at Coach and started his own line of women's ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes and jewelry I haven't slept, eaten or focused on anything else but RK.

This Spring Buck gazelle and burnished glovetan leather "Field II" bag makes me want to go to get my fix right now. Not to mention all of the pieces in his RTW line. Icing on the cake? Stella Tennant as his muse.

Don't suggest a 12-step program for me. I just want to wallow in my fantasy of one day owning something from RK.


Alright, I admit it. I so wanted the Farrah Fawcett hair when I was a little girl. Not to mention the body attached to that iconic, gorgeous head of hair. All my brother wanted was the famous poster that sold millions of copies of Farrah in her red bathing suit.

Although neither of us got our wishes, we can now take a trip to Washington D.C. and view the actual bathing suit that truly put Farrah on the map. The Smithsonian got a donation from longtime companion Ryan O'Neal of (you guessed it) Farrah's swimsuit today. It will be part of the museum's popular culture history collection.

Not only does that make me feel like a fossil, but it makes me want to take a drip to our nation's capital to check it out.

August PPD Trunk Show on Shelter Island

This past month I was asked to participate in a wonderful Petrie Point Designs trunk show at my friend Nancy McCarthy's lovely beach-beautiful store, Bridge Street Gifts. Since I have been lucky enough to spend the entire summer on Shelter Island (yes, it was heaven) how could I resist? Nancy's store is filled with wonderful housewarming gifts, home decor items, and a huge array of things that you can pick up on the fly for that last minute hostess present (or just for yourself!). The event could not have been more fun. I met so many people who complimented (and bought!) some of my collection and got to re-connect with old friends who were kind enough to come by and support me and the store as well. It was an absolute pleasure. Here are some photos of the trunk show...if you weren't able to make it just contact me and I can send you more pics! Even the view was simply spectacular.

Viva July!

Sorry for being MIA lately, but come July we pack our bags, ditch the city and take off to our favorite place in the world: Shelter Island, NY. We are fortunate enough to be able to retreat to our beach home for the months of July and August and we don't really leave. Lots of swimming, play dates, beach, and activities that get my kids to sleep in.

Here are some fun shots from a recent local 4th of July parade near by. It truly is a step back in time to see the veterans, home-made floats, vintage cars/trucks, marching bands, and...gorillas on bikes? Don't ask. Even a little quirky-ness in a parade makes it that much more fun.

Hope your 4th was filled with lots of joy and laughter!

Fun PPD Display at Bev Cardo

Last weekend was the "season closer" of the fantastic store Bev Cardo in Quogue. Fortunately, I got to take some quick pix of the PPD pieces that are in the store. Not the best shots, but you get the picture.

Don't worry, Bev Cardo will be open again next summer. I do like the way they displayed both my adult and childrens bathing suits as well as sweet "dolly", the antique basque baby bathing beauty (say that five times fast!).

I am in the process of updating my website and adding new pieces to the collection and am very excited. Stay tuned for more!

Baby, You're a Star

There's something I love about the combined look a vintage bathing suit with a athletic twist. Three of my new pieces have been ones I keep going back to and considering just keeping for my personal collection. The orange and gray piece with the star would really "pop against a chocolate brown wall.  I also added a completely different and rare antique wool cycling shirt to my collection. "Bon Courage" as they say! 

Brimfield Bonanza!

Just got back from Brimfield, 
Massachusetts last night after attending the Antique show there. 

WOW is all I can say. The variety was great, and people were actually buying...including me! I got a ton of great things for the new PPD collection (and also knocked out some amazing gifts for friends and family). Here are some pictures of items I LOVED but didn't buy (and could kick myself). I went "ga ga" over the unique chairs, use of my favorite color orange and late 60s/early 70s shapes and styles in tons of great furniture. I actually got in a cat fight with a nasty woman who stole a chair from me (bad kharma for her) but got over it in finding so many other things.  

The ultimate hightlight? Seeing "Jill Zarin's gay husband Brad" from Housewives of NYC.  It was too much!