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Friday, March 20, 2009

Field Trip 3/09

We decided to take our interns on a field trip to NYC the other day.......


Chris, Kirk, Maddy, Michael and Marta

We started out at Westpfal's Cutlery and Tools/Continental Dies. Westpfal's, has been in NY since 1874. We use them for all sorts of leather related things. If you are in NYC and that set of Trident Wusthof or Henckle knives are dull then this is the place to go. Carmella will take care of you. She has been there since 1951.

We then headed to some of our fabric and leather wholesalers and pawed around and got some samples. Libra Leather, arguably the best leather supplier in the US, is always an interesting event. Too much to choose from and their prices are sometimes a bit tough to swallow but if you want the leather Gucci uses for their saddles then this is the place. Mitch Alfus, the owner, is a character, big time collector and with 30+ years in the business knows everything there is to know. The Selby has a great profile on Mitch.

Hunger beckoned so John's Pizza on Bleeker was the unanimous decision. This West Village landmark has been around since 1929. Workers still haul up coal each morning to feed the old brick oven which gives John's Pizza its distinctive and addictive flavor. It's a must if you are visiting NYC.

It was a fun day. Thanks M, M and M. We really appreciate your energy, ideas and hard work. We are thinking an inspirational field trip to Dia:Beacon is in the cards next.

4 Comments:

Blogger Lesli Larson said...

When are applications due for the BK West Coast internship?

March 25, 2009 at 2:16 AM  
Blogger david john said...

looks like a fun day!

great leather work...

david

March 26, 2009 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger little augury said...

What a great trip! Got my bag and I love it- will be using it for work all the time! thanks, G

April 14, 2009 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger red ticking said...

love your blog, want to know more about what you do, (i have a vintage home interiors store in seattle) and LOVE johns pizza... yum!

May 4, 2009 at 10:08 AM  

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