March 2011

CHECK OUT THIS BIRDIE ! Louis Vuitton’s 5th Avenue flagship store in New York City has an incredable Ostrich themed display windows.  According to Nitrolicious, the smaller couture-filled eggs are REAL ostrich eggs, while the larger ones are replicas. What a creative way to display Vuitton trunks, handbags, scarves & shoes! FABULOUS!

Louis Vuitton "Ostrich" Window Display 5th Ave. NYC

 

Let the Feathers Fly, International Pillow Fight Day is this Saturday April 2, 2011!!! Grab your feather pillows, friends, neighbors, children, PJ’s and be part of this offbeat and unique feather filled FUN day! BE THERE OR BE SQUARE! For more info and to find the nearest Pillow Fight in your state go to www.pillowfightday.com.

LOS ANGELES:
Time: 2:00pm
Location: Pershing Square
535 S Hill St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Host: Santa
Website: www.PillowFightLosAngeles.com

After The Event: We will be heading over to local bars and eateries! Our usual spots are Rocket Pizza, Pete’s Cafe, Bar 107, Seven Grand, The Standard, The Edison, and Pitfire Grill. Check out our website for more details!

NEW YORK CITY:
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Union Square
Host: Newmindspace
Website: Newmindspace.com
Twitter: @Newmindspace

KANSAS CITY, MO
Time: ‎3:00PM
Location: JC Nichols Fountain on the Plaza
4626 J C Nichols Parkway
Kansas City, MO
Website: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=199596940071121

International Pillow Fight Day SATURDAY APRIL 2,2011

The Great Los Angeles Pillow Fight of 2009. from Steve Payne on Vimeo.

LISTEN: “Feather” by Little Dragon

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on March 30, 2011

in STAGE & SCREEN

Just because I love Feathers and I love this song by Little Dragon!

Last fall as I started my adventure as a Feather Girl, I was approached to help source what we see now in the headlines as “Feather Hair Extensions”… Steven Tyler, Ke$ha, Miley Cyrus and thousands of celebrity fans who want to be celebrity cool and fashion conscious can be seen wearing these “Feather Hair Extensions” and adornments.  So what exactly are these “Feather Hair Extensions” ? What makes them so special and where can you get them?

First and foremost, the rare & narrow feathers used for “Feather Hair Extensions” and other feathered accessories and jewelry are not your everyday chicken or rooster feather. According to an article in THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER and Bob Marriott’s Fly-fishing Store in Fullerton, They’re not from an ordinary Foster Farms fryer. What makes these feathers so special is that these plumes are Premium Fly-tying Feathers (also known as Genetic Hackle) in 12 to 14 inches. “They’re bred (genetically modified over generations of cross breeding) specifically for that length. The fibers coming off the stem are the same length at one end of the feather as they are at the other,” Steve Oualline, a salesman at the store for 15 years said. Those same qualities make the feathers attractive to fly fishermen, who used them to craft flies mimicking insects that sit atop water. “Not only do they give the impression of antennae and legs, they stabilize the fly on the water,” Oualline said. “There’s not an alternative. The quality of these feathers is essential if you want to have a quality fly.”

So as hundreds of hair salons and jewelry designers scramble to keep up with the latest  trend, premium hackle supplies are literally flying off the selves which has become problematic for both hobbyist and professional tiers within the Fly-Fishing community who all of a sudden cant find the prized feathers they have been fly-tying with yearly. Also, there has been some resentment and resistance selling these unique feathers to non fly-tiers. “Supplies are just decimated,” said Jim Cox, co-owner of the Kingfisher fly shop in Missoula. “We just can’t get the premium feathers. Even the (sales) reps for the suppliers can’t get them for themselves.” Some tackle shops have had to limited sales to make sure long-time customers who use feathers for fly-tying can still get them.

Furthermore, it has been somewhat questionable on wither or not these feathers are sourced responsibly. These feathers are not a by-product of the food chain industry where the majority of feathers used in fashion and design come from. According to Company founder Thomas Whiting, (Whiting Farms is the largest of a handful of fowl-raising operations that produce specialized feathers for fly tying.) “They’re not good for anything else. They’re miserable (egg) layers. The birds need to really be pampered, ” Whiting said. Since the chickens and roosters are breed to grow the plumes at long lengths, “If you don’t pamper them, they won’t grow good feathers.”

Still… This trend keeps growing and growing with everyone claiming that they “Started” the trend, when in reality feather embellishment and self adornment can be traced back to Native Americans and even is in mentioned in books like “Just Kids” by Patti Smith where she recounts visiting the local tackle shop in the late 60’s and early 70’s to stock up on feathers and weights for jewelry making.

And so the battle to source Fly-tying feathers continues with no slowing down in sight…

 

The Battle for Fly-Tying Feathers (like the ones pictures here) used in Hair Extensions and Jewelry Design.

ALDO Silver & Ringneck Pheasant Feather Necklaces

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on March 28, 2011

in FASHION,JEWELRY

Beautiful! Look at these ALDO necklaces I came across this weekend while window shopping in Santa Clara CA. These beauties are embellished with Ringneck Pheasant and Silver Pheasant Tails! Complete your favorite spring outfit with feathered accessories like these found at ALDO.

ALDO Silver & Ringneck Pheasant Tail Necklace