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  1. Emma Grady, Fashion Journalist, wears the Colorant Cashmere hoodie with Indigo and Oak gall dyed stripes.

    Oak Gall or “Oak Apples” are a tannin-rich growth on oak trees produced by the burrowing of the wasp Cynips gallae tinctoriae, used as a dye and a mordant. Oak galls have been used in the production of ink since at least the time of the Roman Empire. From the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century iron gall ink was the main medium used for writing in the western world.

    What is your favorite color? Red. I love it for lipstick, stationary, and clothing. It is especially striking when paired with silk. I have a few notable pieces, including a blouse, camisole, and dress, made with red silk and they are stand-out wardrobe staples.

    Where did you grow up? I grew up on the coast of Maine in a tourist town, called Kennebunk—and no, I did not eat a lot of lobster growing up! I own a cool pair of red lobster stud earrings and a pair of needlepoint carpet slippers with lobsters on them though, and I have a lot of Maine pride; if you call me a MAINEiac, I’ll take it as a compliment.

    If you had to choose one item of clothing to take with you on a deserted island?I’d opt for a DVF wrap dress made with silk jersey. It is comfortable and travels well.

    What is your favorite vintage store in NY? Housing works. Hands down. I have found the most amazing pieces at unbelievable price points. For example, I found a suede Zac Posen dress that fits me like a glove. I never thought I would own a Zac Posen dress (at this point in my life, at least).
     

  2. Mark Drehmann, Bowmaker at Salchow & Sons wears Colorant Weld-Dyed Cashmere Scarf.

    Brazilwood was first mentioned as a dye in 1321, sourced from East Indies and India. The word brazil comes from the Spanish brasa, meaning glowing embers, and the country of Brazil was named after the wood found there, not the other way round. The wood of several species of Caesalpinia trees give lovely rich reds. Most of brazilwood sold as a dye comes from Asian trees, grown in managed plantations, and is unlikely to be endangered. The species from Brazil, C. echinata, is also known as Pernambuco, and it is sometimes referred to as the music tree because its wood is used for violin bows. - from WildColours.com

    What is your favorite color? My favorite color is green… just because.  Probably because i grew up in the middle of nowhere with trees everywhere, or maybe because my eyes are green-ish.

    How did you get into the bow-making business? I had gone to school for music, moved to New York and then decided I didn’t want to be a musician.  I was looking for something to do, and Rachel [Mark’s Sister] was good friends with Isaac Salchow, who was looking for someone to work in his shop, and she convinced him to give me a try.  I’ve been here for 5 years now.

    Tell us a bit about Salchow and Sons…William Salchow opened the business 1960.  He had been trained in a couple shops in NYC and got a Fulbright Scholarship to study bowmaking in France, which has been the center of bowmaking for 200 years.  He has trained or influenced most modern bowmakers in the US and has made bows for many of the world’s great musicians over the last 50 years.  The business is now run by his grandson Isaac Salchow.

    What are the components of a typical Salchow and Son bow and how long does it take to craft each one? The materials used to make the majority of a bow are pernambuco (northern brazil), ebony (black wood from a few places around the world), and silver.  There’s also a little ivory and a brass/steel screw mechanism. The time to make a bow, if you’re not doing anything else to distract you, would be a few days.  Maybe two days if you’re working really long hours, or a week if you’re taking your time.

    Mozart or Beethoven? Beethoven.  Obviously.  Ha!

    Where is your favorite place to eat in NYC? On any given day, Chipotle - Chicken Burrito.  If i’m goin’ for fancy, probably an awesome pasta from Del Posto.

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