Passamenterie

In the West Thirties of New York City, dotted around the Garment District, can be found the remnants of fabric stores and trim shops, offering ribbon, buttons, and all kinds of notions and passamenterie for apparel. Remember the oversize fabric rose Sarah Jessica Parker wore in Sex in the City? You can find it at M&J Trimming on Sixth Avenue. The scarlet boa you glimpsed on the street in Chelsea Saturday night? You can find it here. As well as appliques replicating fried eggs with smiling faces, sequined birds of prey awaiting a jacket to be applied to, pointed studs leftover from Punk Rock days and so much more. I’m drawn to the ribbon and rickrack, their arrangement by hue an irresistible eye candy.