|Mood board by Alice Goldberg Wildes. A lady after my own heart. I approve!|
I stepped into a little piece of heaven when I walked into Mendel Goldberg last Sunday and saw bolt after bolt of the most glorious fabrics not only in New York, but in the world. Greeting me at the door was a fabulous inspiration board put together by Alice Goldberg Wildes, great-granddaughter of the store’s founder Mendel Goldberg, and after that there were fabrics that will make you want to sew even if you’ve never picked up a needle in your life.
|The inside of the restored Mendel Goldberg.|
|So much to love. How do you choose?|
For all you DIY Chanel jacket sewers out there, you know Mendel Goldberg is a great New York City resource for European bouclé and of course I fell in love with more than one bolt. These two are the winners but I have to think about it and ask myself: Am I a good enough sewer to step up for pricey fabric even though this will be my first attempt at a jacket of this kind? My jury is still out but feel free to weigh in if you have an opinion on this subject.
|This is black bouclé with paint-flecked ribbon woven in.|
|This is midnight blue bouclé with black Lurex threaded throughout. It is gorgeous!|
|You can find the fabrics to make this Valentino dress ($3,490) right now at Mendel Goldberg.|
This has to be one of the most inspiring stores in all of New York City so even if you don’t sew and have no intention of ever learning how, you ought to visit this landmark shop if only to get a sense of what it must be like to be in a designer’s atelier surrounded by yards and yards of breathtaking beauty.
72 Hester Street (between Allen and Orchard Streets)
212-925-9110 (call for store hours)