Sunday, September 28, 2008

the honor of the bes ribbon

There are many rewarding aspects in the world of design! One of them is the relationship of long-term clients who resurface after years with a new project. For the past few weeks, I have been working with a darling, teeny-tiny, entertaining client who recently made a move from The Main Line (old Philadelphia) to a posh hi-rise in the heart of the city. We have designed and chosen chic, high-style upholstery (while making sure that it will be able to be delivered, considering the size of the elevator)! and currently, Sneelock and I hung Carol's art collection throughout the apartment with perfect placement.

Now, I must say that Carol is a client of many years, going back to my first retail store in a small historic stone house on Stony Hill Road. It is often quite nostalgic for me to see some of the original purchases found in the homes of my clients. While working with the art to be hung, I came across a piece that of course, tugged at my heartstrings with memories of fondness. When I turned it over to measure the wire for hanging, there was the infamous Black-eyed Susan ribbon used for our price tags! I had to document this!

It never fails to amaze me how many times I am at a client's home and find a myriad or Black-eyed Susan purchases from long ago, or a recent one with the sheer nylon ribbon that we use for pricing, still attached! It seems that this ribbon is almost an treasured indicator of where it was purchased. I never guessed that my thin nylon ribbon would become a status symbol! But wait, it's not just occasionally that we find this -- it's very often, to the point of us taking note of this strange occurrence!

Yet one more example of a reproduction trophy vase with the original BES tag, and some time later, the same trophy vase with, yes, ribbon only. Go figure.

1 comment:

michelle said...

I had to laugh about this -- I know I have a few of those ribbons hanging about as well!