TGIFashion! Sew & Tell is here to boost your weekend style sophistication factor, and this week’s guests are just the pair to take on the task! Peter Buer and Phoebe Sung started Cold Picnic, a collaborative line of accessories, in 2010. Over the course of just 2 short years, they’ve released multiple collections of bold, sculptural designs that draw inspiration from 1970’s crafts, ancient art and textiles, and Native American culture. From chunky rings to woven necklaces, animal pendants to etched leather, these two have brought a chic anthropological vibe to their Brooklyn storefront, A Thousand Picnics.
On today’s show, Peter and Phoebe will talk about how a bibliophilic road trip ultimately became a business, some of the unique crafts and materials they use, and a few new projects in the works.
Plus, a disquieting playlist assembled just for the Halloween season, with some of the spookiest tracks from recent weeks including artists like Dum Dum Girls, Mumford & Sons, WIN WIN, King Tuff and more. So tune in & prepare for some frighteningly fashionable radio on BTR!
A Thousand Picnics Boutique @ 171 S. 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Some personal favorites of Phoebe & Peter’s…
*Any favorite bookstores or libraries in New England?
We did so much research at the Boston Library on Copley Square – it’s still probably our favorite library, and was just a ten minute walk from our apartment when we lived in Boston. The Brattle Book Store, downtown, was our favorite book shop – we used to go almost every weekend.
*Any favorite books in your collection?
Phoebe: My favorite writer is Kingsley Amis, and if I had to pick a favorite book by him I guess it would be Lucky Jim. It’s so hard to find his books – I just buy them whenever I see them. I think I have about 14 copies of Lucky Jim, and quite a few duplicates of some of his others. I also love Raymond Chandler and one of my prized possessions is a paperback of The Long Goodbye with a hyper-realistic drawing of Elliot Gould on the cover. Another find was a copy of Far from the Madding Crowd with a painting of Julie Christie on the cover.
We’ve also got a nice animal section – Christian the Lion, the Jacques Cousteau Ocean World series, the Koko books, Gerald Durrell paperbacks with amazing covers.
Peter: I go through pretty intense phases with authors. Right now it’s Iris Murdoch, though the first book I ever read of hers, Under the Net, is still my favorite. I’ve collected a lot of copies of it, but certainly not as many as Phoebe’s Lucky Jim’s. Also David Lodge, in particular Small World. I love all our macrame and fiber arts books – most of them are just called “Macrame” or “Fiber Arts” – but they all have such amazing pieces in them.
*Anything you miss about Boston?
We lived so close to Chinatown and both of us love Chinese and Taiwanese food. There were a few places – Taiwan Cafe, Peach Farm, Great Taste – that we went to all the time, and haven’t really found the equivalents of here. We’ve explored Flushing a little, and love it there, but it’s a bit of a trek and we’re still looking for the perfect Taiwanese restaurant and the dish Pei Pa Tofu (sp?).
*Any favorite fellow designers in the Brooklyn indie fashion community?
Well, definitely our partner Erica of Species by the Thousands for jewelry – that was one of the reasons we wanted to open a shop with her. We also love Erin Considine’s hand dyed pieces and Manimal‘s scrap necklaces.
For leather bags we love Collina Strada and Baggu. For clothing, Dusen Dusen‘s prints, Samantha Pleet‘s dresses, Illana Kohn‘s jumpsuits and so many others. For home, Brook & Lyn just came out with these amazing weavings – she’s technically based in LA now but that was a recent move!
We’ve been planning to be Timothy Treadwell and Spirit the fox from Grizzly Man for a few years now, but always get too lazy at the last minute. Philip [the Cold Picnic dog] has a hot dog costume handed down by one of the cats who always refused to wear it. If we find it in time, we’ll get him into it.
*Favorite scary movies?
Peter: I used to watch a lot of scary movies when I was little and remember always being terrified of Chucky. I haven’t seen many movies as an adult that make me feel the way Chucky used to, but my favorite scary movie is probably Sisters by Brian DePalma.
And last but not least… here are listeners’ submissions for Most Stylish Scary Movie!
*The Virgin Suicides
*Talented Mr. Ripley
*Let The Right One In
*The Haunting (1963)
*The Village (one of my personal design favorites!)
*The Legend of Sleep Hollow
(Photo by Carl Abrahamsson)
Oct 30 – Brixton Academy – London, United Kingdom
Nov 5 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
Nov 7 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – New York, NY
Nov 8 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
Nov 9 – Royale Night Club – Boston, MA
Nov 10 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
Nov 12 – Phoenix Concert Center – Toronto, Ontario
Nov 13 – Metro – Chicago, IL
Nov 15 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
Nov 16 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
Nov 17 – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
Dum Dum Girls
(Photo by Lauren Dukoff)
Oct 26 – King’s Barcade – Raleigh, NC
Oct 27 – The Earl – East Atlanta, GA
Oct 28 – Bottletree Cafe – Birmingham, AL
Oct 30 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
Nov 3 – Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS
Dec 6 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
Dec 7 – Hollywood Palladium – Hollywood, CA
Dec 8 – The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
Dec 9 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
(Photo by Ward Robinson)
Oct 26 – Nobby’s – Saint Augustine, FL
Oct 27 – Guavaween – Tampa, FL
Oct 28 – Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL
Oct 30 – Retrofit Records – Tallahassee, FL
Oct 31 – Bottletree Cafe – Birmingham, AL
Nov 1 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
Nov 2 – Victoria House – Beaumont, TX
Nov 4 – Club Dada – Dallas, TX
Nov 7 – MOTR – Cincinnati, OH
Nov 8 – Subterranean – Chicago, IL
Nov 9 – Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI
Nov 10 – Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
Nov 30 – The Cellar Door – Visalia, CA
Dec 1 – The New Parish – Oakland, CA
Dec 2 – Bows & Arrows Gallery – Sacramento, CA
Dec 4 – Flying M Coffee – Nampa, ID
Dec 6 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
Dec 7 – The Waldorf – Vancouver, British Columbia
Dec 8 – The Northern – Olympia, WA
Dec 9 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
Dec 11 – Fulton 55 – Fresno, CA
Dec 13 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
Dec 14 – Eagle Rock Center for the Arts – Los Angeles, CA
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