HATS! The Neglected Fashion Accessory

I have always had an obsession with hats. Those of you that know me personally know that my own collection of hats is, well….tremendous, multifaceted, and yes….obsessive! I simply don’t feel dressed until I select the appropriate hat style, color, and fabric. I live in hats, except when protocol requires going hatless. High Mass, Weddings, and Funerals make that very short list. Otherwise etiquette be damned I’m living in my hats. 

When I think about the most beautiful women in history, particularly film stars we all love such as Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly, I invariably remember them in Hats. Here are a few of the best hat designers and their exquisite creations.  If you’re not wearing hats yet, I urge you to find your style. Once you find the silhouette that flatters your facial architecture, you’ll share my mantra that you’re never fully dressed without a Hat!  

Vintage, 1950’s, Christian Dior, the Hat Steals the Scene!

Vintage, 1950’s, Christian Dior, the Hat Steals the Scene!

Carolina Herrera, Her luxurious interpretation of a Fedora. Oh those smoky eyes!

Carolina Herrera, Her luxurious interpretation of a Fedora. Oh those smoky eyes!

A hat fit for a Queen! Philip Treacy is a favorite of the Royal Family. This confection is beyond words.

A hat fit for a Queen! Philip Treacy is a favorite of the Royal Family. This confection is beyond words.

Another work of art by Philip Treacy. Visit Philip at  www.PhilipTreacy.co.uk

Another work of art by Philip Treacy. Visit Philip at www.PhilipTreacy.co.uk

If this beautiful woman seems familiar, its with good reason, she is Lady Kitty Spencer, Diana’s niece wearing a Philip Treacy original design.

If this beautiful woman seems familiar, its with good reason, she is Lady Kitty Spencer, Diana’s niece wearing a Philip Treacy original design.

Rachel Trevor Morgan. Discover her world of hats at  www.RachelTrevorMorgan.com

Rachel Trevor Morgan. Discover her world of hats at www.RachelTrevorMorgan.com

Eric Javits remains one of my favorite hat designers. His designs are classic and timeless, easily becoming family heirlooms that defy trends and time itself.

Eric Javits remains one of my favorite hat designers. His designs are classic and timeless, easily becoming family heirlooms that defy trends and time itself.

Ralph Lauren always conjures a story, a sense of drama that adds to the richness of life. Here a black and white stripe hat that captures and holds the eye.

Ralph Lauren always conjures a story, a sense of drama that adds to the richness of life. Here a black and white stripe hat that captures and holds the eye.

Perfect for your spring garden parties. This apple green straw hat is by Guy Morse-Brown.

Perfect for your spring garden parties. This apple green straw hat is by Guy Morse-Brown.

I love ending with this dramatic red hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan, design star to Britain’s Royal Family.

I love ending with this dramatic red hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan, design star to Britain’s Royal Family.

Miss Pooh, The Cat that Saved My Life

I first met, Miss Pooh, on a beautiful spring day in 2006. I was busy planting flowers when a lovely calico cat wandered into my garden, carefully maintaining her distance, but keeping me company for the rest of the afternoon. In the coming days she became a regular visitor, particularly after I began offering her delicious treats! After I had earned her trust she finally, and with great caution, allowed me to touch her soft hair, gently rubbing her forehead and neck. This dance continued in the coming weeks until she followed me into our home and began exploring the rooms and inspecting the quality and texture of rugs, furniture, and window treatments. Once we were approved as suitable members of her staff the deal was sealed and she never left the home she shared with my wife, Leslie Tishman, and I until her passing, at age 18,  on Nov. 12, 2018. The twelve years we shared together were filled with joy, love, and thousands of Vogue poses, flirtations, snuggles by the fire, and wonderful afternoon naps together on weekends. Pooh became the structure of each day. Time was measured by her cadence, her needs, and her unending desire to explore and discover the wonders of life.

When Miss Pooh first entered our lives friends commented how wonderful it was that we had rescued an abandoned cat, but over the years I came to understand that it was truly the opposite. She had rescued me. She taught me to laugh and play on the floor when the stress of deadlines and demanding projects felt overwhelming. She made me feel strong and invincible by letting me know I was her hero, her champion. Most importantly she taught me the meaning of pure love. Consistent, non-judgmental, the kind of love that touches your heart and soul and never dissipates. I came to understand the bond between humans and their pets, and I felt my heart opening and bonding with her in a way that defied logic and reason. 

The past few weeks have been filled with tears and a longing to hold her that is simply unbearable at times, but slowly we’re healing and remembering all the gifts she gave us over a dozen years and that is bringing us joy, even in despair. We know we’ll have other cats in our lives, but none will ever diminish the special place that Miss Pooh holds in our affections. 

Miss Pooh was a Glamour Puss, Queen of the Garden, High Commander of the Cobblestone Alley behind our Carriage House, and Above All The Center of Our Universe. Her love will Resonate in our Lives Forever.

Miss Pooh was a Glamour Puss, Queen of the Garden, High Commander of the Cobblestone Alley behind our Carriage House, and Above All The Center of Our Universe. Her love will Resonate in our Lives Forever.

We purchased this beautiful embroidery coverlet on the Greek Island of Santorini. It was not complete, however, till it was carefully inspected by Miss Pooh and claimed as her favorite spot in the master bedroom. I loved the contrast of her tortoise coloration and the crisp blue and white.

We purchased this beautiful embroidery coverlet on the Greek Island of Santorini. It was not complete, however, till it was carefully inspected by Miss Pooh and claimed as her favorite spot in the master bedroom. I loved the contrast of her tortoise coloration and the crisp blue and white.

Miss Pooh was always my muse when designing furniture, lighting, and fashions. She discovered that she fit perfectly inside my Hermes orange boxes and made me laugh as I toiled away at my desk. She had a remarkable ability to know just when I needed a laugh!

Miss Pooh was always my muse when designing furniture, lighting, and fashions. She discovered that she fit perfectly inside my Hermes orange boxes and made me laugh as I toiled away at my desk. She had a remarkable ability to know just when I needed a laugh!

Miss Pooh loved to climb. She often sat on the roof of our carriage house where she had a majestic view of her domain. This is my favorite photo of her and is being immortalized by a local artist. Farewell my beautiful girl.

Miss Pooh loved to climb. She often sat on the roof of our carriage house where she had a majestic view of her domain. This is my favorite photo of her and is being immortalized by a local artist. Farewell my beautiful girl.

Wanderlust, Travel, Culture and Design

Wanderlust, the passion to travel and explore, to learn about other cultures, and to interpret our adventures through design. From the ‘Grand Tour’ of the Age of Enlightenment to our worlds of global connectivity, Travel has shaped and enriched the creativity of the world’s best designers. Join Five internationally celebrated designers as we discuss the unsurpassed joys of travel and the need to appreciate and understand other cultures.

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The remarkable book by Michelle Nussbaumer will change your view of travel. Four lucky members of the audience will win a free copy. Michelle will be doing a book signing following the panel.

The remarkable book by Michelle Nussbaumer will change your view of travel. Four lucky members of the audience will win a free copy. Michelle will be doing a book signing following the panel.

Michelle is a force of nature and a design tastemaker. Don’t miss her legendary shop, Ceylon et Cie in Dallas or her collections that include wallpaper with Gracie Studio, Mexican glassware, Delft Tabletop, a Gwyneth Paltrow Goop pop-up shop, wallpapers with Newlon Collection, here own line of textiles and her upcoming fabric collection for Vervain. Learn more at www.CeylonetCie.com

Michelle is a force of nature and a design tastemaker. Don’t miss her legendary shop, Ceylon et Cie in Dallas or her collections that include wallpaper with Gracie Studio, Mexican glassware, Delft Tabletop, a Gwyneth Paltrow Goop pop-up shop, wallpapers with Newlon Collection, here own line of textiles and her upcoming fabric collection for Vervain. Learn more at www.CeylonetCie.com

Kellis Ellis is internationally celebrated as a designer, artist, speaker, television personality and author of the best selling “Do I Look Skinny In This House?” Kelli’s publications include BBC, SKY, LUXE, Elle Decor, Domino, O Magazine, and Traditional Home. Her TV credits include TLC’s Clean Sweep, HGTV’s Takeover My Makeover, Celebrity Holiday Homes, House Hunters Renovation. Kelli hosts her own show, Design Therapy on The Design Network. Don’t miss her art collection at Left Bank Art and her brilliant new furniture collection for Sunpan. Visit www.KelliEllis.com

Kellis Ellis is internationally celebrated as a designer, artist, speaker, television personality and author of the best selling “Do I Look Skinny In This House?” Kelli’s publications include BBC, SKY, LUXE, Elle Decor, Domino, O Magazine, and Traditional Home. Her TV credits include TLC’s Clean Sweep, HGTV’s Takeover My Makeover, Celebrity Holiday Homes, House Hunters Renovation. Kelli hosts her own show, Design Therapy on The Design Network. Don’t miss her art collection at Left Bank Art and her brilliant new furniture collection for Sunpan. Visit www.KelliEllis.com

David is a Gentleman of many many hats! A designer of rooms, furniture, wallpaper, in fact the Prince of Wallpaper, a social media influencer, a leader of IDS and IFDA, television star of George to the Rescue, and celebrated opera singer with performances at Lincoln Center, New York City Opera, and Carnegie Hall! Learn more about David at www.CasaSanti.com

David is a Gentleman of many many hats! A designer of rooms, furniture, wallpaper, in fact the Prince of Wallpaper, a social media influencer, a leader of IDS and IFDA, television star of George to the Rescue, and celebrated opera singer with performances at Lincoln Center, New York City Opera, and Carnegie Hall! Learn more about David at www.CasaSanti.com

Mr. Tartan Scot himself, a Southern Gentleman with Deep Scottish Roots who grew up in the Far East. Learn more about Scott at www.SMWHome.com You’re fall in love with his beautifully tailored interiors, fabrics, and furniture. And don’t miss his rugs at Nourison if you’re in High Point. Scott’s fabrics are a personal favorite.

Mr. Tartan Scot himself, a Southern Gentleman with Deep Scottish Roots who grew up in the Far East. Learn more about Scott at www.SMWHome.com You’re fall in love with his beautifully tailored interiors, fabrics, and furniture. And don’t miss his rugs at Nourison if you’re in High Point. Scott’s fabrics are a personal favorite.

I’m honored to moderate this star-studded group of designers. Wanderlust has been in my blood since childhood. For more details on this topic please see my feature article at http://www.highpointmarket.org/tips-and-insights/wanderlust and if you’re ready for your own adventure please join me for “Design Secrets of Tuscany”. https://www.garyinman.com/blog-feed/2018/1/1/design-olives-italian-design-in-the-heart-of-tuscany. Bon Voyage!

I’m honored to moderate this star-studded group of designers. Wanderlust has been in my blood since childhood. For more details on this topic please see my feature article at http://www.highpointmarket.org/tips-and-insights/wanderlust and if you’re ready for your own adventure please join me for “Design Secrets of Tuscany”. https://www.garyinman.com/blog-feed/2018/1/1/design-olives-italian-design-in-the-heart-of-tuscany. Bon Voyage!

Exploring Some Suite Spots Of Style

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Exploring Some Suite Spots Of Style

Designers share their top picks and resources on guided tours of the Suites at Market Square

If you’ve ever wanted an award-winning designer to guide you through some of their favorite showrooms, you won’t want to miss the Suite Spot Tours in Suites at Market Square. Showing you can’t-miss products from some of their most trusted vendors, each tour leader creates an experience that guests describe as one of the most rewarding hours they’ve spent at Market.

Gary Inman

Award-winning designer Gary Inman has given Suite Spot Tours for the past three Markets. Most recently, his stops included Weston FarmsPandora de Balthazar, and Robin Baron.

“Robin’s one of my favorite sources in the Suites at Market Square, I love her fresh take on furniture, hardware, and luxury rugs,” says Inman. “After more than fifty High Point Markets, I find the Suites/Salon at Market Square and Interhall to be the best places to see the leading edge of design. I always begin with these two areas and that sets the tone for my entire Market.”

Read the original article here: http://www.highpointmarket.org/products-and-trends/exploring-suite-spots-of-style

InspireDesign: High Point is for Hospitality? An interview with designer Gary Inman

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A designer, author and speaker, Gary M. Inman, Allied ASID, is VP of hospitality at Baskervill and was in on the ground floor of the genesis of Hospitality at Market. Inman has more than 20 years of experience, along with a background in boutique and luxury work.

InspireDesign caught up with Inman to talk all things Hospitality at Market, which will be held in High Point, NC, during Fall Market, Oct. 13-17.

How did Hospitality at Market start?

I was a part of High Point Market’s official “Style Spotter” team in 2014. This gave me a chance to meet the High Point Market Authority leaders and I used that opportunity to promote the concept of a hospitality event at the Market. They were intrigued by the concept and agreed to create an advisory committee of industry leaders to explore the potential benefits to the Market and to the industry. Fourteen of us met in April 2016 and by the end of that meeting, the Market Authority had agreed to launch Hospitality at Market in October of 2016. Step one of the dream was in place.

Why did you feel there was a need in the industry to form Hospitality at Market?

I’ve been shopping at High Point Market for 27 years and I couldn’t understand why my colleagues in hospitality design were content to specify products they had never had a chance to see in person. I don’t believe any designer can reach their full potential, if their only contact with products is via the internet. The other hospitality events I attended—and I’ve done them all—were great for networking but had almost no products to evaluate. My experience at High Point was the opposite. I simply couldn’t see the logic of ignoring the oldest and largest design trade show in the world. Several colleagues have made their first trip to High Point at my urging and, without exception, they were impressed by the content and opportunities and have become advocates for the Market throughout the industry. My mantra then and now is: designers must know products.

But wait, isn’t High Point just for home furnishings?

Great question! High Point Market has always been a great design market for all sectors of architecture and interior design. It truly transcends residential, contract and hospitality limitations. All the major hotel groups have used High Point as a resource for many years, and with the introduction of Hospitality at Market, their numbers are increasing. When you consider companies like Bernhardt, Mitchell Gold, Currey & Company, Kravet, EJ Victor, Surya, Century, Visual Comfort, Phillips Collection and so many more who are major players in the hospitality world, High Point is absolutely a relevant industry event for hospitality designers, hoteliers and purchasing agents.

Now, heading into its third year, how has this “show within a show” grown?

The old cliché, “people are talking,” really sums up the growth of Hospitality at Market. When I first began approaching design colleagues, hoteliers and manufacturers, they were reticent to consider another event. Today, when I mention it to colleagues, their replies are almost always, “Yes I’m hearing great things about High Point.” This organic credibility—or street cred—has exploded with the partnership with InspireDesign. We also have more manufacturers contacting us to participate, and more industry buzz on social media and at other trade events.

From a designer’s perspective, why attend Hospitality at Market?

High Point Market puts the world at the fingertips of a designer. They can see more product, test more chairs, explore finish options, production schedules, cost levels, and opportunities for customization more effectively there than anywhere else in the world. There is also the benefit of meeting the design teams and the management teams. Add to this an extraordinary offering of educational programs, many offering CEU’s and networking events that put designers face to face with the top editors in the industry and the value of this Market becomes crystal clear.

From a manufacturer’s perspective?

For manufacturers, the Hospitality At Market program is bringing them exposure to the top hospitality designers, purchasing agents, and hotel brands. Collectively, these buyers represent billions in spending each year. The logic of bringing these buyers to High Point can’t be disputed.

From a purchasing agent’s perspective?

Purchasing agents need to know products in order to be effective. The more exposure they can gain to product design, manufacturing schedules, and cost, the better their performance. They also have the opportunity to meet the entire executive team in the flagship showrooms and develop relationships that can be tremendously helpful when issues arise and they need direct access to the top management team.

From the hoteliers or brand managers perspective?

Ownership and brand design directors are constantly reviewing design specifications as they craft their new lifestyle brands, existing luxury brands, and mainstream products. It is clearly valuable for them to know what the manufacturing sector is offering. For design directors it can inform and impact their direction of a brand vision. With so many soft brands and lifestyle brands that require a residential flavor and thinking outside the normal prototypical offering, High Point Market seems like a great research lab for them. It gives them an edge in terms of knowing what possibilities exist in the marketplace.

What niche does Hospitality at Market fulfill in a market overcrowded by hospitality events and shows? What’s the key differentiator?

Product, Product, Product. It is hard to overstate the importance of seeing product and being in the company flagship with 60,000 to 100,000 sq. ft. of space filled with their products. This opportunity simply can’t be replicated elsewhere. In a real sense, designers have the benefit of full immersion in the manufacturer’s culture. What better way to determine if a product brand is an appropriate fit for the hotels, clubs, spas, and restaurants they’re designing? Knowledge is power and High Point is all about bringing product knowledge to their audience.

Let’s talk about the evolution of Hospitality at Market. What’s next?

My vision for Hospitality at Market is that we will become one of the top five hospitality industry events in America. This vision is based on the tremendous value of visiting the largest design trade show in the world, coupled with the networking, educational, public relations and editorial opportunities that High Point always delivers. Having InspireDesign as our media sponsor will take this value statement to the world. High Point has the content, and now we have a powerful partner to help us carry that story to hoteliers, designers, ownership groups, purchasing agents and all sectors of our industry. Content and storytelling are a powerful combination.

Any tips or guidelines for those wanting to attend Hospitality at Market for the first time, or for those who may be overwhelmed by the incredible size of High Point Market?

I suggest that they study the Hospitality at Market Directory and form a plan of action for which showrooms they will spend time in. Pre-booking appointments will assure that the hospitality sales team is ready to meet with them. I also suggest that they spend some time in the more design-forward or trend-forward areas such as the Inter-Hall in the International Home Furnishings Center and The Suites and Salons at Market Square. They may find unique design solutions and inspiration in these spaces.

—Corris Little

Read the original article here: https://www.myinspiredesign.com/high-point-is-for-hospitality-an-interview-with-designer-gary-inman