1 My day started bright and early with James Murphy from The Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York. We conducted a yoga class together. http://iyengarnyc.org
2 Stretching and twisting is a great way to start any day!
3 A bit later, I interviewed J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler. When I asked him what's in store for his company, he said - "Keep doing what we do, only better."
4 Waiting in the wings were designers Tory Burch, Ralph Rucci, and Calvin Klein.
5 After the interview, I showed Mickey how to perfectly fold a t-shirt.
6 This was taught to me by someone in Japan and it's an amazing technique!
7 I wondered if Mickey might allow me to work at J.Crew?
8 Makié Yahagi, one of our finalists, joined me on stage next to show off some of her lovely fashions that she sells at J.Crew and in Makié, her boutique in New York City's SoHo district featuring her handmade clothes for infants, children, and women, as well.
9 Makié's designs are fashioned from heirloom-quality textiles that she finds from all over the world.
10 Liberty floral prints are some of her favorites.
11 Close attention is paid to each and every seam.
12 Makié starts out with a neutral color scheme and adds touches of color as she sees fit.
13 She is hands-on in all aspects of the design process, making every pattern and working with a team in the city to execute the finished product
14 Makié says, "I think carefully about how many stitches are needed or what type of seam is required. It's tiny but so important." This minute attention to detail keeps her customers and wholesale clients loyal.
15 I then led a fascinating chat with fashion panelists Ralph Rucci, Calvin Klein, and Tory Burch discussing the secrets to their success.
16 Calvin Klein's advice for young designers - "You have to know what you’re good at and how you’re different from the crowd. You have to have drive and work hard, but you have to be special - give them something they don’t have.”
17 I asked Calvin if he ever thought he would become so successful by posting advertisements of Mark Wahlberg, the underpants guy. We had a good laugh with that one!
18 Tory Burch explained that when she started out, she had no budget to work with and really had to be creative. She looked to the internet, social media, and e-commerce to grow her business.
19 For relaxation, Tory likes to paint and engages in sports and fitness activities with her sons. She is also very involved with her foundation and believes in giving back through education.
20 Ralph Rucci, who specializes in the finest hand-made artistry confided that, “I gambled a lot in the beginning of my career, and sometime that was a mistake. But those are also the things that sometimes work out.”
21 After the panel discussion, I invited a volunteer to join me in making a tie-dye effect without using dye. My friend, Jim Klinko from Furniture on Consignment in Westport, CT surprised me by coming on stage. http://www.fine2consign.com/
22 MSLO's Michelle O'Connor, Home Director-Publishing, brought her laptop to get her work done throughout the day.
23 My niece, Sophie Herbert, broadcasted live from the event.
25 Another shot of Sophie
26 There were inspiring posters throughout the venue.
28 Brenda Dillon, Avery Group Mgr, Software & Web Alliances, walked me through the very easy steps to printing on their great labels.
29 Simply place the paper in your inkjet printer.
30 Then go to the avery.com website and enter the paper model number in.
31 You will be able to select the font, size, and color, as well as rearrange the pictures. Then simply press print!
32 Voila! Perfectly printed labels!
33 Avery, one of the sponsors of the American Made Awards, also had a wide variety of easy to print stationery on hand, like these place cards.
34 The UPS store graciously offered free shipping to all American Made attendees! Sidney Huber, the UPS Store Sales Associate, is seen here arranging the shipment of this customer's package.
35 John Barricelli, of The Sono Baking Company, signed copies of his latest book, The Seasonal Baker, as well as The Sono Baking Company Cookbook.
36 Mary MacGill, of Mary MacGill Jewelry, modeled one of her very beautiful hand-crafted necklaces.
37 Makié Yahagi had a little shop set up at the event. I bought some garments for Jude and Truman.
38 Angela Liguori and her husband, Mohamed from Studio Carta, a bookbinding and bookmaking concern in Brookline, MA - http://angelaliguori.com/
39 These balls of cotton twine are very popular in their shop.
40 There was a nice collection of artfully displayed crafting supplies by Studio Carta in the Our Finds shop.
41 Later in the day, I sat to sign copies of my book, Martha's American Food and there was quite a nice turnout.
42 It's always a pleasure for me to meet the people who buy my books.
43 Following the book signing, I joined a panel discussion called The State of American Food Today, moderated by The Atlantic's renowned food writer, Corby Kummer. Sitting next to me was Mateo Kehler of the Cellars at Japer Hill, Chef Bill Taibe of Le Farm and the Whelk, Tom Philpott of Maverick Farms, and Chef Dan Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Blue Hill NYC.
44 Lucinda Scala Quinn was also there signing copies of her book Mad Hungry.
45 In the lively crafting area, one section was devoted to modeling objects using Martha Stewart Crafts clay and molds. This air-dry clay is great!
47 With royal icing, you first outline, to create a border or dam. You then fill or flood the outlined area with more icing.
48 You can then decorate further using a contrasting icing color.
49 And also add candy embellishments.
50 Dani is full of talent and clever ideas.
51 The Crafts Department was there teaching how to make cross-stitched people.
52 How adorable!
54 And there was this fantastic display of 50 Nifty United States - A patriotic display of pans made by Wisconsin-based metal sculptor and American Made craft honoree Alisa Toninato. http://felionstudios.com
55 These wooden table tops were made from an old sycamore tree that was hit by lightning at my farm in Bedford several years ago. I think they look great.
56 The logo made with string art
57 A closeup of the detail
58 And the logo made with chalkboard paint