Along for the Ride

Ignacio is not just a serious man – he has a silly side too.

Our friend Erica the designer behind Cora at Artists & Fleas used to make him crack up – this little guy was her creation. Ignacio still takes him along for the ride sometimes.

We are grateful for everyone who has come along for the ride with us here at QP & Monty. If you have a chance please check out our kickstarter project for Sartorial Pairings.

 

Monty aka the King of Bling

We know QP & Monty is a funny name.

But it’s more than just a haberdashery in NYC’s West Village.

Monty is a real dog.

As you can see he likes to live the high life. In fact he is known as the King of Bling. Now QP she’s less fancy. But she’s not real at all. She’s Monty’s imaginary friend. Whenever he gets in trouble he blames everything on her. Or at least he did until his little sister Saki moved in.

But that’s another story.

In fact this entire line of thought is for another day.

After we successfully launch Sartorial Pairings, our new apparel and accessories brand, we’re working on a series of children’s books and plush toys featuring QP & Monty. So if you like vests and fobs and chains please go to kickstarter.com and search for Sartorial Pairings. We’d be honored if you’d back us – no dollar amount is too small – participation is key!

You’ll receive Monty’s undying devotion – and of course our eternal thanks!

Ignacio and Pamela

Time is of the Essence or the Essence of Time

Photo by Rog Walker, as part of the photo story “Waiting” by Rog Walker and Bianca Pandit

Time waits for no man, woman or dog.

This has never been more evident to us than since we launched our kickstarter campaign for Sartorial Pairings last Thursday. As you may know we have 26 days left in which to raise $29,425. While this may seem daunting we are excited and making plans for promotions every night.

So please keep an eye out for our daily posts because we’ll be announcing our plans and progress here and on facebook and twitter too. In the meantime please visit kickstarter.com, search for Sartorial Pairings and check out our video.

Because time is of the essence and the essence of time is fleeting.

But the rewards for using your time well are immeasurable! Please help us ensure that we’ve used our time well by backing our project and sharing the details with your friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With a Little Help from Our Friends

Photograph by Teddy Telles Photography at teddytelles.net

QP & Monty has a new home. But we have brought a piece of each previous market with us. This photograph by Teddy Telles from his photo booth at Artists & Fleas has pride of place as you enter the shop.

I love this photo because it reminds me of how much help we’ve gotten from our friends. My friend Terry helped us source the suspenders I’m holding, my friend Ariel drew the caricature of QP my dog’s imaginary friend, and my friend Teddy took the photo.

We all need help from our friends and I’ve gotten that help in spades this past year. But I’m not afraid to ask for more. Please visit kickstarter.com, search for Sartorial Pairings, and watch the video about my new apparel and accessories brand. Of course if you like what you see, I’d be honored if you would make a pledge, pick a reward, and share the link with your friends. But most importantly I ask you to read through the acknowledgements I’ve listed on the page.

These are the true heroes — they are the ones who helped me and became my friends along the way.

Leap of Faith: Search for Sartorial Pairings on kickstarter

Last night Ignacio took a leap of faith. No he didn’t jump off the roof. But it sort of felt like it.

We had a soft opening gathering for QP & Monty at our new space on Perry Street. In case you haven’t heard Ignacio has had a long-held dream to open a haberdashery and build a menswear line. Opening our space on Perry Street at Greenwich Avenue fulfills the first part of that dream.

Now he has put the plans in motion to fulfill the second part, which is to establish a new menswear brand called Sartorial Pairings. That’s where the leap of faith came in – last night at 7:00pm Ignacio hit the launch button on our kickstarter campaign for Sartorial Pairings. It takes a lot of faith and an ability to overcome your fear of failure to embark on a 30-day-raise-it-all-or-gain-nothing fundraising campaign. But Ignacio has faith in abundance and neither of us fears failure anymore.

So with confidence in our brand we ask for your help.

Please make Ignacio’s dream come true by supporting our kickstarter campaign. By searching for Sartorial Pairings on kickstarter.com you will find a video in which Ignacio speaks from his heart about the brand and his dreams. And you will also learn the 411 about our vests, fobs and chains.

After reviewing all the details, please put in an advance order for one of them. Or, if you are not ready to purchase one now, you can choose another reward at a lower level. We have some very cool screen savers for any size gift and a one of a kind pocket square for only $25.

Most importantly you will receive our undying gratitude and the satisfaction of helping support manufacturing in New York City.

We’ve Landed on Perry Street

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After two and a half years of wandering from market to market we are pleased to announce that QP & Monty has landed in our own space on Perry Street. And we are launching Sartorial Pairings, a new mens’ apparel and accessories brand via Kickstarter.

Together with our friends at Moustache Greenwich Tonsorial we’re hosting an event to help you get ready for Fall. So please join us on September 6, 2012 for wine and cheese and styling and profiling!

Ignacio will be there for sartorial advice and the master barbers of Moustache will be there to pamper you with the most luxurious skin and hair treaments.

Who: QP & Monty and Moustache Greenwich Tonsorial

What: Get Ready. . .Get Set. . .Prepare for Fall Fashion Event

Where: 55 Greenwich Avenue, NY, NY 10014 – at Perry Street

When: Thursday September 6, 2012, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Why: Because We Love You

Embracing Failure. Letting Go. What a Beautiful Day!

This is a big year for QP & Monty.

First Ignacio was selected as one of seven participants in Failure Club, Morgan Spurlock’s new collaboration with yahoo screen. For the past five months he and his friends Gina, Liz, Elizabeth, Eric, Meg and Jessie have been working hard to achieve lifelong dreams while the cameras document them embracing every failure along the way. (By the way Ignacio’s dream is to open a haberdashery and launch a capsule collection of menswear and accessories.) Then we were welcomed into the Manhattan Vintage Show and on top of all that we opened a seven day a week pop up shop within Chelsea Market.

Clearly we’ve been working hard – Ignacio designed a vest and bow tie and had the patterns made for each, we debuted at the Manhattan Vintage Show in February and will be there again tomorrow, and we’re prepping to launch a Kickstarter campaign next month.

This was a big day for Ignacio.

He put his vision into the hands of his talented new friends Art Director and Brand Expert Ray Marrero and Photographer Oriana DeAmicis. He met Ray at Artists & Fleas in Williamsburg and Oriana saw Ignacio on Failure Club and contacted him through this blog. They all got together today and put their creative talents on the line for Ignacio’s dream. He told me it was exciting, but oh my waiting, waiting, waiting. . .it’s hard.

I was at work and couldn’t even be a bystander at the photo shoot. It was my job to refrain from calling every five minutes. It was Ignacio’s job to let go. He wanted to to make all the decisions. His mind was racing. . . Can we do it like this? Or like that?  But he told himself. . . breathe, wait, breathe. . .let go. . .don’t try to control the show.

Nervous, nail biting, butterflies inside. . .dry mouth, palpitating heart. . .

But at the end of the day he’s so proud that we  – QP & Monty and our production team led by Ray and Oriana complimented by Oriana’s fiance and our spectacular model Dan – created some amazing images! We now have the material we desperately needed for our marketing and Kickstarter collateral.

For Ignacio the experience was a personal growing one . . . he relinquished total control of his vest and fobs. Photographing, modeling, styling. . .all out of his hands. He especially wants to express his gratitude to his assistant for the day Nicholas Sinatra. His professionalism and ability to keep Ignacio in step and on time were much much appreciated.

And to top it off Morgan Spurlock’s crew documented it all for posterity.

What a beautiful day!

Love for Sale: Pop Up Shop 2/11 & 2/12

Looking for a great valentine’s gift . . . stop by the Red Room at Artists & Fleas on Saturday and Sunday February 11 and 12 for a special pop up sale. It’s a curated space put together by Ricky Becker of Spooky Boutique with items contributed by the entire family of Artists & Fleas vendors. And best of all 15% of the proceeds will go to God’s Love We Deliver! See you there!!

Save the Date Manhattan Vintage Show February 3 & 4

Please mark your calendars. . .Ignacio is prepping for our inaugural outing at the Manhattan Vintage Show on Friday and Saturday February 3 and 4. In November he visited Manhattan Vintage’s first men’s show and was truly inspired.

Now the time has come for the Winter/Spring 2012 show. . .and we’ll be there with a curated collection of menswear and an assortment of women’s accessories. Plus it wouldn’t be an event without a few truly special pieces such as an amazing 1970’s Giorgio Sant’ Angelo metallic and green silk evening gown we’ve been holding onto for just the right audience.

If you’re a vintage lover and never attended a Manhattan Vintage Show before, you must put it on the top of your to do list. It’s an invitation only show that gives you one stop access to 90 top dealers all under one roof. We’re so proud to be part of New York City’s premier vintage clothing shopping event!

In the meantime Ignacio will be in Williamsburg at Artists & Fleas this weekend. . .and would love to see you there as well!

MANHATTAN VINTAGE SHOW

February 3 & 4, 2012: Friday 1pm – 8pm, Saturday 11am – 6pm

Metropolitan Pavilion

125 West 18th Street, (between 6th and 7th Avenues), NYC

http://www.manhattanvintage.com