Pavo Presents Arizona

Arizona holds a special place in our hearts. I remember renting our huge white van to haul all of our gear to IBC. Waking up while it was still dark to start our drive across the desert, being pulled over by the fuzz for speeding across said desert and then IBC (I think there is an IG post out there somewhere documenting this moment). Where do I even begin? Needless to say, Arizona is indeed a remarkable place and we are so excited to be returning. I still don't know what a sundevil is. 

When and where will Arizona trunk show be held? 

17 April, 2016 

12:00 to 4:00 

VIP entry will be at 12:00 

General Admission will be at 1:00

The Arizona Biltmore

Mesa Room 

2400 Missouri Ave 

Phoenix, Arizona 85016

When and where will tickets be available? 

Tickets will be listed on March 24 at noon PDT on our website.  

Will tickets be transferable? 

No. Please email us to cancel your ticket if you are unable to attend the event. 

Will names be printed on the tickets and cross checked with identification for entry?

Everyone is checked against our master list at the entrance to the venue. Those not on the list will not be admitted. There is the possibility that we might have tickets available for purchase at the door, but they are not guaranteed. 

What time will the event start? 

For those with VIP tickets, the event will open at 12:00.

For those with General Admission tickets, the event will open at 1:00.

Will there be an after party/evening of celebration?

If Pavotees would like to have an after party / evening of celebration, they are welcome to do so! Unfortunately, we are typically unable to attend as we are obligated to close out the event, take care of inventory, accounting and other routine chores, but we will do our best to make time for our Pavotees after the event. 

Will I need to stalk for tickets? Will they sell out? 

Unfortunately, we do not know the answer to this question. Our tickets for Pavo Presents Florida did not sell out, but our tickets for Pavo Presents Asheville sold out right away!

What will be the exclusive VIP wrap for the Pavo Presents Arizona? 

The VIPavotee wrap for Arizona will be Aerie Ink, an brilliant new addition to our much anticipated quilt series. 

What other wraps will be available? 

We will also have Tippi Spearmint, Ombré Gotham Pluot, Swallowtail Zaffre and an exciting new Hearts! Arizona will have a fantastic mix of Pavo classics and new designs. 

Is the space baby proofed and mobile baby safe?

No. Please be aware of your children and keep a close eye on them at all times as you would do in any public space.  

Should we bring snacks?  

The event will be catered by the lovely staff at Biltmore Phoenix. Please note that neither the food nor the space are not allergen-free. We do our very best to accommodate a wide variety of food preferences, but please be aware that we might not be able to make changes based on your food requirements.

Does your wrappee have to be worn or may s/he come on the loose?

The ticket price allows entry for the attendee and one wrappee, three years old and younger. You may either wear your wrappee or your child may be mobile. Please be aware of your child's location at all times. The venue at Biltmore Phoenix is not child proofed and will not be fully childproofed in any reasonable manner. 

Any child over three years of age will need a general admissions ticket for the trunk show. 

Will I have to pay sales tax?  

Yes. We are required to charge sales tax on all purchases made at the Pavo Presents Arizona. Phoenix sales tax is 8.6%. 

May I purchase more than one VIP ticket if stalking for myself and a friend?

If you are stalking for a friend, you should put your friend's name on the ticket during checkout. 

I am flying from out of state to attend the trunk show. I’m worried that tickets will sell out. What do I do? 

If you are flying in from out of state and all tickets are sold out (VIPavotee and GA), please contact us at contact@pavotextiles.com so that we may help you out. 

I’m nervous about attending the trunk show. What can I expect? 

Historically, trunk shows have been small intimate events that allow a designer to meet and talk with their customers. Our trunk shows have proven to be a bit larger, but Erin and I work very hard to make sure that they still retain an intimate feel. There will be food and drink, mingling, most likely waiting in line to purchase wraps (we implemented a new system at the holiday party such that people would not have to wait in line, but would still have the opportunity to buy the wraps they wanted, but found people still wanted to wait in line), the historic setting at the Biltmore and many fellow Pavotees who can geek out with you about your Pavos. We look forward to meeting everyone! If you are worried about the trunk show experience, join us in Pavo Customer Appreciation, where we and past trunk show attendees can personally answer your questions.

 

 

 

 Aerie Ink 100% cotton

Aerie Ink 100% cotton

 Tippi Spearmint 100% cotton

Tippi Spearmint 100% cotton

Pavo Presents North Carolina

The Asheville trunk show is almost upon us. North Carolina is starting to feel like a second home to us and we are excited to be holding the trunk show at the Inn on Biltmore Estate. Yes—that Biltmore! And while the trunk show will be wonderful, we really do encourage people to wander the grounds and explore the gardens and the estate. A new exhibition just opened at the Biltmore, showcasing historic wedding gowns in film. If any one if interested in historic textiles, the display looks fascinating. 

When and where will the North Carolina trunk show be held? 

13 March 2016 

12:00 to 4:00 

VIP entry will be at 12:00 

General Admission will be at 1:00

 

The Inn on Biltmore Estate

 

The Vanderbilt Room

1 Lodge Street 

Asheville, NC 28803

When and where will tickets be available? 

Tickets will be listed on February 29 at 12:00 pm EST from our website.  

Will tickets be transferable? 

No. Please email us to cancel your ticket if you are unable to attend the event. 

Will names be printed on the tickets and cross checked with identification for entry?

Everyone is checked against our master list at the entrance to the venue. Those not on the list will not be admitted. There is the possibility that we might have tickets available for purchase at the door, but they are not guaranteed. We will let everyone know ahead of time if tickets will be available at the door for the Asheville Trunk Show. 

What time will the event start? 

For those with VIP tickets, the event will open at 12:00

For those with General Admission tickets, the event will open at 1:00

Will there be an after party/evening of celebration?

If Pavotees would like to have an after party / evening of celebration, they are welcome to do so! Unfortunately, we are typically unable to attend as we are obligated to close out the event, take care of inventory, accounting and other routine chores, but we will do our best to make time for our Pavotees after the event. 

Will I need to stalk for tickets? Will they sell out? 

Unfortunately, we do not know the answer to this question. Our tickets for Pavo Presents Florida did not sell out, but our tickets for Pavo Presents Seattle sold out quite quickly, which was quite unexpected. 

What will be the exclusive VIP wrap for the Pavo Presents North Carolina? 

The VIPavotee wrap for North Carolina will be Vertex Sapphire. Vertex is the sibling to our Florida wraps, Convergence and Intersection. 

What other wraps will be available? 

We will be introducing wraps from the New Form collection: Purple Hearts, as well as new and classic Guild wraps. 

Is the space baby proofed/ mobile baby safe?

No. Please be aware of your children and keep a close eye on them at all times as you would do in any public space.  Please note that the trunk show will be held within walking distance of the beach. 

Should we bring snacks?  

The event will be catered by the lovely staff at the Biltmore. Please note that neither the food nor the space are not allergen-free. We do our very best to accommodate a wide variety of food preferences, but please be aware that we might not be able to cater to everyone's preferences.

Does your wrappee have to be worn or can they come on the loose?

The ticket price allows entry for the purchaser of the ticket and one wrappee, three years old and younger. You can either wear your wrappee or your child can be mobile. Please be aware of your child's location at all times. The venue at the Biltmore is not child proofed and cannot be fully childproofed in any reasonable manner. 

Any child over three years of age will need a general admissions ticket for the trunk show. 

Will I have to pay sales tax?  

Yes. We are required to charge sales tax on all purchases made at the Pavo Presents North Carolina. Asheville sales tax is 7%. 

May I purchase more than one VIP ticket if stalking for myself and a friend?

If you are stalking for a friend, you will need to put your friend's name on the ticket during checkout. 

I am flying from out of state to attend the trunk show. I’m worried that tickets will sell out. What do I do? 

If you are flying in from out of state and tickets are sold out, please contact us at contact@pavotextiles.com so that we can help you out. 

I’m nervous about attending the trunk show. What can I expect? 

Historically, trunk shows have been small intimate events that allow a designer to meet and talk with their customers. Our trunk shows have proven to be a bit larger, but Erin and I work very hard to make sure that they still retain the intimate feel. There will be food and drink, mingling, most likely waiting in line to purchase wraps (we implemented a new system at the holiday party such that people would not have to wait in line, but would still have the opportunity to buy the wraps they wanted, but found people still wanted to wait in line), the historic setting at the Biltmore and many fellow Pavotees who can geek out with you about your Pavos. We look forward to meeting everyone! If you are worried about the trunk show experience, join us in Pavo Customer Appreciation, where we and past trunk show attendees can personally answer your questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Vertex Sapphire

Vertex Sapphire

 Andalusian Magnolia, Ring System Danny, Transit Celestial

Andalusian Magnolia, Ring System Danny, Transit Celestial

 Purple Hearts

Purple Hearts

Subscription Box Spring 2016

We hit upon the the final wraps for the Spring 2016 ‘Script Box while out on a run. It was November and sunrise was early enough that we could still hit the asphalt and enjoy a run before we headed into 166. It was on our way back that we finally reached consensus the perfect wraps for the box. I remember it so well because we had just passed the Peace Barn after our longest run to date (ten miles!). I was tired and had a leg cramp. Erinea was advocating hard for Phases of the Moon, going on an on about our cycles and the tides, and I just wanted to take a shower and head into work. I realized I was being ridiculous about Phases of the Moon. Why not do it? Why not take the risk? Why was I fighting so hard against it?  And we both said Sparkleberry at the exact same time. Magic, I tell you! 

We had planned to release the first wrap for the Spring Subscription box in the first week of January 2016 and had planned to call it the Winter 2016. Obviously, that didn’t happen because we could not decide which wraps would be part of the subscription box. We went back and forth over this for weeks with no resolution. 

Erinea wanted to have Phases of the Moon (alpaca/silk blend) in the box, but I was reluctant to make it part of the subscription service. I wanted an alpaca Love Birds, but Erinea nixed that idea as we had not done any sampling and had no idea how the alpaca would perform in Love Birds. 

Did we want to do an all wool or alpaca subscription box? Would it be too cost prohibitive? What about those wrappers who did not do well with wool or did not care for wool? Should we run concurrent subscription boxes? One that was all wool and another that was cotton?  We do cotton so well; we both agreed that the subscription box should have at least one cotton wrap and while we were in agreement about this, we could not agree on a wrap. 

So without further ado, we would like to introduce the Winter 2016 Subscription Box.

Phases of the Moon Sea Smoke (67% cotton, 26% Alpaca, 7% Silk)

Miel Indigo (88% Cotton/12% Wool)

Sparkleberry Noir (100% Cotton)

Now on to the more mundane details:

These wraps will be exclusive to the Pavo Guild Subscription and will not listed online independently of the 'Script. 

How do you become a subscriber? 

Pavo Guild Subscription Box will be available on March 2, 2016 at 14:00 EST 

We will have a limited number of subscriptions available. 

Subscriptions will be available in three month commitments and payment will be made in full when committing to the initial  purchase of the three month Pavo Guild Subscription.

Please note that we cannot change shipping addresses and all wraps will ship to the designated shipping address on the order.  We will under no circumstances split the 'script box to multiple addresses.

Subscriptions will be based on size and priced accordingly:

Size 3: $960

Size 4: $1020

Size 5: $1080

Size 6: $1140

Size 7: $1200

Please note that the prices stated above are subject to change and do not include relevant state tax, customs fees, and associated shipping and handling costs.

Wraps will ship on or around the following dates:

Miel Indigo: 3 March, 2016 

Phases of the Moon Sea Smoke: 4 April, 2016

Sparkleberry Noir: 2 May, 2016





Confetti

Confetti happened to be one of those designs which I completely overlooked in the early planning stages. I saw early samples and loved them and then promptly forgot about it. 

Months later while doing weekly accounting, I noted that weave orders had gone in, duly noted in the books, and then once again, forgot about it. Why? I have no idea. 

Confetti Seaglass and Confetti Peony made their debut at the New York Baby Show in May 2015 and it was love for the soft happy palette and classic polka-dot motif.  The design is playful and cheerful and absolute perfection. The wrapping qualities are unique among Guild; it seems like a lighter version of Parterre, but not quite. 

Confetti found a firm place in my heart later than month when we traveled to Puerto Rico to do an extensive photo shoot. We shot many, many wraps with our fabulous models and amazing photographers, but Confetti Noir really stole the show for me. It was perfect in every way and looked stunning on everyone. Wrapped up in Confetti Noir are all my memories of our trip to Puerto Rico: the planning and organizing that went into each photo shoot every day, everyone sitting down to dinner each night, the laughing and late night conversations in the kitchen eating leftovers, listening to all the little ones waking up early in the morning. This wrap encompasses all those memories and feelings for me. 

Confetti was meant to be a spring and summer wrap: Sea Glass, Peony, Sunshine, and Peridot all evoke images of warm days, blue skies, and ocean breezes and while we loved Confetti Noir, it never quite fit into that vision—it is edgier than summer, moodier. Yet people have asked us repeatedly to weave Confetti Noir and after so many months of the same request, it is hard to come up with a good reason not to weave it. So it is with great excited that we are opening a Pavo Customer Appreciation exclusive for Confetti Noir here. 

Ring Slings and sizes 2-9 will be available. The expected ship date for this exclusive will be in June 2016. We will be closing this exclusive on 16 Feb 2016. 

We hope you love Confetti Noir and that it finds a special place in your stash. 

XOXO,

J$ & Erinea

Our Apologies

 We know that you have been frustrated with the lack of response in regards to our stance on cultural appropriation and we regret not engaging in the discussion in a meaningful way. The discussions surrounding cultural appropriation and our own level of knowledge concerning cultural appropriation has increased substantially due to necessary, but difficult discussions. We initially designed Otomi, De La Sol and Unicornio based on what we thought at the time was appreciation. We realize now that we were wrong and that these designs are appropriation and that people were and are hurt by our decision to run these designs. We are sorry we culturally appropriated a design to which we had no right and we truly appreciate the time that people have taken to talk to us about this issue. The decision to discontinue those designs was made prior to our realization that these designs are appropriation, but we do take full responsibility for our actions. We have decided that we will also be discontinuing Hanakotoba and Harmony as well since these are designs to which we also have no right. We have let people down and we also understand that we have lost your trust and we will strive to do better. Our deepest apologies.

Why We Give

I am incredibly grateful to be part of blended family; a family who has always included me in their familial traditions and culture since I was a young child. We share these same traditions with my own children so that they learn to honor a culture of which they are so very much a part of, but to which they simultaneously do not belong. When we sat down to discuss design, it was second nature to suggest a design based on the intricacies of Otomí embroidery and the beauty of hand cut papel picado. These have been a part of my everyday visual culture ever since I can remember. Pavo is, first and foremost, a family business. Our design decisions are not made in a vacuum.  Designing wraps based on traditional Mexican artwork was a way for me to honor my family; it was a way to visually acknowledge their importance and how much they mean to me. 

We consider charitable giving a private act, one not done for accolades, but because it is a key tenet of our shared philosophy of valuing the social good which can be accomplished by ethical charitable giving. The new year is a time for reflection however, and we thought we would offer some insight into why we give, what organizations benefit from our giving, and which of our products make it possible for us to donate. 

Before our version of Otomí went on the loom, we considered how to best make use of the funds from the sale of the wraps; we knew we couldn't share our appreciation for the skilled and complex textile design of Otomí embroidery without giving back to the communities that are responsible for creating this artwork. We decided, before Otomí was even woven, to give 100% of the proceeds to an organization that could reach the Otomí people. We had a difficult time finding an organization that had the necessary economic tools and resources to funnel large sums of money directly into the hands of Otomí women in a way that was both culturally sensitive to the dispersal of money in these communities and that would also insure that women were being aided in way that was safe and empowering. It wasn't until Otomí was woven and after much consideration and input from friends, family, and good old fashioned research, that we decided to donate to the International Development Exchange, with the specification that it be donated to those projects aiding and empowering indigenous women in Mexico. With the release of Otomi, we realized that we could make an even greater impact by also donating funds from Unicornio and De La Sol to IDEX. The money from these releases allows us to continue to donate to IDEX and other organizations, such as Grassroots International. We are in communication with IDEX and receive regular updates on the work they are doing. We are deeply invested in the work IDEX does, particularly the work they are doing to insure economic parity for indigenous women in Mexico.

Going forward we will work with our family members and artists in Mexico to generate artwork for our next generation of wraps. We will continue our charitable contributions which have made a great impact on the work IDEX is able to accomplish for indigenous crafts women in Mexico. Donating is not simply our desire; it is our ethical obligation. 

Our search for charities remains ongoing. We are always open to new suggestions, if you have a found a reliable way to directly donate to Otomí women, or if you have another cause close to your heart you think one of our patterns could support, we would absolutely love to hear from you. You may contact us here.

The Sunshine State

Erin and I are both so excited that our first trunk show of the year will be in Florida! What could be better than the warm sun, sand between our toes and meeting our lovely, Florida Pavotees? We know everyone has questions, so here we go!

When and where will the Florida trunk show be held?

Don CeSar 3400 Gulf Blvd St. Petersburg Beach, Florida 

20 February 2016

2 to 5:00 o'clock

VIP entry will be at 2:00

General Admission will be at 3:00

 

 

  Confetti Sunshine State, Pavo Presents Florida VIPavotee wrap  

Confetti Sunshine State, Pavo Presents Florida VIPavotee wrap 

 Guild offerings, Pavo Presents Florida

Guild offerings, Pavo Presents Florida

When and where will tickets be available? 

Tickets will be listed on January 22 at noon EST from our website.  

Will tickets be transferable? 

No. Please email us to cancel your ticket if you cannot attend the event. 

May I purchase more than one VIP ticket if stalking for myself and a friend?

If you are stalking for a friend, you will need to put your friend's name and email address on the ticket during checkout. 

I need to cancel my ticket at the last minute. What do I do?

Please email us at contact@pavotextiles.com so that we may refund your ticket. 

Will names be printed on the tickets and cross checked with I.D. for entry?

 It's all in the details, Pavo Presents Florida

It's all in the details, Pavo Presents Florida

Everyone is checked against our master list at the entrance to the venue. Those not on the list will not be admitted. We might have tickets available for purchase at the door, but they are not guaranteed. We will let everyone know ahead of time if tickets will be available at the door.

What time will the event start? 

For those with VIP tickets, the event will open at 2:00 o'clock

For those with General Admission tickets, the event will open at 3:00 o'clock

Will there be an after party/evening of celebration?

If Pavotees would like to have an after party / evening of celebration, they are welcome to do so! Unfortunately, we may be unable to attend as we are obligated to close out the event, take care of inventory, accounting and other routine chores, but we do our best to make time for our Pavotees after the event. 

Will I need to stalk for tickets? Will they sell out? 

Unfortunately, we do not know the answer to this question. Our tickets for Pavo Presents Texas did not sell out, but our tickets for Pavo Presents Seattle sold out quite quickly, which was quite unexpected. 

What will be the exclusive VIP wrap for the Pavo Presents Florida? 

We thought it fitting that the Confetti Sunshine be the VIP wrap for the Sunshine state. 

What other wraps will be available? 

We will see the return of classic Form in beachy colorways for Florida as well as some lovely Guilds. 

 

Is the space baby proofed/ mobile baby safe?

No. Please be aware of your children and keep a close eye on them at all times as you would do in any public space.  Please note that the trunk show will be held within walking distance of the beach. 

Should we bring snacks?  

The event will be catered by the lovely staff at the Don CeSar.  Please note that neither the food nor the space are allergen-free. 

Does your wrappee have to be worn or can they come on the loose?

The ticket price allows entry for the purchaser of the ticket and one wrappee, three years old and younger. You can either wear your wrappee or your child may be mobile. Please be aware of your child's location at all times. The venue at the Don CeSar is not child proofed and cannot be fully childproofed in any reasonable manner.  There are bodies of water in close proximity to the venue.

Any child over three years of age will need a general admissions ticket for the trunk show. 

I would like to bring my husband, wife, grandmother, aunt, friend. Will they need a ticket? 

Yes. Any additional guests you bring will need their own ticket. 

I bought a VIP ticket and I bought my husband a General Admission ticket. How will that work? 

If you bought a VIP ticket, you will enter the event at 2:00. If you brought a guest who has a General Admission ticket, she will enter the event at 3:00. 

Will I have to pay sales tax?  

Yes. We are required to charge sales tax on all purchases made at Pavo Presents Florida. Florida sales tax is 6%. 

I am flying from out of state to attend the trunk show. I’m worried that tickets will sell out. What do I do? 

If you are flying in from out of state and tickets are sold out, please contact us at contact@pavotextiles.com so that we can help you out. 

I’m nervous about attending the trunk show. What can I expect? 

Historically, trunk shows have been small intimate events that allow a designer to meet and talk with their customers. Our last trunk show was a bit larger, but Erin and I work very hard to make sure that they still retain the intimate feel. There will be food and drink, mingling, most likely waiting in line to purchase wraps (we implemented a new system at the holiday party such that people would not have to wait in line, but would still have the opportunity to buy the wraps they wanted, but found people still wanted to wait in line which was quite social all the same), a lovely beach view and many fellow Pavotees who can geek out with you about babywearing and Pavo. We look forward to meeting everyone! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wicked Good

We are finalizing up our plans for our holiday party in Essex. Can you believe that it is only three weeks away? I most certainly cannot. I am sure you all would like the details, so we've provided some answers to frequently asked questions below. We are all looking forward to seeing familiar faces and are hoping to see many new ones as well. 

When and where is the Pavo Presents Essex Holiday Party? 

Saturday 5 December 2015 

12:00-3:00 pm

C.K Pearl

112 Main Street 

Essex, MA 01929

We will also be hosting an open house at the Toy Store on Sunday 6 December 2015 from Noon to 3:00 pm! 

Where and when will tickets be available?

Tickets will be listed on Thursday 12 November at 16:00 EST from our website.  

Are tickets transferable? 

No. Please email to cancel your ticket if you cannot attend the event. 

Will names be printed on the tickets and cross checked with I.D. for entry?

Everyone is checked against our master list at the entrance to the venue. Those not on the list will not be admitted. We might have tickets available at the door, but they are not guaranteed. We will let everyone know ahead of time if tickets will be available at the door for the holiday party. 

What time will the event open?

12 o'clock for VIPavotees, 

1 o'clock for General Admission 

The holiday party will end at 3:00 pm.

Will there be an after party/evening of celebration?

If Pavotees would like to have an after party / evening of celebration, they are welcome to do so! Unfortunately, we are obligated to close out the event, take care of inventory, accounting, and other routine chores. This is something we absolutely must do. We may be able to catch up with you later, so let us know where you are!

Please join us for our open house at the Toy Store the following day from noon until 3 o'clock at 166 Main Street in Essex. 

Will I need to stalk for tickets? Will they sell out? 

We have made enough tickets available to accommodate your travel plans and last minute purchases. 

Will I need a ticket to come to the open house? 

You do not need an ticket to come to the open house. 

What is the exclusive for the holiday party? 

Venus (100% cotton) will be making her debut at the holiday party. We also have Frost Candy Cane as a VIPavotee option if you prefer.  

What other wraps will be available for purchase at the event? 

We will have a woolie or two, Unicornio, a ring system in a new colorway and a few other lovelies, and a much anticipated surprise! 

I am flying into town for the Holiday Party. Are there any local accommodations you can recommend? 

Essex is a lovely, small town and we hope you love it as much as we do. Please find a list below of accommodations in Essex or in neighboring towns. Please note that the list below is not exhaustive by any means. 

George B. Fuller Bed & Breakfast (within walking distance of C.K Pearl and the Toy Store) 

The Harborview Inn (Located in Gloucester. 5 miles from Essex)

The Inn at Castle Hill (Located in Ipswich at Crane’s Beach. 5 miles from Essex)

Is the space baby proofed/ mobile baby safe?

No. Please be aware of your children and keep a close eye on them at all times as you would do in any public space. 

Should we bring snacks?  

The event will be catered the lovely chef and staff of C.K. Pearl. Please note that neither the food nor the space are allergen-free. 

We kindly request that you do not bring food or drink into the Toy Store. 

Does your wrappee have to be worn or can they come on the loose?

The ticket price allows entry for the purchaser of the ticket and one wrappee, three years old and younger. You can either wear your wrappee or your child can be mobile. Please be aware of your child's location at all times. C.K Pearl is not child proofed and cannot be fully childproofed in any reasonable manner. 

Any child over three years of age will need a general admissions ticket for the trunk show. 

May I purchase more than one VIP ticket if stalking for myself and a friend?

If you are stalking for a friend, you will need to put your friend's name on the ticket during checkout. 

May I come and go? So if you bought VIP can you come at opening then leave then come back in again?

Yes! You are welcome to come and go as you please. We might ask for your name again if you are coming back into the event. 

  Venus Aspect, for our VIPavotees

Venus Aspect, for our VIPavotees

  Etini Cobalt

Etini Cobalt

  Frost Candy Cane, VIPavotee option

Frost Candy Cane, VIPavotee option

Pavo Presents FAQ

What is Pavo Presents? 

Pavo Presents is a series of trunk shows where Pavo travels to cities across the United States to meet with Pavotees. 

What exactly is a Pavo Trunk Show? 

A trunk show is a small intimate event designed to share special offerings with our customers. It is a chance for the Pavotees and the Pavo Team to meet and be merry. There will be wraps, accessories, accoutrements and other goodies that will only be available at that specific trunk show. 

How do I find about Pavo Presents? 

Head on over to Pavo Presents.

We have the dates and locations of our upcoming trunk shows on the above events page. In addition, we do try to send out emails informing our customers of upcoming trunk shows in their state, we post updates on the Pavo Textiles Facebook page, and we post information about upcoming trunk shows here, on our blog. 

You can also join Pavo Customer Appreciation and The Pavo Society for more details. 

Do I need a ticket or reservation to attend Pavo Presents? 

Yes! We have two types of tickets available: 

VIP Tickets
General Admission tickets.

What are VIP and GA tickets and do I need to buy one to attend? 

You must buy a ticket to attend. We need to have an accurate number of who will be attending the trunk show so we can plan accordingly. 

VIP tickets are limited in quantity and allow the purchaser early entry into the trunk show. The VIP ticket also includes a special VIP wrap and a VIP Schwag bag, which includes Pavo goodies and treats. 

General Admission tickets allow the purchaser access to the trunk show at the designated time.

All ticket holders are entered into a drawing for a select wrap and accoutrements give away. 

How do I buy tickets? 

Tickets will go on sale at a predesignated time on a predesignated date from pavotextiles.com/pavo-presents

How much will tickets cost? 

VIP tickets will range in price from $240-$380. You will buy your VIP ticket according to which size wrap you would like and which trunk show you plan to attend. Please choose carefully. 

General Admission tickets will generally cost $40, but could cost up to $80. We will work hard to keep general admission tickets at $40. 

Do I need to stalk for a ticket? 

Honestly, we just don't know. Some cities sell out and others do not. We really do not have a good way of telling which cities will sell out and which will not. 

Does each trunk show have an exclusive wrap? 

Yes! VIPavotee tickets for each trunk show will come with a VIP wrap that is only available to those who buy the VIPavotee ticket. At each trunk show, we will have a carefully curated collection of wraps that will be available to trunk show attendees

I would like to bring my husband, partner, mother, sister, child. Do I need to a ticket for them? 
 

One ticket is good for one adult and one wrapee, three years of age or younger. You will need to buy an additional ticket for anyone else who plans to attend with you. We must do this to ensure that we are in compliance with fire code and occupancy limits. 

I want to buy a VIP ticket, but I will not be attending the trunk show. Can you ship the VIP wrap to me?

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate this request. The VIP tickets and trunk show wraps are intended for the trunk show attendees.  

I am worried I will not be able to get a ticket and am having a friend stalk for me. What happens if we both buy a ticket? 

The extra tickets will be refunded upon request and relisted so that others may attend. 

I will not be online to buy my ticket and I am having a friend stalk for me. Will she able to transfer the ticket to me? 

Technically, tickets are not transferable; however, if you are having a friend stalk for you, please have her input your name when checking out. 

I am buying a General Admission ticket. Will I be able to buy the VIP wrap? 

No. The VIP wraps will only be available to those who buy VIP tickets. Don’t worry though! We will have a specially curated collection of wraps available for those who attend the trunk shows. 

What form of payment will Pavo take at the trunk show? 

Credit card and cash. No personal checks, please. 

Will the amount of wraps people buy be limited?

No. The number of wraps a person purchases will not be limited. 

I have a General Admission ticket and am worried that no wraps will be available for purchase since VIPs will have early entry. 

There will be wraps available to purchase for those with General Admission tickets. 

I am buying a VIP ticket, but will be bringing my partner, husband, mother, brother, etc? Do they need a VIP ticket too? 

They will need a VIP ticket in order to enter the event at the same time as you. You could buy them a General Admission ticket, but they will enter one hour after you.

I am buying a ticket for your trunk show in City A, but will not be able to attend. Can I use my ticket to attend your trunk show in City B? 

Unfortunately, tickets are not transferable between trunk shows or people. If you cannot attend the trunk show for which you have a ticket, please email us at contact@pavotextiles.com so that we may refund your ticket and make it available to another Pavotee.  

I bought a ticket and am now unable to go. May I transfer the ticket to my friend? 

Tickets are not transferable. If you are unable to attend the trunk show, please email us so that we may cancel your ticket. 

You are having both a Saturday and Sunday event for the trunk show in my city. Which one should I go to? Will there be different wraps at each event? Should I buy tickets for both events? 

If we are holding two events in your city, please be assured that one event will not be better than the other event. We will do our best to ensure that there is an equal amount of wraps at each event. We will not favor one event over another.  

You are welcome to buy tickets to both events. 

May I stop by early to help with setup? 

We really appreciate all the offers of help. It is incredibly thoughtful and so generous and we are deeply appreciative. Our venues have restricted access before event start, so, unfortunately, we cannot accommodate requests for early entry. 

How long with the trunk show last? When should I show up? 

Those who purchased VIPavotee tickets will have a designated entry time the day of the event. Those who have General Admission tickets will have a later entry, usually an hour later, on the day of the event. Trunk shows will close at a designated time. 

Will there be food? Should I eat dinner beforehand? 

There will be light refreshments and drinks. Please note that the food served will not be allergen free. If you or your children have allergies, please be aware of this and take necessary precautionary measures. 

Is the venue child proofed? 

Our venues are not child proofed, so please look after your children as you would at any other event or time. 

Will names be printed on the tickets and cross checked with I.D. for entry?

Everyone is checked against our master list at the entrance to the venue. Those not on the list will not be admitted. Sometimes our venue space is limited and we are unable to sell tickets at the door. Sometimes we might have a large space and will be able to sell tickets at the door. We will let everyone know if we can accommodate at the door sales of tickets. 

I bought a ticket and ending up not being able to attend. What do I do? 

Please send us an email at contact@pavotextiles.com so we can assist you with your refund. 

I am so stressed out about this. I am flying from far away to attend a trunk show. What if tickets sell out? 

This should be fun, so please don't stress. If you are flying in to attend the trunk show and you somehow did not manage to purchase a ticket or bought a ticket and have concerns, please contact us at contact@pavotextiles.com so we may help you. Please allow us time to process your request; it might take up to 3-5 business days to work out your specific situation. 

I saw that Pavo is coming to my city! I am so excited. Is there anything our local babywearing group can do to help out? 

If we are coming to your city and would like your babywearing group to help out, have your group's leaders email us at contact@pavotextiles.com. 

 

 

 

The Mountains Are Out

It seems almost surreal that the Seattle Trunk Show is just three weeks out. It only seems like yesterday when we were sitting in the Toy Store figuring out which date would be best to visit our Seattle Pavotees. We have had a number of questions about how the trunk show will work, so we thought we would answer some of them. If there are any other questions, please let us know and we will do our best to answer them. We're so excited to see everyone! 

When and where is the Pavo Presents Seattle Trunk Show?

21 November 1 & 2 o'clock pm

HOTEL VINTAGE SEATTLE

The Solaio Room, catered by Tulio

1100 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101


Where and when will tickets be available?

Tickets will be listed on 29 October at 3 o'clock PDT from our website.  

What is the exclusive for the Seattle trunk show? 

Frost Seattle (Frosty green fill on our natural warp). Frost Seattle is 100% cotton. 

What other wraps will be available for purchase at the event? 

We will have a few woolies, a special Duet, Unicornio and Luna Platinum. 

Should we expect general admission tickets to sell out within seconds? 

We really have no idea how fast tickets will sell. 

Do we have time to try for VIP tickets and go back for general admission tickets if we don't score VIP? 

We don't know.

Are tickets transferable? 

No. Please email to cancel your ticket if you cannot attend the event. 

Will names be printed on the tickets and cross checked with I.D. for entry?

Everyone is checked against our master list at the entrance to the venue. Those not on the list will not be admitted. Space is quite limited for the Seattle event, so we will not be able to offer tickets at the door as we did in Texas. 

Do all VIP tickets come with a Stalk Free Pass?

Yes. All VIPavotee tickets come with a special Pavo Golden Ticket good for one stalk free pass for one wrap.  

What time will the event open?

1 o'clock for VIPavotees, 
2 o'clock for General Admission

Will there be an after party/evening of celebration?

If Pavotees would like to have an after party / evening of celebration, they are welcome to do so! Unfortunately, we will be unable to attend as we are obligated to close out the event, take care of inventory, accounting and other routine chores. This is something we absolutely must do. 

Are there rooms blocked off at the hotel?

No, we did not have rooms blocked off at the hotel for the event, but they do have rooms available! Hotel Vintage Seattle

Is the space baby proofed/ mobile baby safe?

No. The trunk show will take place in the loft space of the restaurant Tulio, which is located in The Vintage Hotel. Please be aware of your children and keep a close eye on them at all times as you would do in any public space. 

Should we bring snacks?  

The event will be catered by Tuilio. Please note that neither the food nor the space are not allergen-free. 

What would you like to be called? Jen, J$, Jennifer, Erin, Mavens, etc?
    
J$ and Erin is good!

Does your wrappee have to be worn or can they come on the loose?

The ticket price allows entry for the purchaser of the ticket and one wrappee, three years old and younger. You can either wear your wrappee or your child can be mobile. Please be aware of your child's location at all times. The trunk show is being held in a loft space that is not child proofed and cannot be childproofed in any reasonable manner. 

Any child over three years of age will need a general admissions ticket for the trunk show. 

Will items be tax free for Oregon residents? 

We will sell items tax free to Oregon residents who have valid ID demonstrating proof of Oregon residency. Please note that we will need to document proof of Oregon residency in order to offer tax-free sales to Oregon residents. 

May I purchase more than one VIP ticket if stalking for myself and a friend?

If you are stalking for a friend, you will need to put your friend's name on the ticket during checkout. 

May I come and go? So if you bought VIP can you come at opening then leave then come back in again?

Yes! You are welcome to come and go as you please. We might ask for your name again if you are coming back into the event. 

 

 

 

 

#runpavo

When I was preparing to move to Essex, I bemoaned the fact that I would have to rent a car for the entirety of the summer. Erin laughed and told me there was no reason to rent a car. I immediately panicked. I am born and bred in Southern California, the epicenter of freeway culture. What would I do without a car? How would I do anything?  But, I trusted her wisdom and did not rent a car. This would turn out to be one of the greatest decisions ever. 

The apartment I had rented in Essex was a little over a mile away from the Studio on Western and though the mornings still had a bit of a chill to them, I would head down Southern Ave to the causeway (past the Toy Store, which would soon be Pavo's new home) and then jog over to Western Ave and to the Studio. There was a rhythm to those morning walks and although I always took the same route, I never became bored; it was always different: the salt marsh looking as if it were getting ready to burst with high tide, the cormorants sitting on the edge of the marsh, waiting to pick off small fish as the tide went out; the chefs at C.K Pearl putting meat in the smoker at the back of the restaurant; the workers at Woodman's bringing in fresh lobster and haddock; the large moving van dropping off antiques in front of Bider's Antique Store. All these things were new to me. I love Southern California. I was born here and raised here. It is large, sprawling, and to a certain extent, anonymous. I love this about where I live. But there in Essex, life functioned on a smaller and more intimate scale. It was absolute love at first sight. 

The walks back and forth between the Studio and my apartment soon turned into early morning jogs and long evening walks. I feel in love with Apple Street and found that I could make a complete loop from my apartment to the Studio by cutting through to Southern Ave via Apple Street from Western Ave. I did this five mile loop in the morning and if I was able to leave Western Ave before dark, I did it at the end of the day (too much convivial conversation after a wonderful dinner cooked by Stevil often meant that didn't happen). 

At some point during the summer, I told Erin that I intended to run an ultra marathon. I think I said this while stuffing a lobster roll in my face and imbibing my third martini. I might have been drunk. No, I was definitely buzzed, but the seed had been planted. She didn't tell me that it was a bad idea. She didn't tell me that I was setting myself up for failure. She didn't tell me I needed to lose fifty pounds. She didn't tell me that there was a chance I wouldn't make my goal. She simply nodded and said: "I will do it with you." 

Somewhere along the way, we revised our immediate goal to a marathon and by immediate, I mean we gave ourselves a year to train for a marathon. We really focused in on training about three weeks ago. It hasn't been easy, but we are doing it with the hopes of completing the Asheville Half Marathon on Saturday, March 12 2016. 

I have always hated running. It was boring and dull. Just pounding the pavement one foot after the other, but this past summer has changed that. Now that most of our waking hours are filled with Pavo, it's good to have that quiet time to reflect and be at peace. 

With that being said, is anyone interested in joining us as we train?

 Head on over to the Nike Running App and look us up (runmunsrun and Erin A.)  I will be staring a new #runpavo challenge on Monday, October 12. Nothing hard or over the top. It will just something to keep us all moving and working toward a goal, whatever that may be. 

 

 

Yee-Haw!

We are headed out to Texas tomorrow and are so excited to meet with our Texan Pavotees during International Babywearing week!  

 The trunk shows are shaping up to be two wonderful events.

San Antonio is going to be intimate and cozy: champagne, cheeses, chocolates and warm comfy sofas. It will give us a chance to sit down and talk with our San Antonio Pavotees, sort of like a girls night out. There will be time discuss development and future projects with attendees. We both love these types of events because it really give us a chance to connect with Pavotees.

Due to the enormous response to the Austin event, we have had to reserve an additional room in order to accommodate the number attendees. We will have light fare and drinks while we mingle and chat with Pavotees. We are looking forward to seeing new faces and visiting with old friends. 

Would you like to join in on the fun? Grab your ticket here.

We have wraps that will only be available to San Antonio and Austin attendees, VIPavotee mugs, and great company! 

 Gotham Charm

Gotham Charm

 Fable Wild Blueberry

Fable Wild Blueberry

 Otomí Trinity

Otomí Trinity

 Unicornio Fondant

Unicornio Fondant

 Fable Bay

Fable Bay

Pavo 'Scrip

There is a lot of hustle and bustle at the Toy Store as we head into autumn and say goodbye to perhaps one of the most beautiful summers ever. The #summerof[spending]money has come to an end and we are both settling back into work on our respective coasts. So what do we have in plan for the rest of the 2015? 

We’re headed out to San Antonio, Austin and Seattle for the start of an amazing trunk show tour, Pavo Presents, which gives us the opportunity to hang out with our amazing fans. 

We have our annual fall trip to the Oriole Mill coming up next week. 

We will be shipping out the second TPS exclusive, Penumbra Veronica, by the end of the month.

We are in the planning stages for our first Pavo Holiday Party at the Toy Store. 

We are burning the midnight oil planning for the New York Baby Show and the International Babywearing Conference 2016.

We finalized dates for another #summerofmoney in 2016.

And of course, the reason for this post:  The debut of the Pavo Guild Subscription Box, which we have affectionately dubbed Pavo 'Scrip in house. 

What exactly is the Pavo Guild Subscription Box and why exactly are we doing it?

A number of people have asked if we could do some sort of subscription service; we tabled the idea right from the start. Too much work and too many unknowns. Which wraps would we offer? How would logistics work? Would people even be interested? But we kept being asked about the possibility of a Pavo Subscription Service  and while we were hesitant, the idea came up again during one of our work lunches this summer and the question was asked, well why not? Why not work out the details? Why not make a plan? Why not work out logistics? If we couldn’t make it work, well then, at least we could say that we tried. And well there you go, we figured out how to make it work, so we are quite pleased to be offering a Pavo Guild Subscription Box. 

So on to the all details.

What wraps will be included in the Autumn 2015 subscription service? 

Otomí Veronica*

Middle Chair Noir 

Etini Persimmon 

These wraps will be exclusive to the Pavo Guild Subscription and will not listed online independently of the 'Script. 

How do you become a subscriber? 

Pavo Guild Subscription will be available on October 1, 2015 at 14:00 EDT. 

We will have a limited number of subscriptions available. We would love to be able to offer an unlimited number of subscriptions, but we need to be practical and take into account the time needed for weaving and finishing. We want to be able to insure that each subscriber's wraps will be filled and shipped on the designated date  

Subscriptions will be available in three month commitments and payment will be made in full when committing to the initial  purchase of the three month Pavo Guild Subscription.

Subscriptions will be based on size and priced accordingly:

Size 3: $630

Size 4: $680

Size 5: $760

Size 6: $820

Size 7: $890

Please note that the prices stated above are subject to change and do not include relevant state tax, customs fees and associated shipping and handling costs.

Wraps will ship on the following dates:

Otomí Veronica: 1 October 2015 

Middle Chair Noir: 5 November 2015

Etini Persimmon: 3 December 2015

We are currently working on the 'Scrip box for Winter 2016 and details will be available in the late December 2015. 

What would you like to see in forthcoming Pavo Guild 'Scrip box?

 

 

 

*Our usual full proceed donation will be sent to IDEX on receipts based on Otomí Veronica

Otomí Temoaya

We are often asked about the inspiration behind many of our designs. The design process is often slow and can take several months, and many times designs never make it off the table and into production. Otomí Temoaya has been a design that has been in development for over two years and we imagined it, with Bethanne Knudson of The Oriole Mill, as a way to honor the tradition and history of Otomí art and the too often anonymous women who create it.

As a wedding gift, my family gave me an incredible and beautifully embroidered coverlet for my "matrimonial" bed, which had been embroidered by friends and family in Pátzcuaro.  Otomí Temoaya was based off the embroidery for that coverlet. We struggled to find the right name for our jacquard interpretation of the art of Otomí. We wanted to give the respect and recognition to the women who create these magnificent pieces of art and while there is an Otomí community in Pátzcuaro, where I was first introduced to the art form, it seemed a better fit to give recognition to the cultural center of Otomí culture.

As a child and into my adult years, I travelled regularly to Pátzcuaro in Michoacán to visit family and friends and it was here that I was first introduced to Otomí embroidery (see note 1). I was in awe of the freehand embroidery designs drawn by women so fast and so quickly before they embroidered; I was captivated by the bloom of brightly colored embroidery threads as women quickly pierced their needles through the cotton, giving those designs movement and life with every stitch (see note 2). But then, such magic as the gorgeous embroidered coverlets and table coverings were turned over. Anyone who has embroidered will know that one of the marks of exceptional embroidery is that the back side of the work will be just as beautiful, if not more beautiful, than the front or “right” side of the work. Most of Otomí embroidery is sewn using what is called a “fake satin stitch,” where the thread is kept at the front of the fabric instead of being threaded through to the back. The result is an amazing, tight outline of the design in tiny, tiny stitches. The “wrong” side is just as beautiful as the “right” side.  The embroidery is an incredible piece of nuanced and complex art and I still feel that same excitement and awe I felt as a child when looking at Otomi embroidery for the first time. It has been a part of my family, a part of my visual culture for over twenty years now and I never tire of it. I am so deeply grateful to have been introduced to this craft and to be able to admire its beauty in a deep and profound way. 

I come from a family where the women sew and they sew damn well. I do not. No matter how hard I tried, the end of my threads would become tangled and knotted. My simple work routinely ended in a mess of stitches that had been pulled taut or stitches that were loose and waiting to be snagged and ripped. Despite my ineptitude, I did develop one very important skill: the ability to discern exceptional needlework and careful craftsmanship. I can almost catch a vague snapshot of the women in my family from the carefully folded quilts and embroidery I have stored in my cedar chest. Loose quilting stitches tell me of a quilting bee with a lot of laughter, gossip and joking. Tight angry stitches tell me of someone upset over a morning argument with a husband or sister. Careful, perfectly aligned stitches tell of the love and patience that went into the making of embroidered pillowcases for a new bride or a carefully pieced quilt for a new baby. The stitches are anonymous, but they tell the story of women, a story and a history that is often dismissed as insignificant, because the story of women’s work never makes the pages of history texts. These are the stories I look for when feeling older textiles between my fingertips. I want to learn their story. I want to know the women who made them; I want to hear the whispers of their dreams. 

Proceeds from the sale of Otomí Temoaya will be donated to IDEX, who support organizations that are working to develop social and economic parity for indigenous peoples, notably women, in Mexico. 

If you  are considering buying Otomí embroidery, we strongly encourage you to buy fair trade Otomí pieces where the artisans, who are predominantly women, are fairly compensated for their work (see note 3) Casa Otomi is a good place to start.

Note 1: (Otomí is not an "Otomí" endonym. The Otomí people identify themselves by their respective dialects, of which there are many. Hñähñu has been proposed as an alternative to Otomí, but it only represents one dialect, hence its lack of use). See David Charles  Wright Carr. “Lengua, Cultura, e Historis de Los Otomís”. Arqueología Mexicana 13 (73): 26–2 and Jorge A. Suarez. The Mesoamerian Indian Languages for a more in-depth discussion of the intricacies and preservation of the Otomí language. This is a large and complex topic. The resources listed above are just a starting point. 

Note 2: Many Otomí women turned to embroidery to support their families after a series of droughts made sustenance farming untenable. The history of the Otomí people’s conquest and resettlement, as well as that of other indigenous peoples in the Americas, and its long reaching effects are documented in Alfred Crosby. Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europa, 900-1900; James Lockhart, Ed. We People Here: Nahuatl Accounts of the Conquest of Mexico; Miguel Leon-Portilla. The Broken Spears:  The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico; and Robert Ricard, trans Lesley Byrd Simpson. The Spiritual Conquest of Mexico. This is by no means an exhaustive list. 

Note 3: It is of significant importance that indigenous women, regardless of their geographical location, receive fair compensation for their work. Indigenous women in Mexico face many legal and cultural barriers to economic and social empowerment. Think carefully before you buy. If you are interested in learning more about the difficulties faced by indigenous women in Mexico, these works provide a good starting point: Soledad Montes Gonzales "Violence Contra las Mujeres, Derechos y Ciudadanía en Contexts Rurales e Indígenas de México."  Convergencia: Revista de Ciencias Sociales  17(50): 165-168; Paul Liffman. Huichol Territory and the Mexican Nation: Indigenous Ritual, Land Conflict, and Sovereignty (general examination of the political struggles of indigenous peoples in Mexico with discussion of its impact on women); Cami Taylor. "The Struggle for Women's Rights". DePaul Journal for Social Science 5 (2);

The Heart in Kith & Kin

Paper dolls are about family. They invoke not only our immediate family, but also our chosen family of babywearers in this vast passionate community of critical thinking people.  Kith & Kin evolved, as so many of our projects do, out of a craft started with our children. We cut snowflakes, fold origami, and rediscover connecting families in paper.  As we played, I remembered one of my oldest and most valued friends, Cynthia Director, and her textile design degree project honoring our often painful childhoods as little girls. Her work was about being two dimensional, about love, about solitude, and about holding someone's hand.  She strung long lengths of dolls together; she made lonely girls waiting for dresses with their folded paper flaps; she made sense of growing up.

Paper dolls come from an innocent place, I think for a lot of us they conjure up memories of the past. Kith & Kin celebrates our present, where we are now with our families, babywearing, undefined, all holding hands through our journey together.  

The paper doll pattern is one directional to help aid in the learning of new carries, or just to assist with old favorites.

Kith and Kin will debut during national Heart Month in February of 2015. All proceeds from the sale of Kith & Kin will be donated to The Children's Heart Foundation.  

 

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Lobsters: A Love Story

“So, have you guys ever considered using wool, silk, hemp, more linen, angora, cashmere, mohair, Tencel® (rayon), milk fiber (rayon), bamboo (rayon), soy (rayon)?"

This is perhaps the one question we are asked on an almost daily basis and the answer to it is well, yes, we have considered and tested all of those fibers and then some. 

However, we have been having a long and torrid love affair with cotton. We love cotton. We know cotton.  We consider our innovative weave structures developed by Bethanne at The Oriole Mill sophisticated, surprising, and complex.  We enjoy changing the wrapping properties of a textile based on the manipulation of weave structure and density; we consider this a challenging test when done consistently in cotton.

Although we love cotton, we also have a great interest in other fibers. Our due diligence is fairly involved and lengthy and if a fiber passes that stage, it moves into research and development, which is also a long stage. We tend to take our time and mull things over and although there is a constant push in fashion to push the edge and stay relevant, we prefer to be slow and deliberate when it comes to decisions concerning our children. We want to know where our fibers are sourced, we want to know their history, we want them to offer unique and relevant wearing qualities, we want them to croon to us songs of their youth. We want our fibers to seduce us.  We want to stay as natural as possible. We want our customer to be able to trust that when she selects a Pavo to wrap the most precious thing on Earth, she knows it is safe both in integrity and design. 

We have been looking at various woolens for the past two years and nothing was quite right; it either wasn’t strong enough to hold together well during the weaving process, wasn’t soft enough, or we were not able to fully follow the supply chain to our liking. The process was slow and frustrating, but we persevered and finally found wool that met our requirements. An order went in and I left Erin to do her magic. And this happened: 

There is so much I could say about Lobsters, but really he needs no introduction. I mean, look! 

But I suppose a little context might be of use. Lobsters came into creation around the same time as Ama, Aquaria and Sea Star. Every design has its place within a larger story and while Aquaria and Sea Star are lovely companions to Ama, the family was not yet complete. Enter Lobster. 

Go big or go home, right? We wanted lobsters on our wrap. A fitting and proud nod to Pavo East. We needed to go big because if we did not, what really was the point? Lobsters needed to be the perfect funky, weird foil to our beloved Ama. Lobster went through a number of iterations (including a sad shrimpish phase) and he was finally ready for the loom at the same time as our red wool. What better combination than Lobsters and red wool? Right? It is the perfect pairing. As Erin mentioned, "Nothing says winter in New England like red wooly lobsters." 

We spend so much time with our wraps, it is second nature for them to take on their own personalities and their own stories. They function within their own space.  Whenever I see Ama and her crew, I see a band of crazy, loud beatniks on the cusp of great change. I see a group of friends driving from Greenwich Village to as far west as they are able to go and finally coming to rest in North Beach, thousands of miles from home, but still right where they want to be. For me, Lobsters is that group's Kerouac. Wild-eyed, full of crazy movement and space, bristly, edgy, and absolutely perfect. Yep, Lobsters is definitely that. 


Of Whales and Mermaids

   Pencil and watercolor on paper by Joseph Bogart Hersey, American (fl. ca, 1843-51), Ship Corinthian of New London, from Hersey’s journal aboard the bark Samuel and Thomas of Provincetown, MA, John Swift master, September 12, 1846-April 13, 1848. 

Pencil and watercolor on paper by Joseph Bogart Hersey, American (fl. ca, 1843-51), Ship Corinthian of New London, from Hersey’s journal aboard the bark Samuel and Thomas of Provincetown, MA, John Swift master, September 12, 1846-April 13, 1848. 

One of the greatest pleasures in working with a close friend is that they understand you, perhaps even more than you understand yourself at times. Erin gets me; I only hope I can do the same for her. 

Anyone else like Melville? Probably not. I admit to not caring for him that much either, but Moby Dick gets me every single time. And although I have read the book too many times to count, the ending still always comes as a surprise. 

Late last winter, I had just finished reading Moby Dick for the millionth time and was very caught up in the history of the whaling industry in Nantucket and New Bedford. Not exactly fodder for design inspiration, but I admit to being swept away by nostalgia and well, was overly excited, as I often am when I feel inspired. This led to a rather amusing conversation: 

J$: What if we did something along the lines of Moby Dick? I just reread it and think there might be something useful there. 

(Insert long pause)

Erin: What I'm hearing is that you would like a wrap with a whale on it? 

J$: Well, not just any random whale. 

Erin: An albino sperm whale with a grudge? 

J$: Yeah—maybe a man eating whale isn't such a good idea for a baby wrap.  Maybe something less literal? It doesn't have to be a whale. Maybe a boat?

(Insert second long pause)

Erin: So like a yankee schooner or whaleboats? On a Pavo wrap? 

    A whaleship sailed with three to five whaleboats swinging from davits (cranes used on ships). Spares, usually two, were stowed on top of the after house at midship.

 A whaleship sailed with three to five whaleboats swinging from davits (cranes used on ships). Spares, usually two, were stowed on top of the after house at midship.

J$: Hmm . . . well, when you put it that way. Maybe not? Maybe something else? I don't know. 

Erin: Let me think. 

See, when Erin says," Let me think," that is typically code for, "Oh Good Lord, J$ has lost it." And in hindsight, I do feel rather silly. I mean, Herman Melville in wrap form doesn't exactly call to mind images of snuggles or sleepy dust. So, I dropped it and reminded myself that perhaps not everyone loves a good seafaring tale of whales and revenge. 

But here's where things get really, really amazing. 

  Ama in work

Ama in work

Later that week, inspired by the powerful women sea urchin collectors in Japan known as Ama, Erin texted me a painting she had done. It was a gorgeous mermaid, painted with dark, bold strokes on rich, creamy paper. I gasped and dropped my phone. Erin will never call herself a painter, but I will. That painting painted on a cold winter's day in the filtered, lingering sunlight of a late afternoon would become our Ama.

 

Of course, no mermaid is complete without her coterie of friends. Aquaria followed the next week and Sea Star, which had been on the back burner for months, finally found her home with Ama and Aquaria. 

It's not Moby Dick for sure, but I will always have a deep and abiding fondness for Ama and her many friends. 

With special thanks to Cleo Li Lebron and her photogenic family.