One of the things I look forward to most on my annual trip to New York with the Chapel Designers is visiting the ribbon and trim shops in the Fashion District. What does a floral designer want with ribbon and trim? Accenting a beautifully hand-tied bouquet of flowers with a vintage French satin ribbon or delicate lace is just one more way to make your bouquets even more stunning. There are stripes, plaids, polka dots, ambre, lace, fringe and more. The possibilities are really endless, but it has a lot to do with the bride’s personal choice. You never want to take away from the bridal gown or over power the flowers. Don’t upstage your lovely blooms!!
My first stop took me to Hyman Hendler & Sons. A Russian immigrant, Hyman Hendler, began selling ribbon from a pushcart on the lower east side of Manhattan in 1900. For years, artisans and designers have been visiting the store on West 38th Street in the Fashion District. They specialize in vintage ribbons made by French, Italian and Swiss textile mills that are no longer operating. Here are some images from my recent visit. I could have stayed in the shop all day coming up with ideas! Please check out the website to see more of the amazing inventory.
My second stop was M&JTrim on 6th Ave and 38th Street. Talk about sensory overload! There are buttons and beads and ribbons and trim stretched from the floor to the ceiling in this place. There is an entire wall with hundreds of shades of hand-died silk and satin ribbon in every color imaginable. If you can’t make it to the store, check out the website. I’ve ordered from the website on several
occasions and always been pleased. Here are some images from inside this colorful store.
The third and final stop on my ribbon shopping adventure took me to Tinsel Trading on West 37th Street. You can almost smell the history of this shop when you walk in. Its founder, Arch J. Bergoffen started Tinsel Trading Co. in 1933 as a producer of metal threads known as “tinsel” which were widely used in sewing military uniforms. The store has had many transformations over the years but it stands out as one of New York’s gems in the world of ribbon, trim, and embellishments. The full story is on the website and it’s worth the read!
Who’s ready to go shopping?