Things have been quiet at the Emporium of late. Your proprietor did journey south into the countryside for a photography workshop in the charming village of Tyrone, GA. Some most generous people there with a photography studio hosted a group of creative entrepreneurs and taught us some things about showcasing the beautiful things that we make. It was quite educational. Learning is always such a very good thing and learning things that improve the Emporium even more so! Your proprietor enjoyed his auction adventure so thoroughly that I am exploring that world in greater depth. My apologies for being mysterious but further details must wait until later but I am most excited about it.
An old friend from the Continent reached out to us recently regarding some custom luggage. He needs a few pieces based on things we are doing for our permanent collection as well as a few individual pieces that might also find their way into the collection, as well. It made Mr. Peter and me realize that special requests were something that we had overlooked. Of course, you can always send an email through our contact page, or even post a handwritten missive through the mail. That would make your proprietor positively misty-eyed. Please do include a phone number in that case. As delighted as I am to write back to you, an extended discussion of your needs on engraved stationery, however pleasant, could delay the fulfillment of your desires by some time. You can also, as I believe they say, “ping” us on the Facebook. However, we now have a dedicated conduit in the Emporium web store for you to share your needs for the necessary equipage for your amazing life. We hope to hear from you.
We are happy to work with you on any request you have. Challenges are most welcome! If you need saddle bags for your camel trip through the Sahara desert, we would be most delighted to supply them, but if you simply wish we would hurry up and add a brown leather shaving kit to the Adventure collection we can make that a priority. We aspire to do in-house monograms and tags some day. Our dear friend has chosen to supply his own custom patches that we will affix to his matched set of luggage and we could do that for you, as well. As long as that request was not inordinately difficult, it would be included without further charge in your custom order.
I had hoped that I might announce our ladies perfume but that has been regrettably delayed. Our friend and parfumier, Miss Susan, has suffered a personal misfortune that requires her attention and we hold her in our heart during this difficult time. I can say that we were told that our cologne would improve with several weeks aging and it most certainly is better than ever. We hope before long that we can share it with all of you. I am ever in your service.
Mr. Peter and your proprietor have been very busy of late. Several weeks ago Mr. Peter and I did go out to the Ritual “Unholy Masquerade Party” celebrating the fabulous Miss Oni’s birthday. It was, how shall I say, quite the evening. There was a floor show mid way through the evening rather “Eyes Wide Shut” as it were. Two rather comely shirtless men were propped against a wall by a corseted dominatrix who pretend to flog them with a rather amazing fiber optic whip. Amusing I suppose, until she pulled out the real thing and started raising welts. Oh, my! Quite unexpected to say the least. Mr. Peter had his Tarot cards read. He thought that would be amusing, too, but it left him quite shaken. While he hasn’t shared the details he seems rather pleased with the experience after he recovered from the shock.
Last weekend your proprietor attended an auction. Mr. Peter, never able to resist a business challenge had gotten himself hopelessly entangled. I tagged along and purchased several artifacts for the Emporium. One was a 70’s vintage lamp made to look like a vaguely Victorian blow torch. We’ve added an Edison bulb and it could fit in the right Steampunk room as is but really it is the foundation for a truly amazing work of art in the hands of the right craftsman. The second piece is a vintage 30’s cathedral style RCA radio. I’ve no idea if works but all the parts are there. We’ll sell it as is. I’m fairly certain it could be fully restored in the right hands or, again, be the beginning of some incredible master piece. Your proprietor is still researching it to get a better idea of exactly what is. If any of my readers has knowledge of antique radios I most appreciate and advice you might give.
I really must also mention my afternoon at the Inman Park festival with my two new friends, Mr. Lee and Mrs. Caroline, A most engaging couple. It was far too warm for proper attire and we, regrettablyr, had to dress down for the sake of comfort. Inman Park is Atlanta’s first suburb, an upscale neighborhood of gorgeous Victorian mansions and smaller bungalows that I’ve been told were houses for servants, though I’m not sure that’s true. The festival takes up many blocks of streets with tents for every possible kind of vendors. I think we may well have a go at it next year. We shall see. Poor Mr. Peter was supposed to have joined us but had to send his regrets, still trying to sort out the auction from the day before. This being our first outing after meeting at a social occasion, the Griffins and I got on wonderfully well and I look forward to our growing friendship.
The really big news, though, is our custom cologne. I mentioned that it was in the works and it is done. One day last week, Mr. Peter and I went to visit, Miss Susan Sexton, a trained french par fumier, and the most charming proprietress at Blend, her shop in Buckhead. Blend is a custom French Parfumerie. It's a wonderful adventure! You can go there and start with sampling a basic set of scents to establish your personal profile and then, after consulting with Susan, build your own custom perfume or cologne. The Emporium is partnering with Blend to create unique Emporium branded scents for both ladies and gentlemen. Your proprietor designing a set of leather embellished bottles for Blend. Creative exchange is a most wonderful thing! Wednesday, Mr. Peter and I collaborated in creating the Gentleman's cologne. As usual, we were in almost complete harmony.
We've been informed that it will take two weeks for the scent to fully develop in the bottle. We will go back then to make any final adjustments and undertake to make a companion scent for ladies. As it is now, our cologne is quite wonderful! I am most pleased! We tried to create a scent that combined old world elegance with a dash of exotic steampunk adventure. I do think we succeeded. Next is something for ladies. I'm thinking romantic mystery with the zing of a pocket ray gun tucked it one's garter. I've no idea what that means but I'm sure Miss Susan will help me sort it out, with Mr. Peter's invaluable advice, of course. I'm quite at odds and ends without him. Today, we two are off to the Wonderroot craft fair hoping we might possibly meet some artisans interested in joining our Marketplace. The adventure never ceases. I am always in your service.
The Trowbridge Emporium is the convergence of many of my life long passions. It is a showcase for my love of leather and skill as a leathercrafter, an opportunity to buy and sell the antiques and collectibles that I love, and a gallery in which to share things of beauty and quality with the world, presented with the style, elegance, and impeccable service of days gone by.”