My Dear Readers,
The new year is only a few days away and the holidays are coming to a close. Your proprietor hopes that, whichever holiday you celebrate, yours was one of joy and merriment accompanied by the love of friends and family. There are those of course who either find themselves alone, or oppressed by the unrelenting, often superficial, joviality of the season. I offer you my deepest sympathy and the comforting suggestion that it is almost over and you have indeed survived another year.
I am fortunate to be able to take great pleasure in the holidays. Christmas was the holiday of choice in my youth. My dear mother started cooking a few days before Thanksgiving and did not stop until New Years day dinner was served. My heart is filled with memories of parties and music, homemade cookies and bourbon laced egg nog. Since I detest the cold dark days of winter, such as we can claim to have it in the southern United States, I don’t like to put away the lights and fun. If you so choose, and I do, the Victorian tradition of Twelfth Night is an excuse to postpone taking down the decorations for another week. Now a days there is a misconception that the Twelve Days of Christmas lead up to the holiday. In fact, Christmas is the first day and the days count up to Twelfth Night on January 6, which Catholics and Anglicans celebrate as the day the three Magi brought their gifts to the baby. Whether you celebrate that symbolism or not, it’s a good excuse to keep the decorations up and have another smashing party. It also marks the beginning of Mardi Gras, but that is for another post.
New Years marks new beginnings for all of us every year. Here at the Emporium this particular New Year is, and will always remain, the most important one ever, for January 2018 is the year that we throw open the virtual doors of our web shop and invite you into our world of Beautiful Things. Your proprietor begs your patience, however. Unique handcrafted things do not come into being at the snap of one’s fingers. As devoted as I am to the handcrafted world of the Belle Epoque, I would eagerly embrace the technology that would allow me to transfer brilliant ideas from my brain to my cutting table like plugging a printer into a computer.
Alas, this is work that truly must be done the old fashioned way. It takes many hours of pattern drafting and trial and error to make each prototype so our opening will be as a rose unfurling it’s petals rather than a gas lamp bursting into flame. Items will begin going on sale within a few days and you can expect more and more in the coming weeks. We are still awaiting the brown leather for the Adventurer Collection so, until then, items will debut in the black leather Traveler’s collection. As soon as brown leather is available, versions will be made for the Adventurer collection and the brown leather trimmed cotton canvas Vagabond collection. Titles and brief descriptions are already posted and so please let me know if there are things you would particularly like to see. I can move things of interest to the top of the list. As always, I am in your service. May 2018 find you in good health, good spirits, and blessed by all of the joy this world can offer.
Your proprietor, Grandison Trowbridge
P.S. I know many of you received gift cards from friends and loved ones and humbly remind you that, in addition to our own gift cards, we can take any card with a Visa or Mastercard logo. G.T.
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.”