Sarah Andelman, founder and creative director of Parisian boutique Colette, is channeling the design aesthetic of the Catskills. Catskills Week, which ran in mid-November at Colette, spotlighted the work of Catskills artisans in Paris, of all locales. The items included turned-wood sculptures, bowls and spoons from Joshua Vogel; comics and illustrations; tallow-based soaps; totes by local leather designer Asa Nishijima; and Hudson Whiskey craft bourbon.
Andelman got married in Woodstock, in the Catskills, in 2011, and spends holidays in the area, which is emerging as an artisans’ and makers’ haven. In an interview with Vogue last month, she explained the collection’s origins: “I’m always buying gifts like soaps from Sawkill Farm [in Red Hook, New York]. But it was back in Paris when I was looking for a birthday gift for [my husband] at Christian Liaigre and I saw a beautiful wooden vase, and when I saw Joshua Vogel’s signature, I looked him up and realized he was based in Kingston, 20 minutes from us! It occurred to me that it was silly of me to buy something in Paris that came from there, but I did, and last summer, I visited him at Blackcreek Mercantile.” She continued, “He showed me his book, The Artful Wooden Spoon, so I suggested doing a signing, and to my surprise, he said yes immediately. Then our neighbor Jeremy Bernstein released his new album [under the name] Burnell Pines, so I asked if he’d come give a concert. And then there’s the illustrator Will Lytle’s Thorneater comics, whose fanzine was a welcome gift at our wedding, who agreed to do a wall. Those three were the starting point.”
; Will Lytle's Dessin original #5
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