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“There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born there, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size, its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter–the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night.
Third, there is the New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something. Of these trembling cities the greatest is the last–the city of final destination, the city that is a goal.

It is this third city that accounts for New York’s high strung disposition, its poetical deportment, its dedication to the arts, and its incomparable achievements. Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness, natives give it solidity and continuity, but the settlers give it passion. And whether it is a farmer arriving from a small town in Mississippi to escape the indignity of being observed by her neighbors, or a boy arriving from the Corn Belt with a manuscript in his suitcase and a pain in his heart, it makes no difference: each embraces New York with the intense excitement of first love, each absorbs New York with the fresh yes of an adventurer, each generates heat and light to dwarf the Consolidated Edison Company. . . .”

– E.B. White

Fleurs

Our thanks to the lovely Jess of Boutique who sent us a beautiful bouquet of flowers from our neighbors at Opalia today! We let her host a little photo shoot in the shop this weekend, it was quite a treat and well worth it for the gorgeous arrangement now festooning our window.

 
One of our favorite things to do when it gets this cold (aside from designing, redecorating the store, and consuming copious amounts of hot beverages and melty cheeses) is catching up on our movie watching. One of our neighborhood favorites, Boerum Hill resident Michelle Williams’ new movie Blue Valentine (co-starring one of our all time favorites Ryan Gosling) is definitely at the top of our our current movie wishlist (since our longtime number one Black Swan has finally been checked off) and this trailer definitely isn’t hurting matters.

PLUME & MIRANDA BENNETT F/W ’16

Miranda Bennett Sophia Top, cream silk georgette & Visor Skirt, black linen lined in silk. Plume Accordion Necklace, silk ribbon and chain.

Miranda Bennett Sands Dress, eggplant silk charmeuse with bone grey chiffon yoke. Plume Pom Pom Belt, champagne silk charmeuse and elastic with metal clasp.

Miranda Bennett Cake Dress, pewter silk georgette.

Plume Macrame Trinket Bib, cotton grograin ribbon and brass.

Miranda Bennett Color Block Dress, metallic group, silk crepe de Chine.

Miranda Bennett Shore Dress, black silk georgette. Plume Bow Belt, nude silk.

Miranda Bennett Castle Dress, black and grey wool, linen straps, metal zipper.

Miranda Bennett Pier Dress, black linen lined in silk.

Plume Trinket Necklace, silk tie and brass.

Plume Small Wonder Necklace, silk ribbon, brass and lucite.

Plume Gold Bar Earrings, long. Available with black diamonds and 14k rose gold or white diamonds and 14k yellow gold.

Plume Gold Bar Earrings, short. Available with black diamonds and 14k rose gold or white diamonds and 14k yellow gold.

 

Plume Gold Disc Earrings. Available with black diamonds and 14k rose gold or white diamonds and 14k yellow gold.

 

 

Inside The Banquet Boutique in Boerum Hill

 

If you’ve ever daydreamed of opening up a boutique with your best friend, be prepared to experience an intense wash of jealousy. Meet clothing designer Miranda Bennett and her partner, jewelry designer Pamela Johnston, the ladies behind The Banquet in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Named in honor of the monthly feasts in which they clear off the tables and invite friends to enjoy what Pamela calls “an extension of our homes,” the store feels a lot like a gallery space; “Our hand goes into every piece, deciding if it’s going to be in the store and why, ” Miranda says.

As your jealousy subsides, soak in the heaps of goodies this boutique has to offer, starting with Pamela’s line, Plume Jewels, laid out on the glass tables meant to appear like a “feast of jewels” Miranda says, The highlights include simple, smooth earring bars in silver and gold, elegant with a bit of an endge, and the link necklace, which Pamela does every season in different colors. There are also the vintage pieces that she peppers in with her modern staples. Right now Pamela’s having a collar moment, and the sturdiness of the metal fittings contrast nicely with her longer necklaces.

Then there are Miranda’s designs. Luxe fabrics — like silk georgette and silk charmeuse — reign supreme. The “Picnic Dress,” a flowy everyday item punctuated by an elastic, adjustable strap with little toggles, comes in day and night versions. Her other best sellers are “The Strap Hanger,” which is available as both a top and dress, and “The High Tea Dress,” a Grecian inspired piece. Miranda explains that the watercolor scarves, which come in three different sizes, “are painted and dip-dyed to give a nice pop of color; it’s a nice opportunity to experiment.”

Other cool stuff they’ve got going; terrariums by friend Emily Waterhouse, each one unique, hand cut glass, or a found coyote tooth. The hanging feathers caught our eye, and the ladies said they will be holding a workshop in October featuring wine, feathers and friends.

The Banquet
360 Atlantic Ave.
(718) 522-6906
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

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On bustling Atlantic Ave is theBANQUET, a bright and airy boutique owned by and featuring two designers whose complementary collections are mixed with a few well-edited vintage finds. Jewelry designer Pamela Johnston and women’s wear designer Miranda Bennett are both owners and designers and created a shop that combines their two styles.
The Miranda Bennett women’s wear collection is feminine and polished and made of all natural silks and cottons. Each piece has surprising details with raw silk edges, hidden pockets, and unique color combinations. Prices range from $65-$500+ with a variety of options from a floor-length dress to a pleated tank. Favorites include an incredibly versatile paper bag skirt for $215 and an easy-to-wear silk color block dress for $345.
Pamela Johnston’s Plume jewelry line is just as exquisite, with unique details in an array of materials and styles. With many pieces under a $100 and ranging up to $595, it is easy to find a statement necklace, cocktail ring, or timeless earrings. These innovative pieces include an entwined ribbon-and-wood necklace and stackable rings and bracelets. Favorites are easily the black diamond stud earrings for $595 and the eye-catching accordion ribbing necklace for $90.
While visiting you are likely to run into the friendly and helpful designers themselves, making TheBANQUET a definite must-stop for unique local designs that would be instant favorites in any wardrobe.