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Rhea Kulcsar NYC Jewels *Spring Soiree* & Newsletter #1


Empire Hotel Rooftop
44 West 63rd Street
Friday May 1st

SPRING IS FINALLY HERE! Come out of hibernation and join us for our Spring Soiree! We will have an enclosed rooftop space with fabulous Manhattan views rising above Lincoln Center.

I will be unveiling new jewels- the largest offering to date, featuring one of a kind and exclusive items for this event. Just in time for much needed SPRING STYLING and MOTHER’S DAY! These beauties will not hit the website- so come check them out before they're gone!

I cannot think of a better way to kick off your weekend than with a fun group of people, many things sparkly and bubbly, combined with fabulous Manhattan views! This is an open invite event, so please bring friends
, your significant other, and forward to anyone who may be interested. The more the merrier!


Knock-offs vs. Licensing
(Photo: Left- authentic Chanel suit 1966, Right- licensed Chanel suit 1967)
In the fashion world, without copyright laws for designers, there is an entire industry built upon knock-offs; whether it be counterfeit goods, or fast fashion brands, like Zara and H&M. After viewing FIT's current fashion exhibit "Faking it: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits", I had a surprising take-away. In the 1950's, couturiers like Chanel actually promoted licensed "knock-offs" to be produced by department stores. Couture houses saw licensing as a revenue stream to reach a broader audience, while combating the demand for knock-offs. Today, many major designers have since exploded the business of "licensing" to offer various price levels and spin off labels "inspired by" their designer lines, which reach the mass market and bring huge revenues. Of course, no designer wants to be knocked-off by another company, as they do not get paid for it, but many are in the business of knocking off themselves. This quote from Coco Chanel proves her a true visionary. "Fashion should slip out of your hands. The very idea of protecting the seasonal arts is childish. One should not bother to protect that which dies the minute it is born". "Chanel's tweed suits were so recognizable, she saw copies of her designs as a form of publicity."



 Latest NYC discovery
(and now I can’t stop dancing)

 When I am feeling spontaneous, Rockwood Music Hall is the go-to place. The pop in pop out style of this joint is perfect for those non-committal types, with a different band every hour, meanwhile feeling like a private party. But I’m in it for watching quality live music to sing and dance to! Influenced by James Brown, The Gold Magnolias kept us dancing all night with their nostalgic happy lyrics, soulful beats, and incredible energy! And their story is incredible: singing for food in the “hood” has somehow influenced their music in the best possible way.  Check them out on spotify, and read their story

What I’m missing
(as well as all NYC bloggers)
The Bowery Graffiti Wall

 My first iconic memory of NYC is driving past the huge Keith Haring mural on Houston and Bowery, while inside the huge truck/trailer filled with furniture for my first downtown NYC apartment. Living downtown for years, was lucky enough to see many of these murals being painted. Because we need one more strip of land to be added to the NYC construction zone, the wall is gone! Getting nostalgic, I found that there are entire blogs about my beloved graffiti wall. Feast your eyes on some of these incredible murals over the years.
Ironically, Keith Haring first splashed this wall in 1982, and it has been a destination ever since. In 2008, it went somewhat legit, when late real-estate man Tony Goldman took over the location, and officially invited artists to paint the graffiti wall.


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