Small Business Saturday

Happy Thanksgiving! We are so grateful for all the inspiring talent on Team TINSEL this year. We've come so far, and we're excited to be on this journey with so many incredible people: designers, floral artists, producers, planners, builders, riggers, painters, decorators, terminators–you are MACHINES. You keep us going and you constantly remind us why we started this crazy train the first place. Thank you from the bottom of our little hearts. 

And speaking of folks we're grateful for, quick shout-out to some fellow entrepreneurs that continue to inspire us every day. Today is Small Business Saturday, and we're grateful to be a part of a thriving community of business owners with a big vision. According to Forbes, "small businesses create half the of the jobs in the private sector. [They] have created 65 percent of the net new jobs over the last 17 years." We've learned so much in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program about how integral small businesses are to the U.S. economy, and let's not forget about the quality: the attention to detail, craftsmanship, and all the love that goes into a company that's built from scratch. Here's to the warriors, daring to put themselves out on a limb in the pursuit of something truly creative and worthwhile: 

Ariele Alasko's work is exquisite.

Ariele Alasko's work is exquisite.

Accompany: Introduced to us by a friend (also, a source of constant inspiration: The OPEN Series), this shop supports artisans around the world.

Adam Alter: Former TINSEL client and resident brainiac, Adam is the author of Drunk Tank Pink (coming highly recommended by Liz), where he explores "relationships between features of the environment and our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and even broader outcomes in life." He's an Associate Professor of Marketing at New York University's Stern School of Business and has written for The New York Times, New Yorker, Atlantic, WIRED, Slate, Huffington Post, and Popular Science, among others. 

Ariele Alasko: Oh, her woodwork is just so dreamy. Been crushing on her work for a while now, and there really isn't much to say other than [swoon]. I'll just leave this photo right here.

What lifts you?

What lifts you?

Blind Barber: With all these parties, you've got to look groomed and proper. The guys at Blind Barber will make sure you're your most dapper self.

Famous Oto: What do you get a kid that's got everything? Well, what about a food truck? Måns makes cardboard playhouses (well, food trucks, to be exact) for kids–and for cats (for those cats that have everything...).

Kaight: We met Kate at our Goldman Sachs program, and coincidentally, she's right in the neighborhood. Check out her shop on Atlantic, and you're guaranteed to get yourself in trouble, but it'll be for a good cause, as Kaight was one of the first shops to spearhead the sustainable fashion industry.

Kelsey Montague: What lifts you? Kelsey is a TINSEL friend (through Erica's previous life in advertising) that's moved from NYC to sunnier shores. Regardless of the distance, we've been witnessing her meteoric rise to success with her art–large-scale interactive murals that have taken over Instagram like cats have taken over the Internet. #whatliftsyou

Maharlika's got some comfort food.

Maharlika's got some comfort food.

Love Thy Beast: We don't know where we'd be without our little furry friends. (In fact, The Goose just turned 6 years old a few days ago. Happy birthday, Goosebump!) Tiziana shares our love (and our studio building, how convenient). She's founder and designer at Love Thy Beast, where you'll find a bunch of stuff to spoil your best friend too.

Nothing says "I love you" like an empanada.

Nothing says "I love you" like an empanada.

Maharlika / Jeepney: Food, such an important part of the holidays, and of life, frankly. Adette admittedly gets incredibly homesick during this time of year. She grew up halfway across the planet, in a land filled with sunshine, roast pig, and karaoke. In NYC, there's been a Filipino food renaissance, and leading the charge is Nicole Ponseca and her team at Maharlika and Jeepney. Get the friggin' burger with longanisa*, voted best burger by Time Out. (P.S. If you don't know about longanisa, you betta ask somebody.)

Modern Anthology: Our Dumbo neighbors have recently expanded to become our Cobble Hill neighbors as well. From durable wool sweaters to cashmere scarfs, their shop will keep your man (and you...) warm through the winter.

Stowaway is redefining the cosmetics industry.

Stowaway is redefining the cosmetics industry.

Nuchas: We mentioned how much we love food, right? Well, nothing says "I love you" like an empanada. Ariel has been an inspiration to us beyond the delicious treats. We've talked about strategy, about goals, about risk, and about what it means to be an immigrant business owner in the U.S. Upcoming dates include planning a trip to Buenos Aires and ensuring that we're in the business of helping people.

Other Half Brewery: This is where we rang in 2015, with friends and former TINSEL clients Lee Piper and Andrew Burman. Delicious beer. Good people. Can't go wrong.

Urban Cowboy is a nice little escape.

Urban Cowboy is a nice little escape.

Stowaway: There's nothing like innovation to inspire us, and Stowaway has figured out a way to combat all the wasted cosmetics: create something that's the right size. Chelsa Crowley, another former TINSEL client, has inspired us to take a look at the status quo and challenge it. Just because it's always been done a certain way doesn't mean it's right.

Take Root: Have we mentioned how amazing our clients are? Former TINSEL clients Elise Kornack and Anna Hieronimus have created a truly amazing dining destination in our beloved Cobble Hill. In addition to being just awesome people, they've also just earned their first Michelin star. Get in now while you can!

Urban Cowboy: And when you need a little getaway, without actually being able to get away, hop on the subway and stay the night at Urban Cowboy in Williamsburg. There's a hot-tub out back. That's all you need to know.


So what IS Event Design?

We always get asked: "So... what exactly is Event Design?" It's a relatively new topic, and though we started in Event Planning, we quickly found out that designing is what we love. Event Design encompasses all the aesthetic elements that go into any event: from floral arrangements to photobooth backdrops... from overall concepting to execution and bringing it to life. We do it all!

So we've updated our site to reflect that more. Flowers? Yes, we do that. Paper sculptures? Yes, we do that too. Product Displays? Yes, we do that. French Bulldogs? Mais oui, mes amis!

Monday, and we're in Turbo TINSEL mode. Lots of exciting events in the pipeline including more shop redesigns, window displays, holiday parties, and an auction with Owen Wilson! Giddy up.

TINSEL + Ellen

Aaaaaand, our flowers made their national debut on The Ellen Show! We were excited to design flowers for the show, but what-the-what? We did not expect that the featured guest would be none other than Hillary Clinton herself, and we certainly did not expect her to do the nae-nae. Tsk tsk. We'll just leave this right here then:

See the flowers on set? Those are TINSEL! Wish we had time to take more photos of the finished products (and the whole set, for that matter), but we've been back-to-back with events, so we'll just have to settle for these awesome shots on Insta. That's right: over 1,300,000 views on YouTube and another 1,000,000 likes on Instagram between Hillary Clinton, Pink, and Amy Schumer... TINSEL design has gone viral!

Thanks to our incredible team. #ladiesonladders, you never cease to amaze us. 

Twinkle Toes,

TINSEL + Misha Nonoo + ALDO Shoes

And all of a sudden, it's autumn. This fall's fashion week, we had the honor of designing a pop-up shop for Misha Nonoo to showcase her latest collection and her partnership with ALDO Shoes. We decked out Fort Gansvoort and created a British-tea-shop-inspired destination, coupled with Parsian-newspaper-stand-chic. Crumpets, ranunculus, and shoes. What more can a NY-city woman ask for during fashion week?

Sweater weather ready,

Photos by Claire Eliza.

A midsummer Night's Wedding at The NoMad Hotel

Last Saturday, we had the pleasure of producing a gorgeous wedding on the rooftop of the NoMad Hotel. The bride and groom described their dream wedding as a modern midsummer night's dream. Theirs was a midsummer night's dream that felt formal but not stuffy, sophisticated by not stiff. 

The tabletop was styled with hedges of blush-toned roses and crystalline candelabras, paired with unexpectedly playful details like gold rabbit, duck, and piglet figurines. Tufted chesterfields from our friends at Patina helped ground the old world glam feel of the celebration. The newlyweds and their guests ate, drank, and made merry late into the night to a sweet soundtrack by the Nightingale Jazz Band. Pro photos from Mango Studios and video from NST Pictures to come. But in the meantime, some shots from our handy-dandy iPhones.