But since it's Erica, she of the golden glue gun, this wasn't your ordinary schmooze and have some drinks and eat some mini hotdogs type book party (though there were mini hotdogs and they were delicious). She put us to work. We, along with Design Sponge's Grace Bonney, Andrew Mukamal, Lonny Magazine's Michelle Adams, and Style Republic Magazine's Brittany Law, were tasked with DIY-ing one of Kate Spade New York's signature black leather London Totes. Sharpie and crafting site I Love To Create generously supplied us all with tons of great art supplies.
Andrew designed a zebra-print bag fashioned after his Mom's trench coat. "It's still a work in progress," he said at the end of the night, but we thought it looked ah-mazing. Michelle used a transfer to iron on leopard spots. And Deborah Lloyd--Kate Spade New York's lovely creative director--bedazzled hers with pretty gems. We were lucky--we got two bags to play with, and enlisted our friend, artist Mara Sprafkin, to draw runway model silhouettes on one of them. We made a very "organic" looking plaid (read: messy) on the other, which will serve as the official Fashionista office bag. But we feel selfish keeping Mara's beauty to ourselves, so we'll be giving it away on the site very soon. Stay tuned!
All in all, it was the best crafting party we've ever been to, made even better by the fact that we got to wear adorable pieces from Kate Spade New York's holiday collection. Click through for more images, and if you haven't yet bought Erica's book, do it now!!!