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70s Design Works of Bedford Stuyvesant ethnic print scarf - Baar and Beards NYC - Japanese printing

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Estate sale find: gorgeous printed scarf by the Design Works of Bedford Stuyvesant (Brooklyn, NY). When I found this scarf at an estate sale recently I had no idea what the Design Works of Bed-Stuy was or is, but I live nearby in Williamsburg so my interest was piqued. What I found was that there was a group spearheaded in part by Jackie Onassis in the late 60s that launched a design studio way deep in then totally run down Brooklyn on New York Avenue. There is a great link below that takes you to a newspaper account of the opening in 1970 to the fashion press.

This scarf, printed in Japan, in light and navy blue, has ancient art images all over, and trimmed in a frame of navy. It's a really chic design. I am of course totally stoked to find more info about the design studio and what they produced. It seems that Baar & Beard, the NYC accessory line that produced Diane von Furstenberg scarves in the 70s and others, produced this design probably in the mid-1970s. It is clean and fresh and ready to wear.

Label: The Design Works of Bedford Stuyvesant for Baar & Beard Inc.
Made in Japan
Fabric: "Ultra-Styl" 100% polyester twill
dimensions: 21-1/2" X 20-1/2"

Excellent vintage condition with no stains, marks, holes.

Here's the info on the Design Works:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/10/arts/design/10tillett.html
and,
http://books.google.com/books?id=_-ICAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA58&lpg=PA58&dq=Design+Works+of+Bedford+Stuyvesant&source=bl&ots=SMpPZ1R6kO&sig=h4IjBK0D0HlsvvbOM71U03X4ut0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=XXUtUIbaOcKN6QHUroDADQ&ved=0CEMQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=Design%20Works%20of%20Bedford%20Stuyvesant&f=false

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About me: I am a NY based photo prop stylist for magazines like Real Simple, Instyle, Seventeen, and a few others, plus I’m a well versed shopping powerhouse for props for my photo shoots (some, you will find, oftentimes end up here on Etsy). I really enjoy finding cool stuff, and the result is what I consider a finely curated collection of vintage clothing, fashion and home accessories, and mid century odds and ends---with fair and affordable pricing. I like good stuff.

On the whole I’m an easy to approach seller, and if you love something but can’t afford it and wish I would discount it for you I probably will. That said, I majorly frown on low-ball offers for items that are clearly well-priced, so do us both a favor and don’t go there. My pricing is fair and Im told super cheap in comparison to like items in other shops or on Ebay. I am interested in making money, yes, but I tell you I get more of a charge out of finding appreciative homes and closets for my amazing things. The real deal is that I have a really skilled eye for lovely items, and I have more than I can handle and need to clear out my storage bins.

On quality: When I shop I do so carefully, and only select items of a certain quality and design dignity. I really like crafting a nicely balanced shop with things for most body shapes and sizes, and I take great care in how each item compliments other items in my shop. I only list things I feel are of a high quality, but if I find an amazing dress thatis damaged or needs some love, I have it listed because I know there is someone out there who wants it---even with blemishes or repair needs. I've found Etsy to be the perfect place for me to sell that sort of thing. So the message is: there’s no junk here, just well a well culled group of neat vintage stuff from home goods to fashion.

I dutifully detail all measurements, blemishes, and details I feel are necessary in the listing, and welcome additional info about a designer or item from shoppers. In my travels I come across amazing vintage clothing in the spirit of Betty Draper and Joan Holloway from Mad Men--great silhouettes and styles that are hand made, dressmaker patterned, or tailor made by home makers in the 50s and 60s. When I come across major designer labels like Chanel or Dior I scoop them up, and again with damaged clothing of a certain quality I know there is someone out there with a mending kit and some moxie that wants them. That said, most of what I like to sell is in clean and ready to go condition.

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Chip

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70s Design Works of Bedford Stuyvesant ethnic print scarf - Baar and Beards NYC - Japanese printing

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