Heavy Metal

One sure-fire way to make me squeal with delight is to take me to a store full of designer-worthy handbag hardware! Diva Phyllis, Diva Ann and I scoured the bins at Pacific Trimmings at 218 West 38th Street in Manhattan, not once but two days in a row! I LOVE their inventory and the owners and staff are nothing short of delightful! They also carry Riri zippers and will shorten or otherwise modify zippers while you wait. Phyllis had a separating zipper modified to a closed-bottom for a handbag.

Honestly, I thought I’d faint at the site of these gorgeous push locks – they are as nice as any you’d find on a pricey Marc Jacobs bag. If you go to NYC, this place is a must-see. Allow yourself plenty of time to browse. Their telephone number is (212) 279-9310.


The little silver rings in plastic bags are screw in grommets – they are a nice size for both handbags and garments.


Aren’t these the prettiest strap connectors and clips? You won’t find anything like this at the chain stores!


I also found this really interesting ruched organza insert. I’d like to try to use it around the neckline of a knit top.


Filed under New York Garment District, Notions, Pursemaking

9 responses to “Heavy Metal

  1. ConnieB

    Ooh lovely finds Gigi- hey I picked up that same ruching when I was there in Nov!

  2. that ruched trip is gorgeous. your cosmo dress is fab too, i may have to pick that pattern up. 🙂

  3. Cool, Gigi! So glad to see you posting about your recent haul!

    I’m playing with the dot org version of WordPress and pretty excited about it…so much more control. But we have a leeeetle more work to do first…(ahem!)

  4. Screw in grommets! I am intrigued. I’ve only used the “pound in” grommets.

  5. Well, you are quite the goth. I had no idea.

  6. Els

    Fabulous hardware.

  7. Phyllis

    Those grommets are made from cast metal – they are soooo stunning! I bought 5, and might use them for a spring mini-backpack

  8. Kara

    Beautiful!!!!! Nice to see you back 🙂

  9. Jennifer Shaw

    Nice to see that you are posting some more great information to share! Wow– all of this hardware is spectacular!!