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S/S '13!

Dear Friends,

We are thrilled to announce the debut of our Spring/Summer ‘13 collection! Visit our site www.thebanquetnyc.com to see the complete look book of our women’s wear and jewelry collaboration that we created with the support of our Kickstarter campaign. The collection features cotton and silk tailored wovens and day to evening knits in a palette of black, navy, neutrals and pastels with a corresponding offering of jewelry in an array of textures (wood! leather! rattan! assorted metals!). We can’t thank you enough for your support in seeing this project to fruition! The entire collection will be available for sale on our ecommerce site, www.thebanquetshop.com, in February of 2013.

Love and XO’s!

Pam & Miranda
theBANQUET




Pop Up Shop!


theBANQUET is hosting it's first ever POP UP shop with Etsy phenom, Allen CoFor one weekend only,  April 28-29th,  incredible vintage clothing and accessories from this beautifully curated online shop will adorn our racks.  See below for all the details.  See you next weekend!
xo,
theBANQUET





























Recent press

Kordan in Paper Mag

Inside The Banquet Boutique in Boerum Hill









If you've ever daydreamed of opening up a boutique with your best friend, be prepared to experience an intense wash of jealousy. Meet clothing designer Miranda Bennett and her partner, jewelry designer Pamela Johnston, the ladies behind The Banquet in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Named in honor of the monthly feasts in which they clear off the tables and invite friends to enjoy what Pamela calls "an extension of our homes," the store feels a lot like a gallery space; "Our hand goes into every piece, deciding if it's going to be in the store and why, " Miranda says.

As your jealousy subsides, soak in the heaps of goodies this boutique has to offer, starting with Pamela's line, Plume Jewels, laid out on the glass tables meant to appear like a "feast of jewels" Miranda says, The highlights include simple, smooth earring bars in silver and gold, elegant with a bit of an endge, and the link necklace, which Pamela does every season in different colors. There are also the vintage pieces that she peppers in with her modern staples. Right now Pamela's having a collar moment, and the sturdiness of the metal fittings contrast nicely with her longer necklaces.

Then there are Miranda's designs. Luxe fabrics -- like silk georgette and silk charmeuse -- reign supreme. The "Picnic Dress," a flowy everyday item punctuated by an elastic, adjustable strap with little toggles, comes in day and night versions. Her other best sellers are "The Strap Hanger," which is available as both a top and dress, and "The High Tea Dress," a Grecian inspired piece. Miranda explains that the watercolor scarves, which come in three different sizes, "are painted and dip-dyed to give a nice pop of color; it's a nice opportunity to experiment."

Other cool stuff they've got going; terrariums by friend Emily Waterhouse, each one unique, hand cut glass, or a found coyote tooth. The hanging feathers caught our eye, and the ladies said they will be holding a workshop in October featuring wine, feathers and friends.

The Banquet
360 Atlantic Ave.
(718) 522-6906
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn






5 Best Boutiques in Brooklyn


 Sakai Blue The Writers Network

Brooklyn jokes stopped being so funny once it became clear that Brooklyn rivaled Manhattan in many really great ways, including the clothing front.  Whereas in the past, Brooklyn girls had to traipse into Manhattan for stylish duds, the tables have long turned as many Manhattan girls take the reverse trek to Brooklyn in order to get their hands on some of the coolest fashion in the Big Apple.  Listed below are five of the coolest hot spots in Brooklyn for dapper threads. 


The Banquet
360 Atlantic Avenue (Boerum Hill)
This Boerum Hill boutique proudly stocks tons of made-in-Brooklyn merchandise.  Owners Miranda Bennett and Pamela Johnston have a great reputation for stocking some of the best vintage finds around.  An MBD High Tea dress is perfect lusciousness with its silk georgette material draping your body with a supple and soft effect.  It has the signature MB Grecian draping that helps give the dress that "Greek goddess in Brooklyn look."

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Emilie Waterhouse Terrariums for theBANQUET

We are pleased to announce our latest collaboration with artist and terrarium designer Emilie Waterhouse.  Each of Ms. Waterhouse's petite paradises are designed & handcrafted in her Brooklyn studio (she cuts & solders each piece!!).  These terrariums are all so individual and exquisite-filled with shells,  succulents, sharks teeth and moss from a recent trip she took to Loon Island in New Hampshire.   They are certain to bring joy to those who take them home.  Words and photos do not do these magical creatures justice, so please stop by and marvel for yourself!  Prices range from $42-$98

xo, theBANQUET










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WE DID IT!!  THANKS TO YOU!
Today at 11am our KICKSTARTER campaign ended and with your help, was successfully funded above and beyond our initial goal. 76 backers pledged $6,187 to support us designing and producing theBANQUET line. 
Words cannot express how grateful and inspired we are by the gift of such generosity and kindness. THANK YOU so very much for your contributions and for joining us on this unique and exciting experience. 
Please be on the look out for your incentives, we will be sending them out over the next 2-3 weeks.  And stay tuned!  We are so excited to begin the process of designing, sampling, marketing and producing theBANQUET line! We've only just begun! 
xo theBANQUET


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THANK YOU

We are beyond happy to report that through the support of an incredible group of backers, we have achieved our goal with 6 days to spare! Thank you is an understatement. 
We feel like we ought to put this remaining project time to use! For the remaining days, all of the additional funding that we receive will go towards the purchase of two Wolf dress forms! Help us get these girls in the shop! 
Thank you all again for this incredible wave of support! The encouragement and inspiration we have gained through this process is truly priceless!
xo, theBANQUET

     wolf dress forms
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KICKSTARTER Progress Report: 10 More Days to Go!!!

Hello Friends!

Our Kickstarter project has been such an incredible journey these past 20 days - the response from our friends, family and the Kickstarter community has been tremendous and beyond encouraging.


With your help, we have raised $3,722.00 in pledges since launching on June 1st - that's almost 70% of our $5,500 project goal!!!!!

We now have 10 more days to raise $1,778 in pledges! We are so close we can taste it, and it has only made us that much more excited to produce a stellar product once our campaign is completed.


If 100 more people pledge $17 each (or 50 people pledge $36; or 25 people pledge $72; or 12 people pledge $150!) we will succeed in raising our goal -  if we fall short, even by just $1, we do not get any of the contributions already backed. 


Please help us get closer to our goal by spreading the word even more than you already have, by re-posting our Kickstarter project link (http://kck.st/mgInOz) on your Facebook & Twitter accounts and forwarding this email on to family and friends!

We are completely overwhelmed by the generosity you have shown thus far and are truly touched by the outpouring of support for our project! This experience has given us so much more than financial backing, it has provided an incredible wave of validation and inspiration, helping us to continue along the path of working as independent designers and producing our product here in New York City. 

Thank you for believing in us! The best way that we can think of to repay you is to create an incredible collection and we CANNOT wait to get started!

Thank you again and all the best!

xo, 

Pam & Miranda
theBANQUET

Our Kickstarter Charted Progress!




Incentive THE AERIAL-$300 Pledge






theBANQUET's Private Label Dreams Come True with a Little Help from their Friends & Kickstarter!


We are excited to announce that Miranda Bennett and PLUME will join forces in co-designing a private label collection of clothing, jewelry and accessories for theBANQUET! We are raising funds for our collection throughout the month of June via the creative project funding platform Kickstarter.  For more information and/or to make a contribution please check out our Kickstarter project page here. Thank you!
xo, theBANQUET



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PARLAY Wine Hosts a Pink Circus Party!

Our friends Casey and Kahlil of Parlay Wine put together a circus themed shindig next Thursday June 9th, see the invite below for all the fun details.  We're excited and can't wait to try their new Rose and Pinot Noir!  We hope to see you there!

xo, theBANQUET

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We're moving and building a new dressing room in the shop soon. And, we are in LOVE with the idea of a teepee inspired lil changing room for our ladies.  Here are a few of our inspiration photos!
xo, theBANQUET






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Happy anniversary to theBANQUET, we're two today!  We are so grateful for the incredible support and love from our friends, family and customers these past couple of years.  Thank you for helping us create a space beyond the realms of ordinary.We look forward to celebrating our second year in business with you this Spring among the cherry blossoms and sunshine(we'll keep you posted on the date and time). 

From our Heart to Yours,
theBANQUET


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"There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born there, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size, its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter--the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night.

Third, there is the New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something. Of these trembling cities the greatest is the last--the city of final destination, the city that is a goal. 

It is this third city that accounts for New York’s high strung disposition, its poetical deportment, its dedication to the arts, and its incomparable achievements. Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness, natives give it solidity and continuity, but the settlers give it passion. And whether it is a farmer arriving from a small town in Mississippi to escape the indignity of being observed by her neighbors, or a boy arriving from the Corn Belt with a manuscript in his suitcase and a pain in his heart, it makes no difference: each embraces New York with the intense excitement of first love, each absorbs New York with the fresh yes of an adventurer, each generates heat and light to dwarf the Consolidated Edison Company. . . ."

- E.B. White


photo


image via them


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Just in time for the holidays, Spear's Spears freshly dilled pickles have arrived at theBANQUET!
 Creator and owner, Eric Spear, jars these delectable treats at his home on the East End of Long Island with fresh produce from Dayton Farms. 

We've just cracked open a jar and they are delicious! Subtly sweet, yet tangy and succulent with a slightly spicy finish. And did we mention the adorable packaging and reusable mason jar?! At $10 a jar it's the perfect hostess gift this holiday season.  Please come taste one or two at our holiday party Saturday, December 18th, 7-11pm. See you soon!

xo, theBANQUET




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Please join us in celebrating the season and the end of another wonderful year at our holiday party!

 Saturday, December 18th, 7-11pm.
Mistletoe.Shopping.Cocktails.Caroling.Treats.Art

Paintings by our lovely and talented friend Kellie Charlton will debut. 

xo, theBANQUET






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Our friend Jena Derman is one of the craftiest ladies that we know, from creating beautiful confections (for private clients or at her day job at Momofuku Milk Bar), tending garden with her exquisite green thumb, or, in this case, sculpting beautiful wheel-thrown pottery for theBANQUET.

We are pleased to announce that we will be selling a selection of her work in porcelain (and just in time for holiday gifting!) at truly accessible prices (ranging from $28-$48). Come in and have a look!

xo, theBANQUET


porcelain with celadon glaze - celadon originated in ancient China

two guests of honor, Zoe Ghertner posters & Jena Derman pottery

Derman's porcelain mugs & a Ghertner print

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Come shop and celebrate the season at our first annual Brooklyn Holiday Social block party!

 This Saturday, December 4th from 12-6pm, theBANQUET and boutiques such as Steven Alan, Jodi Arnold, Mafalda and many more will be whooping it up together-all offering discounts, treats and cocktails !

 theBANQUET will offer 15%-30% off Fall and Winter merchandise.   Wine and Fun will be served.

See you all then!

xo, theBANQUET



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We've curated  a nice collection of one of a kind vintage blazers and belts, perfectly in time for this crisp Fall weather we a having! We love layering them over Miranda Bennett silk dresses and topping off  with a P L U M E piece. Blazers $65-$120 and belts $18-$35

xo, theBANQUET








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We feel so lucky, theBANQUET has been featured again in New York Magazine!  The article, The Mighty Atlantic, includes the shop as one of Atlantic avenue's newest arrival and describes the avenue as one of Brooklyn's "busiest thoroughfare."  Thank you New York Magazine!

xo, theBANQUET






"theBANQUET
(360 Atlantic Avenue; 718.522.6906)
A collaboration between 
dressmaker Miranda
 Bennett and jeweler 
Pamela Johnston."




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Welcome to the neighborhood! Barney's Co Op Brooklyn has finally opened it's doors and they're just a hop, skip and a jump away from us at 194 Atlantic Avenue.  We are very excited to see and be apart of  Atlantic Avenue's evolution into a fun and chic shopping district.  We LOVE Barney's and have been huge fans of creative director, Simon Doonan's work for years!  Have a look ladies and Mr. Doonan, please stop by theBANQUET, we'd love to make your acquaintance! See you all soon...

xo, theBANQUET

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you are invited to LAZY DAYS a new show by Zoe Ghertner at theBANQUET



Please join us this Saturday, October 16th from 11-7 
for
LAZY DAYS
a poster installation by Zoe Ghertner at theBANQUET

We will be selling four limited edition poster prints
(come and snag them early)

POSTERS/WINE/PEOPLE/FUN

See you there.  xo. 
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theBANQUET
360 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
b/t Hoyt & Bond Street

/ 718 522 6906  //  info@thebanquetnyc.com ///
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We are so thrilled that our very own Miranda Bennett collection is featured today on Daily Candy in their Fall 2010 Wedding Guide. Have a look!

xo, theBANQUET

PS

Featured photograph is the Miranda Bennett Shore Dress worn with a Plume Bow Belt, photographed by Cydney Puro.



DailyCandy

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 11, 2010

Planning a Wedding in NYC

Fall 2010 Wedding Guide


fall 2010 wedding guide!
Falling in love is the easy part. Orchestrating the ceremony and party, and navigating family politics, is where things get complicated. Luckily, we’ve got the ninja-like skills to help.
State of a Dress
We adore the custom weddings work of NYC designersMiranda BennettAlison KellySir by Joanna Baum, andAlexandra Grecco. They’ll tailor a dress to your shape up to the last moment and may surprise you by being less expensive than off-the-rack satin concoctions.
See the complete article here.
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Just arrived, hand made soaps sourced in Austin, Texas, wrapped with love in marigold hued Canson paper secured with cotton twill; each packet feels like an apothecary parcel from another time. Available in Olive Oil and Oatmeal and made in small batches with all natural ingredients, they smell fresh & beautiful and leave your skin feeling just the same. A gorgeous gift for a friend or yourself.

xo, theBANQUET

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new arrival: Miranda Bennett Visor Skirt.

high paper bag waist, canvas weight linen.

sans belt. perfect pockets.

pop of color, silk lining. gold teeth, metal zipper.

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Fall is pushing out the dog days of summer as fast as can be, and after months of traipsing the out of doors at beaches and in the woods, our thoughts are returning at last to our homes. If you are like us, you are already missing the promise of infinite weekend getaways upstate and interludes of the simple life. These MB air plant vessels (transparent nests) and potted moss (delightful slices of the forest floor) are little mementos in remembrance of a summer past, and an homage to summers yet to come. Both offer low maintenance doses of greenery to even the most trepidatious home gardener. Terrariums coming soon!


xo, theBANQUET

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Yesterday we had a nice surprise when our dear friends and favorite flower girls stopped in unannounced with handfuls of beautiful flowers in a gorgeous Fall color palette, just in time for our Fashion's Night Out party! Thanks to Amanda & Ruth of Quatre Coeur

xo, theBANQUET

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A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of accepting an invitation to a new supper club organized by Caroline & Lisa of Num Num Chronicles. The incredible four course meal was prepared by chef Corey Chow of Per Se and served in a covetable, gorgeous Williamsburg apartment. Kelly Carambula of Eat Make Read prepared far too delicious cocktails and poured local beers throughout the night. Approximately 22 of us (including our lovely friend Jessica Goldfond of The Shiny Squirrel) dined together as Corey prepared course after course just feet away. We were so inspired for our next BANQUET dinner (coming soon!) and have so many new ideas as we approach a new season of supping together. 

xo, theBANQUET

all photographs kindly furnished by the Num Num Girls 
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Please join us for a celebration of fashion.

Friday, September 10th
12-10pm

Miranda Bennett & PLUME Fall 2010 collection debut

DooWop.Vintage.Infused Cocktails. Fun.

 RSVP 

xo, theBANQUET



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Bling Watch: A New Robot-Chic Collection

By: Jessica Minkoff
Four pieces isn't a lot for a jeweler's fall collection, so you better be sure you're packing quite the punch. 
Luckily, LES-based designer Pamela Johnston manages to pull it off, with a fall '10 line that, while low on quantity, is high on quality. Johnston first stepped onto the fashion scene a few years back, with a degree from Parsons and a stint as Yigal Azrouël's gal Friday. She launched her own label, Plume, in spring 2005, after friends kept trying to snag her personal creations for their own jewelry boxes. Her latest gems are inspired by the robot ''M-Machine," from iconic movie Metropolis. Fittingly, the selection of neck candy (all under $300!) serves up a robotic mixture of ribbon, chain, and brass trinkets for a future-perfect bling experience. Look for Johnston's update on her classic Accordion necklace and the Macrame Trinket Bib that Judy Jetson might covet. So, if four is your lucky number, take a time-machine ride forward with Plume—your neck will never look more ahead of the curve.



R29 GIVEAWAY:
Do you want to be the first jewelry fiend to sport the new Plume Accordion necklace ($280) this fall (above, left)? Well, we've got you covered. Post a picture of your favorite robot on our Facebook page. One lucky winner, who has the same taste in 'bots as we do, will win the necklace!

Plume is available at theBANQUET; 360 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt a
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In celebration of Pamela's birthday, theBANQUET ladies and a few of our closest friends trapezed the Manhattan sky!  Bejeweled and bespeckled head to toe in glitter, we not only conquered but nailed every death defying climb, leap, catch and release. It was an evening of high style, love, laughter and applause never EVER to be forgotten.  Thank you all for being so brave, the incredible experience and of course for the gift of your friendships!
xo, 
theBANQUET















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Lately it seems Atlantic Avenue is the place to see and be seen.  And, today at theBANQUET, customers Shani and Takiyah gave us a lot of style candy to gawk at.  These lovely ladies were sporting some MAJOR hair to toe ensembles.  Thanks girls for striking a pose!

xo, theBANQUET

Oh, and P.S., Those bags are to die for!  Great transitional Summer to Fall accessories.

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What's in Store for Fall...


Plume Macrame Trinket Bib, $285, available at theBANQUET


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Miranda's Birthday Pics as promised!
xo, theBANQUET










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 Tonight theBANQUET is having a birthday party for the the lovely and amazing Miranda Bennett. There will be 99 red balloons, her dearest and nearest friends and a lot of jalapeno infused tequila to commemorate the life and times (thus far) of our lil lady! Lots of pics to follow! For now, a birthday dedication by Nena.
xo,
theBANQUET
   
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Uh, Oh, we've been summoned for Jury Duty!!!  And, we have to admit, it's really not that bad, it almost feels like a vacation...okay perhaps not.  But, it is a nice break from routine and we've discovered how charming municipal lower Manhattan can be.  Here's a few snapshots...
xo, theBANQUET

Lunch among Deco and Classical  Architecture



Relics




Stabile Sculptures in City Hall Park





City Hall Park Fountain








Dries Van Noten, Century 21 lunch time pit stop


illegal snap, but this is what a criminal courtroom looks like



Decayed beauty



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   We're about half way through the biography, The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll, and so far it's a  fascinating (mid) Summer read.  The bio pieces together the life of the glamorous and bizarre Dare Wright,  most famously know as the author of the 1950's classic children's book, The Lonely Doll.  Dare was also a talented photographer who shot all the book's artful (and a bit eerie) black and white still life portraits. She also dabbled in modeling, and acting, she was a knock out! But, her relationship to her mother, painter Edith Stevenson Wright, was very controlling and disturbing, similar to the two Edie Beale's of Grey Gardens.   We'll stop here for fear of giving the book away, but we highly recommend adding this biography to your book shelf...it really is a captivating and "sensitive assessment" of an incredible woman's life. 

xo, theBANQUET


















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We love this woman's look!  Her attitude and style are adorable and remind us of a young Peggy Guggenheim. We cordially invite her to our next banquet dinner. Please do let her know Mr. Sartorialist and thank you for snapping this lovely lady.

xo, theBANQUET

Lucia, Florence, Italy 2010

Peggy Guggenheim,  Venice, Italy 1950's

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All people dream, but not equally.
Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind,
Wake in the morning to find that it was vanity.
But the dreamer of the day are the dangerous people,
For they dream their dreams with open eyes,
And make them come true.

by D.H. Lawrence



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Shopping Brooklyn’s Atlantic Ave.

The Banquet
Photo: Jessica Schwartzberg

Acorn a Brooklyn Toy Shop

At this fairy tale of a store, you’ll find mobiles hand-stitched from Liberty of London fabrics, bamboo model airplanes made in Vietnam, German Waldorf dolls, and embroidered Mexican bibs. 323 Atlantic Ave.; 718/522-3760.

Hollander & Lexer

Oak floors, lacquered brick walls, and a sound track of gypsy music set the scene for Santa Maria Novella toiletries (originally made by Italian monks) and Borsalino fedoras mixed with Rogan knits, Filson bags, and Rachel Comey sandals. 358 Atlantic Ave.; 718/797-9190.

The Banquet

When you enter the Banquet you’re likely to find the owners—dressmaker Miranda Bennett and accessories designer Pamela Johnston—hard at work. The duo, who met at Parsons, make almost everything you see, from the flirty silk dresses to the Frida Kahlo–style hairpieces. 360 Atlantic Ave.; 718/522-6906.

Mafalda

Looking for a circa-1970 handmade Mexican wedding gown or a lightly used Bottega Veneta clutch? Former model and fashion buyer Christina Kolbe sells vintage finds that she picks up on road trips around the United States. 360 Atlantic Ave.; 347/987-3470.

City Foundry

Furniture designer Sohrab Bakhshi packs this space with everything from aluminum World War II military cases to vintage clocks, plus Bakhshi’s own creations (chandeliers made from water mains and motor-oil jars). 365-367 Atlantic Ave.; 718/923-1786.

Darr

Taxidermied heads of South African Cape buffalo and other animals hang on the walls, before an intriguing array of antiques and found objects (Victorian birdcages and clock bodies; hand-knotted Persian mats). Owners Hicham Benmira and Brian Cousins collect everything for sale here during their travels.

Jonathan Adler

“Your home should be like a good dose of Zoloft” is a witticism that graces the walls of one of the irreverent potter-slash-designer’s newest shops. Inside, you’ll find groovy textiles (a pillow handwoven with a bright-orange British flag), modern dog bowls, hashish-scented candles, and more. 378 Atlantic Ave.; 718/855-0017.

Eva Gentry

Husband-and-wife team Eva and Gentry Dayton added some motorcycle chic to this minimalist, gallery-like boutique. Black and gray garments from Ann Demeulemeester and Rick Owens and leather bags and shoes from Italian labels Guidi and M.A+ are for sale in this white-on-white shop (there’s also a helmet turned handbag by Martin Margiela on display). 389 Atlantic Ave.; 718/260-9033.

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We love our neighborhood more and more everyday, on our walk to the shop down Smith street today we came across an unexpected Bastille Day celebration. The street was bustling with fedora clad men and women eating, drinking and being very merrily French! Apparently, this is a Smith street tradition, today is the ninth annual soiree.  The celebration is from noon to 10pm and sponsored by Bar Tabac and Robin de Bois,  both delicious French restaurants here in Boerum Hill. They even covered a portion of the street with sand for a petanque tournament (the largest in the nation in fact).  We can't wait to swing by later to partake in the festivities and, of course, for a nip of Ricard!
xo, theBANQUET

Smith Street

The competition, looking fierce!




Placing their bets!

Bastille 2010, mini skate park

Pam, coincidentally, looking very French in her boater hat today!


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theBANQUET has been included in the beautifully curated guide book eat.shop nyc!  This book features "an encapsulated view of the most interesting, inspired and authentic locally owned eating and shopping establishments,"in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.  They've done an incredible job of selecting businesses that artfully offer a tiny sliver of the local perspective. Tourist, transient or native you will love this book! It is available for purchase at The Strand for $13.95.  And did we mention the photographs are absolutely gorgeous, especially of the food!  Check out a few snap shots of our favorites spots below.
xo, theBANQUET

eat.shop nyc, 



theBANQUET, "a harmonious convergence"



theBANQUET, covet: Plume petite accordion & Miranda Bennett cake dress


botanica, fresh cocktails, 


erie basin, antiques


maps




the ten bells, natural wines, oysters & small plates

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We are so honored.  theBANQUET has been referenced in this week's New York Magazine among the burgeoning "modern day" collective movement in New York City. To be in the company of such an  innovative and creative grouping of artists and entrepreneurs is extremely flattering and inspiring!  Thank you New York Magazine!

xo, theBANQUET

JULY 12, 2010



"...in today's increasingly communalized New York, sharing of everything...is suddenly modish, promoted by city officials... by entrepreneurs, and pursued by legions of everyday citizens."





What to Buy:  Cove dress by Miranda Bennett, $285



The New Collectivism, pages 38-43

Beautiful Photo, intense caption
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Yesterday, we had front row seats to the largest firework display in the country at Chelsea Piers, on the beautiful Hudson River.  It was a magical afternoon and evening, thanks to Josh Myers for tickets and Macy's for the sparkly pyrotechnics! Below, our friend Stephaine Schwallie captured a few patriotic moments with her 1975 Super Shooter Land camera. 
xo, theBANQUET

Stars and Stripes Forever



Maker of the best key lime tart east of the Mississippi


America the Beautiful

Yankee Doodle Dandies 


Whistling Dixiethe ladies of  theBanquet 

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Kime Buzzelli's lovely portraits are looking more and more beautiful in our shop!   If you missed the party,  please stop by soon, they are going quick and will hang until the end of July.  Buzzelli signed silk screened linen napkins are also available!  See below for pricing.
xo,
theBANQUET 



Linen napkins, $25 each



Portraits 400 each



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Plume limited edition basket totes are now available at theBANQUET.  Plume artwork and floral keychains accent this gorgeous and sturdy basket made in France from the Mad'Azur Satrana series. There are only four of these up for grabs, so please call to put one on hold or swing by the shop...quickly!

xo, theBANQUET


1of 4, Limited Edition $225


theft proof, clever! 


Vintage fabric flower, cotton cording & wood beads

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We are pleased to announce the arrival of ESPADRILLES, imported directly from our recent trip to the French Riviera!  Summer is here and with an enchanting trip to the Cote d' Azur, theBANQUET is inspired by all things French!
 
COLORS: Taupe, Denim, Canvas, Indigo, Black & Olive SIZES: 6-10
$55 a pair!


More from our trip to come, au revoir for now,
theBANQUET

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Thank you to everyone for coming out and celebrating with us this Saturday! And to Kime for coming all the way from Los Angeles and sharing her beautiful artwork with us, Amanda & Ruth of Quatre Coeur for the amazing flowers, Josh & Gracie for being the first and the last men standing, BJB for the chocolates, and EVERYONE who came! We had such a wonderful time. We also got too distracted during the party to snap too many pictures, so, enjoy some views of the setup.

x theBANQUET

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Please join us in celebrating theBANQUET boutique's one year anniversary!

Saturday, June 5th from 6 - 9 pm

The ladies of theBANQUET will be joined by artist Kime Buzzelli
An installation of linen napkins and paintings by Buzzelli will be available for viewing & purchase.
With flowers styled by Quatre Coeur

And a lavish offering of confectionary treats & drink

For this night only, Miranda Bennett Design and Plume will offer 20% off of there entire collections,
including an array of limited edition, Buzzelli inspired pieces

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360 Atlantic Avenue b/t Hoyt & Bond

Please RSVP to info@thebanquetnyc.com

See you soon!

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"Life's a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!" - Auntie Mame
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Brooklyn's Hottest Shopping Block Revealed

By: Christene Barberich & Kristian Laliberte

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Atlantic Avenue used to be the home of lots of great, old and crusty antiques stores, and thankfully, there are still a few. But lately a little strip of Brooklyn's Boerum Hill has become a smokin' hot-bed of cool new addresses, well worth more than a drive-by before you hot-step it to the Brooklyn Flea this summer. We focused on the particularly sweet stretch between Hoyt and Bond streets, and sussed out our favorite spots for getting the old-world neighborhood vibe in a new way.

1. Mile End: This Montreal Jewish deli has only been open a few months, and already there's a line out the door on weekends for their signature smoked meat hash, chazzers (egg and cheese with canadian bacon on pressed rye...yum!), and super strong Stumptown coffee. You can swing by for more than a hot minute—starting next month this delicious nook will be serving up dinner, too.
97A Hoyt Street (between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street); Brooklyn; 718-852-7510 

2. Mafalda: Well, all we can say is if you're into really, really good vintage, Mafalda (http://www.refinery29.com/antiques-sweet-dresses-and-coo.php) is your new joint. Owner Christina Kolbe has the sharpest eye going (takes one to know one), and just this past weekend, we succumbed to a gorgeous red leather vintage Balmain bag for ($125), silk turquoise trousers ($68), and the most incredible floral mini dress you can imagine ($98). Danger, danger!
360 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt and Bond streets);Brooklyn; 347-987-3470

3. The Banquet: The lovely ladies of the boutique The Banquet recently changed their name and overhauled their stock. Lucky for you, you can still score lots of co-owner Pamela Johnston's pretty jewelry pieces under the name Plume, and co-owner Miranda Bennett's easy-elegant silk mini-dresses. Bonus-points: The duos second-hand finds, from mod furnishings and bizarre old books to vintage blazers.
360 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt and Bond streets); Brooklyn; 718-552-6906

4. Town & Country Antiques: Carrying on the street's rep for high-end furnishings, Town & Country offers something the other shops don't: Great value and honest-to-goodness one-of-a-kind treasures. Be warned, the space is teeny-tiny, but inside you can score things like a mint pair of Wegner chairs for not a lot of cash-money.
325 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt and Bond streets); 718-875-7253

5. Très Belle Spa: After all your local retail therapy, book yourself a wee recharge at Allison Tray's darling slip of a spa. We recommend the brand-new, ultra-relaxing Duchess Marden facial, which uses clean-green, hydrating products, and the why-have-I-never-gotten-this-before lash tint. Your epidermis and Betty Boop-peepers will thank us.
105 Bond Street (between Pacific Street and Atlantic Avenue); Brooklyn; 917-763-6143

6. Steven Alan: We were beyond psyched when our favorite local designer and retailer took over a handsome space right on Atlantic, and we're pretty sure his residency may have had just a lil' something to do with Barneys Co-Op coming to the block later this year. As much as we love Alan's Tribeca flagship, we dig this clever off-shoot for its well-picked jewelry, Rachel Comey sandals, and madras shirts for guys.
349 Atlantic Avenue (at Hoyt Street), Brooklyn, 718-852-3257 


SEE THE FULL ARTICLE, HERE.
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Our new bags and business cards are in!

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Our Spring/Summer '10 inspiration boards. We have them out on the selling floor so our customers & friends can read our minds.

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theBANQUET Archive collection has flown out of the shop faster than a paper airplane. Lucky for you, we have just restocked our Annie Hall finds with some extra, super lady like trousers & shorts (a la Lauren Bacall). Enjoy some inspiration from the Archive vaults as Lady Lauren shows us how it's worn.

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This weekend we had a cute customer shopping for a trip to the 
Kentucky Derby. We were very honored to outfit her for the event. Take a peek at what look she went with.

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We are thinking Derby Party next year - 
mint juleps anyone?

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We think these new Plume and MB looks are the perfect way to celebrate the best time to be (Spring!) in our favorite city (New York!).

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Plume Cubist Necklace, brass cubes and suede cord. 
Miranda Bennett Sophia Top in silk georgette & Visor Skirt (with pockets!) in striped linen with thread detail, lined in silk.


Plume Block Necklace, painted wood and cord. One-off color combinations.
Miranda Bennett Castle dress, linen with thread detail and separating zip, lined in silk.

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THE BANQUET ARCHIVE vintage line just got its first seasonal spill! We have mined our most favorite secret sources and procured some stellar pieces. Our broad theme is, as always, tailored staples & underpinnings. The emphasis this time around is khaki shorts and trousers; perfect jeans and cut-offs; denim jackets by Levi's, Wrangler, & Rustler, studded with a few impossible to pass up designer gems. Our Guest of Honor/source of inspiration is the endlessly lovely Diane Keaton circa Annie Hall. It's character clothing for ladies who have it. These cool, confident, masculine/feminine garments play perfectly off of our statement and fine jewelry pieces via Plume and our romantic draped looks from Miranda Bennett. Prices start around $45, so come and get it. 

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Helen Charis Wilson (May 5, 1914 - November 20, 2009). Better known as Charis (pronounced CARE-is), she became the muse of photographer Henry Weston early in her life; a tender 19 to his world weary 48. Normally this detail would turn our stomachs more than warm our hearts, but when confronted by Wilson's conspicuous intelligence, her candor about their affair, and her natural, confident beauty, it becomes clear that theirs was a meeting of equals. Wilson penned the essay that won Weston the Guggenheim Fellowship, published a narrative of their travels called Seeing the West with Edward Weston, and later, contributed the text to California and the West, a collection of Weston's prints from their travels. The two parted ways twelve years after their first meeting, with Weston following his lens to ever younger muses and Wilson marrying a colleague and cultivating a rich and diverse writing career. The product of their time together is a prolific essay on the coming of age of a woman amidst the mythical and wonderful West.

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Our dear friend wrote about our first banquet dinner on Full Frontal Fashion today. Have a look : A Banquet on Atalntic Avenue

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A little over a week ago, we invited a handful of friends from different facets of the Fashion Industry to our first Banquet Supper. In attendance were a fashion photographer, a fashion and lifestyle writer, a stylist and video artist, a fashion designer, a jewelry designer and fine artist, and ourselves. The idea was to get everyone together to celebrate the new direction of the store, foster connections between a wonderful group of people, and discuss topics relevant to our field. 

Fueled with tasty delights from Sahadi's and a steady stream of prosecco & red wine, the night flowed on with rich conversation ranging from the economy to Lady Gaga,  veganism to the future of the fashion industry. So many future collaborations and installations were discussed that our heads nearly began spinning and we all left feeling restored and inspired. It was such a magical night and we already eagerly anticipate our next supper. Thank you so much to our lovely guests.

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Plume Ornaments of Gold & Diamonds.

Plume studs now available at The Banquet. Available in 14k Rose Gold with Black Diamonds and 14K Yellow gold With White Diamonds.

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(Thank you Shelby DiMarco for making us think about collage and blown smoke and simultaneity and a mythical otherworldly and ladies of crystal and fog.)
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A style biography from The New York Times on the authority and sage that is Patti Smith. The article weaves us through the evolution of Smith's personal (now iconic) style. Her androgynous, pitch perfect look has certainly diffused to multiple generations, which makes it all the more fun to hear her wax romantic about ball gowns and garment construction and the roots that have informed her style of dress. She speaks of fashion as consisting of objects with the power to communicate and reveal something deeply personal, intuitive, and emblematic of our inner sensibilities while also being relics of pop culture, symbols through which we can channel the attributes of icons. Through her words we can see style as a narrative, laced with meaning that is gleaned from a common story, filled with references to time and place, demarcating development and growth, and as an expression both idiosyncratic and archetypal.

Thank you, Patti. Love you always.  

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Some of our favorite moments, below.


 “People wouldn’t know this about me, but I adore ball gowns,” she said. “I love their cut, their architecture and the thought of the hands of so many seamstresses working on them.”

She likes to knot her white shirts at the waist in homage to Ava Gardner. Her stringy men’s ties are a simultaneous nod to Frank Sinatra and Bob Dylan. Like the beat-up biker jackets she hunted down long ago in thrift shops on the Bowery, they are totems.

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(thanks to dkkkkk for making us think of playtime, and stables, and miniature worlds, and the wild west, and pony girls, and childhood.)

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ALL PHOTOGRAPHS BY CYDNEY PURO

1. Miranda Bennett Sophia Top, cream silk georgette & Visor Skirt, black linen lined in silk. Plume Accordion Necklace, silk ribbon and chain.

2. Miranda Bennett Sands Dress, eggplant silk charmeuse with bone grey chiffon yoke. Plume Pom Pom Belt, champagne silk charmeuse and elastic with metal clasp.

3. Miranda Bennett Cake Dress, pewter silk georgette.

4. Plume Macrame Trinket Bib, cotton grograin ribbon and brass.

5. Miranda Bennett Color Block Dress, metallic group, silk crepe de Chine.

6. Miranda Bennett Shore Dress, black silk georgette. Plume Bow Belt, nude silk.

7. Miranda Bennett Castle Dress, black and grey wool, linen straps, metal zipper.

8. Miranda Bennett Pier Dress, black linen lined in silk.

9. Plume Trinket Necklace, silk tie and brass.

10. Plume Small Wonder Necklace, silk ribbon, brass and lucite.

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For beauty, black and white horses, and a name that evokes warmer times (sung in a town that we love).


For newcomers, Brooklyn bands, and boys.


For the deep, blue sea and singing with friends.


For the nighttime, after a day of snow ball fights.


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"Take my heart / Pack it neat 
Take me where / There is no yesterday 
Only tomorrow / Carry me always
So we never land / And away, ahead
From those dreaded yesterdays 
That lacked you / My heart, My forever 
I can only see / Our tomorrows"


The before and after, with some very careful placing in between. Our poem to all of our dear, dears and to our dearest shop. Happy Valentines Day, from us to you. And Happy Anniversary to you, beautiful store. Here's wishing for many, many more.

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