A welcome home trunk show was held last week at the Proper Brick Oven and Tap Room, Downtown, in honor of Pittsburgh-based designer Sandra Reiman (pictured at right), who recently returned from showing pieces from her handbag collection Sandra Cadavid at Henri Bendel in New York City.
Twice each year designers from across the globe vie for a chance to showcase their collections at the upscale fashion retailer's flagship location in midtown Manhattan. On these biannual designer days, in just a few hours the store easily sees about 1,000 designers, from which only about 20 are selected from a trunk show. Ms. Reiman was one of them.
The brand surpassed the store's expectation for trunk show sales after the first day of the three-day engagement, Ms. Reiman said. Historically, collections that perform well could be invited back for future engagements or even carried in the flagship store. But while Ms. Reiman was en route to New York, she heard the news that Henri Bendel's parent company, L Brands, announced that the flagship would no longer carry third-party vendors, making an opportunity to have her line carried there unlikely.
"It took the wind out of my sails," Ms. Reiman said. Nevertheless, she and business partner Yu-Ling Cheng made some good connections at the trunk show.
At Proper Pittsburgh, handbags and jewelry were on display for guests to browse. Bags are made by hand in Ms. Reiman's native country of Colombia. The jewelry on site included potential pieces for upcoming collections, which emphasized airy sophistication with clean, thin shapes. Also new were leather zipper wallets in rich colors with ample slots for organizing money and credit cards inside.
For more on the Sandra Cadavid collection, visit www.sandracadavid.com.
Potential earrings for an upcoming Sandra Cadavid jewelry collection.
A horseshoe necklace, a new piece by Sandra Cadavid.
Handbags from the Sandra Cadavid collection.
New Sandra Cadavid wallets.
(Photos: Headshot by Natalie Morris. Collection photos by Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette)