Today’s catch is really a catch-and-a-half. We’ve been admiring Plum Blossom Kimono’s gorgeous silk scarves for a while. Plum Blossom uses authentic vintage kimonos to create unique scarves, pillows, and even greeting cards. This is great news for those of us who appreciate the beauty of traditional Japanese textiles, but in all honesty have little occasion to don an actual kimono. For some of us, the intricate floral and geometric designs might just compliment our walls or living rooms better than our bodies.
Plum Blossom’s treasures are usually available only through their online store, but this weekend, we get a chance to see them up close and personal at the Festival on the Hill—a community festival complete with gourmet food, crafts, music, and activities for kids. That’s where the extra half-a-catch comes in. A festival where you can count on finding entertainment, activities, and treasures like those that Plum Blossom offers is a real treat, and not something that happens every day. Proceeds from the festival go to a variety of local causes.
The Festival on the Hill takes place Saturday, October 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the 1300 block of Bolton Street & Lanvale Streets in Baltimore. You can learn more about Plum Blossom Kimono at www.plumblossomkimono.com.
There aren’t many interior design companies that elicit the same sense of high-style as Fortuny. Mariano Fortuny, a painter who was also versed in etching, sculpture and photography, developed his Venice textile company in 1921 from a genuine love of the craft — he began dying fabric for amusement as a child — and a heightened sense of color. Fortuny Interiors, by Brian Coleman and Erik Kvalsvik, brilliantly displays the venerable line and the company’s commitment to its founder’s vision.