Hello everyone!

As promised, I am continuing to scout local talent every week and serving it to you right here, on our Perspective blog.

This week I would like to introduce Queen Bee Fibers, a company founded by Lexi Parisse who is a fiber artist and beekeeper.

Aside from fiber works, Lexi produces amazing bath and beauty products:


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Made with things such as infused grapeseed oil, nutmeg oil, aloe vera gel and honey from Lexi’s own hives!

More info is available here.




As seen in Whole Foods stores, this product contains Raw wool that is completely dissolved into the soap, dispersing the fiber’s proteins and the lanolin.

More info is available here.

Now, let’s jump to my favorite part – the fibers!

Fiber fiends, you need to get your hands on these for your next project.



Hand painted and hand dyed 4oz braid of 21.5 micron American Top.

More info here.




Hand painted and hand dyed 4oz braid of 28-29 microns USA Domestic Wool roving.

More info here.

Queen Bee Fibers also works with yarn:




65% Alpaca- NY
25% Merino- USA
10% Silk

This yarn was spun in New York and hand dyed in Lexi’s own kitchen in New Jersey. You can’t get more local then that!

More info here.

Lexi is also creator of the Snurtle, an amazing multi-functional fall/winter must have.

Easy to use with snaps, there are so many way’s to style these. Just utilize the snaps differently!

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For more snurtles, click here.


Lexi and her fibers:


Lexi and her fibrous friend:



(Photo Cred: Queen Bee Fibers Facebook Page)

Be sure to visit Lexi this weekend at the New York Hall of Science, located at 47-01 111th Street Queens, NY 11368.

Saturday, September 20th, 2014
10am – 7pm

Sunday, September 21, 2014
10am – 6pm

Support local artists!

For more info on Queen Bee Fibers, check out their website by clicking here. 

Queen Bee Fibers is also on Etsy! Click here for Etsy store. 

Greetings, style fiends!

Today’s style scope is set on fashion designer Luis Peralta. Luis will be the first installment of a weekly series where I will be scoping out fresh talent and talking about it right here, on the Apartment 48 Perspective blog.

Luis Peralta is exactly what we need in today’s fashion market. He is young, his work is fresh and he is extremely talented.

This past weekend, during NYFW Spring/Summer 2015 – I had the opportunity to pop into his presentation and see what he has been working on recently.

The presentation was hosted in NYC’s West Village and featured a creative collaboration with Hadiiya Barbel, Emmy award winning hair-stylist best known for her work on the Wendy Williams show.

WE TV was there to film the event so stay tuned for that next fall.

Two dresses that were featured in Luis’ new collection:

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After the presentation I was able to snap a really cool photo of Luis Peralta outside with his models:

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(These photos were taken on my iPhone 5s)

Luis is really great at fashion illustration as well as pattern making and construction. It’s great when you can recognize that a designer is superb all-around.

Check out some of his sketches from his Resort 2015 collection here:

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(Photo Cred www.luisperalta.squarespace.com)

While chatting with Luis after the show, I had a chance to ask him a few questions.

Q: What is this current collection all about? 

Luis: “It’s about mermaids, aliens and angels.”  - I did not need another second to understand what he meant.

Beautiful white silhouettes showed me angels,

A blue hue dress with multiple hand sewn pieces of tulle showed me his mermaid fantasy -

and a sleek white look with modern cut outs adorned with a hot pink wig definitely channeled a glamazon alien.

(See outdoor photo with these looks above).

Q: What is your favorite element of a room? 

Luis: ”My favorite element of a room is definitely the furniture.” He says that furniture is a make it or break it for him – so we can go ahead and assume he likes beautiful, open layouts – which is resembled in his work.

Q: Do you see yourself emerging into home textiles and goods in the future?

Luis: “Well now that you mention it – I probably should!” Yes, Luis. You definitely should!

You can keep up with Luis’ work on his design instagram, @luis_peralta_nyc.

You can view his past collections and stay tuned for future collections directly on his website, www.luisperalta.squarespace.com 

Luis is on the rise and I am only certain that his work will rise to prominence in the near future.

Some of my favorite Peralta looks from the past:

F/W 14/15:


F/W 13/14:

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Keep up the great work, Luis!


- Nicholas


What’s up, style fiends?

The Summer has come to a close, If you do not work in fashion you have had a full twenty four hours to commemorate your labor and now it’s time for the grind.

In case you noticed a trail of blood, sweat and tears on the NYC pavement, you may have already put two and two together and dreamingly said “fashion week is here”.

Yup, it kicks off this Thursday, September 4th at Lincoln Center with first day showings by designers such as Nicholas K, BCBG Maxazria and spanish mega brand, Desigual.

Composing an original and stand-out invitation is key to having a potential guest attend your show – considering the fact that some of these guests’ presence is so desired, they do not physically have the ability to attend every show.

So, what is the IN invitation this season?

Charlotte Ronson is going to be feeding hungry fashionistas..

Little aluminum tins of caviar with her show deets on the inside. Just kidding – they are getting a PIZZA! (They know they want it).

Not just a slice, but a whole “Ronsonrita” pie from hot-pizza-spot, Asellina. Interns, maybe today you will actually be fed!

The Ronsonrita will be coming around lunchtime today in a custom, limited edition box designed by Charlotte Ronson herself.

For those of you that Charlotte Ronson totally forgot to think about (you can’t blame her – she’s busy); you can pick up a ronsonrita minus the invitation for the whole month of September at Asellina.

I hope Anna Wintour is hungry – and has a seam allowance.

What do you think?


Nicholas Moteka



photo cred www.stylepantry.com – Domenico Crolla, Pizza Artist





This years fall show at the Javits held several treasures. We found great new items to add to our fall and holiday selections.

Me shopping

Me shopping

New bar tools

New bar tools

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The perfect teapot

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A trending tray

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Classic cocktail glass from Italy

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A mod hand blown Carafe

Vogue predicted Kelly Wearstler was going to be big. They were right. She has surpassed all expectations and redefined the meaning of modern eclectic.

Vogue feature

Vogue feature

Her heart

Her heart


The Martin Las Vegas

The Martin Las Vegas



The Rug Company

The Rug Company


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