National Zipper Day-April 29th

 

 

National Zipper Day is observed each year on April 29th.  This day celebrates something that we often do not think about and just automatically take for granted.

 

I thought it would be fun to learn more about this unofficial national holiday.

It was first in 1851 that Elias Howe, the inventor of the sewing machine, received a patent for an “Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure”. Howe never made an attempt to market his invention and missed the recognition he may have received.

Forty-two years later, Whitcomb Judson began selling the “Clasp Locker”. Being very similar to Elias Howe’s patent, this device served as a more complicated hook-and-eye shoe fastener.  Judson started the Universal Fastener Company where he manufactured his new device and debuted it at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 but was met with little success.  Because Judson put his invention before the public for sale, he earned credit as its creator.

In 1906, Gideon Sundback, a Swedish-American electrical engineer, was hired to work Universal Fastener Company.  He was highly skilled and known for his devotion to the company.  In 1913, he invented the modern zipper. The patent for the “Separable Fastener” was issued in 1917.

By 1923, B.F. Goodrich popularized the word zipper as it applied to use in the boots and pouches it made.  The company even copyrighted the name for a time.

You can find the world’s longest zipper at the hotel in Fort Lauderdale’s Executive Airport.  The zipper measures 6,000 feet long.  The name of the hotel’s nightclub is “Zippers”.

 

However you decide to celebrate this day, enjoy! And remember that DrapeStyle is your source for custom made designer drapes, Roman shades and pillows. We would love to help you design your dream drapes. Contact us for more information, or visit our website to view the over 500 beautiful fabrics.


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Classic, Stylish, Roman Shades

 

 

As Spring quickly approaches I want to open up the windows and let the fresh air in. Here in Phoenix, come summertime, our shades will be lowered due to the intense heat. Keeping your shades or drapes drawn shut can keep the cold out in the winter and the heat out in the summer. So being able to keep my shades raised in the Spring is a welcomed event!

 

DrapeStyle can make Roman shades in any of the over 500 fabrics we offer. From designer fabrics to a basic linen shade, you will receive the finest quality custom made shade available anywhere. Standard privacy lining as well as blackout lining are optional when designing your shade. If you want a breezy, informal look, try an unlined linen shade. It will still provide needed privacy when lowered, and it will remain beautiful when raised up.

 

Looking for something more formal? Consider a Roman Shade made from 100% Dupioni Silk. Available in every color imaginable, a silk shade will add beauty and richness to any room. Pick a shade style such as London or pleated and it will dress up your room.

 

Mixing and matching Roman shades and draperies in the same room is a great way to create interest and style. Want to add dimension to the room? Select drapes AND a Roman shade. Layering your window treatments can create quite a statement.

Need a little help determining the size of your shade? Need fabric samples? Just need a little design advise? Please feel free to contact us. Our designers are happy to take your call and help you design your dream shades. We love making our customers happy. In fact, we have been awarded Best of Houzz four years in a row for superior customer service.

DrapeStyle prides itself on the quality and high standards put into each drape, curtain, Roman shade and pillow we make. Everything at DrapeStyle is custom, nothing is “Ready Made” but the difference is unsurpassed, and we think you’ll agree.


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Stately Traditions Drapery Hardware

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Stately Traditions Drapery Hardware

Stately Traditions is the latest addition to DrapeStyle’s drapery hardware collection. This inviting collection of classic shapes and rich finishes perfectly complements any drapery. With elegant styling, these items are sure to complete the look of your traditional space. Available in six finishes: aged white, antique pewter, royal bronze, mahogany, walnut and noir.

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With our custom drapery hardware there’s no challenge you can’t meet, no look you can’t achieve. We offer drapery hardware solutions for unique installation needs, including brackets for inside mounting and ceiling mounting. From classic, contemporary and eclectic styles for every need and budget. Our wide selection of drapery hardware – from drapery rods, finials and rings – come in a variety of finishes, materials and styles.  Please visit our hardware page for more styles and pricing.

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Veranda 9 Striped Silk Drapes, Matte Nickel Grommets

 

At DrapeStyle, everything we do is custom.  From Drapes and Roman Shades, to Pillows and Drapery Hardware. We have been manufacturing custom window treatments since 2002.  Our team of talented seamstresses have an average of 25 years of experience and we guarantee you’ll be pleased with the results.

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We love our customers and it shows! DrapeStyle has been awarded Best of Houzz in Customer Service three years in a row. If you need a little help determining size, fabric, length, etc. we’re here to help.

We want to you to enjoy your custom creation for years to come. Please contact us for more information or any questions you may have.

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National Tweed Day-April 3rd

NATIONAL TWEED DAY

Today is National Tweed Day. Who knew, right? I thought it would be fun to share what I found online about this day.

National Tweed Day is observed annually on April 3rd.  This day has a few different meanings, so you can choose which one you believe is the source of National Tweed Day.

 

Some people believe that National Tweed Day is celebrated  to recognize senator-turned-crook William “Boss” Tweed.  Tweed was born on April 3, 1823.  He was the wealthiest and most powerful politician of his time.  While being considered the “poster boy”  for political corruption, Tweed is still known by many as one of the most notorious politicians in American history.  He died in 1878, in jail, after being caught with millions of dollars of  stolen public money.

Others believe that National Tweed Day celebrates the tweed fabric.  Originally produced in Scotland, the fabric is a durable, rough, woolen cloth which was originally hand woven. The colors are traditionally earthy and blend well with the Scottish landscape. There are different families of tweed with different categories and styles of tweed that fall into these differing categories. Depending from which estate the tweed represents, the sheep from which the fabric is woven and the pattern woven, it could be a very special tweed indeed. Tweed was often worn by Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and Professor Henry Jones of Indiana Jones.

 

 

HOW TO OBSERVE

Here are a few suggestions from http://www.dates.abouttravelingtheworld.com

***Do some research on William Tweed

***Watch Sherlock Holmes, Indian Jones or James Bond movies with family and friends

***Wear tweed on this day.  This may include tweed dunks, suits, scarfs, trousers, caps or jackets

***Design a fashionable tweed attire and wear it for the day

***Visit the Tweed Museum of Art (it’s located at the University of Minnesota-who knew??!!)

***Listen to tweed music or Bob Dylan’s “Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum”

***Have fun with friends and family at the Tweed River Festival (In Australia!)

***Research the dog which became extinct in the 1800’s called the Tweed Water Spaniel

***Learn how tweed is made

***Go fishing on the River Tweed (In the United Kingdom!)

***Use #NationalTweedDay to post on social media

However you decide to celebrate this day, enjoy! And remember that DrapeStyle is your source for custom made designer drapes, Roman shades and pillows. We would love to help you design your dream drapes. Contact us for more information, or visit our website to view the over 500 beautiful fabrics.


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