September is New York Textile Month!

Did you know? September is New York Textile Month! One of the reasons I launched Entrechat Dance was to indulge my love of fine laces, including my very favorite, American-made leavers laces.

White Lise Leavers Lace Pointe Shoe Bag
White Lise Leavers Lace Pointe Shoe Bag

Leavers laces are made on Leavers machines, which are a remnant of the industrial revolution. Leavers laces are widely recognized as the finest-quality, most luxurious machine-made laces available. New Leavers machines haven't been manufactured in a century, so the few remaining mills that produce these gorgeous laces are very special and rare. Every machine has been maintained, repaired, and kept running by dedicated, highly-skilled textile workers, who make incredibly beautiful and intricate lace fabrics and trims. Because these machines are products of Victorian technology, the designs are programmed in using a series of punch cards—jacquard looms and lace machines were some of the very first computers!

Klauber Lace Leavers Machine (Photograph courtesy of Klauber Brothers)
Klauber Lace Leavers Machine (Photograph courtesy of Klauber Brothers)

The way that leavers laces are created is unique—unlike knit or woven textiles, in Leavers Laces, hundreds of individual bobbins interlace whisper fine yarns to create gorgeous patterns, mimicking the technique used to make handmade bobbin laces, but on an industrial scale.

Klauber Leavers Lace
Klauber Leavers Lace

There are a just few Leavers lace mills remaining in France's lace capital, Calais, and there is one remaining leavers lace mill stateside, right nearby in Rhode Island! All of the leavers laces used in Entrechat Dance's designs come from this small, family-run New England textile mill. It's my small, small way of helping to draw attention to this incredible art.

-Larissa

Animal-Free Holiday Gifts for Vegan Ballerinas

 These soft and stretchy viscose legwarmers by KD New York are comfy, cozy, and animal-free

These soft and stretchy viscose legwarmers by KD New York are comfy, cozy, and animal-free

The Holidays are upon us yet again! Here are a few of our favorite ethical, animal-free, vegetarian and vegan gift ideas for the ballerinas in your life.

KD New York Legwarmers

These cozy legwarmers by KD New York are made from premium synthetic and plant-based yarns and are knitted with love right here in New York City. (Right across the river, in the Bronx!) One size fits all, and they come in a bunch of fabulous colors, so they're a guaranteed hit. Also be sure to check out KD New York's line of "vegetable cashmere" sweaters and warm ups.

Black Alexandra Eyelash Chantilly Lace Ballet Wrap Skirt
Black Alexandra Eyelash Chantilly Lace Ballet Wrap Skirt

Entrechat Dance Alexandra Lace Ballet Skirts

Our newest ballet skirt design is sewn with love in Manhattan, and made of elegant Chantilly-style lace and pretty peach ribbon, both of which are made in the USA. Like all Entrechat Dance designs, the Alexandra Lace Ballet Skirt contains no animal products whatsoever. The lace is 100% nylon, and the ribbon is 100% polyester. Elegant and Ethical.

Lifefactory Water Bottles are made from high-quality glass and silicone materials in the USA and France.
Lifefactory Water Bottles are made from high-quality glass and silicone materials in the USA and France.

Lifefactory Water Bottles

Staying hydrated is important, and these durable and beautiful water bottles keep your water tasting fresh. They're assembled in California of a mix of USA-made and French-made components.

Black Lise Leavers Lace Pointe Shoe Bag
Black Lise Leavers Lace Pointe Shoe Bag

Entrechat Dance Pointe Shoe Bags

Our shoe bags are made from ultra-luxurious and elegant laces in New York City. Airy lace is not only beautiful, it allows pointe shoes to dry out completely between classes and helps extend their life.

Cynthia King's Stretch-Canvas Vegan Ballet Slippers Make Your Feet Look Amazing
Cynthia King's Stretch-Canvas Vegan Ballet Slippers Make Your Feet Look Amazing

Cynthia King Pro-Line Stretch Canvas Ballet Slippers

These soft, stretchy slippers make your arches look amazing and ease your conscience, since the soles are synthetic and they're 100% vegan. In addition, Cynthia King runs a  diverse, inclusive dance studio and company in Brooklyn.

Floor Barre Videos by The Accidental Artist, Sarah Arnold

Floor Barre is great, because you can do it anywhere—at home between classes, when traveling, etc. Sarah Arnold is an experienced teacher at the Pacific Ballet Academy in California's Bay Area. Her floor barre videos are clear and helpful.

Pretty Lace Hair Clips by Entrechat Dance, Embellished with Swarovski® Crystals.
Pretty Lace Hair Clips by Entrechat Dance, Embellished with Swarovski® Crystals.

Entrechat Dance Lace Hair Clips

Our lovely lace hair clips add a touch of sophisticated shimmer to your hair with genuine Swarovski® crystals.

-Larissa

Entrechat Dance Around Instagram!

We are so, so touched when lovely ballerinas share photos of their Entrechat Dance treasures on social media. If you love your Entrechat Dance items, please be sure to tag us @EntechatDance, and use the hashtag #entrechatdance. We could share your posts! Here are a few of our favorites:

Thank you @entrechatdance for my surprise gift in the mail! I love my new ballet skirt ❤️

A photo posted by Lauren Lovette (@laurenlovette) on

Super excited to wear my new skirt from @entrechatdance again!! Thank you so much!!

A photo posted by Sarah Villwock (@svilly23) on

 

New Arrivals

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We're pleased to announce a few new arrivals and an announcement.

We're now offering free shipping for all USA orders at over $50 with code FREESHIP50

The Lise Lace Pointe Shoe Bag is made from a gorgeous ivory cotton-blend eyelash leavers lace woven on 19th century looms in Rhode Island. Like all Entrechat Dance creations, it is hand-cut and sewn in New York City. It's our roomiest pointe shoe bag yet, with the interior measuring 8" wide by 12 1/2" long. Like all our lace shoe bags, the light, open airy fabric allows your pointe shoes to dry completely between wearings. Shop All Pointe Shoe Bags.

The Black Marie Lace Ballet Wrap Skirt is made from a soft Chantilly-style lace with a delicate scalloped hem. The skirt features our high-low wrap silhouette and signature Entrechat Peach ribbon waistband. Only one available, in size S-M. Shop all Skirts.

We're also pleased to announce that the Aurora Leavers Lace Pointe Shoe Bag is back in stock. This shoe bag is made from a distinctive black leavers lace with elegant multicolor yarns, that evoke the Princess Aurora's namesake, the Dawn. Shop All Pointe Shoe Bags.

-Larissa

Once Upon a Dream: Fairy Tale Fashion

I recently had the pleasure of viewing the Museum at FIT's latest exhibition, Fairy Tale Fashion, curated by Colleen Hill. The beautiful and inspiring show is organized thematically with gorgeously designed vignettes for each fairy tale. The experience was totally immersive—you take the stairs down into the special exhibition gallery, read and view a few items that explain the premise, open the main gallery doors, and enter the fairy tale world the museum created. As you follow the path through the exhibition, you're surrounded by beautiful and evocative fairy tale music from ballets and films, and the mannequin displays are complemented with appropriate film clips (including Moira Shearer dancing in The Red Shoes!) and theatrical displays (including a "glass" coffin for Snow White).

And the clothes! Some of my favorite items were the 18th century robe à la française in a "beastly" leopard patterned silk in the Beauty and the Beast display, the Charles James Swan gown (of course), and a stunning Marchesa tulle gown, that evokes Sleeping Beauty's nightgown.

Fairy Tale Fashion exchibition catalog by Colleen Hill
Fairy Tale Fashion exchibition catalog by Colleen Hill

The accompanying exhibition catalogue by Colleen Hill is gorgeous, well-researched, well-written, and even includes an incredible essay about ballet and fashion by Patricia Mears.

The show is only up until April 16, so if you're anywhere near New York City, you do not want to miss it. If you're not in the area, definitely check out the virtual exhibition online.

Fairy Tale Fashion

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