Last night was the opening gala for the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show at Fort Mason. Attendees were sporting the designer’s duds, which didn’t incorporate orange and black. But with the San Francisco Giants finishing up their first win in the World Series during the fete, the organizers were kind enough to install a giant TV at the back of the pier for those partygoers who might count both baseball and very expensive, very old housewares as interests. From WWD.com:
“Cheers erupted when the Giants beat the Texas Rangers, 11-7, then it was back to the girandoles and Chinoiserie.”
Yay! Lam is a San Francisco native whose family owned a wedding gown sewing factory in Chinatown. He was quoted saying this in the WWD story:
“As a boy in the seventies, I loved watching the ladies who worked there making spaghetti straps using chopsticks. It was so artful.”
They made spaghetti straps using chopsticks? This confused me very much when I read it, but now it all makes sense (I Googled it). Seamstresses can fold fabric over chopsticks to create a skinny tube of material, which is then sewn in place to create a spaghetti strap! Here’s a tutorial that describes the chopstick spaghetti strap technique. Don’t you love it when we learn new things? Thank you, Derek Lam and WWD.