We are having a Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, 4/22/17 at 9 am. There will be vintage cotton and rayon fabrics, a $30 sale rack of Margaret O'Leary assorted items, and baskets with Indigenous Designs organic children's clothing, and other sale items at $10 and $20.
If all goes well, we'll do it again on Saturday 4/29.
Come see us either in front of Crazy Fox, or in the store where there will be 25% discounts storewide.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
In addition to our usual wonderful collections from Margaret O'Leary, Indigenous Designs, Forte and Equestrian, we've added huipiles, blouses and tunics handwoven on a backstop loom by Juana Reyes Garcia in San Juan Colorado, Oaxaca Mexico. Maya worked with her at the International Folk Art Festival a couple of years ago and she has been sending us pieces since then. She uses all natural dyes from seeds and fruits and the cochineal beetle, and coyuche brown cotton, and ancient technique. Her work is incredible; she was supported by the Museo Textile de Oaxaca.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Crazy Fox is two people (or is it are two people?). The official corporate name of this 'Mom and Pop' business is Blue Cove Inc. which stands for the two owners, Maya Blue and her husband Cove. Cove likes to say "I'm Crazy ... she's the Fox."
Maya and Cove met forty years ago on Haight Street in San Franciso and have been together ever since, most of that time working together in the 'schmatta' business. At that time Cove was making marbleized fabric in Berkeley CA, as well as working doing continuous yardage silk screening in an old firehouse in west Oakland. Some of the fabric printing company's clients were young, up and coming designers like Betsy Johnson and a young fashion designer named Karen Alexander. Karen also shared the old firehouse building with Cove's Firehouse Fabric Printers (screen printers).
Hand printed fabrics were wonderful but rather expensive to produce, especially for a small garment manufacturer. So as our hand-made arty printing business declined, Karen Alexander's ready-to-wear clothing manufacturing business boomed. Her first successful product was a very popular line of women's dresses called Foxy Lady.
With most manufacturing operations there is always some overage. In the garment business there is also the problem of what to do with the samples, returns, damages, refused shipments, previous season's overstock, and excess fabric, buttons, findings etc. To make a long story short, Cove and Maya ended up acting as a jobber for the Foxy Lady line (Shady Grove Inc.) and selling the overstock at flea markets and swap meets all over the country.
Maya Blue and Cove at the Common Market in Houston, Texas mid 1970s.
At different times during the 70s, Cove and Maya had a little store (Paradise Cove): ran trunk shows and sales; and travelled in their Volkswagen bus to flea markets. As the 80s came along, it was time to move and leave the San Francisco Bay Area. But before leaving they had a brainstorming session with Maya's cousin "Flash" Gordon of the Haight-Asbury Free Clinic fame to determine a legit name for their women's clothing business. Since they were heading to Indian country (Santa Fe), it was Flash who put together the brand Foxy Lady and the phrase 'crazy like a fox' and ended up with the name "Crazy Fox."
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
|Don Gaspar Avenue in an undated photo.|
Crazy Fox is an "outlet store" for woman's clothing on Don Gaspar Avenue between Alameda and Water St. in the histortic downtown Santa Fe.
The street was named after Don Gaspar Ortiz y Alarid. He was a local young man who was an officer in the Mexican army when Santa Fe was part of Mexico in the 1840s. Don Gaspar became a wealthy property owner through his trading activities with Americans, Mexican and Indians. It is said that the area was used to grow corn and was the site of the first bridge over the Santa Fe river.
227 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501