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Attention all Lime & Leaf fans!!

Apr 19, 2017
Attention all Lime & Leaf fans!!

Attention Fans! We want to hear from you!

As we travel the country, we continue to discover and meet talented artisans and craftspeople from coast to coast, and observe the infinite beauty of nature that is paramount in all our designs.

But – it’s a BIG country! 

We are inviting you, our amazing customers, to tell us stories of artisans you have met, or towns you have visited, or patterns in nature you have observed that you think would make great designs and why.

We will select stories each month to include in the Lime & Leaf blog, and if selected you will win a free throw blanket as our way of saying “thank you” for being part of the Lime & Leaf community!

Don’t forget to include photos! 

Please send all submissions to customerservice@limeandleaf.com

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Hilton Head Island – Nature’s beauty is just around the corner…

Apr 14, 2017
Hilton Head Island – Nature’s beauty is just around the corner…

Ahhh – Hilton Head Island…a “lowcountry” resort town situated on an island of the same name in South Carolina.  The island is named for Captain William Hilton, who in the mid-1600’s identified a headland near the entrance of Port Royal Sound, and modestly named it “Hilton Head” after himself.  Surprise! Not THAT Hilton!

These days it’s a well-known and beautiful resort area, filled with a zillion things to do and enough natural beauty to work hard at doing nothing.  We travelled there this week ahead of Easter to soak up the sun and the natural beauty, and of course, as we always like to do, explore and discover. 

We awoke on the first morning, and every morning thereafter, to a stunning sunrise, taking in the reds, golds, and shades of blue that nature blends so magnificently. 

It was all we could do to hurry through breakfast and put our feet on the sand and start walking, forging ahead diligently in the soft sands of high tide, the gentle waves providing background music to the ever-changing beauty all around us.  Toward the end of the day, the warmth of the spring day shifted to the cool air of the sunset and evenings, and we delighted in the fact we had our Lime & Leaf blankets to keep us warm!

 

 

 End of the day and cozy warmth from our Starfish blanket - totally appropriate!

It never ceases to amaze us the almost infinite designs and patterns that are on display for all of us, each one a candidate for a future Lime & Leaf design.  Hilton Head was no exception, and our portfolios were becoming fuller each day.   

If you venture out and travel to Hilton Head, you will find no shortage of things to do if you grow restless.  With so much going on and so much to choose from, it’s hard not to join in at some point.  From fishing, to biking, to kayaking, to golf - it’s all there and much more.  We will definitely be adding our inspirations in a future collection for Lime & Leaf, and in the meantime, we wish you a wonderful holiday weekend with family and friends!

Lori and Kari

 

More about Hilton Head

We had the chance to visit our wonderful customers Lance and Kathy who kindly shared their personal recommendations for all of you who visit:

 

Best place for lunch:

“The Dunes House” in Palmetto Dunes. "Sitting on the deck-looking out at the ocean-eating a blackened fish sandwich. Heaven."

 

Best place for Dinner:

The Boat House on Skull Creek (at buoy 15 if going by boat).  Try the Mahi-Mahi with almonds!

 

Where to go:  

"The beach, and don’t forget to watch the dolphins and pelicans!"

 

Where to stay:

The Sonesta Hotel in Shipyard Plantation. “Just completed a big renovation and it's fabulous.”

 

Thank you Lance and Kathy for loving Lime & Leaf!

SHOP our NEW SPRING COLLECTION NOW!

 

 

 

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Who are Lime & Leaf’s ancestors? Bunnies of course! [personal memoir]

Apr 07, 2017
Who are Lime & Leaf’s ancestors? Bunnies of course! [personal memoir]

Our grandmother, Madeline Ickstadt, left school after the eighth grade and joined Heide’s Candy Factory in New York City before the depression, as a part time “chocolate dipper.” Our grandfather, Frank, worked at Bergendahls (maker of fine chocolates, established in 1896) where he was a confectioner, making candy and sweets that were sold and served at the shop. In the end, it was chocolate bunnies that brought them together!

In 1940, Madeline and Frank opened their own candy store on Bergen Avenue, in Jersey City, New Jersey.  They named the new store “Lynn Candy Kitchen” after their two children (our mom and uncle) Madeline and Franklin.  The candy was made in full view of the customers, who were fascinated to watch the process.  

One of the most treasured products they made was during the Easter holiday – adorable bunnies and beautiful Easter eggs.  Easter for a confectioner and candy store was a huge time for creativity and business.  Grandpa Frank had all kinds of molds for different bunnies, large and small, and eggs too. Each chocolate treat was hand poured and decorated.  Decorating them was limited only by his imagination, and he was more than a candy maker, he was a true artist.  He and Madeline knew that the candies they made were often the centerpiece of a table or the long awaited surprise in a child’s Easter basket, and took great care and pride in crafting each and every one.  Our mom went into the store to help dip the chocolates and tie the colored ribbons around the chocolate bunnies’ necks.  She also wrapped the caramels, nougats and the packing boxes that contained the goodies (and managed to eat the candy when no one was looking).  Grandpa gave them pocket money for helping in the store - it was a busy and festive time for all!

We still have many of the molds including the bunnies, chocolate bar molds and beautifully detailed eggs. We have tried to make the bunnies at home but it’s much harder than it sounds – trust us!  We recommend heading to your local confectioner.

 Grandpa Frank and his wife were a strong team.  Madeline was a focused, detailed, and no-nonsense business person, instilling that in our mother as well.  We are grateful to have some of their immense creativity and artistry passed down through our mother to us, but most of all we are honored to embrace their work ethic and pass it on to our children.

Grandpa Frank and Madeline made a nice living from the store for 11 years.  Today we use the molds as decorations and have sweet memories of our mom and family.  While we struggled to make a chocolate bunny, my daughter was actually successful at it - so maybe talent skips a generation…

The entire Lime & Leaf family wish you and your family a very Happy Easter!

 

Lori and Kari

 

SHOP OUR NEW SPRING COLLECTION 

(notice our Grandparent's bunny molds even made the photoshoot!)

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A Gem of The California Coast

Apr 01, 2017
A Gem of The California Coast

In our never-ending quest for finding and choosing America’s natural beauty, we chose Malibu, California this month to showcase some of the newest Lime & Leaf product..

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From NYC to the Caribbean and Everywhere in Between

Mar 24, 2017
From NYC to the Caribbean and Everywhere in Between

We recently had the chance to talk to Nora Neiterman, veteran design guru and designer of Lime & Leaf’s product line.  [USA Today Home, March 2017 Feature]. 

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USA Today Home Magazine Celebrates Lime & Leaf

Mar 21, 2017
USA Today Home Magazine Celebrates Lime & Leaf

We are excited and honored to be featured in USA Today’s HOME magazine, which highlights our unique designs inspired by nature and our commitment to “Celebrate America”. The article was written by Tracy L. Scott.

We proudly make our products in the USA, designed by artisans and craftsman we discover from coast-to-coast.   As Tracy pointed out, our  “different textures, styles, patterns – and especially colors – make it easy to create your perfect room.” Each one of our products is based upon nature’s perfection in balance and beauty, translated by our designers for your home.  Our “Cone Shell” pillow cover was made from a tiny little cone shell found during a vacation in Florida.  Overlapping and repeating squares appear on the shell’s exterior, often looking as if they were carefully placed and delicately painted by hand. Even for extensive shell collectors like us, it was a surprising find, and this geometrically patterned pillow takes inspiration from its natural intricacies. Lime & Leaf patterns are designed in New York, blankets manufactured in New Jersey, pillows and table linens printed and made in South Carolina, and now found in homes across the USA! 

We make it easy to create your “perfect room”, and bring the magic of nature inside!

Shop our pillow & blanket collection at Lime & Leaf and receive 25% off!

Use code USAHOME25 now through 3.28.17!

 

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Why we "Celebrate America"

Mar 17, 2017
Why we

When we started Lime & Leaf we had two important ideals we wanted to embrace and sustain: beautiful craftsmanship inspired by nature, and celebrating America. 

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The Art of Being Comfy & Cozy

Mar 08, 2017
The Art of Being Comfy & Cozy

An Interview with George Bollenbach of George Bollenbach Co.  

We recently had the chance to talk to George Bollenbach, third generation owner of George Bollenbach Co., to discover his fascinating business history.

George shared a very visual walkthrough of the last hundred years in the textile industry and how he and his family played a role in it. Through the twists and turns of the twentieth century, George Bollenbach Co. twisted and turned as well, adapting to ever-changing markets and to the needs of customers while holding fast to the quality commitment upon which the business was based. 

Lime & Leaf relentlessly pursues excellence and craftsmanship in everything we do, which is why George Bollenbach Co. is our go-to supplier for our beautiful blankets and throws, and as always, we know we are in good hands…

 

Lime & Leaf:

We were told the company was started by your grandfather in 1913. Will you take us back in time and tell us how it all came about? 

George Bollenbach:

Happy to do so – it’s an amazing story. My family came to the United States at the turn of the century from Austria. As a very young man, my grandfather started the company in 1913 in Brooklyn, New York, as a knitting company and mill. We specialized in knitting fabrics that were then made into sweaters. We actually stayed in the sweater business until 2000. 

 

Lime & Leaf:

Wow, that is amazing! We know you’re now in Lyndhurst, NJ, instead of Brooklyn. Why did the business move away from New York? 

George Bollenbach: 

As the company grew, we simply needed more space – and found it in New Jersey. We grew to two facilities after the company was moved. Through the years, we maintained an older one primarily used for shipping product, and the newer one, from the 1970s to 2000, was for making our product. In the end, we moved everything to Lyndhurst, where we are today.

  

Lime & Leaf:

After such a long history in the sweater business, does the company still produce product in this category?

George Bollenbach:

No. It’s an interesting thing – knitting of sweater fabric moved largely to Asia in the 1990s, and at the same time, the popularity of sweaters dropped off sharply in the United States with the invention of fleece fabrics and shifts in fashion trends. As a result of such a dramatic downturn in this arena, we shifted toward blankets and throws, the business we are in now.

 

Lime & Leaf:

How did you choose blankets and throws as a category?

George Bollenbach:

Good question! We have been in business since 1913, and through four generations. The value in that is being close to the industry and seeing what’s happening, where trends are, and where they are not. Our shift toward blankets and throws was a fortunate and almost instinctive business decision to fill a void. We are great at knitting fabrics, and we understand the technical aspects that enable us to make a beautiful and quality product. It didn’t take long for the word to get around and for customers to come, and we are happy about that.

 

Lime & Leaf:

We agree – the quality of your products is simply outstanding. We also think it’s interesting that George Bollenbach Co. has continually embraced state-of-the-art technology in its manufacturing processes, enabling you to create remarkable products that are difficult to obtain otherwise.

George Bollenbach:

Thank you. One thing we have learned in all these years is that manufacturing techniques and tools are always changing - and to stay in front of these changes is crucial. Because we have evolved for decades in this direction, we use state-of-the-art electronic equipment to produce everything we make, having left the mechanical weaving machines behind years ago, long before most of our competitors did.

We shifted our business model as well. E-commerce is now the biggest part of our business. Because we can make individual throws and test out new designs, we have changed the entire model – enabling companies like Lime & Leaf to offer a plethora of unique patterns that keep product lines fresh and beautiful year round.

 

Lime & Leaf:

Is this the “norm” in the industry now? 

George Bollenbach:

Actually, there are very few firms left in the northeast that can do this. Decades ago in the United States there were literally hundreds of knitting mills; today, there are maybe ten left. We are very fortunate that we have a great customer base and over 100 years of knowledge to make beautiful products. 

 

Lime & Leaf:

Your company has a fascinating history, and we are delighted that its part of the American manufacturing landscape. One area that is important to us is the environment. Does George Bollenbach Co. have a point of view on such an important subject?

George Bollenbach:

Really glad you asked. Once again, our knowledge of the details of knitting and weaving, and the entire process of manufacturing, has really paid off. We are proud to share that we only use yarn that is recycled cotton from two manufacturers in the United States. The process for spinning this yarn is incredibly complex, but the results are both cost-effective and excellent for our environment. It’s truly a perfect example of a “win-win-win.” The customer gets a great product, everything is made here in the USA, and the environment benefits from the application of the recycled fiber, conserving land, water, and energy. 

 

Lime & Leaf:

If we were to take a “temperature check” of George Bollenbach Co. here in 2017, how would you say it feels being in business 104 years later?

George Bollenbach:

Today, we are happier than ever. We are delighted to have a business that is thriving and making customers happy. I feel that most importantly, if my grandfather were here today, he would approve and be proud of how his family has managed what he started so long ago in Brooklyn.

 

Lime & Leaf:

Thank you, George. As always, it’s great talking with you and sharing the expertise of you and George Bollenbach Co. with our customers.

 

To celebrate 104 YEARS OF AMERICAN CRAFTSMANSHIP for a limited time we are offering our throws at a special price of $104 - 30% off!  SHOP NOW!

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The Art of Spinning a Yarn

Mar 01, 2017
The Art of Spinning a Yarn

We recently caught up with David Sasso, VP of Sales at Buhler Yarns, to get a little more detail and understanding of what makes a great yarn—or what it takes to spin one.

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The Art of Craftsmanship

Feb 24, 2017
The Art of Craftsmanship

At Lime and Leaf, we are eternally focused on the quality of our products and making sure they are “just right,” down to the last detail. We want to be certain each customer is delighted the day our packages arrive and for years to come. 

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