If you’re like me, you spend time sitting in Riverside Avenue traffic wondering what goes on behind those mysterious windows above Arezzo restaurant.
Turns out it’s a design studio, home to the Bonnie Marcus Collection. Launched by Diane von Furstenberg’s former right-hand woman, it’s where 10 very talented people — all local moms — create illustrations for bridal shower, wedding and party invitations; greeting cards; calendars and more.
Bonnie has developed licensing deals with some of the biggest companies in the world. Her designs are found in more than 50,000 retail and online stores.
But today her studio concentrates on one school, in nearby Bridgeport.
Bonnie’s cards often feature hand-painted sparkles. So Westporter Nicole Straight — who volunteers at the Cesar Batalla School, and is a big fan of Bonnie Marcus Collections — came up with an idea: Give every student there a chance to make a sparkling Valentine’s Day card for someone special.
It could be a parent, sibling, teacher or friend. The key is for kids to have fun making their own cards.
Today, Nicole is delivered 1,200 sparkle pens to the school.
Plus Valentine’s gifts for each teacher: A calendar, filled with color and creativity, for every classroom.
Bonnie and the rest of her team enjoyed plenty of smiling faces at Cesar Batalla today.
Who knows? They may find a future designer there too.
(Hat tip: Robin Gusick)