FastFrame’s skilled framers customize borders for an array of wall-worthy pieces. Selecting from an extensive inventory of materials, they craft frames to showcase original artwork or to endow special photographs with a dignified display. Their carefully curated conservation materials prevent works of art from fading and prevent their subjects from sprouting a 5 o’clock shadow. But the framesmiths don't limit themselves to two dimensions—sports memorabilia, kids’ artwork, and other three-dimensional objects find artistic preservation within shadowboxes. They even transform flat-screen TVs into customized, framed works of art by installing a VisionArt feature, which transmits the still image of a painting, family portrait, or favorite infomercial onto idle screens.
Bradford Rowley's manually finished portraiture evokes the classic regality of a time when the paintbrush was mightier than the Polaroid. Each personally appointed opus begins life as a photograph in the artist's controlled studio environment. Individual subjects can regale the camera eye with defining aspects of their personality or hobbies, augmenting poses with props such as a violin, a horse-riding crop, or a high-school-mascot costume. After that, clients select a single shot to serve as the base of the future masterpiece. Up to eight layers of paint ensconce this initial image in the trappings of old Europe during the ensuing three-month artistic process. Bradford's team of classical crafters employs digital processes only when absolutely necessary, discreetly expunging unsightly bits of lint or the ghost of Warren G. Harding.
CUSP, a sister boutique of Neiman Marcus, lines its shelves with apparel and accessories that set wardrobes afire with the flames of fashion. Labels range from trendy (J Brand) to ultra chic (DVF). Protect your hands from atmospheric wear with a pair of ivory knit mittens with a faux fur lining ($44), slick up kickers with zebra-print fleece welly socks ($40), or stand out in a Amanda Uprichard red silk dress ($194). Torsos, which threaten secession whenever they're not dressed in classy duds, can be appeased with a Phillip Lim 3.1 tank ($95), a black burnout linen piece with a racerback and the words "cool," "easy," and "nice" on the front.
Industrie Denim's founder and veteran denim purveyor, Mark Werts, has partnered with Levi Strauss to present customers with clothing from more than 80 denim design houses from around the world. Each location is decorated with industrial elements sourced from local junkyards and flea markets and also hosts a self-styled jean-ius. Jean-iuses stay abreast of the latest style trends and can assist shoppers in finding pants that flatter figures ranging from pear- to star-fruit-shaped. Guests can admire the jean-ius's handiwork in one of the store's booty cams, which are located in select dressing rooms. In-house tailors guide their needles around not-quite-right hems and waistlines, adding a personalized touch to each pair of impeccably fitted trousers.
With access to thousands of frame and mat combinations, the staff at The Great Frame Up works to protect and enhance customers' wall adornments. They select frames and mats to accommodate each piece and make them stand out in a room even in the midst of distractions like living wallpaper. Specialty items such as diplomas, personalized jerseys, and dorm-room movie posters can also be mounted, and customers can consult with the specialists to find a home for prized possessions such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up performs each framing job onsite, ensuring that keepsakes won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities. For advice, the website offers tips and trends to help customers choose, arrange, hang, and decorate everything, including the art, frame, mat, and glass.