American Made Since 2013

Colleen Mauro

Brooklyn, New York
It started with a kit of a Victorian lamp shade. Then I saw shades in shawls, clothing anything that caught my eye. Now I'm obsessed . So sue me
New York

Tell us about your business.

All my shades are hand made. All bones are wrapped , lined in silk, then the outer fabric is sew on. I use vintage clothing , shawls, kimono pieces ,unusual fabrics . Whatever catches my eye. Custom shades can be made also. Everything is made in Greenpoint Brooklyn .All are hand wrapped and sewn by me. The final details are fringe, beads, braided gimp , even corset hooks and eyes. I am a merchandiser in the garment district of Manhattan so I'm always involved in fashion and what's new . I believe lampshades should also stand as a piece of art and express what you're trying to say about yourself and the room it's in. What does a plain white shade say? Boring!!!! But put a red peacock burnt velvet beaded shade in there!!!! Now that's a statement worth talking about!! What's your statement? Let me help you say it. You're only a shade away, why have a lamp shade, when you can have a Vamp Shade. Isn't there a vamp inside us all? What's yours?

What makes your business stand out?

I believe in sex and beauty. My shades are both of those things. I also think hand made stands for an individual product not found anywhere else . My shades are all this and more. They are works of art. They are beautiful lit or just standing alone. Each one tells its own story, weather it's the dainty dogwood burntout silk,or the truly spectacular turquoise peacock with real peacock tail feathers on the fringe, each lamp has its own appeal. Maybe you prefer the 50 shades of light corset shade? It has real corset hook and eye closure with a lace up back. It even has real garter straps! Very sexy! I love using velvet and silk as they reflect the light beautifully and make these shades really stand out as art. I have used silk brocade also . It's more traditional but I spiced it up with the fringe and trim. I love using beaded velvet floral shawls in hot colors and adding heavy fringe trim. I'm now in an Asian phase making Buddahs and koi shades . Who knows what's next?

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