Patina & Hue: Welcome to the conversation!

M and P working on new designs, Winter 2014

M and P working on new designs, Winter 2014

A letter from Pamela:
Patina & Hue
is a blog, a conversation and an exchange about art, design and style. It is for me a natural continuation of conversations that Marianne [ I call her M ] and I started many years ago. We met on Maui in the mid 90s while working on a design and marketing project. Back in those days we would use tear sheets from magazines of the latest handbag or shoes to share with one another or run down to a local boutique to see what had just arrived. It was easy then because we lived close to one another. Eventually, we both left Maui and moved states apart. That is when we started using technology like Skype and FaceTime and more recently Viber to share our ideas, help one another choose just the perfect thing for an upcoming function (calls from many women's dressing rooms) and shipping by overnight courier jewelry, scarves, and handbags to round out an outfit for an event. [ M, I still have your gold Swarovsky® clutch from a few charity events ago!...UGH...sorry].

The name Patina & Hue came out of earlier conversations about vintage and antique jewelry [M's passion] and color, art and design [ I love it all! ].  About a year ago we started the discussion of expanding our conversations to include women 40 and up who have similar style interests.  We will also be featuring women who we find inspirational and hope that you feel the same. This blog is an invitation to join the conversation. Please email us with any ideas you would like to see discussed and we will see if we can get it on the schedule.

Thank you,

Pamela Quigley
Patina & Hue Co-founder  

A letter from Marianne:
I am so excited about the launch of Patina & Hue! Pamela [I call her P] and I have talked about expanding our style + design conversations to include other women for quite some time now. Over the years we both have amassed a sizeable archive of things we love from objects made by artisans, to vintage jewelry, and other unique items. We are very interested in conversations about style because we believe you can have great style no matter what your budget.

P and I met on Maui years ago while working on an on-going design project.  Almost from the beginning we were sharing ideas with one another and found that we had a mutual love of unique and well made things. Thus began our friendship of nearly twenty years and it continues to grow.

Back to you P, I have no idea what we would’ve done all these years without technology to keep us connected? It is mind boggling to look back at all of the modes of communication we have utilized to allow us to help one another accessorize an outfit or show each other a new discovery.

I also laugh because how many times now do we call each other from a dressing room and then text pictures of something we were thinking of buying – a lot. Nowadays this is what we women do with the girlfriends we trust. This is so much better than when one of us would mail a photo of ourselves in an outfit from an event we’d recently attended asking the other what we thought of it. Only then to get the honest response, “That’s not your color,” and it’s too late to return it.  

Thank you for visiting our blog and we look forward to hearing from you!

[P, I forgot about that handbag. I guess it’s yours by now!]

Thank you,

Marianne Bruvel
Patina & Hue Co-founder