Adding More Style to Grand Central
by Lisa A. Fraser
Dec 15, 2010 | 26536 views | 0 0 comments | 1166 1166 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Three local designers have made it into the annual Grand Central Holiday Fair held in the Vanderbilt Hall from now until Dec. 24.

The fair, held annually for over 10 years now, features vendors from all across New York and is held every year from Nov. 14 to Dec. 24.

Items sold include jewelry, handmade clothing, holiday ornaments , organic clothing for babies, home accessories, glass sculptures, imported African crafts and more.

Intensely competitive, the fair only chooses 76 vendors out of a significant number to display their products to tourists and residents alike. So for three Brooklyn-based designers, Aviva Stanoff, Tania Carol Lugones and Corie Humble, getting in on the first try is a Christmas joy in itself.

Here, each designer is spotlighted to show why their creations are so unique and worthy of a browse.

Aviva Stanoff Design

The Brooklyn-based designer, Aviva Stanoff, finds inspiration from nature and the childhood days that were spent at at her grandather’s Buddhist temple in Japan. Her signature work is exotic surface design – she presses objects like corals, feathers, botanicals and lingerie into fabrics, hand-crafting them into decorative pillows, throws and bedding.

“The Japanese aspect of culture and aesthetic design runs through my veins,” she said. Emerald colors, dark charcoal and a huge amount of blues, browns and greens can be seen in her collections.

Visit her at

Viva Zapata

Handbags and social revolution don’t normally go together but Tania Carol Lugones, designer of Viva Zapata found a way to mesh them. She named her line after famous Mexican Revolutionist, Emiliano Zapata.

The Argentine native makes her bags from the same vinyl that covers the seats of buses, known as “the collectivos” in Buenos Aires. She calls her productions 100 percent vegan because it’s not leather and she uses all manmade materials.

Lugones also hand makes clothing, including dresses, skirts and gaucho pants made with a pleated waist and cuffed legs.

See her creations at

Corrente Collection

Corie Humble’s geometric style of bags is what sets her apart. After graduating from the accessories program at FIT, she didn’t expect to be handbag designer but she connected with pattern making.

Art manages to sneak its way into Corrente works, even though she was trained on the technical side of bag making.

Her fall line filled with imperfect geometry has a lot to do with classic 50s styles,” she said.

Humble is working on a “build your bag” feature on her site, where customers can mix and match patterns and designs, even add a different handle from three different bag styles.

Check out her styles at

For specific times and more information on the fair, visit

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