Looking at Rose Dios
' chic yet simple dress, we thought, "copy that design!" There aren't so many of us home sewers around. We were at a shopping party at her Southampton store, Stitch
and Robin Cofer
was hosting a shopping party there to benefit her spiritual teacher, Sri Goswami Kriyananda. Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Jonni sang at her piano. Michelle Rella
, Lady Liliana Cavendish
, Bonnie Evans
, Leesa Rowland
, Lucia Hwong Gordon
, and Cassandra Seidenfeld
were among the hosting committee. Michele Gerber Klein, Eliane Sargent, Bonnie Comley
, and Stewart Lane
were among the guests. Zoe Bullock
and Seasons of Southampton
provided healthy treats.
Rose Dios, Robin Cofer, and Zoe Bullock Remmel. (Photo: Patrick McMullan/PatrickMcMullan.com)
Cofer has been studying with Kriyananda for the past 15 years. He ordained her as a Swami and a Chaplain. "Kriyananda the head of the temple of Kriya Yoga," she said, "has literally affected thousands of thousands of lives internationally through spiritual psychology and philosophy in the kriya tradition He changed my life and I am thrilled to have this event in his honor."
Back to the simple sheath...It was, in fact, Dios' design, as are all the custom dresses at Stitch, where seamstresses have a very lifestyle friendly basement downstairs
in which to work. "I'm trying to promote good eating, and get my ladies to cook and exercise, so we serve a lot of humus," Dios told me. There's often food for shoppers as well. We have to confess, on at least one winter weekend we snuck back to Stitch for daughter Rose' brownies.
"I've always loved to sew and design," Dios said. "For 30 years I've wanted to do this." Dios still has a 'day job,' working as a financial advisor at UBS. But she nourishes her creative spirit at Stitch. She says she's proud of her "expert tailoring" and "easy to wear resort line," custom designs and fine quality fabrics, which, for her "dictate the design." At Stitch, they also paint and dye fabrics. "We just developed a bag in collaboration with artist Steve Miller
that's socially conscious and we're silk screening it in the basements. He has a trademark helping the planet and those are his prints."
Another benefit of custom at a reasonable cost: "I know body types really well, and what's good for a big bust or big hips," says Rose. And there are bolts of fine fabric upstairs looking for bolts of inspiration.
Stitch is located at 22 Nugent Street, Southampton.