Tuesday, May 24, 2011

is it ELITIST to expect people to pay for HANDMADE?

It is safe to say that as goods become more disposable, demand, for craftspeople have shrunk??. Shoes, bags, furnishings ,and paper ect ect On line -off line- 99c shops- Wal-mart, and other discounters have made it easier to replace rather than repair.
To sell cheap goods companies engage in unfair labor, and who knows where you bargain were born????
. Also, we have been taught to look for a bargain , for everything , so goggle and eBay help us feel we have landed a bargain.
At what real cost??????????????? when our shops and neighbor's disappear. Tax revenues shrink and we got a bargain.

What about a balance of bargains and buying local and handmade. ??????

Galleria J Antonio, like many retailers of goods are up against the cheap look alike of our creativity. Its been like that for the
30 yrs Ive been in existence. Quality, Service ,and unique always live up to the clients expectation of letting some cash go for an item.

Some crafters have added commercial pieces to their lines and have knocked themselves off -That does not diminish their roll as an artist. That to will be their creation so that the one of a kinds can sit until someone owns them.

Sometimes Cheap is not worth it because it
: looks cheap , wears cheap, falls apart and the only one that won was the manufacture of that item. maybe?

The New York Times had an article about the number of young people that are turning away from corporate America -these college kids are turning towards something their grandparents did. People are trying to get their hands on something to do that makes a difference on the earth and their communities.
HANDMADE : is for the client that wants one of a kind , not , mass production.
I just had a retailer ask me what a craft was ? He said the term is vague and does not defind a product . Again, it shows me, my world is for a special audience.
I'll drink to that.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Galleria J.Antonio has its own WATCH line

I started selling watches in 1972 at a place called J.J.Elway on Fifth Ave & 42nd street -Its now called -DECO nyc
Quartz was the rage and our Pulsars and Longines lines were popular.
Then I moved on to : Tiffany & Co - Gindi Madison Ave - J.Antonio Christopher St -The Watch Doctor ,Seattle Wa
Time Will Tell Madison Ave ( Stuart Unger) SWATCH 57th st ( I WAS DR. SWATCH ) What fun I had!!!
and then after Graduation from N.A.W.C.C. (National Assoc. of Watch & Clock Collectors) to my present location at Galleria J.Antonio

I have always had sketches and ideas of having my own watch line in an already crowded WORLD OF WATCHES.
I felt no one would buy my watches, if lines like INVICTA sold thousands of units to Americana's on T.V. and every major line had its own store.

I was wrong. That kind of - Google-EBAY-overexposure of product- discounted lines and confusion makes a perfect place for my own private line of watches.
I am not a celebrity or an overexposed person but an ordinary watchmaker that understands that
AUDACITY AND EXPERTISE is what Galleria J Antonio represents.
AUDACITY is an idea, an impulse,or Chutzpah, that needs expertise in order to transform itself into a product.

Its my expertise as a watchmaker and - 30 yrs of retail- that make my small , limited , watch line an elegant , whisper in a collection.

Please visit me at :
Galleria j Antonio 47 Ave A , New York N.Y 10009 212 5059400 - to experience The Ultimate Luxury Timepieces,

Sincerely Jesse Antonio


I have been down here for a long time and the one thing everyone complains about is the ever changing change of the neighborhood.
East village, alaphet city , lower east side , Loisada anywhow you look at it we are still going through changes.

Did anyone see me on Channel 11 pix? The new venue accros the street that is part of Saturday Night Live-- Loren Michaels Upright Citizens Brigade. ----- is opening up a comedy club. The sign HOT CHICKS ROOM was the issue and when they asked me on camera I said that the sign was a target for the tagers to cross out the CH and fill it in with a BIG BLACK D . It would be an easy target for a tager to make a name for him or herself -on the avenue.

One thing is still true The Crafts that are here at Galleria J.Antonio are still in demand as gifts and treasures. I am always having people ask me "When did you Open" I never saw this place before. That gives me another chance to make a friend or customer.

If you have not had a chance to see us come down and look at all the new places to eat, shop, or just plain look at.