I'm certain if you follow me on Twitter, you are more than familiar with my tweeting #BrizoFW. That lil Hashtag went and won me front row seats and a little backstage meet & great with the truly talented Jason Wu. More on that in a bit.
Brizo got on my radar late winter this year because of their Fall Fashion Week event where they hosted a different group of designers and design bloggers in NYC. I saw the tweeting and was immediately stricken with FOMO (fear of missing out) googled Brizo and gasp discovered the most beautiful faucets I'd seen in a long while.
Faucets are like jewelry to me. They can make or break an outfit. I abhor anything that has an overt phallic reference. Okay, I should admit that i fixate over this. It's really about proportion and detail to me. I tend to prefer more classic, preppy faucets, am a sucker for a nice cross or bridge faucet but upon checking out the Brizo site, I was surprised to find myself drawn to styles I would never have guessed to strike my fancy.
Brizo positions themselves as a fashion line. What the heck is that you ask? Well it's between entry level and high end luxury brands. If you've followed my coffee table saga, you will know that I'm championing the Middle of the Road in terms of price point. Calling this a Fashion Category, makes it way chic-er than Middle of the Road. I hate mediocrity except when it comes to price point. HA! Let me sum it up for you - fabulous look, amazing quality AND a great price point. Brizo & I definitely had a Jerry MacGuire moment. Definitely.
The Brizo Team however, luxury, high end first class group all the way. They not only set the bar impeccably high in terms of hospitality, planning and organization they are ridiculously nice and good looking. I mean seriously. Gorgeous MUST be a job requirement. Every detail was anticipated and thought out right down to healthy snack options in little take away bags for one of our outings.
My fellow attendees couldn't have been lovelier. Immediate friendships were formed - we've already started planning a reunion. So much fun - so many sick and twisted senses of humour. I'm certain we traumatized the fabulous Brizo folks with some of our banter (read my banter). The Industrial Design team is probably in therapy after presenting the prototypes to our group. Um, can you imagine a group of designers and design bloggers without a strong opinion? Okay so you can imagine a group with an opinion. Well OUR group was like that but on steroids. HIGHLY vocal with very different opinions. I did my part to rally for Polished Brass fixtures but with not too much yellow or green. I also suggested a blush pinky gold but at that point I think smelling salts were ordered for poor Judd - Director of the ID Team. Seth was totally listening to me (or nodding just to make me go away).
We also got a sneak peek at something we aren't allowed to talk about. It's big. You will die. No really. You will. I can't be bribed on this one.