Where to go in NYC for a great Oktoberfest Beer

Looking for a good German beer in NYC this time of year? Check out this clip from PIX11! (and check out what news personality Lisa Mateo is wearing!) Click Here to get one for yourself

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Rare Dirndls on the Mancow Show!?

Samantha, myself and Nikki in the Mancow Studio

Yesterday morning I got my lil booty out of bed at 4:45am to get ready to head down to Michigan Avenue for the taping of the Mancow Morning Show. After leaving the taping of the show, my best friend Nikki, assistant Samantha, and I all looked at each other… laughed and said, “What just the F* just happened? Was that real?” Let’s back track and bit and start this craziness from the beginning.

Last Friday (about a week ago) Jason, the owner and chef at Bauer’s Brauhaus in Palatine, IL called me up and said that they were going to feature the restaurant on the Mancow Morning Show. (my first thought was “Mancow has a morning show?” but then I remembered reading about it in one of my favorite blogs, A Drink With) Anyway… Jason then asked if I wanted to get some girls together wearing Rare Dirndls, and go on the show with him. Naturally, I said, “Sure!!”

Mancow during the show

Over the course of the next week (so this past week), I did a little Mancow Muller research, so I could prepare myself for his questions, comments etc.  Let’s just say, there was no amount of prepping I could have done to properly prepare me for this experience.

So back to yesterday morning… Nikki, Samantha and myself got down to the building (which I guess has most of the Fox studios in it… not quite sure) we walked in and the marketing director from Bauer’s Brauhaus met us in the studio lobby and showed us to the dressing room and then onto the Green Room. Not 3 minutes after we walked into the Green Room and sat down, this LIVE camera comes in and puts our faces on TV. Naturally we just smiled and once the cameraman went into the other room, we looked at each other in disbelief, this was no ordinary morning talk show. A few minutes later a member of Mancow’s team brought us into the studio and told us to stand in a space with a microphone and just look at Mancow, pretend that we are comfortable, look natural, smile and blow kisses at the cameras… this is the only information we were given.

In the Mancow Studio!

From there it just got crazier. First thing everyone says to me as we walk into the studio was “Hey! You look like Taylor Swift” Mancow asked me if I was from Bauer’s Brauhaus, and since I felt that I was there partly to represent the restaurant, I said yes… he then asked me if I brought food, to which I replied “No, I make dirndls” “OH! You make the drindles?! Cool” and then he moved on. (and you, you read that right… the dreaded Drindle… one of my biggest pet peaves, but what was I gonna do? Say “excuse me Mr. Mancow, but its Dirndl, not Drindle… it’s a Bavarian style dress, not a toy you spin around on Hanukah”)

The beautiful spread of food provided by Bauer’s Brauhaus

He did an interview with Dov Davidoff (he’s pretty funny comedian who has been on Chelsea Lately) and all of a sudden Mancow straight up asks him which one of us he thinks is the cutest… really Mancow, really!? However, I totally figured that something like that was going to happen. I was mostly impressed with Dov’s answer! He said, with sincerity “maybe if I had 5 minutes to talk to them and get to know them a little bit, I could make an accurate decision!” Then Mancow made fun of him and made the camera man point it right at Nikki. Honestly, we were treated with respect in the studio by all of the members of the Mancow team, but the actual broadcast was offensive, since cameras were mostly on our chests and not our faces. Not to mention it was difficult to talk about Rare Dirndl when Mancow was a bit busy talking about himself and playing clips from the past that were disturbing and disgusting.

The Leopard Dirndl

I knew anytime Mancow was directing questions at me, I had to just play along with the 150% unscripted chaos that was going on. I could go on and on about the ridiculousness that took place yesterday, from the girl named “Amanda Bynes” coming to co-host monday’s show wearing the teeniest dress with a tiger face on it and making that goofy kiss lip duck face to the camera, to having a wacky Michael Meyers-eque mannequin behind me, or listening to Mancow rant about the Coke commercial from the Super Bowl for a solid 5 min and listening to a man (who told us he was Simon Kirke, drummer from the band Bad Company) tell us about his 2 pet tigers! Seriously… it was an experience I’ll never forget, but can hardly believe!

Hopefully someone out there who watches the Mancow Morning show likes some of my designs enough to check out my website… highly unlikely, but you never know. Thanks to Jason for inviting us. And thanks to the lovely man who took my business card and said he would call me soon so we can go back on the show… probably not going to happen… I’ll wait for a call from Ellen 😉

Like what we were wearing on the show? Here are links to the online store and Spring/Summer promo video where you can check out the dirndl Samantha is wearing (coming soon!)

Erika (me) is wearing the “Pit and the Pendulum” Dirndl with the Black & Beige Hat
Nikki is wearing the top selling Leopard Dirndl
Samantha is wearing the Wildflower Dirndl

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2013… What a Year!

It’s hard to believe that tonight will put an end to 2013 and we’ll be ringing in 2014. Looking back, it has been a very exciting year for Rare Dirndl.

Some of the great highlights include our participation in the Münchener Trachtentage

The Sunflower Dirndl being featured in the Nickelodeon Original Movie Swindle

And seeing Lisa Mateo in the Warm Night Dirndl on NYC’s PIX 11 during the Oktoberfest season!

Here is a quick video that features other exciting things that happened this year!
All of this excitement would not have been possible without your support and there are seriously no words to describe how grateful I am, I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings for Rare Dirndl.
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Rare Dirndl Customer Spotlight: Jen Stolze

Jen Stolze – Cinncinnati, OH

I am obsessed with the color yellow, the brighter the better!! It’s pretty safe to say that yellow is my all-time favorite color. So 2 years ago when I saw the Sunflower Dirndl hanging on the rack I knew I just had to have it!! Since then, I’ve worn it as many times as possible!! I always wear it during our Labor Day trips, my home Oktoberfest, or anytime I feel the need to show my German pride!! I love that I can “dress up” my dirndl by wearing a black blouse, my white blouse with the Edelweiss sleeves, my white or gray blouses. I also love that I can wear different color aprons! The fit of the Dirndl is perfect! It makes me look and feel great. I am able to take the Sunflower Dirndl and make it my own!!  The dirndls look great with my Rare Lederhosen Messenger bag too! 
My favorite thing about Rare Dirndls is that I can show my heritage and show tradition, but add a modern twist. I love going to different events and being able to check out the latest dirndls, blouses, and aprons. 
Every time I wear a Rare Dirndl, I get stopped. People are drawn to my bright yellow dirndl, but they are also drawn to the Messenger Bag. The messenger bag looks great with everything!!

Do you want to be next month’s Rare Dirndl Customer Spotlight? As the winner you will recieve a $50 Coupon Code for any online purchase, a feature on the Rare Dirndl website and blog, and a gift package worth approx $100!! Click here to get all the details!

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German World’s Choice for Style: It’s all about Rare!

Jenny Peters, the Deputy Editor in Chief of German World Magazine, sent me a quick e-mail in August that she was writing a little bit about dirndls for the next issue of the magazine and asked for an brief interview. No problem! She asked me a few questions about Rare Dirndl and I gladly answered them as best I could. She came up with a wonderful article about our fresh take on the traditional “tracht” and how some companies are still doing great selling the tried and true classic styles.
Here is wonderful article from the Style section of Fall 2013 issue of German World Magazine.

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A Rare Dirndl in a Movie!? YUP!

I’m so excited about the premiere of the new Nickelodeon Original Movie, Swindle! Primarily because actress Jennette MCurdy is wearing the Sunflower Dirndl in one of the scenes. Many people have asked me how I got one of my pieces in a movie, so here is the quick back story!

Last year around June (I can’t remember exactly, but I know that I was cleaning our apartment with my Oma getting it ready for us to move in) I got a call from a woman who was coordinating some of the costumes for a TV show that would be on Canadian Nickelodeon. She wanted to order the Sunflower Dirndl, but I didn’t have it in stock. She needed it right away, so she said “I’ll pay the rush fee if you can get it to me by next week”, so I quickly got sewing and shipped the dirndl off to Canada. And that was it.

I e-mailed her about 6 months later, asking if things were going alright and if they needed anything, but no response. I would also periodically check out the Canadian Nickelodeon website to see if I could spot the dirndl anywhere, but no luck. So I kinda forgot about it.

Then a couple weeks ago, I got an e-mail from a customer (who has the Sunflower Dirndl) with this picture and this note: “So I was babysitting today and this came on the tv! A rare dirndl! I think the show is called Sam and cat…or something. How awesome! Congrats!”

She became determined to figure out where she could see her dirndl on TV again and discovered that it was going to be in the Movie Swindle!

I’m so excited to have a movie night tonight and enjoy some solid Nickelodeon awesomeness with a bowl of popcorn and a glass of wine! To celebrate, today and tomorrow ONLY, the Sunflower Dirndl is only $199 when you use coupon code SWINDLE during checkout. (after you put in your shipping address)

Let us know on facebook if you saw the movie and the Sunflower dirndl and tweet to @jennettemccurdy during to movie to tell her how fab she looks in her @raredirndl #sunflowerdirndl

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German Life: Dirndls on Demand

Have you seen the April/May 2013 issue of German Life Magazine? German Life, “a bi-monthly magazine written for all interested in the diversity of German culture, past and preset, and in the various ways the North America has been shaped by its German element”, featured Rare Dirndl in the article “Dirndls on Demand”!

Mark Meier’s article about Dirndls made in the USA features both traditional style dirndls using imported German fabrics by Bergland Trachten and Rare Dirndls… pushing the boundaries and creating high fashion dirndls!

The article features images from the Spring/Summer 2013 Down the Rabbit Hole Collection as well as pictures of me working in the my studio! I’m beyond honored to be quoted in the article and be referenced as America’s haute-couture dirndl designer!

Check out the article for yourself on the German Life website or get a subscription for yourself! Its a great magazine that I always look forward to reading!

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