Between the Sheets Open Studio in our new LIC Office

When we started Between the Sheets in 2010 it all began with our first collections designed and sewn on the living room floor of our one bedroom Queens apartment. Soon after BTS expanded to fill the second bedroom when we moved into a two bedroom apartment down the street. As we grew BTS soon took over the apartment, spilling out of its second-bedroom office into the living room. We knew it was time to find BTS its own home and in the fall of last year we opened a design studio and moved BTS into an office in the Pierce Arrow Building in Long Island City.

With our new Headquarters we now design, sew, and ship to our customers all within a 4 mile radius in NYC (our factory is a quick ride on the subway from our office).

By locating in Long Island City Between the Sheets joins what has grown to become one of the largest and most diverse artist and creative communities in New York City.

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May 16-17 we are opening our studio to the public during the LIC Arts Open Festival. Now in its 5th year the LIC Arts Open is the largest arts festival in Queens and will run across numerous venues from May 13-17 (info for the full festival click here).

The BTS Team (Layla and Josh) will be welcoming the public to our studio May 16-17 from 12-6pm.

Location: Between the Sheets Long Island City Studio (at Studio 34):

                        34-01 38th Ave, Fourth Floor Suite 410, Long Island City 11101

                        Subway: M/R train 36th St. Station

love – Layla & Josh Wedding: an intimate NYC city hall elopement

A morning conversation “Between the Sheets” led us to plan an impromptu NYC City Hall wedding over the holidays in under a week!

Layla & Josh Wedding – 12/31/2013

Layla & Josh of Between the Sheets in an intimate NYC city hall elopement on New Year's Eve

7 little facts about Layla & Josh:

  • Met on OKcupid in December 2007  (thanks OK Cupid guys your “95% match” rating for us was pretty spot on!)
  • Had our first date at Chelsea Market’s Green Table (we have each been vegetarians for over two decades now, since long before we met)
  • In business & living together in Astoria for a little over 4 years
  • Together we’ve built Between the Sheets, at times jokingly called “our first baby” and raised two “furry babies”.
  • Josh thought he was allergic to cats, until he met Layla’s family’s 4 furry ones. Since then we adopted two, and he has spent countless hours “fluffling” his way into their hearts, Isabela aka “Izzy” and Steven Mars aka “booboo bear”
  • We’ve assembled quite a collection of espresso makers, coffee pots, and french presses in our years together, enough to rival a fine cafe. Josh thinks we may need a few more…
  • We aren’t changing our names – currently debating whether we’ll have little L’obatti-Verleuns or Verleun-L’obattis

So without further ado a little photo story of New Year’s Eve day Layla & Josh wedding /elopement at NYC City Hall.

Layla & Josh wedding – little details

Hannah Blount box & Pour La Victoire shoe box - details of Layla & Josh's NYC New Year's Eve elopement

A huge thanks to Hannah Blount who went out of her way to get us a ring in time for the special day, on such short notice it was still important for us that the ring be something special and Hannah’s pieces are both beautiful and handmade in Boston. Layla has been a fan for several years.

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deco details of Layla & Josh's NYC New Year's Eve city hall wedding - jewelry and shoes

Vintage art deco costume jewelry and a monogrammed jewelry box left to Layla by her grandmother.

Deco details of Layla & Josh's NYC New Year's Eve elopement

Layla L'obatti of Between the Sheets NYC city hall elopement

Layla made the bouquet the morning of, with a mix of seasonal flowers, foliage, and white roses.

Deco details of Layla & Josh's NYC New Year's Eve elopement - Mac Red lipstick and liner, Tiffany's vase, deco detailed hand mirror

Layla L'obatti of Between the Sheets NYC city hall elopement

Layla & Josh of Between the Sheets NYC city hall elopement

Layla & Josh's NYC New Year's Eve elopement - winter bridal bouquet & cab ride bride

Layla & Josh’s wedding – NYC City Hall Elopement

 

Layla & Josh of Between the Sheets get married in NYC

DIY flower details of Layla & Josh's NYC New Year's Eve elopement - bouquet and boutonniere

DIY flower details of Layla & Josh's NYC New Year's Eve elopement - winter bridal bouquet

Layla & Josh Wedding - founders of Between the Sheets elope at NYC city hall

Yes, you totally get a number. It’s like the DMV only way prettier and nicer.

Layla L'obatti Between the Sheets bride holding bouquet at NYC city hall

Layla & Josh of Between the Sheets get married in NYC

Layla & Josh of Between the Sheets get married in NYC

Layla & Josh of Between the Sheets get married in NYC

Layla & Josh wedding - an intimate NYC New Year's Eve city hall wedding

Layla & Josh of Between the Sheets get married in NYC

Layla & Josh wedding - founders of Between the Sheets NYC city hall elopement

Layla & Josh – Newlyweds about town

Layla & Josh wedding - founders of Between the Sheets NYC brooklyn bridge wedding day

Layla & Josh wedding - founders of Between the Sheets in an intimate NYC city hall elopement on New Year's Eve

On the ride home, we were lucky enough to get a car that was partially empty – kismet!

an intimate NYC New Year's Eve elopement

Post-wedding brunch with friends in Astoria, followed later that day with an evening out in the NYC.

Layla & Josh of Between the Sheets NYC New Year's Eve elopment

Our officiant was super sweet – there is not much we can remember it felt so fast, but there was a hesitation with the kiss only bc the bride did not want to smear the groom’s face in red lipstick! (great for photo-ops, not for sealing vows)

To celebrate we took our friends out in the meatpacking district, and a brief photo (it was truly frigid out all day and particularly NYE when the temps were at or below freezing) in front of Chelsea Market where we met on our first date.

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left: Isabela inspecting the flower arrangement, right: Mars eyeing some surprise gifts (he loves boxes in general)

Layla & Josh "Happily Ever After" spoons

behind the scenes – Between the Sheets 2013 Holiday Pop up Shop

The month leading up to the holidays is always a whirlwind, and well ours lived up to that. We had a ton of merchandise restocked the week before and after thanksgiving (and we’re still working on more) Then we had a sample sale and this pop up start on the same day the week after Thanksgiving. The pop up lasted two weeks and was organized by alumni of Design Entrepreneurs NYC,a program for emerging designers funded by the NYCEDC, we were in the first class about a year ago! The pop-up boasted a whopping 30 designers in a ton of categories, and here’s a peek at our little Between the Sheets nook.

Pop up Shop – A look Behind the Scenes

Between the Sheets lingerie booth at DENYC pop up shop Holiday 2013

We went for a ski-chalet feel with faux sheepskin, warm browns,  faux everygreen/log printed fabric, and lots of little wood/snowy details – even electric tea lights to make a little faux fire!

Between the Sheets window display at DENYC pop up shop Holiday 2013

Dressing up our window spot we played on the gold in our Leopard Play holiday collection with gold ornaments.

Between the Sheets lingerie booth at DENYC pop up shop Holiday 2013

It snowed both weekends we were at the pop-up, so the cozy decor definitely kept us feeling warm.

Come out and Play bikinis by Between the Sheets at DENYC pop up shop

Come out & Play bikinis, super soft and one of our best-sellers laid out on one of our faux sheepskins.

Basic play bralette and bikini by Between the Sheets at DENYC pop up shop

Basic Play bralette and bikini in front of that faux-realistic log backdrop which with an instagram filter looks even more realistic!

Between the Sheets window display at DENYC pop up shop Holiday 2013

A view of our window display from the outside.

Between the Sheets lingerie booth at DENYC pop up shop Holiday 2013

Between the Sheets lingerie booth at DENYC pop up shop Holiday 2013

Our core collection on the mannequin – Matchplay robe in heather grey and Basic Play underwear in Shade grey, a cozy combination.

Between the Sheets window display at DENYC pop up shop Holiday 2013

We even brought a couple of holiday style pieces from our  Layla L’obatti for BTS Black Label collection, Arabesque in ruby pictured here.

Between the Sheets lingerie booth at DENYC pop up shop Holiday 2013

 

Designers & Friends

Layla L'obatti, lingerie designer & partner Josh Verleun

BTS founders – Layla & Josh getting cozy in our ski-lodge inspired booth and Layla rocking some new headgear from fellow DENYC Pop up designer Sunghee Bang, you can shop her collection here.

Layla L'obatti & Andrea Diodati  designers at DENYC pop up shop

Layla L’obatti, BTS girl and Andrea Diodati – our booths were right across from each other! You can find her collections here.

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Some cozy snowshoes were a must – it snowed twice during our pop-up!

Come out and Play bikinis by Between the Sheets at DENYC pop up shop

Layla L'obatti at DENYC pop up shop

Our other little friend from across the aisle, Solali, sweet baby of Melinda from Mirame swimwear, you can find her collection here.

Layla L'obatti of Between the Sheets at DENYC pop up shop

On the last day it was a little hard to say goodbye to the beautiful little nook, but we packed it up in a record 15 mins!

Decorating our Pop up Shop

Our booth didn’t come together overnight, with a sample sale overlapping the first weekend we had to split our energy so it wasn’t until the week that we got around to making our space feel like home, here’s a look at what a little window dressing can do for bare concrete!

Before/After - Between the Sheets lingerie booth at DENYC pop up shop Holiday 2013

BTS DIY Wooden Signs – logo and social media

I’m a big fan of pinterest as a resource – I use it more often for crafty projects so a quick search yielded a great DIY sign via: Christina’s Adventures

Here for your reference, supplies total around $10 and can be found at a hardware store, You’ll need:

  • liquid nails
  • wooden shims (we used 2 packs of 12″ wooden shims for our larger sign, 1 pack for the smaller)
  • wood stain & white or light colored paint

DIY wood painted sign for Between the Sheets lingerie booth at DENYC pop up shop Holiday 2013

As Christina suggested, I used cans as an easy way to hold down the shims as the liquid nails was drying. Notice the fashionable WWD news is our dropcloth!

DIY wood painted sign for Between the Sheets lingerie booth at DENYC pop up shop Holiday 2013

From top left clockwise: Liquid nails and can weights, dried and hardened shims with stain applied, stencil printout laid over dried/stained wood for tracing, painting in between the lines.

DIY wood painted sign for Between the Sheets lingerie booth

sign number one: our logo. As I was painting I laid out the stencil in front as a reference just in case my tracing wasn’t crystal clear I could see what it was supposed to look like. Note: I broke off jagged edges on the the thinner end of the shims to give this sign a more weathered look.

 

DIY wood painted sign for Between the Sheets lingerie booth

sign number two: our social handle and icons

DIY wood painted sign for Between the Sheets lingerie booth

Our DIY wooden sign in action at our Pop up Shop booth!