Part of the fun of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is its fantastic book and gift store. After our visit we barely had 15 minutes to shop before closing, but as we were walking through the shop, my eye was caught by a favorite Vera Neumann design. This little book is filled with recipes for favorite cocktails, of course. Built into the back is a magnet so it can become part of your refrigerator decor.
If you have been a reader here for a while, you might recognize the design. I have a set of cocktail napkins, though the colorway is different, and I recently spotted a set in blue. These have been reproduced in recent years, but the new ones have a very shiny thread for the hem overcasting, so be sure to always look.
The Vera Company owns the original artwork for many of Vera’s designs, and they often enter into agreements with companies who want to use the work.
The little book has a page where it tells a bit about Vera Neumann. The part about the White House is interesting. The fabric used by Bess Truman was Vera’s famous fern design. It didn’t stay in the White House long, as they did not survive the remodeling by Mrs. Kennedy.