Our Metalico wrap photoshoot was held on such a lovely September afternoon! So that you can share in the day with us, we have put together this video of behind-the-scenes moments, from the perfect weather to boat rides around beautiful Lake George to the camaraderie of the Blue Sky Alpacas team and the models.
But, the details don’t stop there! These very special patterns are all inspired by the writings, women, and characters who inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald throughout a very glamorous and decadent time period. Did you catch all the references? Let’s see!
Fitzgerald, who was born in St. Paul, Minnesota (mere miles from Blue Sky Alpacas World Headquarters!), wrote The Great Gatsby, which is a book that heavily influenced our Metalico wrap collection. (Is anyone else anxiously awaiting Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming movie?)
In fact, the name Daisy was chosen not just for the floral-esque pattern, but also because one of the main characters in The Great Gatsby is Daisy Buchanan.
Frances had a working name of “Deco Wrap” because when we saw the bold geometric shapes within the wrap, knit in lavish Metalico, the Art Deco Movement just clicked and so did the name Frances, who was Fitzgerald’s daughter.
Zelda Fitzgerald, his wife, was a Jazz Age icon in her own rite, having been called the “first American Flapper.” She led a lavish lifestyle and had a vibrant social life. Fitzgerald was so pleased when his first novel, This Side of Paradise, was published that he ran up and down Summit Avenue (in St. Paul, MN), stopping passing motorists to tell them his news! It’s a puzzlement what was he more excited about: becoming a published novelist or that Zelda would finally consent to marry him (for he could now support the life she was accustomed to).
Our nod to This Side of Paradise is our use of the main character’s name, Rosalind Connage, in the backstory postcards featured on the lifestyle side of all three patterns. The Sand’s Point, New York address on these postcards was for a real historical site, a home that belonged to a friend of Fitzgerald’s and is the suspected inspiration for the setting in The Great Gatsby. (It has, unfortunately, been torn down.)
We hope you enjoyed this behind-the scenes look at the Metalico wrap collection, and that you find the influences and history as sumptuous as the collection itself!