Cultural Revolution

Music Night at Revolution home outfitters December 8, 2011

Hello everyone, it’s been a while.  We’ve been busy working on some exciting things at the store. One of the changes you’ll notice is a slight name change. We are now Revolution home outfitters. We feel this name best reflects what we offer. Thanks to all who contributed their creative suggestions.

We are also working on the entertainment aspect of what we do. The response to our musical nights has been so positive we are committed to making it a regular event at the space. Tonight we will be featuring live music from The Jimmy Lee Ramblers, a complimentary dinner by Pamela at Your Service, a little wine and lots of fun. Come one come all, starting at 7:00 going ’til 10:00; but history has shown that it will probably go on much later. Hope to see you there.


Ye Shall Know Them By Their Hats February 26, 2011

Filed under: Fashion,hats,Local Events,Style,Uncategorized,Vintage Clothing,Vintage hats — David Heffernan @ 5:26 pm

There is  a select group of ladies now gracing the town of Maplewood; they are stylish, they are confident, and they are wearing hats…Lisa Battaglia originals to be exact. The cocktail party launch of Lisa’s designs was a huge success and we are grateful to all who were able to attend. The evening had the welcomed effect of producing an instant LB fan club; ladies vied for space in front of the oversized mirror, lisa Battaglia hat 3eagerly and giddily trying on hats.

I must say, while Lisa’s Winter line offered the promise of super stylish warmth, the Spring collection provided a much needed splash of color to what has turned into a long, gray winter. Everyone left happy. So…if you spot a gal in town with a little attitude to her swagger, check out her hat. We have a pretty good hunch where she got it.


Cocktails & Fashion February 25, 2011

Filed under: Fashion,hats,Local Events,music,Vintage Clothing,Vintage hats — David Heffernan @ 2:12 pm

Lisa Battaglia hat 2Tonight”s the night. We are officially launching Lisa Battaglia’s line of designer hats at a cocktail party in her honor at our store at 97 Baker Street in Maplewood. Lisa will present her current collection and give us an exclusive preview of her new Spring line. The evening will feature the musical stylings of Jay Dougherty of the Jaybirds.

This represents a leap in a new direction for us at Revolution and we are thrilled. Response to Lisa’s designs has been amazing, and we absolutely love the new dimension her collection adds to our store. Looking forward to great things ahead and of course one terrific evening. Come join us.

Lisa Battaglia hat


Announcing Lisa Battaglia at Revolution February 8, 2011

One look at Lisa Battaglia’s line of striking hats and it is clear why this designer’s collection continues to turn heads.

Lisa Battaglia designs hats that reinterpret vintage aesthetics to live in the modern world. Drawing on her unusual free-form technique and her uncanny fashion instinct, she creates dramatic hats that recall a bygone era and yet are utterly of the moment. Each hat is a geometric work of art that magically provides its wearer with more than one look through a simple turn of the brim.”

Featured in W, Glamour, and In Style magazine among others, Lisa’s classically designed hats are at once style statements and totally wearable…a true marriage of vintage and modern, making them, we think, a perfect fit for Revolution.

Help us welcome Lisa to our store. Stop in and see the collection today.


Vintage Bicycles October 27, 2010

While researching vintage bicycles for a mural I’m painting at La Pasteria restaurant in Summit, New Jersey, I stumbled across pictures of the most extraordinary bikes. The old time beauty of these classics harkens the era of paper boys, girls in bobby socks, and lemonade on the front porch. Here are a couple of my favorites.



Oh What a Night October 23, 2010

The food was placed artistically on the barnwood table, ripe green and red grapes arranged as beautiful still life; gleaming handblown glass pendants hung from silk cords as the flames from the candles throughout the room flickered and danced, casting an amber glow on the dark and atmospheric oil paintings . The mood had been set. We were ready for the witches.

The beginning of a bad novel? Not exactly. It’s  another “Ladies Night Out” in Maplewood, or “Witches Night Out” this time around. In they came, singly or in groups of two or three, wearing their pointy black hats, eager to peruse the new offerings in Revolution.

David and I had a blast setting up for what has become a biannual tradition in Maplewood Village. Local merchants offer special gifts, contests, treats and discounts as a way of thanking the community for their continued support. There was much staging and rearranging to do, but it was worth it. Although the numbers were slightly smaller this year (lagging economy?), the ladies still came out and showed us some love. We welcomed new faces curious about our little shop, as well as long time customers anxious to see the new fall arrivals. Wine and cheese, not to mention cupcakes, was enjoyed by everyone.

As shutters creaked in the howling wind, and the glow of luminaries lining the streets grew dim, we bid farewell to the roving coven of witches. Until we meet again.