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Sex in the City ... and Milking Cows!

By June 18, 2010

As a working woman in the world of journalism, I have to say I do love me a bit of Sex in the City re-runs. Obviously, besides the fact she is a journalist Carrie Bradshaw and I have very little in common, well except the fact that we're both just a little bit fabulous (for me tho ... it comes just a little bit cheaper!).

However ... a few years ago I found out that Carrie played by Sarah Jessica Parker has some pretty good friends in the dairy industry. And if you've ever watched even just one episode of the Sex in the City series (or movies) you know that Carrie has a serious affinity for her high-end, high-heel shoes ... particularly Manolo Blahniks. 

But did you know that the owners of the U.S. Manolo Blahniks division -George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitisalso - also own one of the most prestigious Holstein and Jersey dairy herds in the country - Arethusa Farms in Litchfield, Conn. And Miss Sarah Jessica Parker is a serious BFF of the two shoe designers, and has been rumored to visit the scenic dairy on numerous occassions. Just another example of being fabulous on the farm! ;)

So how do a couple of high-end show designers find their way to owning a dairy farm. I found this excellent news report from a local Connecticut TV station that tells the story beautifully ...

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/video.

In fact, a group of friends and I had the opportunity to visit the infamous Connecticut dairy farm run with money from the high-end shoe line a couple years ago, as they hosted the first annual Global Glamour Sale at Arethusa. This was the sale, where we witnessed a Red-and-White Holstein cow sell for $1 million - yes you heard me correctly. And her name was KHW Regiment Apple-Red.

“She walks like a winner, she knows she’s a winner, she could walk in the show ring right now and take on any competition she wants, she is a red-and-white queen,” said David Rama, who served as the auctioneer for the “once in a lifetime” million-dollar sale.

A sale unlike most, 54 of the world’s best consignments – with Apple obviously leading the bidding – the sale averaged $97,491 and grossed a total of more than $5.2 million. George and Anthony own some of the most award-winning, beautiful Holstein and Jersey cows I have ever seen in my life - so it's not surprising when they say their cows walk in the show ring like they are on a fashion runway! Needless to say, my friends and I were drooling over the beautiful cows presented before us, the beyond gorgeous grounds and facilities. It was the sale of a lifetime and absolutely FABULOUS!!

Here is just a dabble of their show winnings in the past 8 years ...
Hillcroft Leader Melanie (Holstein)
All-American and All-Canadian 4-year old, 2003
All-American 5-year old, 2004
Grand Champion Holstein World Dairy Expo 2004
Supreme Champion at the 2004 World Dairy Expo
Unanimous All-American Aged Cow 2005

Huronia Centurion Veronica (Jersey)
Grand Champion Jersey at the 2004 World Dairy Expo
Reserve Supreme Champion at the 2004 World Dairy Expo
Supreme Champion at the PA All-American in 2005
Grand Champion Jersey at the 2005 World Dairy Expo
Supreme Champion at the 2005 World Dairy Expo

As you can tell Melanie and Veronica are the matriachs of Arethusa Farm, but there are many many other cows at Arethusa who carry a respectable list of show winnings. This is just a perfect example of being fabulous and farming - if not even to a bit to the extreme. If you ever get the chance to own a pair of Manolos - now you will no doubt think about the designer shoes' connection to the dairy industry, and all the great cows bred, owned and exhibited by Arethusa.
The Girl Creative

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  1. Those are some amazingly fun facts. Who would have thought that a fashion designer would turn dairy herd owner.

    Following you as part of Follow Friday. Have a great weekend.


  2. That was a great trip!! haha!

  3. Wow! That is one heck of barn!

    I saw you commented on my photo editing post...do you have Memory Manager?

  4. how interesting!

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  5. I think your post is fabulous. So great to have some insight into the fashion/dairy world. Now if we could only get Manolo to design cowboy boots.

  6. I would've enjoyed that sale - went to school (DelVal) with Dave Rama!

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  8. I'm stopping by from New Friend Friday & am your newest follower.

    If you have a chance, I'd love for you to stop by my blog, follow back and take a moment to enter any of the current 4 giveaways {low entries}.

    Have a great weekend


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  10. I always wanted to live on a farm. Very cool! I am here from Friday Follow! You have a new follower! Come and visit Mama's Little Chick.

    Mama Hen

  11. I found you on Friday Followback (I know it's Saturday, but I was busy) :-)

    Great blog!



  12. What a great post!! Do you think that I could convince Hubby that by purchasing a pair of Manolo Blahniks I would be helping the farming Industry? Hubby is all about helping other Farmers!!!