There are never tears in our beers with Kate Hersch's whimsical and witty hand-embroided cocktail napkins.
Two of Hersch’s napkin designs, Thirsty and Retriever.
Kate Hersch knows how to make happy hours happier. Under the moniker August Morgan, Hersch whips out clever, lighthearted, hand- stitched cocktail napkins that will earn at least a smile from even the stiffest lip at the bar. The linen squares are emblazoned with colorful thread illustrating the likes of “Overserved” (sporting a tennis racket that has seen better days), “Drinking bunny” (in which two rabbits admire a cocktail), and “Owl have another!” (a wise bird who has had one too many).
“I love hand-embroidered goods because they’re something that has taken time to make; they have worth and can be passed down to another generation,” says Hersch, who learned to sew from her grandmother. “As for coming up with the ideas and phrases for my napkins—I pull out my sketch pad, pencils, and crayons, and a glass of wine. It’s not rocket science.”
The breadth of August Morgan extends far beyond beverage accoutrements and into pillows, throws, glassware, and note cards. This summer, Hersch traveled to Vietnam to source materials and inspiration, revealing that she can hardly keep up with the demand for the napkins each month. At four to a set for $36, they make an excellent host/hostess gift—Hersch recommends “Retriever,” with a dog pouring his owner a glass of wine, or “Thirsty,” featuring a festive camel in need of a drink. The Menagerie, 1601 W. 38th St., Ste. 7, 512-453-4644