I took part of the day off to see the wonderful hats and hat paintings at the Degas exhibit Palace Legion of Honor. (Actually, can I count it as part of my ongoing education as a fashion designer?) There was so much to see and I enjoyed it far more than I had anticipated. Thus begins my love affair with hats. I had happy hat dreams filled with chapeaux that night. Here are some pictures I took from the exhibition:
LaClotherie is hosting Margarette Laizure once again. We will be happily spending the afternoon in the storybook cottage and would love for you to join us. We always have fun playing with clothes, accessories and jewelry. You won't want to miss the deals, either!
So come on over to see us!
Sunday, July 9th
La Clotherie Cottage
461 43rd Street
Oakland, CA 94611
The One-Button Top is a completely rebellious concept in which I, a professionally trained patternmaker and designer, take rules and bend them to my will. The button itself is the emphasis in the entire design. It must be chosen in a manner befitting of a scoundrel.
Another design that came along in the Margarette Laizure repetiore is the Kitten Pocket Tunic, so named by a rather funny fellow by the name of Callum Lamb. Callum has his own quaint designs under the label Mademoiselle Lamb. The Kitten Pocket Tunic will house one of your furry purry friends of course, but is also very well suited to a giant cell phone or hand-held video console which is far more fun to use. The pocket indeed is its emphasis.
Spring is definitely (achoo!!) in the air and I just wanted to acknowledge that it has a definite mood elevating quality! My fabrics lighten and brighten in my designs and I remind myself to take time to go out to smell the flowers! Before it's gone I wanted to share my inspiration with you: I will be joining Harumi K for another Friday Studio Sale, on 4/14 from 11:30-1pm at 4209 Howe Street right here in Oakland. In case you can't make it, be sure to check back here for future events in the works!
Happy Spring to Everyone!!!!
This passion I've been having for mixing stripes and solids for tops has been a hit so far in stores. I am adding some to the collection on my website. Here is a sampling of some of the designs:
I realize that keeping up with my blog posts requires mouse clicks and patience. Neither of which I have when I'm in creation mode which seems to be more than 50% of my working time. But I realize that I need to keep posting my work and products for shoppers of extraordinarily unique fashions! While working on being conscienscious and a responsible business owner and adult, my kid inside me cannot help coming out and playing. Then this happens.
Please let me know if you like the mix and I will make more to sell on my website!! Thanks for the feedback.
I'm changing my site around to allow people to buy my pieces directly from me. I will also list all the events I will be attending so that you can find me in real life! I hope it will be helpful to those who would like to know what is going on and what I have to offer!
If you are planning to visit the Mission in SF, be sure to stop in to see Eden at Secession Art & Design. She has an outstanding mix of local art, jewelry and fashion. She is truly supportive of us artists and creative types. Now I have the privilege to join the artists and artisans there! When you are in the neighborhood, also be sure to look across the street at the mural on the B of A that Eden is having painted. It's super!
Well, I should feel farther along, but oh well, this is where I am. It's only fear holding me back right now. I'm searching for the boldness inside myself. I've had to put both my feet on the ground and keep them on it. I am going to fill my calendar with biz dev stuff and stop procrastinating. And keep embracing change. Meanwhile here is a top for you to look at: Comments are welcome!
If you're going to Temescal Street Fair, please stop by just a few steps up at 461 43rd Street. We'll be there selling our fun summery fashions at great prices!
We love bikes. How can you tell?
This fabric shouted "buy me and make a bike friendly skirt!" It is the very first item I made when I decided to be a fashion designer! It is from Japan and I used ideas from Samurai costumes for design elements.