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!
I started December off with two events, one in a school called Apparel Arts in Oakland. They hosted Oakland Fashion Network's Holiday Pop up and Fashion show. The very next morning we held a pop up in Stanford Court Hotel in Nob Hill.
The very next weekend, we had another pop up here:
And the next day, we went here for the day:
Next weekend we will wrap up Christmas shopping with one last pop up here:
I've had a really great time meeting so many creative business people and showing my own creations. I'm loving being in the fashion business. Even though the year had a rough start with lots of soul searching, I'm glad to say I'm winding up the year on a very positive note! I'm really looking forward to the new year and what it holds.
Desert Sunset Dress
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.