Thursday, January 29, 2009
I've been thinking alot about my business model and the products I'd like to make. I'm very lucky to be young enough that I can experiment yet have gotten enough press and orders to see what sells well for me. I have always wanted to have a line of body products like soaps, lotions, perfumes. But does that look too busy? Brands like Angela Adams, Orla Kiely, and Hable Construction create a bevy of goods but they all correlate. Although I do have a scented product it's still paper...would it be a connection to make more scented products or would it look scattered? Would it make sense to branch out into categories that are already selling well or is the soap/scent industry already corwded. I always think that it should only be done if I can do it better or differently. What do you guys think? By the way, I have Lush up here because I love their products. I just used a lemongrass bath bomb yesterday and I'm using the Karma Kream sparingly before I finish the entire jar in a week...so delish!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I'm starting to feel a little lost. Magazines like Domino, Blueprint, and Oprah at Home have not only offered a young (or younger) look at design...they were also something to aspire to. As a small business it's been one of my dreams to see my products grace these pages someday; to be among your design peers and brands you admire...le sigh. Although I love my blogs, having a magazine that I can turn to, pull pages from, read and reread sometimes feels like a luxury. I'm not sure what's next in terms of a fun, young shelter magazine but what's next for the small brands trying to get some exposure? Let's face it...big name magazines embrace big name brands. Here's the WWD article if you're interested.
Monday, January 26, 2009
I found this old photo of my mother and sister and it was just too cute to keep to myself. There are so many thing I love about it; my mothers mod shift dress, my sister in her adorable blue dress, and the capture of all that I loved about my upbringing in a little faded square. I'm thinking more & more about those days and looking to find myself someplace warmer and more tropical by years end.
P.S. The posing shadows are most certainly my beloved uncles trying to keep my big sis from running off. My sister is 11 years older than me...making this picture 41 years old. Wow! Please don't tell her I told her age :)
Monday, January 19, 2009
I've launched a showroom! Simply called show:room, this is a venture that allows independent designers to be represented to retailers and press without the expense of conventional showroom fees and commissions. We are starting with a virtual space and will hopefully expand in the future to a physical showroom. I was hoping to have a full launch by the NYIGF but this will be a soft launch as most of my designers are getting their new products ready now. Check out show:room here.