If I had disposable income I would invest a good chunk of that in making my kitchen the most beautiful kitchen, occupied by thoughtfully designed stuff. There's a lot of that stuff out there. Ferm Living is a better product line than most in that they're a level up from the Brooklynite Hipsterite cutesy crafty stuff you see on most design sites.
Take this Hexagon Bottle Opener for example. I mean, really? That takes thought.
You mean to tell me I can rotate not just my underwear but my dishcloths too?
How 'bout replacing that nasty 10 year old clock your mom got you from Bed Bath & Beyond for your dorm room for this adultish geometric clock installation?
A wallpaper sticker that functions as chalkboard and post-it calendar is the way to my heart.
Let me count the ways I can display my pen and pencil collection...
Back in 2012, artist Michelle Blade painted her version of the Apocalypse 365 times in the form of small, quick paintings, exhibited all together in New Mexico. Each one has main shades of black with pops of some color sneaking around ghostly shadows and silhouettes. I wish I were able to attend that exhibition, considering I love lists and series and such. I'd lurk through them one by one, wanting to collect them all and display them nicely framed in a single line from one end of a wall to another.
News is out that Tom Ford won't be going down the runway for FW16 til September, instead selling to consumers directly after the show. Burberry's story is similar, deciding to show season-less gender-less styles twice a year for consumers to buy-now-wear-now.
There's movement between designers an retailers in major cities around the world to initiate an antiquated model in the industry and it makes me wonder how I as a sample room and manufacturer will be affected by this change.
Currently my clients are emerging contemporary designers selling ready-to-wear styles in the contemporary and designer market. They're mostly based in NY, showing and selling to NY retail stores both on the department store and boutique level. They're units per style when handing me a production run range from 20 - 50 units a style on average which is quite small considering they receive great press and rack space.
We develop 6 months before the season and begin production to deliver to stores 2 months before. I often complain that development and production delivery dates coincide in January and February, August and September, leaving behind crickets and listlessness the remainder of the year.
Can the show-now-buy-now model potentially stabilize this fu*ked fashion calendar while easing some pressure of the backs of my clients? As a relatively small sample room and production facility I can't say it will. Speaking on behalf of my clients who are mostly emerging brands with small wholesale orders or direct to consumer through e-commerce I can't say it will.
The development calendar will always remain 6 months ahead of season so that there's time to show buyers and make the shit for consumers to "wear-now" FOR that season. There's no way to magically show new styles and make on demand at the same time. It's not like majority of consumers follow or understand the fashion calendar ANYWAY. Consumers figure hell it's December, it's about time to buy a coat, or it's July, hey let's go buy a bathing suit. It's not that difficult to predict consumer behavior is it?
While consumers are becoming more and more educated about how their clothes are made and who exactly made them, as they become more exposed to the process and want to hear more stories through social media I'm hopeful for the day my factory is humming with work throughout the year with garments thoughtfully made for designers who communicate directly with their customers, their fans, their consumer.
Jonas Wood is known to all within the hipster and culturally relevant community as a contemporary still life painter. He mixes in comic book inspired flatness with crude realism and high intensity color. I'm particularly privy to his chunky abstract paintings which I imagine I would eat like cotton candy. Read this great interview with him on Hyperallergic.
Nicole and Chelsea of the uber chic brand CIENNE source custom made fabric from all over the world, including Ethiopia and Japan. I am lucky enough to work with them as their developer and manufacturer, (attempting) to perfect fit and design while dealing with not so easy fabric conditions. They were recently featured on Fast Company which I thought to share here.
They are one of the few brands I love and adore and can actually imagine wearing. The above wooly chunky comfy hoodie is a must have in your home to cuddle to while watching netflix (to chill) and to keep in the office when the heat is not on.
The boyfriend blazer spruces up your workwear and shares a message that you don't take yourself too seriously but you shouldn't be fucked with.
There are currently a few styles we are currently producing which obviously I can't share yet but they are beautiful. Bangin'. I'm talking a mix of comfy and sexy, the ultra combo. I love CIENNE, thank you ladies for making me feel cool and relevant when I wear your stuffs.
I'm becoming obsessed with Christopher Kane's Pre-Fall 2106 collection. I imagine if I ever succeed as a fashion designer my works would look like this: a well orchestrated disarray of patterns, fabrics, and colors. Juxtaposed and clashing yet refined and striking.
Welcome to 2016, the year I turn 32 and inevitably linger towards the status of an ahjumma. As I gratefully leave behind a tumultuous and yet uneventful year, I've (perhaps foolishly) set big goals and expectations for myself to achieve in 2016, not excluding what may be the most challenging and useless thing a person can do: launch a goddamn contemporary fashion line.
While drowning in feelings of insecurity and fear of failure may not be the most healthy way to begin, I'm inspired and (more than) slightly envious of these amazing individuals listed on Forbes 30 under 30. My current obsession: a contemporary pop star in the making named Halsey.
First of all: how did I not know about this badass chick before? How come she hasn't shown on my "Discover Weekly" playlist on Spotify? What? She did a song with Justin Bieber? What? She's bi-racial, bi-sexual, bi-polar? What? She's 21?! What? She's had more changes in hair color than the rainbow spectrum can handle? She's NUTS! And I love her for it.
As for her pop music, I assume she'll become the next Taylor Swift, but with a bit more of an electro-kick. Her voice is a bit too high and soft for my liking (I prefer the froggy depths of Lorde and Adele), but considering how absolutely beautiful she is on and off the stage (that mole under her nose! that body!) it's enough of a distraction to stick on and witness the rise of a quirky contemporary pop star.
I watched this only to see how squeamishly awkward Pharrell is inside Takashi Murakami's studio.