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Fashion matters.

I swear fashion isn’t what you think it is. Countless times I’ve heard fashion doesn’t matter to me. So you are telling me you roll out of bed whatever material happens to adhere itself to your body is what you wear? Let’s just cover the naughty bits and get on with our day? Go on, try this. Please. I’ll wait right here. Let me know how this goes. In fact, simply put on someone else jeans, even in your size. Fashion does matter. We ALL choose things because they reflect who we are, what we reflect onto the world and what we are comfortable in. So tell me again, fashion doesn’t matter to you.

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Shopping and making with purpose

After black friday don’t forget….Shop small on Saturday!!!

It sometimes makes me ill to think that my desire to make clothes is actually involving myself in such a sick industry. The only job theoretically that I could do more harm to the environment is if I made a job transfer to a nice oil company. That’s insane. Last time I checked I just wanted to make clothes. 

It’s my decision to make clothes that some deem too pricey. Wal-mart sells cheap shirts, why can’t I? Am I really just part of the problem anyways?

All I can promise is my clothes aren’t killing people. Every person, (besides me) is not suffering to make my clothes. Lives are not being cut short to work in unsafe working environment to sew my clothes. Nobody is handling chemicals that will slowly poison them. My clothes had no temporary home on these deplorable factory floors.

Because I made that choice. Don’t get me wrong as an independent designer I could never complete for price. Never. The choice to do the opposite isn’t exactly cheap.

I choose to not choose the cheapest way to make my clothes and not to make cheap clothes. I will not kill people to get a better price. No, really. You will not walk away will a $20 bag of clothes from me. I have no interest in that race.

And It’s not about every purchaser make being perfect and mindful.  It’s about choosing wisely when and often as you can and all of us choosing a world we want to live in.

If you would like to educate yourself more on the subject I highly suggest “The True Cost” currently on Netflix . It’s a great watch to see how fashion and our purchasing choices affect the world we live in.

Shopping and making with purpose

Well damn that was sunny.

On a brighter note–Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

-Sara

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When you try to make art work

 

 

design has to work art does not

Working on cleaning up some patterns. There’s  sometimes a sense of power to be able to think of something and then be able to make it. However if I were being truly honest, I would have to admit just because I can draw it doesn’t mean it works out quite the same as it does in my head. Sometimes the math & reality just wins over the art.

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Wisely, and slow

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Move slow. Choose people and quality before quantity. Ponder the creation. Those who count their wins by their arms full of meaningless junk will stumble, unable to catch themselves on the community that they forgot to build. #Slowfashionmovement

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Slowing down for forever

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Eww… no. I’m not talking about love. If you want clothing that’s built to be lived in–Do your research, expect to pay more,  expect to fall in love with a beautiful well-made garment that knows how to treat you right. Let’s be more thoughtful about our purchases. Only buy products you’d want to introduce to your Mom.

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Making the Season Last

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In saying this some may have noticed (mostly the people who have worked on the upcoming ‘14 Bookish collection) that there is a delay, a planned delay. Not having the resources of larger companies, not having the staff are all reasons that I decided that my next collection isn’t going to follow the expected seasons. It will be my only 2014 collection. In hopes of making this the collection that I have time to market, enjoy and spend some time with. It’s release has been delayed and the season prolonged.  I am looking forward to not running around like crazy to keep on this calendar that many consumers are completely unaware of. I might be going a little off the beaten path for marketing and trying some less obvious venues. Any insane ideas welcome.

I do want those involved to know that this all may take a little longer than first promised but I am trying to make this better for all of us. Sorry for the delay, but I hope you will see it as all worth it.

Being an independent designer is hard, I don’t wish it on anyone and I question my craziness everyday, many times a day. It’s lonely, it’s exhausting and I have no one to blame but myself. I really, truly must hate me. And I take others down with me. And I can’t imagine doing anything else. It compels and inspires me and I can’t imagine at least trying to do this. Thanks for all the patience & support.