Sunday, February 28, 2010

A Peek Behind the Eco Fabric Curtain: An Overview of Raw Materials

I came across this article by Lorranie Smith, Sustainability Consultant and I found it very interesting and educative:
A Peek Behind the Eco Fabric Curtain: An Overview of Raw Materials

Here, another article by Vanessa Friedman about:
Sustainable fashion: what does green mean?
The link to the article: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/2b27447e-11e4-11df-b6e3-00144feab49a.html
Gucci designer Frida Giannini believes “sustainable fashion” means “quality items symbolized by a timeless handbag you can pass on”

Thursday, February 25, 2010

SNOWY DAY & TRIP TO THE TRAILER IN JERSEY CITY.

I have been working myself to death lately with;  getting things organized and ready for my next future events, meeting with clients demand, looking for sponsors for different events.
I guess sometimes I do think  that I am a super woman or something, but last night my body litterally shut down at around 9 pm and for the first time in 2 months I slept until  8 am this morning. So, since I did not have any meeting today I decided to stay in to update my website and do other little work here and there.
At around 9:45 am my dear friend and model Marija Kero called and was on her way to pick me up.
 


Marija is so dedicated to help with my project in collecting donations from all over.
A good friend of hers, Adonis Mayol from EVANS DELIVERY COMPANY, Inc.  donate a trailer which offer me the opportunity and ability to ship everything to Haiti.
So being off today as well Marija and brother Roko came to pick me up so I can finally meet Adonis  to thank him for his gift and generosity, also to collect the keys and to start loading boxes in the trailer.
So at around 10 this morning all 3 of us drove to Jersey City  in that crazy weather but feeling wonderful and joking all along the way. 

Adonis and his family own the trucking company and was so generous to donate that 53 feet long trailer for me to ship donations I have been collected, tents, sleeping bags and other necessary items I purchased from money I collected at my last event on January 28th and will be looking to purchase more in the near future to send to Haiti as I am trying my best to reach out and help families, friends, hundred of people who are in need, a country and a nation in despair.
Marija, Roko, Adonis and to all of you I would like to say thank you for your help and support.

For those of you who would like to donate, live around NJ and to drop your donations, the trailer is located  at 400 Duncan Ave., Jersey City, NJ. 07306  
The phone number is 201-309-0711  ask for Adonis, but please do contact me prior at 646-250-5101
It will be the trailer with words HIMANE- HAITI RELIEF you will look for and leave your donations in or just leave the packages with the security guard.
Remember you can always bring your donations to my studio in Brooklyn if you are in Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island or Manhattan and cannot make the trip to Jersey.

A list of items we would like to receive and need: Antibiotic Ointment (Neosporin); Analgesics (Tylenol, Aspirin, Advil, Aleve); Sinus Medications; Diapers; Baby Bottles; Antibacterial solutions (Peroxide); Hand Sanitizers; Masks; Sterile Gloves; Rolled Bandages; Baby Formula; Infant Re-hydration (Pedialyte);  Kaopectate antidiarreal medications; Personal Care Items (Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Soaps, Feminine Hygiene Supplies), Cooking oil, Canned Foods, Water, Sleeping bags, Tents etc.

A few pictures  of today at Adonis' trucking company.

Marija with Adonis showing the trailer's key
 The trailer


 Adonis, opening the trailer for us to take a look.
 


Inside of the trailer. It is huge. I am going to need a lot of items to fill this 53 feet long trailer before I ship it.

Roko, Marija and Adonis


With Adonis. Such a lovely person. Thank you so much my dear.

With Marija. Very dedicated woman. She is helping me collecting donations from her friends, family and different schools. Thank you my dear friend.
A picture of the trailer while leaving the area.

It was a great and lovely day!!
We are on our way to look for a place to eat before heading home.



Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sales and Future event!

Fashion week is over (not really for me), but now I am dealing with showroom demand and other interesting offer.
I am not going to talk about FASHION again as I know some of you maybe would like to take a break after a long week and also dealing with the tragic death of Alexander MC Queen. What a great lost! Peace be with him!
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I would like to share two (2) lovely places in Brooklyn with you today and for those of you who have not been there as yet, I suggest you take the time to check them out, you wont be disappointed.
1- My favorite store; Better Than Jam Handmade Co-Op.   Visit their website at
http://www.betterthanjamnyc.xbuild.com/  great store, all fresh and new, just open their doors only a few weeks ago (February 1st). You will find a range of great Brooklyn local designers in there.  Located in East Williamsburg, the place is just fantastic and the owner Karin is awesome. There will be monthly events, workshops and each designers will have the ability to host their own trunk show accordingly.










Starting this Saturday until the first week of March, all my pieces will have a 30% reduction. I am cleaning up ladies. Spring is right around the corner and I need to make space for new goodies. So don't hesitate to stop by this weekend and everyday day next week to purchase that dress, that convertible duffel or tote bag you wanted so much.



 
2- My second place is Linger Cafe Lounge located in the heart of Boerum Hill in Brooklyn. So easy to get there, you wont believe it. It is right on Atlantic ave (bet 3rd & 4th ave). Subway lines to Atlantic/Pacific ave are; the 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, Q, M, N, R  and also the LIRR as the place is only one short block from the station. The owner, Jessica is the most beautiful person whom I ever met. She is nice, kind, always smiling and a great host. Did I mention that I decided from now on all my events will be there and then some? Oh yes, as a matter of fact my next one is schedule for March 4th, more details later, as of next week Tuesday.
Make sure you keep that day open as it is going to be a fantastic, wonderful and great night.
Visit their website at http://lingercafelounge.com/ so you can have an idea of the place and to keep up with all their events. Was there for a meeting early Friday evening, going back Saturday afternoon for brunch and to enjoy an afternoon with great music. The food there is...  sorry I am still searching for a word to describe it. Better yet don't take my word for it just go and give it a try you wont regret it.
A few pics from my last event at the location a few weeks ago.
 



Sunday, February 14, 2010

Nolcha Independent Designers Showcase February 11, 2010

-Posing with Cindy Carrasquilla, media Contact at Nolcha,
- My dear friend Iliana and her to die for jewelry,
-Lynn Furge Creative Director at Nolcha leading the first group of Buyers and some of the designers work and display.

Lynn Furge with Buyers.






 

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Our latest Development and Updates.

It has been a while since our last post and there is an explanation for that: our blog administrator is away in vacation, the everyday stress thinking about the well being of my family and friends in Haiti, focusing on organizing more events and getting ready for NY Fashion week.

Before talking about Fashion week, let's chat about our first event to raise money to help my homeland "Haiti". The event went very well, out of 35 confirmed 20 showed up and we were very happy with our little crowd. We collected $597.00 plus another additional $20 the next day. So far we order 6 tents and 4 sleeping bags and would like to be able to order 6 more tents and 8 more sleeping bags. They need them badly, the raining season in Haiti is started and we are trying our best to find some help or an organization to donate them if possible.
A link to the pictures of the event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plwpR7vjY4g

One of my beautiful model Marija, have  a dear friend who owns a truck company, he donated a trailer to make it easy for me to stock the items and will be willing to drive it down to Florida to be shipped to Haiti. The trailer is located in Jersey City for those who would like to donate and live int he neighborhood of NJ. I feel very lucky and want to  say thanks to Marija and her friend. Also Marija is collecting items from friends and family as well, just to give me a hand, show her support in the effort.
Pauline, my dear friend donated a case of 64 emergency water packet, Artists, designers in my building donated can of foods and we also received some clothes.
Feel very lucky to have great people like them in my life.


Just to let everyone know there is a great hip boutique located in the border of East Williamsburg/Bushwick called Better Than Jam Handmade Co-Op, the owner's name is Karin Persan, the most beautiful and awesome person I ever met. Anyway to make a long story short, the concept beyond the store is to give local designers a place where they can call their own.  No competition there, each designer pieces are unique and to die for. Prices range from $40.00 to 300.00 per items. There will be monthly event, workshop, sewing classes (by me and other designers) and more. You will find some of my designs there as well. You definitely need to check it out. This is the website: http://www.betterthanjamnyc.xbuild.com
Pictures and TV interview will upload later.


NY FASHION WEEK.
A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by the Nolcha Fashion Group and offered the opportunity to participate this year in Nolcha Independent Designers presentation. So I have been working like crazy, slept 4 nights in a row in my studio on top of my cutting table, working 19 hours a day, sleep only 3 to 4 hours a day but still going and don't want to give up because I want my participation in Fashion week to mean something, I want to use it for a cause close to my heart. I decided to use/donate 50% of any order I will get to build an art/design school in Haiti to help the youth, an opportunity to express themselves and use their talents.  Since Art is practically made with the intention of stimulating thoughts and emotions, a vehicle for the expression or communication of ideas, a means for exploring and appreciating, an art school at home in my mother home town will mean a lot and will help a whole lot.
It is going to be  a very long process. It means of course working harder so I can make more sells and create more events. After what my country, family, friends have been through and most of all the young ones this will be a great opportunity more than ever to do something positive and offer an helping hand. As I said in my interviews " it is a way to pay back and to offer to those who don't have anything, support and hope".
I am planning to be in Haiti by the end of March hopefully, will be traveling with some friends some of them from Haiti who either lost family members, their houses or just want to go and help.


The links to the interviews for the past couple of weeks are below:
Monday January 25th with WNBC Channel 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcQEeKMtQyQ
Friday February 5th  with WPIX channel 11: http://weblogs.wpix.com/news/local/morningnews/blogs/2010/02/international_design_spotlight.html

If you know of any organizations would like to help and support please share.

We also still in need of those items if you can help:  Disinfectants; Gauze and Dressings; Tape; Antibiotic Ointment (Neosporin); Analgesics (Tylenol, Aspirin, Advil, Aleve); Sinus Medications; Diapers; Baby Bottles; Adhesive Bandages (Band-Aids); Antibacterial solutions (Peroxide); Hand Sanitizers; Masks; Sterile Gloves; Wraps; Rolled Bandages; Baby Formula; Infant Re-hydration (Pedialyte); and Personal Care Items (Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Soaps, Feminine Hygiene Supplies, etc.)

Thanks to all of you for all your support and kind words for the past few weeks. Thank you.