Aspire To Inspire

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  1. ON THE RADAR: PATCHWORK DENIM

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    As an adult, I came to love patchwork after I read about the concept behind it when I discovered the cult favorite, Native Funk and Flash, a book featuring the art to wear scene of the Bay Area in the 1970′s. This book told a visual story about how patch-working first started as a way of putting energy into someone’s garment. Each patch that was stitched into a garment added a particular talisman energy within each piece which gave the wearer a certain extra “power” if you will. Just like a quilt is sewn together from memories and scraps and pieces from this family heirloom and that new piece of fabric, with each stitch and each piece of fabric, a whole lot of history, love and workmanship is involved.

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  2. DENIM DREAM: FAUSTINE STEINMETZ

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    I recently found out about a denim label out of East London, Faustine Steinmetz, that is so special and inspiring and unlike anything I have ever seen in the denim market. They literally make every single part of the denim by hand. From picking out the yarns to dying them and weaving them together to make their version of denim fabric..to then constructing each of the garments by hand. I’m not sure where else I have ever seen this process so transparently in the apparel industry and it is such a refreshing perspective on design and construction. Not only is her concept and process beautiful, but her design aesthetic is way ahead of the curve.

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  3. MY FAVORITE THINGS: RIN TANAKA’S INSPIRATION SHOW

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    The most inspiring time during my trip to LA was my visit to Rin Tanaka’s Inspiration show held in downtown Los Angeles at the California mart.

    First of all, I’ve never seen so many good looking and well dressed men in one place in my entire life. It was fantastic, quite like a dream actually. And then there were Japanese men everywhere sporting their amazing style inspired by the Cali/Southwest lifestyle. I was in there for hours checking the scene out, taking in every last detail. There was so much going on inside that it was quite overwhelming in a really good way. I can’t believe that this was my first time checking this show out. I can tell you that it definitely will not be my last. I will never miss it again.

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  4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOB

    Today is Bob’s bday so I wanted to do a little post to commemorate his fashion influence in regard to denim. One of my favorite looks has been and will always be what I call “Double D”: denim on denim. This isn’t any new way of wearing denim, its been done for decades since the […]

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  5. SEARCHING FOR SOUL: TRAVELLER DENIM CO.

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    As you might have noticed, 2013 has been the year of travel for me. I feel very lucky and every trip I have taken I have savored immensely. I’ve been off the writing map the last few weeks because of this heavy travel ( 6 cities in 27 days!), but I’m happy to be back in Texas writing again especially about one of my most recent Austin discoveries: Traveller Denim Co. Right before I headed west to California, I was in Austin and spotted a tiny little shop on the eastside that caught my eye. Most people have the tendency to keep on driving when they see something in the corner of their eye. Not me, and I was thrilled when I walked into a tiny 280 sq ft shop where some badass bespoke denim is being created by partners Erik Untersee and Selenia Rios.

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  6. INSPIRATION a la RIN TANAKA

      I’m sorry I’ve been lax on posting the past few weeks.  I have been busy getting my clients ready to present their Fall 2013 collections in NYC this week nd last week I spent a few days in Las Vegas at the Project show checking things out.  I will share those finds with you […]

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  7. FLEA MARKET FINDS: PASADENA ROSE BOWL

    I had another great day of finds at the Pasadena Rose Bowl yesterday.  I always find so many inspiring things and I love when people get excited about the items that I share.  I was busy on instagram yesterday taking pics of the things that caught my eye so if you aren’t following me on […]

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  8. STYLE ICON: BOB MARLEY

    Today marks the anniversary of Bob Marley’s death 31 years ago.  I wasn’t aware of this date until I woke up this morning and saw a post on facebook by one of his daughters, Karen that I have recently had the pleasure of meeting.  I thought it was quite a coincidence as I have been […]

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