It is still life in the fashion slow lane as a handbag and accessories designer and Rocco still sleeps most of the day under my desk. The journey continues, from Italy to Hong Kong. From Seattle to Southern California.....
I am now working with the highest end group of leather bag factories and tanneries in India. There are millions of factories in India but I am currently connected with the top factories that do production for major French and European labels. If you are looking to source leather goods in India, let me know. I am headed to India in a few months to visit the factories in Chennai. It should be an interesting journey and I can't wait to see the cows in the street.
A few weeks ago I was in Las Vegas for MAGIC and the ENK trade shows. The men's categories are blowing up. 5 years ago you did not see the massive amounts of men's products and accessories. It is the fastest growing trend in the marketplace. I have been hired by Mela Originals to design their new womens collection "Mela" and they also hired me www.melaoriginal.com to design a men's line which we named "Carlo". I get to design the logo and the name, "Carlo" - so far its like Tom Ford meets vintage California lifestyle. Black Saffiano leather with cobalt nappa blue trim. The bags look amazing and I enjoy designing men's leather goods more than women. There is a lot more freedom and no one ever says no to my designs.
It is already past labor day and there has been a major heat wave her in Southern California and the sign on the I-5 freeway says, "Severe Drought-Help Save Water!"
I have many loves in my life. I love fashion and travel. I also love Thai food. It is my hobby to go to Thai restaurants in new cities and in my own area. I currently live most of the time in San Diego and have visited several Thai restaurants. (Seattle has better Thai food). I also go to Thailand once in a while. My most recent visit was in March this year. I am not much of a cook and have not really tried to cook Thai food. That is where "Golf" comes in. I met Golf many years ago when she was an exchange student at Washington State University where I attended. Golf was an international student from Krabi, Thailand. She was really into going to the gym and cooking. Fast forward a few decades later and she is still into going to the gym and cooking.
I met up with her in Bangkok this year and follow her face book posts of Amazing Thai food. Here is a few of my favorites. More to come soon and maybe some recipes. (I am working on that!)
Thai Coconut Sticky rice with Dried Ship as a topping.
We now have a new men's leather belt for the everyday guy. Check out "The Joe" !
This belt is awesome for the everyday Joe. Fits in all the jean belt loops! Cool buckle from Italy with a natural looking patina!
Leather belt made in USA. Ships from San Diego, California.
All of our products are made to last over a decade, and like you, get better with age! No pun intended.
I am been so busy with my freelance clients and summer activities that I have not had time to blog. I am in the middle of working on two huge collections for Spring and Fall 2015. Crazy how far out we have to work in the fashion industry.
In the meantime, we have a new addition to our family...
Meet "Marco" the pug. I named him after a guy I dated from Milan, Italy way back in the day. It has been about 6 months since Rocco passed away so Dante was getting very depressed and lethargic. Every since we brought Marco home, Dante has perked up. Hopefully they will be good companions.