Archive for the ‘designers’ Category

a funny story about instagram

September 5, 2012

ace & jig

I joined Instagram awhile back (it’s a party over there!). Other than photos of people’s lunches, their pets and kids (guilty), it’s also a great way to get behind the scenes with designers and their customers. Case in point – I was not familiar with Ace & Jig until I started following Cary & Jenna on Instagram. Through their photos, I learned a little bit about who they are and the clothes they make. A few weeks back when I was visiting L.A., I walked into Mohawk General Store and immediately recognized one of their dresses even though I have never seen their work in person. I found a couple of pieces to try on and immediately fell in love with one. I loved it so much, I snapped a pic in the dressing room, posted it on Instagram and tagged Cary & Jenna and they responded.

This to me, is one of the coolest things about social media. I learned about their brand through Instagram. I became a customer because of Instagram. I corresponded with them about my delight with the purchase over Instagram. The instant, visual gratification of this medium is quite fun, and apparently good for business! I’ve got my eye on a few more pieces now…

follow friday

August 31, 2012

ermie modeling pirtti

Jennifer modeling fall 2012 to-be-named Pirtti scarf

Through Ursula of Modaspia I found Elizabeth of Primoeza. Through Elizabeth I found Jennifer of Ermie. By chance of moving to California and having the opportunity to visit L.A. regularly, I have met with Jennifer in person. I just love how that all comes together!

This past weekend I was in L.A for a quick trip and had the chance to meet up with Jennifer for coffee. (Though in reality it was much too hot for coffee!) I’ve been a fan of her bold and colorful work for quite a while. Having my head in the sand so to speak, weaving away by myself, I wanted to show her what I’m working on and talk through some ideas. It occurred to me that Jennifer has never actually seen my work in person and it tickled me pink that she was ready to buy a scarf on the spot on a hot day. It was great to show her the stuff in person, get some feedback, see what aspects of the work she was drawn to. I’m ready to get cracking on the next few warps and of course have ideas for many more. I only wish there were more hours in the day, or that I required less sleep.

All the ladies I mentioned above inspire me and were the first ones I followed when I decided to pursue this new venture. They all have blogs, and in the spirit of “follow friday“, I highly recommend you check them out.

Modaspia also on Facebook

Primoeza also on Pinterest and Instagram

Ermie also on Tumblr and Instagram

Instagram is quite fun and I find myself addicted. (@pirttihandwoven if you’re interested.) Speaking of following people, I have a funny story about that, but I’ll save that for another day…

percolating design

May 15, 2012

percolating design - purl necklace

A couple of months ago I attended the Craftcation conference in Ventura, CA. It was an amazing weekend to learn all about the handcrafted business and meet fellow crafty entrepreneurs. One of the many fabulous people I met was Deborah of Percolating Design, whose home base is right here in San Francisco. Her shop is filled with clever “purl” necklaces in a beautiful array of colors. I just love this color combination in the photo. I’m always a fan of stacking, and I think this grouping would look great with a blazer and jeans.

percolating design - purl necklace

percolating design - purl necklace

percolating design - purl necklace

All of the pieces are hand knit and assembled and come in limited editions. Everything is made to order, so you can specify exactly what arrangement you want – from a single strand to multiple strands. (See examples here.) Her shop is offering free shipping until 6/30. Happy shopping!

Best of luck to Deborah on her new endeavor!


August 24, 2011

ermie bokeh tank

My husband had work in Los Angeles earlier this week. I haven’t tagged along on a business trip in awhile so we left a few days early and made a weekend out of it. This gave me a perfect opportunity to show off my Ermie Bokeh tank (shown above with my Zoolander pout) and meet the designer in person.

ermie fabric

Jennifer and I met up one afternoon – which is so nice after blogging/emailing/texting over the last several months. (I swear I don’t even talk on the phone anymore.) She surprised me with a little bundle of fabric – Bead print, Magic Marker print and one of my personal favorites, the Ikat print. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with her, talking about our individual process, future plans, ideas and suggestions. It’s not often that I get to sit and pick the brain of a fellow creative type, and two hours passed quickly. I am so excited about her future collections, so if you haven’t seen her blog and shop, do have a look. She has wonderful photographs and a fantastic point of view that I thoroughly enjoy participating in as a spectator and customer.

More about my other fantastic finds from La La Land later this week…

sunday in new york

July 19, 2011


This past weekend I made a much needed getaway to NYC. I was homesick for my friends, summer weather and the go-go-go craziness that is my home city of the last 18 years. It was a fantastic weekend filled with friends and great food. Stops included Freeman’s, Luke’s Lobster and one of my all time favorites for brunch, Prune.


Despite arriving before they even opened, we had to wait an hour for a table. I’m happy to see that the restaurant is still that successful! The food was well worth the wait. Besides, the wait gave me a chance to snap a photo of my Fiji dress from Modaspia. It’s from her new travel collection and it did indeed travel well!

sunday chill

April 10, 2011


Wide Wave scarf by Rilla of Marshall Arts. Small Shapes Cardi by Elizabeth of Primoeza. Sunshine courtesy of California. Cool breeze by San Francisco.


December 3, 2010
Long Skirt in Mariposa Print. Photograph by Jeana Sohn. Model: Carlee Fernandez.

I have mentioned Modaspia before, not only for Ursula’s  fabulous clothes, but also for her fabulous friends. Another designer I have been introduced via Modaspia is textile designer Jennifer Parry Dodge of Ermie. Her shop has been updated today and her collection is a bolt of energy. The prints are her own designs which are then made into limited edition clothing. Which also means limited supply so get the goods while they’re hot. A portion of the profits will be donated to the American Cancer Society. So not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too. Win win!

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