Monday, September 24, 2012

You are beautiful!

Spotted in Oakland: a message that always makes me smile.
Yes, you!  You are beautiful.  Let your true self shine through!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Production Begins

Just over a week ago, I tested the corrected pattern for our sleeveless top (one of the first Vermeulen & Co. pieces), and it’s good to go.
We’re doing the initial cut and sew for our line ourselves for a limited release coming Fall 2012 – very soon!
The full set of shirt patterns arrived today.  I’ve started cutting the first ones, and they’re beautiful.  It’s very exciting to see it all take shape!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Factory Visit

Last week I visited two apparel factories in San Francisco. I was secretly thrilled to recognize the brand of clothes currently being produced in one of them. The finished garments look great, and it’s a brand that’s been around in S.F. for a long time. It’s exciting to play a part in furthering local and domestic manufacturing.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Mongolian Sheep

Over the last several weeks in Mongolia, I've seen sheep.  Many sheep.  They graze the seemingly endless green grasses of the steppes in vast numbers.
I've also seen wonderful wool products, from jackets and hats, to rugs and bags.  Until yesterday, I hadn't found the connection between the two.
In the early afternoon beat, we trekked to the industrial outskirts of Ulaan Bataar, where blocks were filled with mountains of scrap metal.  Down a dirt lane, through a gate, past a large dog, sits the cozy felting studio of Maira Danyei.  There she has bags of raw wool which she hand dyes and turns into a beautiful array of goods.  My favorite are the nuno felted scarves.
She has been felting for much of her life, but opened her own business two years ago.  Best wishes Maira!