A.C. Baker Apparel

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Bits of things

This day marks my second attempt at blogging regularly, so dear reader, watch as I blather on about....ummm. I guess I really didn't plan my blog for today. The most recent issues on my plate are:

Premium denim and how it holds us hostage (the attack of luxe casual)

When will I sit down and do another 6 or 7 hour stint at the sewing machine?

The legitimacy of Jean Baudrillard (whom I just learned of yesterday...I will post more on him)


Starting with sewing: I just have to say that doing your own production sucks. What's more is that I am preparing for a "craft show" so I am also deciding what I think will sell the best and I will eat what doesn't. It's all a part of my master plan, but it wears on the nerves when I feel like I am so close to getting where I want to be. I just want to jump ahead in time and have it all be done. On the other hand, I am getting intimately familiar with my bags, the process and how important good construction is to a product. I revisit this one a lot with my bags as I am always learning new things about the process that I created. Seems weird, considering I invented the method to my madness, but the road to self discovery is often redundant. I figure that I am taking one for the team (me, myself, and I ), it'll just make me more endearing to my future production team and my depth of understanding for their plight.

On premium denim: When will it end?!!! I am so sick of $200 jeans that I could spit! REALLY PEOPLE!!! I think a great pair of jeans is great, but premium denim often fits worse than Levi's and costs way too much. I can think of about 200 reasons why you should buy your jeans at Mervyn's and spend your boutique money on cool things like a Rebecca Beeson suit (or at least part of a suit) or a really neat handbag designed by an independant designer that no one else could ever hope to have(hint hint)! Now, I have heard through the grapevine that premium denim is on it's way out, so we'll see. The most disturbing thing that premium denim brings to the table is a quasi unrealistic casual view of ourselves and surroundings. It's like we're saying to ourselves and the world that we don't take anything seriously....we are willing to spend hundreds of dollars on a product that illustrates our ridiculousness. Just my opinion and I am sure many will disagree with it, but at heart I truly am a traditionalist. Well, I do have a stripe in my hair, but after that...

On Jean Baudrillard: I don't know much (my buddy Mona Mis introduced me last night), but he is an art historian philosopher that has some interesting theories on our perception of existence with technology. Heavy stuff all around. I will do some study on the matter and report back. What's really interesting is that the guy is still alive. Even if you don't agree with a philosopher, it's nice to know that they are still living and breathing among us, and not just some name in a textbook.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Inspired to write

Okay, I know I probably lost all 3 of my readers for not blogging for so long, but frankly, I couldn't get myself out of the over-busy hell that has become my life. So, this morning, instead of sitting down at the sewing machine before work, I decided to do some reading of some of my favorite blogs and get inspired to write something.

My Recent favorite fashion blogs are:

Almost Girl (thanks for the Besame' article)
Final Fashion
Verbal Croquis
Fashion Incubator

All of the women who run these blogs are fabulous and insightful...does me good (can someone tell me how to post links?)

San Francisco Fashion week is just around the bend and I am madly trying to lose 10 pounds so that I can fit into something cute. I have been in the fashion industry for 3 years and have yet to attend a fashion function. Bizarre. Well, that's what you get when you are a struggling designer behind the REDWOOD CURTAIN. Either you make it up as you go along, or spend a lot of money traveling...I think this year I will spend the money, making it up is way too hard.

The first and foremost reason for attending at least a portion of fashion week is to get a bead on how fashion shows are produced. The rest is purely selfish: I want to go to some workshops, see what's coming around the bend for the pacific northwest, and have a great time. My buddy James Reid (www.theotherphoto.com) will be photographing models for model bootcamp. Check out his website, he does great work.

I also want to check the lay of the land because I have been accepted to participate in Appel and Frank's Fall Fashion Fete (www.appelandfrank.com). As soon as I pay my $$ I should be set to show on September 14th. It'll be my first foray into the bay area with my A.C. Baker Bags....Many thanks also to Jennifer at Porcelynne, she owns Porcelynne Boutique and Gallery on 14th Street in SF (www.porcelynne.com) She has agreed to host a trunk show for me on September 15th (so I can maximize my time there) and, bless her fashiony little heart has also agreed to help me with the Appel and Frank show...so go to Porcelynne and spend mad amounts of money on her great designs!!

I think that's all for now. I am going to make the effort to get a little education on how to post links and such. Stay tuned for new stuff.....