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Does what we collect reveal who we really are?

When I start "digging through my drawers" it is like Christmas morning all over again!  Every nook and cranny in my home, my studio, and my office is literally stuffed with goodies that are sort of like my autobiography....just not put into words yet.   Let's take for example one of my several thread cabinets now living a new life as a lovely storage piece...full of all things vintage. Yes, I have a bazillion old spools of thread, which I often use for hand sewing..,,thousands of buttons....miles and miles of lace trim....and boxes and boxes of vintage patterns that are both...

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Texture inspiration . . . Chanel tweeds

At the close of WWII, the classic Chanel suit was born.  More often than not it was meticulously constructed of hand-woven bespoke tweeds and featured high-quality couture details such as chain hand-stitched into the hem to add weight and ensure that it hung properly.  The suits were and still are totally made by hand with construction techniques that utterly fascinate me.  While that in itself has been the inspiration for countless books by professionals such as Claire Schaeffer, today I want to focus on the lovely tweed fabrics that the House of Chanel is recognized for. Tweed in general refers...

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"She designed a life she loved" . . . . .

For all my time in business, the wisest decisions have come from listening to my customers.  What do they need that I am not providing?  What would they like to see me offer that they are not finding anywhere else?  Which is more important to them, price point or quality?  And does "Made in the USA" make any difference in their buying decisions? For my customers, I have found that several of my most successful additions to our lineup have been due to customer requests.  They still to this day come to me to ask that I produce a style...

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Setting priorities ........

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I must admit that I rarely get everything out on time.  And my new introductions don't necessarily fall in line with usual seasonal introductions offered in the sleepwear market.  Simple Pleasures Sleepwear is not seasonal.....it is amazingly comfy to wear year round wherever you are!  And most of our Night & Day Basics silhouettes are tried and true and have been offered for most of our 30 years!   I add custom couture pieces throughout the year, as my creative urges direct me, and as I gain feedback from customers. This has pretty much been my rule of thumb for a...

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