|Me in my very first little pink design studio|
Good Morning Lovelies,
I am so excited to show you all my pics from Neil and I's much needed, much belated, Honeymoon. I had never been to Hawaii and it was so great for my psyche. Before I left I was processing through a very tough decision I had to make with CandyStrike and my overall design business. While in Hawaii I allowed myself to really explore what it is I want out of all of this. I returned refreshed, a little freaked out, and ready to go.
In the past year of owning a brick and mortar plus size clothing store, launching and later relaunching an online plus size clothing store, throwing monthly shop events, and watching the desert city around me grow I have come to some conclusions:
1. I am a designer and artist first. I am not a retailer first and there in lies the problem. My basic instinct is to create, create, experiment, and create some more. I have spent the last year worried about the amount of inventory and lack thereof in my shop space and purchase wholesale items that I end up reworking anyways because it's just in my nature to do so.
2. PLUS SIZE WHOLESALE OPTIONS SUCK! Speaking of + size wholesale, WTF? With the exception of some vintage lines like Hellbunny and Bettie Page, I am quite thoroughly disgusted or bored with what I have found in the areas of + size. There's very little creativity and intelligence that goes into these garments. There's nothing groundbreaking or new. I will not even bother getting into the fact that on more than one occasion I purchased a run that was most certainly not + size and had to rework it myself because I couldn't send it back.
3. This is a small ass market. Once I started selling online I realized that other, larger, + size shops were carrying the same items as me. Of course this means that we all just have great taste. It also means that there is such a small pot of + size wholesale that we are scrambling to grab as much as the few gems that we find. It can be frustrating and exhausting.
4. Running a brick and mortar shop and an online shop is like running two shops. Not to mention doing your own clothing production- that's a third business. Yesh!
5. I want to design for all women. After a year of being able to focus just on plus and watching this amazing body positive movement grow, I have watched my smaller- straight sized- fans, friends, and patrons sit patiently waiting for me to design for them again. I don't like the divide that's been created maybe unintentionally, and want to unite all my sisters through awesome designs.
6. I want to do more for the community. I have always wanted to help other designers, artists, and creatives in our local community. It's why I started Tucson Fashion Week. I'm not doing as much as I want for these folks.
|When I first moved into the shop and studio space|
Here's even more good news:
1. I am starting a monthly pop-up shop where local artists and designers can set up shop for one night and showcase their works for the public called "POPtart". I am very excited about this.
2. I now going to be able to focus on one shop and therefore grow my online business and customer base, as well as offer new designs and one of a kinds.
3. The shop space will also be available for rental for young designers, or student designers, to have a "retail space" for a night or two. (When I was in school I used to dreaaaam of something like this to be available to me). As well as space for craft nights and workshops!
4. I will now be able to produce my OWN WHOLESALE LINE. That's right bitches, I said plus wholesale sucks and I plan to do something about it!
5. I am resurrecting my original clothing line Siobhan which featured straight sizes and plus sizes. This line is more artistic and for lack of a better phrase "high fashion" than CandyStrike and it's where I let all my crazy creative juices get flowing!
So what does all this mean? It means a rebranding of my shop space and it means I'm converting the whole thing into a fashion house. Next chapter in my life in design! Big big changes coming lovelies!