I am a small business owner. I registered Vault of Heaven llc in 2009 to start developing my own clothing and jewelry for women.
Fashion Industry Experience
I have my own personal experiences with the clothing and jewelry I have made for myself and others over the years and now I am taking it professional. I always accompanied my mother on her trips to the fabrivc store as a child and loved watching her sew, I started early playing with projects and in high school was making wildy outrageous clothes to wear to school. I took heavy scorn for my bold fashions, sometimes deservedly so, Once I had my mom help me with making a glittery silver two piece outfit inspired by the movie Barbarella. It was a halter top dress with side cutouts similar to the Peggy Moffit swimsuits from the sixties. It had a skirt on the bottom and we made bell bottoms to go underneath. It was really well made and actually looked cool but for the life of me I cannot understand why I wore it to school! Oh well, you are only sixteen once right! I got alot of my crazy fabrics from scouring the vintage racks at Ragstock in Uptown Minneapolis and back then when I was a size 3/4, I could actually have enough fabric to make pants that fit me from the large skirts of seventies prom dresses. Those days are over, thanks to the advent of HIPS! Yay I'm a woman now.
I wish I could say that my brief, unpleasant stint as a cashier at JO-ANN fabrics was fashion industry experience. . . . . . . but I sure love being around fabric!!!
Favorite Fashion Designer or Fashion Brand
Marc Jacobs and Edith Head
What is your favorite fashion website? (list the WEBSITE address)
Creating structure with fabric such as pleats ,origami folds, ruffles and swathing/draping the form is still going strong this year and for good reason, designs that are well thought out will be timeless, which is another big thing this year, fashion is leaning towards styles that will function for a lifetime( hopefully )
I'm also glad that bright, ostentatious color is being used again so much because I adore all colors and I will be that much more excited to use them in creating.
Quartz jewelry, especially raw pieces like drusy are big too, I love Iradj Moini's pieces and Irene Neuwirth. My favorite ring is my Stephanie Albertson, "Invertablue" topaz and gold.
I am also glad to see that people are slowly realizing that a celebrity endorsement doesn't necessarily guarantee that something is tasteful or stylish. It's like the old saying " Variety is the spice of life " If everyone was a carbon copy of a celebrity the social landscape would be pretty boring!
Hey Leah, thank you for your comment! its always nice to hear feedback, helps to improve my blog. Jewellery is one of my best loved items to wear it must be enjoyable creating jewellery. I hope that is going well for you.
I saw your post on the bloggers forum about using images on your blog that you see on the internet. I work for a Stock Photography company so I have some background regarding licensing images for various usages (including blogging). My advice is not to take images that you see others using on the net. They may have purchased the license to use the images that you see. Therefore, if you grab it from their site, you may be infringing on copyright laws.
I have heard about people that were asked to remove and/or were even sued for using an image illegally.
If you see an image that someone has posted on the net and you know that they have taken the photo themself, then you can ask if you can use their image and ensure that you credit them and even post a link back to their site.
I used to use a site called picapp.com
You can get fashion images or images of celebrities for free. The only catch is, that there will be a bar across the bottom of the image that advertises the picapp site. I didn't quite like that, so I stopped using the site.
If you have any further questions, feel free to shoot me an email.
Thanks for your comments. I too am new in this business. 3 years so I do not have too much to offer except just keep trying. These are very hard times & it is really difficult to get placed in quality stores. There are so many talented people making jewelry out there right now.
Your work is beautiful don't lose faith. Hopefully things will get better. We are all experiencing the same thing.