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The life cycle of a new collection

My collections are in an annual cycle.  JANUARY: In January I start designing next years collection at the same time that this years collection is just arriving in the warehouse. From February to May the design process is ongoing.  At first I am slow and overwhelmed.  I call some of my most honest retailers and speak to them.  What worked?  What didn't work?  What are their customers buying? I love this photo I found on my phone of myself.... I was taking this photo of myself in the mirror to send to someone for their opinion, the conversation was "what do you think of this dress, in this print?  Should I make the shells small or big?"  You get the idea?...

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I made the cover !!!

Earlier this year, my sister took her family on a vacation to Fiji.  When they were on their way back to Australia, both my sister and her husband separately picked up a copy of the Pacific Island Living magazine deciding "Kim will like that".  They didn't know each other had done that, so it was double nice.... I got 2 copies ! Kim did indeed like that, and even more so when I opened it up and saw an article in there by my friend Fiona Harper, and photos of Fiona wearing my designs.  I have actually never met Fiona, but we became friends through a mutual friend.   Fiona is a wordsmith.  What's that you say?  According to her...

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What is a sarong anyway?

When my first baby was born, we were living on our sail boat in the Caribbean.   We had our own beautiful boat, but we still had to make a living for ourselves, and I didn't want to leave my baby and put her in daycare to get a job, so I decided to create a job for myself on the boat. I started making beautiful beaded jewelry using larimar (the gemstone of the Caribbean) and various other aqua and turquoise beads. Next I started importing beautiful brightly colored baskets from Madagascar. Eventually my old friend who had been the Production Manager at Billabong South Africa, when I was Head Designer there, said to me "when are you going to...

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The big move!

Deciding to move out of Florida was something that I have dragged my feet on for 2 years now.   When I tried to STOP and relax last Christmas and take a mini-vacay with my family (something I don't really get as I always have to keep up with the inbox) that is the time I always get some clarity on my life.  So this last Christmas I realized over my summer cocktails, I have got to make the MOVE... and I have got to do it before SUMMER.   Lauren, my awesome National Sales Manager, and our warehouse Manager has been talking about retiring for 2 years, but I was also getting tired of the stress hurricane season brings to me every year.  Just like so...

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A Special Case!

Five special students... Have you ever been so close to a goal you can almost taste it? Have you ever spent years striving for something, only to have it slip through your fingers at the very end? The following five students are all ready for their second to last or final year of school. Only 2 percent of Haitians ever have the opportunity to reach graduation, but these five students are just so close!Benderly, Manoach, Wilda I, Edeline J, & Sonise all are all ready for their second to last or final year of school. Only 2 percent of Haitians ever have the opportunity to reach graduation, but these five students are just so close!Click on their pictures below! Almost There!They are all older students, some well...

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