Fashion Slow Lane Trip to Israel and Palestine

Fashion Slow Lane in the Middle East
I just got back from a crazy trip to Israel and Palestinian territories. I went there on behalf of Two Neighbors to check our fashion production and meet with the team in Israel as well as in the village in the West Bank (Palestine area). It was a really good meeting with our embroidery ladies in the West Bank, as a designer myself I was able to give them design direction on new designs for 2019. Our Palestinian Co-Manager was there to interpret between Arabic and English for me.

We did a side trip through the Palestinian city of Hebron and that is where I saw the camel meat shop. The camel head was quite shocking, I am not sure why they wanted to hang the camel head in front of the shop, maybe so that people would know it was a fresh cut! Ewww

In the West Bank, we stopped to use a gas station toilet which was located near a Jewish settlement and when I came out of the bathroom, an Israeli army guy with a machine gun was standing by the car they d…

New Showroom/Retail Space for Two Neighbors in La Jolla!

I am pleased to announce that Two Neighbors - a social fashion brand between Palestinian and Israeli women has a new flagship store opening Monday, March 18 in downtown La Jolla, CA. La Jolla is a world-famous seaside resort town near San Diego, CA. It is a destination for Hollywood celebrities and well-heeled visitors from around the world. Situated in a new shopping complex called "La Plaza" - Two Neighbors is excited to be part of this beautiful seaside community known for its rugged coastline, posh boutiques and waterfront restaurants. Please stop and see us at:
hashtag Two Neighbors showroom/retail La Plaza La Jolla, CA 92037 7863 Girard Ave, Suite 106 email: 


Design and Production Consulting Update & Rates

I am happy to do consulting projects for start-up fashion brands. The first 30-minute call is FREE, that way we can touch base to see if the project is the right fit for Sauvage Private Label LLC.

After that, the consulting enters into my normal fee schedule.  For consulting there is a 4-hour minimum and the rate is $150 an hour for in person or Skype.

If I have to travel to the meeting, the first hour of travel time is not charged for, however, if the travel time is over one hour to meet you, the travel time will be charged at $100 per hour.  If the client wants me to go to their offices out of state then they will have to pay for the travel expenses.

For handbag design, my rates are by the project, but for the past 10 years, I have been charging approximately $500 per original bag design including specs and sketches that are factory ready. That includes up to 3 major changes to the design, if it goes beyond that then there will be a small charge for the extra time.  I have a full w…

Moving Production Out of China To Cambodia

Many brands are nervous about moving their production out of China to Cambodia or other countries. I have put this list together to cover the basic differences to be aware of when moving production from China to Cambodia. 
Raw Materials: Materials and hardware (raw materials) need to be purchased from mainland China and then shipped by container to Cambodia. This shipping cost is amortized over the value of the bags by the unit.
Bringing raw materials from China to Cambodia adds up to 30 days to production lead time. Production lead time is 90 days plus as instead of 60 days like China.
Payment Terms: for customers are usually shorter when producing in Cambodia. It is due to long lead for material handling, factory ties up cash on the material in the warehouse and new Cap X. The factory will usually ask customers to help with cash flow by having shorter payment terms.
Efficiency: It takes a longer time to set up the production line in Cambodia because the workers are less experienced tha…

Real Leaders article on Two Neighbors!

More and more press is rolling in! Click the link here!

Out of China production for handbags and belts

All handbag designers have heard about the "Trade War" that is currently going on with China and the United States.

President Trump as of September 24, 2018, has imposed a 10% tariff on all handbags imported from China to the United States. Word on the street is that in January 2019 the tariff will increase to 25% on all handbags. While that is yet to be seen, many major fashion brands are planning to move their production out of China to avoid these hefty duties.

Good news! I am working closely with a reputable China factory group that has handbags and belt factories in Cambodia and Myanmar. In Cambodia, many handbag factories have been in place since 2015. The workforce is mature and well trained. The Cambodia handbag factories can handle large orders from brands such as Michael Kors and Guess?

In Myanmar, although the factories are newer, the factories are up and running smoothly. I have connections with great belt, soft luggage and handbag factories in both of these coun…

The Downsides of being a Female Entrepreneur

As a female entrepreneur, I have had really good luck until recently. In the past decade, I have founded a startup fashion handbag brand in Seattle. After one year I was able to secure a loan through the Startup community, and about a year later I went to a VC forum in Seattle and I met an investor. He invested in my handbag brand, Rocco e Dante after one meeting and helped me build my company for several years until the economy tanked and we shut it down. I have had an overall positive experience as a female entrepreneur in the fashion industry. My investor was always professional and was a great mentor. I ended up getting to know his family.

In the past two years, I have started another brand of commuter and bicycle bags - the brand is Pendolare. I have spent over two years building the brand, I have the samples and have tested them, I have a business plan and an explainer video.
In March 2018 I reached out to 15 startup Venture Capitalists on LinkedIn. About 5…