It is still life in the fashion slow lane and Marco the Pug still sleeps under my desk. The journey continues, from Italy to Hong Kong. From Seattle to San Diego
India & Design.
I am now working with the highest end group of leather bag factories and tanneries in India. There are millions of factories in India but I am currently connected with the top factories that do production for major French and European labels. If you are looking to source leather goods in India, let me know. I am headed to India in a few months to visit the factories in Chennai. It should be an interesting journey and I can't wait to see the cows in the street.
As a freelance fashion designer and consultant I spent a lot of time educating my clients about the process. There have been many times where after I design a handbag or accessories collection for a client the expect to have the samples in a few weeks. I put this timeline together to educate people that are new to the fashion industry about the lead time. Designing and launching a fashion collection of handbags or other accessories is extremely time consuming and complicated. There are many steps to the process and it takes months (not weeks) to launch a line. My goal as a fashion consultant is not only to make beautiful products that sell but also to manage the complicated process for my clients. I enjoy the process and have been managing this product development and production process for 15 years. It is amazing to see your sketch turn into a final wearable product! Check out my new info-graphic about the fashion timeline. If you have any questions or need help with
Just in time for Valentine's Day! Grab yours while you can! This beautiful red bag is made from the finest leather available and features a minimalist design with pleats on the front and back panel, a cut-out handle, zipper compartment, and adjustable shoulder strap. To shop go to www.roccodante.com Bag design: Tara Sauvage Photo and model: Larae Lobdell for Rocco & Dante
Don't allow anyone to take away your happiness or your life because they are not comfortable with the choices you have made in FOR YOUR OWN LIFE. The title is a bit misleading. I don't exist to please people. It took me a long time to figure that out. One of the main things I noticed after I was about 30 years of age and got married was that I had a lot of people noticing how I lived my life, my career, my house, and basically everything in general. Before I got married I was a bit of a nomad and traveled all over the world. At that time, if people were judging me, I was too busy flying to Thailand or Amsterdam to notice, and my house was a rented room on the beach in Los Angeles. After I got married, the criticism started rolling in like Thunder. First, it was, my apartment or house was not big enough. (sorry rent is sky-high in Los Angeles), then when we bought our first house, it was still not big enough. Then, I got a dog, a pug named Rocco, then my condo was not clean