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FIELD TRIP:: LA Textile Show + 5 Quick Tips

The Los Angeles Textile Show starts September 26th and runs through Wednesday, September 29th at the California Market Center in Downtown LA.

Fabricated feels in the CMC lobby before entering the show . . .

Fabricated feels in the CMC lobby before entering the show . . .

1.Start the show by checking out the fabric displays in the lobby. It’s almost like being a kid in a candy store. But more importantly it allows you to take note of vendors you may want to visit inside the show which helps to make you more efficient if you don’t have all day to spend at the show.

I haven't attended the show the last 2 years; it felt good to be back . . .

LA Textile Show Day 1 . . .

2. Plan to attend the show on the first day. The vendors are eager to make contact and the aisles aren’t as crowded. It’s been 2 years since I last attended this show and I found quite a few new vendors that made for some contacts this time around. The show felt fresh, and I’m excited to reconnect with some of the new vendors I met next week.

Loving up leathers in the European Textiles section . . .

Loving up leathers in the European Textile section . . .

3. This one seems obvious but, be sure to bring enough business cards. Regardless of how many I bring, I always seem to run out of cards. My advice to you is: Bring more cards than you think you will need. They don’t take up much space in your bag and vendors like to be able to follow up with you after the show. This time I did okay. I had exactly enough cards to hand out to necessary contacts.

Allow yourself time to recharge . . .

Allow yourself time to recharge . . .

4. Allow yourself time to recharge + stay organized. To be efficient, I like to take a break (often during lunch or in between vendor appts.) and organize my orders and contacts I’ve visited thus far. I make notes of pertinent info on the backs of the business cards I receive, and try to keep them all together. In the past I have brought a mini stapler and stapled the cards into a notebook while making notes on the same page. If you are writing orders at the show, vendors usually attach their cards to the order form.

 5. Follow up the week after the show. Whether you are purchasing or just visually sourcing, be sure to follow up with vendors the week after you attend. Vendors meet thousands of people during the shows and they want your business, so be proactive and follow up. I like to let the week finish out and reach out the week after. Many vendors have traveled to the shows and this allows them to travel back to their home state and get settled. It also allows them time to get any outstanding information for you that you may have asked for during the show.

Will you be attending any of the shows this season?
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New Colors Coming Soon . . . !

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The Boston Mini in Electric Blue makes a great lipstick holder…

How are you guys? This week has been so busy that I forgot to post on the blog yesterday! I’ve been working hard to fill orders, which is always exciting. But the kiddies have been sick off and on so there has been a lot of logistical juggling. I’m so thankful that I am able to work from home and that my parents and mother-in-law are local and as involved with my kids lives as they are. It really does help to have a trustworthy “village” within which to raise children. But I digress. Did you see the new electric blue color we are introducing this month? It’s a patent leather texture that I really love. The shine adds extra pop to the bright color. I’ll be adding them to the shop early next week. Oh, and be on the lookout for the Helene mailer in a beautiful Cherry Red. It’s made from the same textured patent leather. Perfect for Valentine’s Day. :)

Enjoy the rest of your week! It’s already Thursday!
xx,
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A Current Affair Vintage Pop Up . . .

a_current_affair_mktplace_thelookbookphilosophy.com I spent last Saturday traipsing through tons of amazing vintage clothing, jewelry  and accessories. There were 60+ vendors showcasing an array of vintage delicacies from every era imaginable. Inspiration was everywhere, from the clothing racks to the people perusing them. It was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday.  vintage_clothing_marketplace_thelookbookphilosophy.com The event was put on by A Current Affair and held in a bright and airy penthouse space on the 11th floor of the Cooper Building.  a_current_afffair_vintage_mktplc_thelookbookphilosophy.com Walking the aisles proved to be a treat. There were beautiful displays of well curated jewelry, clothing and accessories at every turn . . . vintage_clothing_marketplace_thelookbookphilosophy.com vintage_clothing_marketplace_thelookbookphilosophy.com I loved the decor of the lounge area, which featured mid century modern furniture provided by Urban Americana. Even the furniture was available for purchase.
vintage_clothing_marketplace_Los_Angeles_thelookbookphilosophy.com I fell in love with this dress, however I had to leaver her behind. It’s a funny thing, being a small business owner, I tend to weigh my high end purchases by what I could do with the money I would be spending if I were to put it back into my business. I often end up walking away, unless I just can’t get that item out of my mind. She was hard to walk away from, and as I was looking at her, two ladies stopped and told me I had the perfect hair for that dress. Lol! Never heard it put that way before, nevertheless, she remained on the rack. At least I have a picture of her!
vintage_clothing_shopping_ los_angeles_thelookbookphilosophy.com vintage_clothing_shopping_los_angeles_thelookbookphilosophy.com These racks of clothes and their color (or lack of) make me so happy! vintage_shopping_los_angeles_thelookbookphilosophy.com I fell in love with so many of the vintage frames in the Allyn Scura booth. It was definitely a little slice of heaven for this sunglass addict . . .  vintage_clothing_shopping_los_angeles_thelookbookphilosophy.com lights_cooper_building_vintage_shopping_los_angeles_thelookbookphilosophy.com Loved the light fixture at the elevator bank upon entering/exiting the 11th floor. cooper_building_lobby_art_thelookbookphilosophy.com I was drawn to this work of art by Berlin based artist, Nike Schroeder. This particular piece can be found hanging in the Cooper Building lobby.

A Current Affair vintage pop up was founded in 2010 by Richard Wainwright of NEW/FOUND and Joey Grana of Scout. ACA is a 2 day pop up held 3 times/year in Los Angeles at the Cooper Building Penthouse and recently added a Brooklyn New York pop up to it’s roster this past Spring. Ticket prices for the event range from $12-$28. Vendor prices range from around $40-$2000+. If you are planning to go, I suggest getting the preview admission tickets in order to get a first hand perusal of the goodies in a relaxed atmosphere.  Visit itsacurrentaffair.com for more info, upcoming show dates and vendors.
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Warby Parker Introduces Summer 2015 Collection . . .

Warby Parker June Sunglasses in Moonstone

Warby Parker June Sunglasses in Moonstone, starting at $95

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I was recently approached by Warby Parker to help them announce their newest collection of frames for Summer 2015. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Warby Parker, it is an American brand of prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses that are sold online and in select showrooms across the US. The company was created to fill the void of attractive, quality eyeglass frames sold at affordable prices. There’s a lot to love about Warby Parker. For one,  their glasses start at $95, and they offer free shipping and returns. If you do not live near one of their showrooms, don’t fret; they also offer a try-on-at-home program, where you can select 5 different frames, and have them sent to you to try on at home prior to purchasing, for free. Best of all, for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is given to someone in need! Well priced, good quality, fashionable eyewear for all? Can’t beat that!

For their Summer 2015 collection, Warby Parker is introducing two new shades; Sea Green Crystal and Ginger Crystal. They are also introducing several new frame styles. I selected two of my favorite sunglass frames, June and Oxley, to create day + evening style boards with so you can get an idea of how you can incorporate Warby Parker’s frames into your own wardrobe.

Warby Parker Oxley Sunglasses in Walnut Tortoise

Warby Parker Oxley Sunglasses in Walnut Tortoise, starting at $95

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To get a complete look at Warby Parker’s eyeglass frames click here. For a look at their sunglass frames click here.

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disclaimer:: Please note that all opinions expressed in this post are my very own and I was not compensated for this post in any way.  

Louis Vuitton Series 2 Exhibition | A Recap . . .

LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com This past week I had the pleasure of attending the Louis Vuitton Series 2 Exhibit in Hollywood. The self guided exhibit was held in a beautiful building with a maze of rooms housing different interactive references of video, clothing and images from the Louis Vuitton Spring 2015 runway show. The free exhibit allowed visitors a glimpse into the vision of LV designer, Nicolas Ghesquière, and the process behind the Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear line (the actual runway show was held during Paris Fashion Week last October).

Upon entering, we were greeted with a huge 3D LV logo made of parallel standing, bright red neon lights in glass panels. The logo is modeled after the monogrammed seals used on the original LV steamer trunks of old . . .

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LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com The next room held large scale holograms of models from the show. The large scale presentation in these first two initial rooms was really magnificent and modern . . .

LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com There were references and images of some of the muses of the collection as well as models and actresses wearing the collection . . .

LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com In the middle of the exhibit there was a large screening room with ongoing video footage on both sides of the room showing the actual crafting of Louis Vuitton handbags and clothing, The full video was about an hour long and the wall showed a digital clock in Paris time . . .

LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com The accessories gallery was housed in a stark white room, where everything was white, including the mannequins . . . a perfect background to display the new collection’s shoes and bags as well as a few vintage steamer trunks and a monogrammed sales register containing all the orders placed by customers of Louis Vuitton in the year 1927 . . .

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LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com LVSERIES2_thelookbookphilosophy.com The Louis Vuitton Series 2 Exhibit was very well done with a modern, cool vibe to it. I love that they chose LA as their first stop, and that photos were allowed (what better way to spread the word in this day and age of social media). The exhibit allowed visitors a much more personal interaction with the collection than one would normally achieve, unless they were in attendance at the actual runway show. As an added bonus, there was even a poster room, offering free posters and fun, modern stickers (reminiscent of the kind you stick on steamer trunks and luggage) to guests. LV Series 2 is off to Beijing this week for it’s second stop on the tour.

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Change Your Mind! | New T’s Added to the Shop . . .

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TLBP Change Your Mind Ts, Tanks and sweatshirts available now! Click the image or the shop link above . . .

Hey guys! I’m so excited to share my latest endeavor with you!

I’ve been designing T shirts for myself and some of my friends for a few years now. With their encouragement, I have decided to make them available to you as well! I have just added two different designs to the shop, and I will be adding more designs regularly. Getting these designs into the shop, and getting the shop up and running has been something that has been carried over from To Do list to To Do list for some time now (um, like at least a year now . . . jussayin) It’s been rolling around in the back of my head for so long, and it feels good to release it out into the world.

Birthing ideas has never been an easy breezy process for me. The ideas come to me relatively easily, but my perfectionist tendencies sometimes keep me from progressing at the speed I would like. I always want things to be just right . . . I want the shop to look a certain way, I want to have a shop stocked with lots of designs, I want the designs just so… but this past year has taught me a valuable lesson that I think I have shared with you before . . .

START WHERE YOU ARE, WITH WHAT YOU HAVE.

And so, I have.

I created the “change your mind” T as a way to remind myself that much of what we experience in life is filtered by our personal experiences. Sometimes the filter is good and sometimes it’s not so good. Really, its just a matter of changing our minds about the way we approach situations. It all depends on what we are filling our minds with daily. It’s a process for me, so I welcome little reminders here and there. I was inspired to create this shirt after spending some time studying Romans 12:2. It’s a powerful scripture that has really helped me to keep my thinking on track. Changing your mind is a process. But I love this phrase because it’s a two fold sentence that makes it sound so simple. It really is just a matter of changing your mind . . . over and over again until you train it. 

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My vision is clear and I am on the path to realizing it, I’m so glad you guys are along for the ride. In the meantime, you can visit the shop by clicking here or the “shop” button on the menu above to snag yourself a sweatshirt, T or tank.

Bee

Harlem’s Fashion Row Comes to Los Angeles!

HFR_thelookbookphilosophy.com HFR Location This Friday I had the pleasure of attending Harlem’s Fashion Row’s first LA Fashion Week showing here in LA. Harlem’s Fashion Row is an arts and entertainment movement that promotes diversity in the fashion industry. I remember discovering this organization when I was in college and really wanting to be a part of it, but they are based in NYC, and most of the opportunities available at that time catered to NYC and local East Coast talent. Flash forward to 2015, and here they are, branching out to the West Coast! HFR held  their first inaugural shows at a private estate in Beverly Park. There was a great turn out of approximately 250 guests with a solid mix of celebrities and local talent.  Four African American designers showed their wares on the poolside catwalk:: Kevan Hall, Kimberly Goldson, Joseph Bethune and Waraire Boswell. Prior to the fashion show, HFR founder, Brandice Henderson-Daniel had a sit down talk with the infamous Kevan Hall about supporting designers of color and how he has achieved his successes in the industry. All in all it was a great event, and I look forward to attending next season.

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Holiday Pre-Order Pricing Ends Tonight @ Midnight!

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Hey guys, happy Sunday! Wanted to let you know that the holiday collection pre-order discount ends tonight @ midnight. After that prices will go up. So click here to get in on the pre-order pricing . . . of course, you can always order after midnight, but I don’t have to tell you how good it feels to get a deal on something you love! ♥

xx

Bee

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