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New Styles on Deck!

New samples have arrived in the studio!

Hey guys! I’ve created a few new styles for Holiday that I am excited to share with you. They are being added to the shop this week!  In the meantime, I am gearing up for my trip to San Francisco this weekend, where Lori and I will be GATHERING with a few amazing small business owners to support, encourage and discuss issues related to our businesses. If you are interested in joining us, we’d love to have you. Email your RSVP to [email protected] and we’ll send you over the deets! In the meantime, Have a fabulous Wednesday!!

xo,
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Keys to the Kingdom . . .

Excitement abounds!! Got the keys to my new workspace!!

Excitement abounds!! Got the keys to my new workspace!!

Picked up the keys to my studio! After school yesterday the kids and I drove out to pick up the keys and do a little bit of last minute measuring. I’m so excited I could pop! This weekend will be filled with painting and moving. It’s definitely an answered prayer. God is so good. I’ve been gradually checking off things from my vision board in the last few years and it feels so amazing! I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend, but most of all I hope you are all reaching for your dreams. Just know that no matter how far away they may seem, they are still within reach.

Do you have a working vision board or a book that you put your dreams + goals in? 

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Workspace Wednesday :: New Beginnings . . .

Burlington Arcade, the new place of residence for my design studio + showroom!!

South Pasadena, the new location of my design studio + showroom!!

Hey guys! Hope all is well in your world. Things have been crazy busy lately and I have been doing a lot of plotting, planning and a lil bit of packing over here. Why you ask? Well, I’m super excited to share with you that, come Friday, my “bedudio” (the word I made up for the “bedroom studio” that I have worked out of for the last few years) will close it’s doors to all working activity. Don’t fret, what that actually means is that I am gearing up to move said “bedudio” into a real. live. workspace. that is NOT inside, near, adjacent to, attached or even in the same city as my bedroom! It’s definitely a milestone for my business and something I have been diligently working towards and praying about for some time now. I’ll be sharing more about it and bringing you guys along for the ride in the coming weeks. In the meantime, have a happy Wednesday!!

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Life in Pictures . . . Abbot Kinney

Last week I hooked up with my girl, and fellow designer, Diana of DeZe Star and headed out to Abbot Kinney for a little inspiration and designer talk. I love this area of Venice for it’s chill vibe and aesthetic. It’s come a long way from the sleepy street I remember growing up. Honestly, I could do without some of the faux LA Hipster vibe that permeates the area, but Abbot Kinney never ceases to inspire my creative juices in some way shape or form.

Wabi Sabi Solana . . . the interior was just as good as the sushi.

Wabi Sabi Solana . . . the interior was just as good as the sushi.

We were starving when we got there, and spotted Wabi Sabi while looking for parking. I had never eaten here before, but it was such a treat, both aesthetically, and edibly! There’s a beautiful bar in the front that you pass through to get to the restaurant area. I didn’t partake of any libations on this trip, but I will definitely be back.

I snapped a pic before they brought the crispy spicy tuna . . .

I’ve been using my Bee Keyper fringe as a tassel for my handbag. An option that will be available to you guys soon!

Look at this fabulous wallpaper... I mean how could one pass up an opportunity to snap a selfie??

Look at this fabulous wallpaper… I mean how could one pass up an opportunity to snap a selfie??

I'm always inspired by bright white interiors + natural light . . .

I’m always inspired by bright white interiors + natural light . . .

Loved the little back room at _______ and the Antik Batik handbags were my fav.

Loved the little back room at The Piece Collective . . . and of course the Antik Batik handbags were my fav.

stalking the black and white tile floors @ Velvet . . .

stalking the black and white tile floors @ Velvet . . .

I just love a beautifully tiled wall . . .

a beautifully tiled wall gets me everytime. . .

Rag & Bone had their own bike rentals and a great outdoor lounge space . . .

Rag & Bone had their own bike rentals and a great outdoor lounge space out back . . .

the addiction to brick walls continues . . .

the addiction to brick walls + foliage continues . . .

I love this plaster relief artwork by artist Alexandre Farto . . .

I love this plaster relief artwork by artist Alexandre Farto . . .

Wishing you a fabulous week. Stay inspired or be inspiring!
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Bee Keyper Fringe Key Chain -Coming Soon!

You'll never have problems finding your keys again . . .

8 inches of fringed fun . . . your keys will thank you! . . .

It's all in the details . . .

It’s all in the details . . .

Hey guys, I’m excited to share that I’ll be adding our new Limited Edition “Bee Keyper” Fringe keychains to the shop on Friday. I love how substantial the fringe is. I’ve have had this design in my back pocket for a while, and now they are finally here! Not your average keychain, these babies are 8 inches long, made of soft 100% cowhide, boasting a chunky metal cap and 1″ ring to load your keys onto. Available in 3 colors: Granny Smith, Metallic Orange + Gunmetal. The Bee Keyper is an instant style upgrade for a daily essential! UPDATE:: Available at ayannalistenbeecollection.com now!!

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I was Featured on The Phoenix Rising Collective!

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Hey Friends! Last month I was interviewed by the lovely Ayanna Jordan, founder and empowerment coach of The Phoenix Rising Collective, for the “She Makes it Beautiful” series. “She Makes it Beautiful” is a professional development series that features women entrepreneurs who share how they started their own businesses. For those of you who are not yet familiar with The Phoenix Rising Collective, you will definitely want to check out this empowering website! PRC creates coaching seminars and training that supports women’s professional growth in leadership, entrepreneurship, and passion-filled work. Ayanna and I connected via social media and bonded over the fact that we share the same name, spelled the same way :) . It was a true honor to be interviewed by The Phoenix Rising Collective. Through her work, Ayanna provides women-centered workshops that help transform the lives of participants by focusing on putting self love into action. She even provides free bonus worksheets developed from each interviewee’s interview to help you get your dreams off the ground. (click here to get the worksheets from my interview). Her life’s work could not be more in line with my philosophy and desire to encourage women to believe they can, and to strive to create the lives they want to live. Here is a snippet of the interview below:

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This SMIB interview is with luxury handbag designer and artist, Ayanna Listenbee, owner of Ayanna Listenbee Collection and creator of The Lookbook Philosophy.

Ayanna is definitely a creative force to be reckoned with – a determined business woman with impeccable style and a strong will to fulfill her God-given purpose; it’s awe-inspiring. I hadn’t met her before this interview, but social media can most certainly be a positive space for connecting with like-minded women on a mission to do great things in the world through passion-filled work. This is most certainly the case with Ayanna, so by the time we finished the interview (which felt more like two friends catching up after a long hiatus) we both agreed that we should have been having our conversation over coffee…even though we live miles apart!

She most certainly embodies the meaning of her name, Beautiful Flower, and as you can see from her handbags, she’s an entrepreneur that creates from a soulful place that is in full bloom.

What sparked your interest to become a designer? How did you know this was the avenue you wanted to take?

I’ve always drawn. I’ve always made things and was creative as child. It was encouraged a lot by my father who painted sometimes in his spare time. He eventually became an art dealer. I never thought about pursuing it as a career. I never took it seriously as an option because I didn’t think it was something that could sustain me financially. You know, the funny thing is when I look back I never heard that from my parents; it was just something that I picked up along the way that if you’re in the arts you’re not going to make money. You’re going to be struggling. I can’t say that it’s been dollars falling from the sky since I started, but I went away to school and had many majors. I was a ballet major at one point – which didn’t last very long. I was also a graphic design major, communications, and then long story short, I ended up as an English major. I was about to graduate with a semester left and I thought, “This is not what I want to do. I’m not happy.”

Click here to read the full interview . . . and check out the PRC website. There are interviews from some amazing women that are sure to inspire you in your journey, complete with free bonus worksheets to use as a personal toolkit to help you push your dreams into reality. Enjoy!

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Workspace Wednesday | You Don’t Have to Love it All . . .

I have a serious love-hate relationship with my phone , , ,

I have a serious love-hate relationship with my phone . . .

Currently inspired by this beautiful, super soft blue leather . . .

Currently inspired by this beautiful, super soft blue leather . . .

Hey guys, I hope your Wednesday is going well. I’ve been out of the office a lot these past few weeks, I feel like there are so many things that are falling by the wayside! It’s definitely a juggling act, and I’m hoping to get the balancing act back on track soon . . .  or not. Lol. In the meantime, I have been working to add some new pieces to the collection for Summer. I’m really excited (as I always am when working on the design portion of my job). This is the part that gives me life. Last Friday I spent the day at Wisdom Elementary, participating in Career Day. One of my best friends is a 4th grade teacher there, and she invited me to come and speak to a few of the classrooms. The children had a lot of great questions and one of the questions that I kept getting was “What is your dream job?”  It actually was funny to me, because I had the same answer every time I was asked: THIS!!! THIS IS MY DREAM JOB!!! I am doing exactly what I want to be doing, and No, I do not like every aspect of it. In fact, there are parts of it that I hate! (babysitting contractors to get me my s*&%! before my delivery dates, revising styles to fit within the allotted costs for the line, selling, and tracking down pricing for materials and pretty much anything having to do with a phone or making phone calls to name a few) but there is always some aspect of what we do that may not hold the most pleasure for us. Perhaps those are the parts we need to grow in, or become stronger in. Regardless, I’m happy to say that the good, and the fulfillment of my job outweighs the bad.

PS. is there anything in particular you would like to see added to the collection, made from that beautiful blue leather above? Share with me in the comments section below!

xx,
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Behind the Scenes . . .

The Magic Corner . . .

The magic corner in my bedroom studio . . . or “bedudio” as I like to call it . . .

I recently had lunch with a few creatives and we got to talking about the ins and outs of running a fashion business. We talked a lot about social media, and how it is playing a crucial role in our businesses in different ways. One of the women in the group asked me who takes the photos for my instagram account. I kind of chuckled when she asked me, because at the moment, having someone else photograph + curate my Instagram account is not something I can do, but I was flattered that she thought the images were something I was outsourcing. I explained to her the reality of my photography set up which usually consists of the following . . .
1. bedroom floor
2. window (I use natural light only)
3. products and
4. cell phone to snap the shot.
I dream of the day when I am able to shoot my collection in a studio, with light boxes, backdrops and props, but for now this is what I have and I make the best of it, and thats what a lot of creatives are doing. The thing is, we usually just see the end result… the perfectly staged photo or scene. We don’t always see what it takes to get the shot. Since I am usually shooting when the kids and Rob are at school, theres no one to take a pic of me balancing on the edge of my bed and shooting down on top of the bags, or crouching down to get the shot while trying to keep my feet and knees from making a guest appearance in the corners of the image. It’s pretty amazing what we can create with our phones and laptops these days. It’s also amazing to see how it’s done. I’ll be sharing a little more of the behind the scenes process in the coming months.

Have a fab Thursday, peops!

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#ALCMyWay : Modern Style Icons Series

ALCMyWay_ayanna_listenbee_collection_style Today I am launching a longterm campaign called #ALCMyWay which features modern and respected style icons while celebrating their one of a kind take on styling the classic clutches and handbags from our line. Read below to find out a little more about the series . . .

THE ENERGY OF THE SERIES AND WHAT IT REPRESENTS

I am passionate about the deeper layers of style. I wanted to create a campaign that reflects that. I am a spiritual creative and I honestly think it completely undermines God’s creativity when we all end up looking the same. SO even though we may be attracted to the same pieces, I love to celebrate the art of styling them differently than our counterparts. Our style is one of the few things we can attempt to control, so the “how” and “why” we style things the way we do speaks a lot to the deeper layers of the woman.

THE DEEPER INSPIRATIONS + PURPOSE BEHIND WHAT I DO

The philosophy of my line is rooted in beauty, individuality, and the resulting stories that style statement pieces can create when expressing that. I love it when handbags are passed down fro mother to daughter. I love when I can pull out a scarf and remember my mother doing the same as I watched her dress when I was a child. I love when a woman can pull out a piece of clothing and remember what happened while she wore it. While some may see fashion as superficial, I believe it plays such a memorable roll in the backdrop of our lives and memories. Seeing the deeper meaning attached to a woman’s style choices makes my heart happy. Hearing why someone chooses to put what they put in the  bag, how they feel when they wear a bag they feel confident about, or even how the bag influenced their outfit choice . . . I’m just fascinated by that. Those are the things I think about when making the bags. I care about the woman who the bag will eventually belong to.

WHY I FOCUS ON LIMITED EDITIONS + HOW THAT INSPIRED THE CAMPAIGN

One of the reasons I started in design was because I didn’t like seeing the same outfits everywhere I went. I loved having things that were different. Most of my bags are limited editions because I like to keep things interesting. I believe that how the bags are made are part of the overall story of the piece. i want them to feel like a treasure to the women who invest in them. Our silhouettes are classic which makes them timeless. Changing out colors and textures on timeless silhouettes gives the styles new life. It also allows me to frequently add in new designs based on inspiration from my travels and life in general.

Follow along and meet our style icons here on and via instagram (where I spend obscene amounts of time @ayannalistenbee).

xx
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