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. :)
When I was younger I never got excited about clutches. I always hated the idea of being forced to carry my bag in my hand. The option of having my hands free has always appealed to me + honestly it still does (which is why most of my handheld styles include a removable strap). However, I have really come to appreciate the beauty of a clutch in my latter years. I am drawn to minimalistic style, and clutches are a great way to channel a minimalist vibe. A clutch can really streamline your look. These days I own my share of clutches, and I love designing them. However, because big bags are where my heart lies, and typically, that’s what I am carrying most days, I have found that clutches and pouches are a great way to compartmentalize things in my bigger bags. Lately, I’ve been working on a new collection of raw edged clutches and pouches. My love of texture and simplicity has lead me to keep a lot of these styles raw, letting the beauty of the leather and minimal hardware speak for itself. I’ll be adding these new clutches + pouches to the shop soon. Stay tuned!
::UPDATE:: Raw Collection now available here.
So, the past few weeks I’ve been working on revamping the blog and website. In the coming months you will begin to notice a few changes to the website. The shop is now under it’s new name AYANNA LISTENBEE COLLECTION, which you can access by clicking the ‘SHOP’ button above (you can also type ayannalistenbeecollection.com into your browser and reach the shop as well). You SHOULD also be able to access the site by typing in ayannalistenbee.com . . . or at least that was the plan . . .
I’ve owned ayannalistenbee.com for years now. I even had a website set up at that address that sat empty for years while I focused on my blog and produced short runs of bags + accessories. But I realized it was time to “move back home” and put the shop under it’s rightful name. Sounds simple right? Well, when I started working with my web developer to get the site’s name changed over, we discovered that the company hosting the domain has no telephone number and no real customer service, except for an email address (which they apparently do not deem important enough to check or respond to). Needless to say, this process is taking a helluva lot longer than it should, and this isn’t even the big stuff. This is just pointing the site to a different domain name! I guess I should look at this as a mere test of my patience, but it’s frustrating when the simplest things turn into long, drawn out projects. Especially since I recently attended an industry event with a stack of unusable business cards because all the info on them directs people to a site that is in internet purgatory. What do you do when you have a stack of business cards with the wrong info on them and you simultaneously harbor a deep-rooted pet peeve of handing out business cards with information scratched out and handwritten in? . . . ugh . . .
Sometimes you just gotta laugh.