Saturday, September 12, 2009

What We Did This Summer '09

Another beautiful summer in the pacific northwest. Here at Sweet Skins we managed to stay very busy, but we did things a little differently than we’ve done in the past. First of all, we graduated ourselves from the Eugene Saturday Market. After 5 years there, we said our good byes (we still shop there of course!). But now we have our own store “Sweet Skins Eco Boutique”. We spent alot of our summer getting the store off to a good start. Here’s Paula, our store manager, tending to the window display…

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As for Festivals, our other usual summer job; we didn't do too many of those either. Instead we participated in little ways, like donating hemp panties to Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee, of their “Clean Vibes Trading Post”. The crew at “clean vibes’ encouraged festival goers to recycling their used beverage container, with the help of some sweet little freebee’s like our panties, as incentive. Between Bonnaroo and the Gathering of the Tribes Festival, the Clean Vibes Crew rescued 280,000 bottles and cans from being trashed this summer. Awesome work guys! See a pair of black pSweet Skins panties handing there in the background of the Clean Vibes Booth...

Besides all the hard work of making Sweet Skins happen, we did take time to just hang out with the kids. Here we are swimming at one of the many glorious natural swimming holes that are part of life in Oregon…

And last, but certainly not least, I took the brave step of auditioning for Portland Fashion Weeks Emerging Designers Showcase. This required some serious work on my part, planning my collection for Spring 2010 while working on production of Fall '09, getting samples ready without the help of my sewing team (who were on vacation at the time...) and just plain working up the nerves to have my designers shown in front of a panel of fashion industry judges! See below: me looking less then glamous in front of the judging panel. The good news is, I got in!

See you on the Runway, October 8th Portland Fashion Week!


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