Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Late Monday afternoon, I received a call from Dorothea, the church's administrative assistant. She and I have forged quite a bond since I accepted the invitation to produce the church's fashion extravaganza. "I've got bad news," she conveyed in a hushed tone that instantly distressed me. "Okay, what's wrong," I responded almost not wanting to know. Apparently, the church fashion show has been postponed until 2010 due to calendar conflicts. This news is a blessing in disguise. I wondered how I was going to stage the most awe-inspiring fashion show Mount Moriah had ever witnessed and simultaneously launch the Wilbur collection over the next few months without compromising the integrity of either endeavor. And now I won't have to. But stay tuned, I am hoping to resuscitate the church's event possibly for Black History Month in February.
Last night, my business partners and I met with James C. He responded to our item for a sales rep that we posted on craigslist. After speaking with him last week over the phone, I immediately got a sense that James is straightforward and polished. He knows how to engage you - which was obvious when I realized that we clocked almost 45 minutes for our first phone chat. Initially I had reservations about his ability to get the line into stores as he is fairly new to the New York fashion scene. As a Brit, however, James sparkles with determination and an elegance that will bring a new level of panache to the line. As the three of us asked questions and listened intently, we learned that James, caught up in a whirlwind romance, followed his sweetheart, who happens to be American, to the States. The newlyweds tied the knot only four months ago. A romantic at heart, I found the story very Lifetime Television. We think he is especially charming and will be able to get my frocks into stores. We just have to iron out the details of the contract and then we can hit the ground running.
Tonight, I met with a furniture store that is hosting a cross-marketing event that will include visual artists as well as fashion designers. On Friday, September 25 invited guests will have the opportunity to enjoy cocktails, fine art, and a runway presentation featuring the work of some talented emerging designers. The organizers are still nailing down how many and whom, but if I am a part of it, I will definitely keep you posted.
That's it for now. This is BlackFashionDude signing off.
Peace & Fashion!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Ashanti, Serosh, and I (The 3 Musketeers of Fashion) have been brainstorming on how we are going to move into the next phase of our plan with hiring an independent sales rep and finding a space to have appointments with buyers. Ashanti suggested our old reliable, craigslist, as a possible resource for locating a sales rep. Since nothing beats a failure but a try, we went for it. And I still find it amazing how some people will apply for a job without dotting their Is or crossing their Ts. Our posting reads:
This was one of the responses that was emailed to us:
Looking for independent fashion sales representative to sell a line of cocktail dresses. This position is commission only. Must have strong relationships with specialty stores. If you're interested, please contact Wilbur at 917.520.4615
Have 25 years in evenwear dresses, us too own( after dark). if you are looking for a pro please feel free to cll me.Will not work commission Only.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Peace & Fashion!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
This week I've been contacting showrooms around New York with the hopes of securing one that will get the line onto store racks. And this step is extremely crucial. Because let's face it, the possibility of my dresses being bought is drastically reduced if they're not sold anywhere. So I put on my best warm and pleasant radio voice as I inquired over the phone. Unfortunately, I have often been met with cold and distant proprietors indicative of the industry that has yet to embrace me. Economic crisis or not, when talking to most fashion people I usually come up feeling hollow. And I've been found out by friends like Stephen E. that I am a little sensitive. Surprise! So as I make each call, it becomes more and more excruciating. But I have accepted that this step is just a necessary evil to get to my ultimate goal.
Peace & Fashion!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I cannot tell you everything about my adventures because I am afraid it will begin to bore you. But I will say that we made stops in Cannes where the international film festival takes place each year. I learned that Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is actually modeled after this blissfully chic region. So you know it oozes fabulosity! We also visited Monte Carlo/Monaco where the town was readying for the Tour de France. We paid a visit to the royal palace which stands high on a hill and we took pictures with the guard in the background. Lunch along the coast was awesome and picturesque. And we also stayed in Nice for a few days where, thanks to the guys, we could blend in like the locals. At least I felt like I was blending in. It struck me funny when I visited the Lanvin boutique in Monte Carlo and was greeted at the door by perfectly spoken English, "Good Afternoon, gentlemen. How are you doing today?" When I commented aloud to Peter about how strange I thought it was, the reply by the really lovely saleswoman was, "Did you want me to greet you as ladies instead of gentlemen?" I could tell we were going to be fast friends! "You greeted me in English, instead of French," I explained. She quickly recovered by saying that I had obvious American style. After she learned that I was a designer, she packed up lookbooks of the runway photos for women's spring & resort as well as men's spring and autumn. Leaving with the heavy powder blue shopping bag loaded with stunning fashion images was a moment that left me swooning. And it was indicative of my entire experience on the French Riviera. I loved it.