Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Adelante Shoe Co.

Vintage top and linen pants, Adelante Shoe Co. The Cordoba Sandal in Caramel

MY STORY: For a while I felt that there was a lull in my life. I didn't feel like I was growing to become who I wanted to be. I was learning but I didn't feel like I was learning enough to get where I wanted to. With the start of the school year and also working, my life feels drastically busy and the lull has been lifted. It's interesting how often times I want what I don't have. This time, I'm trying to take in all the opportunities that are happening and enjoy this time of growth and learning. I feel that this busy time is challenging me to become that person I want to be with the experience and skills I want to gain.

A few of these opportunities include going to Coterie in New York, collaborating to create patterns with a brand, and also the chance to work with many sustainable and ethical brands. In the past week, I found out I was going to New York this Friday. The other time I visited, it was a few years back and only for a day so I really didn't get to explore too much. This time I will be working 3 out of the 5 days I am there. I am really excited to explore on my time off and also experience a trade show for my first time! As for the collaborations, I will keep you updated in my future posts!

ADELANTE SHOE CO.'S STORY: Peter Sacco founded Adelante Shoe Co., which offers 100% quality leather handcrafted shoes with modern classic silhouettes. They use stacked leather for the base of their shoes, which is the most expensive and quality type to use. The shoes are made by Latin American craftsmen and women in their homes or their shops in Guatemala. They are paid for themselves and their families to live comfortably, which is well above the minimum and fair trade wage. Adelante Shoe Co. is transparent with how much their shoes actually cost with a break down of how much money goes to each operation of the business diagrammed on their website. What I love most about Adelante Shoe Co. is that the shoes are made to order and they offer free customizations with color variations and heel heights. For my pair of sandals, I chose a caramel color and added 1/4" to the heel to give a bit more height. They also have the most comfortable footbed for a sandal which is why I've been wearing them every day since I received them!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Georgette Crimson

Georgette Crimson Kiki Wrap Dress in Pacific Blue, Vintage Box Purse, Zou Xou Belu Pump in Sand Suede

MY STORY: This past week I started my clothing construction and history of costume classes. In my clothing construction class, we are learning the basics of sewing and transitioning to making miniature clothing. Taking pattern making and draping classes during the summer session was really helpful since I became acquainted to using the industrial sewing machine then. As for my history of costume class, I've never been a big fan of history classes in general, making it a bit more difficult for me to be interested in the topic. I do feel that I will learn to like this class because it is fashion focused and offers information that I can draw on in the long run.

Starting classes was a tough transition from waking up whenever I wanted to back home in San Francisco for a week, to getting to class by 7am. I am also working after my classes everyday so I do feel a lot busier now. In all of this, I feel grateful for this opportunity to learn what I am passionate about and also be blessed with a flexible job that works with my school schedule and most importantly, that I enjoy.

GEORGETTE CRIMSON'S STORY: Tina Reith is the founder of Georgette Crimson which offers feminine, playful apparel and accessories. Tina's pieces are timeless and have a West Coast feel to it. How the name Georgette Crimson came about is broken into two parts. Georgette is a name Tina has always loved, while also being a fun and lightweight fabric. Crimson comes from a rock band named King Crimson and the word is also a symbol for love. Georgette Crimson's apparel is made sustainably with both new, environmentally friendly materials and luxury repurposed fabrics. Their handbags are made with the finest quality leather in order for each piece to beautify with age. Everything from Georgette Crimson is crafted by local artisans in Los Angeles, where Tina is based. I love the color and feminine touch of the ruffle sleeves on the Kiki dress. The best part is that it has deep pockets too!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A Visit Home

A walk through Golden Gate Park with Jenny.
Hamon Observation Tower at De Young Museum.
Three Gems, a skyspace by James Turrell.
Painted Ladies from Alamo Square.

Day 1 Outfit:
Father's Daughter Jacket, Mallory Ringer Tee, Allison Jeans

Walking the streets of Chinatown.
Reading at Song Tea & Ceramics.

Day 2 Outfit:
Thrifted Tee, Linen Pants made by me, Nisolo Mariella Mule in Black

Taking in the cityscape.
Awaiting breakfast at Plow.
A peek into the greenhouse at the General Store.
A foggy beach day.
Impromptu photoshoot with Connie in the Mission District.
A solo dance in the light.

Day 3 Outfit:
Vintage Blouse, First Rite Pleated Skirt in Clay via Belvele, Zou Xou Belu Pump in Sand

I had the most amazing time sharing some of my favorite places with Jenny and Cat. In three days, we traveled all over San Francisco. We experienced both the typical foggy, windy weather and also the rare, scorching heat. We met up with friends from Instagram and immediately connected. We took over 1,000 photos combined. We waited in line for some of the best food. But most importantly, we bonded over our experiences in San Francisco before we separate onto our individual paths to achieve our life goals in a different state, and even another country. I hope you enjoyed this beautiful photo journal which contains many of my fondest memories. 


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