OK, so we know we’ve been bragging about our new office to you for the past 2 months and you have yet to see anything than maybe a leopard chair. But honestly, we’ve been busy this summer! In fact, we’ve been too busy to even have time to decorate, but, this week we finally decided to get organized and bring out our interior decorator skills.
We only moved about 2 blocks away from our old offices in Durham, NC, but it has really made quite the difference! Although we loved the big, 1 room studio we used to work in- we needed a place where we could hold meetings without having our interns in the background sorting through our racks of clothes. So, take a look at what we’re working with now!
We’re located on the 2nd floor of our building. As soon as you walk upstairs all of our offices our located off this main hallway. We each have our own office now! Plus a room for our interns to work
The first people you meet when you walk upstairs? Our two lovely manikins, decked out in our favorite Fall Collection items (Oxford shirt dress and the shawl collar cardigan!)
All of the offices have one big wall painted in a bright color. Other than that though, they aren’t too decorated, with the exception being our CEO Rachel Weeks. She’s a little crazy obsessed with leopard print (hence the chairs) and has plenty of Made in USA inspiration around the room.
This is where the magic happens! One big room houses our WIP, design area, and everything else that goes in to making our collections.
We just had to include some of the quirky decorations we found for the place. We love the retro feel they give to the office, which go perfectly with the bright colored walls.
What do you guys think of the office? Do you love it as much as we do?
When you’re planning collections, one of the most important steps in the process is choosing fabric. The weight, touch and feel are important upon first look, but drape and fit will prove just as important once samples are made. However, if you’re a new company or designer looking for both a fabric supplier and threads that are sustainable and socially responsible, it can be a pretty tall order.
In comes Source4Style. Founded by model and eco-fashion advocate Summer Rayne Oakes, this site connects designers and suppliers in a way that was never possible before. For instance, let’s say you wanted to design a dress with only organic cotton. You may have in mind what type of fabric you’d like, but the biggest challenge moving forward would be finding a supplier. Most suppliers don’t have ready contact information just sitting in the phone book or a functioning website to visit. Business is typically done over the phone or face-to-face, recommendations come from word of mouth, and even then you’ll want to shop around.
From a pure sourcing standpoint, this site is a massive improvement in the industry. But when you add the eco-friendly and sustainable element in, the true value of this resource becomes evident. You can not only search by fabric type, color and other key filters, but you can search for suppliers based on their sustainability rating – recycled, handmade, organic, fair trade, craft preservation, vertically integrated. In addition to being a great sourcing resource, the site curates articles and posts from a-listers in the eco-fashion world like Amanda Hearst, Angela Lindvall and Marcella Echavarria. One of the more useful articles I found today was entitled “Top 5 Sourcing Tips for Emerging Designers.”
So, kudos to Source4Style and their efforts to democratize sustainable fashion for more designers and more companies. This site will ultimately help drive eco-trends that will have positive impacts on our planet and people for years to come. We look forward to watching it grow!
As homecoming season approaches, you may already be planning your game day attire. A classic staple of the homecoming fashion repertoire is the varsity jacket. Many people will go the classic route and wear a t-shirt and chucks, but we think you can do so much more.
Three Ways to Wear a Varsity Jacket
Not to brag or self promote here, but we simply cannot resist telling you about our recent SCORE win. Here’s why: Because of YOU (our faithful clients, customers, supporters) we were nominated and won Outstanding Woman-Owned Small Business Award of the year. Our CEO/Founder, Rachel Weeks, will be receiving the prestigious award at a ceremony on Sept. 15th in Washington, DC.
Here’s what SCORE CEO Ken Yancey had to say about the award:
“The SCORE Awards celebrates and honors successful and innovative entrepreneurs who inspire us all and the small business advocates who support entrepreneurship in America.” Yancey adds, “As the economy works to recover from recession, these small business successes represent America’s success through innovation and job growth.”
You can read the full press release here: School House, Outstanding Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year
Thanks for your support – this means so much to us!