If you’re anything like me, growing up as a young kid watching Casino left a huge impression on you. I dreamt about being Robert Deniro. I saw my mother the same way, that she never worked for money. She worked to have power. She always said, the day you leave is the day they are sorry. For me wealth has limits. But working hard, constantly searching and keeping your eyes open. Doing constant research and putting the pieces together, this is so much more fun.
I feel like an owl with telescope nowadays. My job relies on constant research. I read everything I can, and I hardly sleep. I do it mostly for people who read this website, and for my work, but it’s all interrelated. In the end I enjoy having my nose stuck in a book, I enjoy finding things. A lot of my time for example is spent on and off line doing market research. There isn’t a product in the mall that I don’t know about.
When I was at the hospital recently, they had thought I was crazy. The head doctor who was a male asian worked the ER unit. There were about 5 other staff. They were amazed to see that I stayed up the entire night. They could not believe I had not gone to asleep. I was watching my back. Hey anything could happen! And besides at the ER unit there is so much research to be done. Highly organized and efficient, just like much of my studio, things were placed on wheels. There was a cokehead near by who was dying to go to sleep. He requested injections to fall asleep. They asked me if I wanted the same thing, no way! Hours later at near 6 am in the morning, the doctor, KNOWING full well I wasn’t crazy, asked me to do their piss test. He says if you come back clean, then we’ll know nothing’s wrong with you. Well what do you know. My results were clean. I don’t do drugs and no I’m not bipolar. Do I have ADHD, yes. I’m not lying when I say, that I’m always in need of information. I will sacrifice sleep for it. The most important things you will find out, when everyone else is sleeping. I told the doctor, when he saw my personal belongings brought back to me, that I made this bag. He was shocked. No one believes anything I say. That’s why I’ll do more videos on instagram. Sometimes when you work so hard to achieve personal goals that have nothing to do with acquiring more money or fame, people distrust it. That is YOUR limited capacity don’t mess with my head.
Lately I have been watching Madewells’ jewelry like a hawk. I knew there was something insanely good about it, and I also knew the designer or head designer at Madewell was not coding this on her own. In fashion, you’ll rarely find that designers code material from scratch. It always starts from an image they’ve swiped. Looking at this necklace I got shivers. This is not only 100x more fresh than all of Celine’s product, the idea is so insanely clever. A chain slicing threw a row of modern flat coin style pendants and square shapes. I was bewildered but I promised myself that I would find the source.
Doing constant research will drive you crazy, but you’ll also find amazing things. Some designer out there stitched a bunch of papers through a thread. And now the Madewell’s product made perfect sense. Their design, the only difference, is that the original source is kept secret, but the final product is technodubbed in metal and imported probably through China. FOB on this might cost, lets say 2-3$ depending on their relationship with the factory. FOB is the price on the ship before it is imported.
Again, madewell does a similar version. This idea is a “holding pattern”. A bunch of circles cut and placed on a thread. You can see above, I sourced this image either from Pinterest or Etsy. But the idea is rendered through metal and produced through a factory. The designer who is slinging her product on etsy? She won’t make bank like Madewell. Because the designer at Madewell found the source and produced it first. The only difference is he or she has the capability to sling it through a chain of stores to a mall.
I save my favorite design for last. Again another designer using paper to mold jewelry. This is 3-dimensional, instead of the flat designs above, and it’s really cool. I wonder if Madewell will produce this or not. The thing is it’s no longer a secret. My job, it’s virtually the same as the jewelry designer at Madewell. I found the source too. But I don’t work for Madewell nor would I want to.
My advice to readers is to copy whatever you want. So long as you can sling it yourself through a machine, it’s yours to keep. You can’t patent a sleeve. I can drive it on a machine. A sleeve is a sleeve is a sleeve. For example it’s weird how fashion designers who work for highly branded companies think they can trademark stuff. I bought a Christopher Kane dress once, but I can make everything he designs. Sometimes I just don’t have the time. If you can sew a dress you see that you like instead of buying it, you really should.