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are you a fonts enthusiast? a typophile?
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find the beauty on your daily walk! take time to notice the details of your landscape.
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there is nothing like seeing a great handbag in action.
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plastics are our future. how can you resist plastic? it is so shiny and pleasing. I have a penchant for plastics.
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chronicling my quest for the one true
Greek Cup
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have you ever noticed the similarity between nyc fire call boxes and benevolent Kannon, goddess of mercy?
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every design, fashion and art magazine I read lately features some important directional artist making big contributions to their genre. and where do they live? brooklyn!
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who says there are no more 'new ideas' in art and design? the newness is in the juxtaposition.
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this is how I really get things done. with my little green co-worker/task-master.
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my clothing & accessories design
east-meets-west minimalism

my site

the look
dressy utilitarian

my concept
useful, economical, modular pieces that can be mix-matched in numerous ways (because why can't fashion be useful and lasting? I think it can!) So I say Maximize your Minimalism!

Satin Karate Belt featured in Dec 06 Real Simple

Voted Best Designer 2006 Style Bakery
'On the Rise'

Daily Buss Feature

Luckymag.com Feature

in the blog press
midtown lunch
the girl who ate everything
queens eats
(into) the fray
funky finds
style document
gowanus lounge
far too cute
ethereal bliss
couture in the city
independent luxe
decor 8
funky finds
urban socialite
lady licorice
high fashion girl

more press...

furniture (especially chairs from the 50s and 60s), uniforms, repeating patterns, menswear, Oscar Niemeyer, traditional Japanese architecture, the Rimpa School and Ogata Korin's 8-Point Bridge, Matisse, bromeliads, succulents and other waxy flora

particular loves
bamboo, coral, moss, woodgrain, silhouettes & other cut-outs, plastic, low-resolution images, the photo copier, off-registration prints, Max Ernst's Lunar Asparagus, NYC fire call boxes that look like Kannon, Fauvist color sense, the Noguchi Museum, pretty much all of Abstract Expressionism

magazines of current interest
Domino, Elle Decor (British), ARTnews, Art in America, Wallpaper

favorite heel style
the wedge, but a sleek modern interpretation

second favorite
the stiletto

current shoe obsession
alas, the sneaker. (because I live in nyc and walk a ton!) but not too sneakery of a sneaker. more of a sneaker disguised as a shoe, like a mary jane style or a high-tech looking black one with a metallic accent. how about Royal Elastics? I must go try some on. I really like the non-sneakeryness of their styles.





i am a waffler

I have to admit this to you now. Being new to this kind of writing, I go back and edit my entries. Is that Kosher in the Blogosphere? Somehow it seems illegal, to edit previous posts. But it is weird for it to be out there floating. I normally have done this kind of informal writing in a private journal. And that ended shortly after college. Before moving this past May, I found all my old journals. Always fearing that they would end up in the wrong hands, posthumously, I shredded them. In a really nice crosscut shredder from a major office superstore. Crosscut is the way to go. No evidence was left. But now I am leaving a digital paper trail. Is this wise? Oh well, eventually I will just let it be, and stop rewording.


strike one!

Today, it is good to be self-employed. Day One of the NYC transit strike did not affect my workday or my holiday shipping schedule. In fact, it enhanced it. I managed to get major orders shipped, go to the gym, meet friends for coffee, and for the first time in 2 months, have the afternoon off! As long as my thread and fabric supply hold out, I should be ok for a little while. After a few days of this though, I am sure I am going to make a break for one of the bridges. I need to go look at new fabric! I am on the brink of many new ideas. And also, what about finishing up holiday shopping? I might be Brooklyn-bound. In which case, it will be babka for all! That's not so bad, is it?


about this blog

i am a fashion designer. gee is a blog about all things fashion designer, including seeking art in daily life, appreciating great design, and discovering the pleasing nuances in the urban landscape. I also write about architecture, interior design, contemporary art, dining and shopping in NYC, tips for looking good in layers, bargain finds, and my own private musings on the stop-start nature of the creative process.

You will like this blog if you: like my stream-of-consciousness thoughts, know me or my designs and theories about Modular Dressing and more (but of course this blog will give you a chance to discover them for the first time and then come to know them and ponder them), find me funny or charming, or really just want to learn how to maximize your minimalism! Oh, and you will like this blog if you like fashion, because I may write about that from time to time too. gee

Comments on any posts, old and new, are very welcomed! Please comment! It is fun to read your thoughts. Click on the HOME link at top left and start commenting! Did I mention that I would like you to comment? So please comment. OK?




what's in a name?

I have decided on a name for my new Blog! I love coming up with tag lines and punny titles. Have you ever read the titles of the articles in WWD? They make me groan, they are so good! But I digress... I have made up a few good catchy slogans for my company over the years that I was still considering. Here are a few:

Don't Just Stand There. Accessorize!
Every Good Girl Deserves Fashion

But I decided to go with the broadest title possible for this Blog so I could go in any direction with my musings on style trends, people, food, shoes, luxury, shopping experiences, street trends, my own new designs, and probably more. i am a fashion designer.gee* will allow me to discuss "all things fashion designer," where ever that may lead.

Anyway, I think I am going to like doing this Blog. I have a lot of opinions, and I like to seek out lots of things, and now I get to share them all! Hooray. Plus I don't mind telling you, I need a bit more structure to my day. More on the topic of organization in other entries. I can't wait!

*I coined this phrase years ago when a hat design I created landed me on the pages of Vogue (gee!) and totally changed my career path. Once a curatorial assistant in Japanese Art, now a Fashion Designer, self-taught, self-employed, self-generating, and for some years now! I started my company in Boston, and recently uprooted and moved the whole operation to NYC! I started with hats, and then switched to doing a full line of women's clothing. Later I added accessories, and silk-screened t-shirts. I design clothing that is item-based, Japanese-inpired, economical and useful. I like a limited color palette of darks, but I also like the candy-colored bright tones mixed with very flat, bold prints. As a rule, I do not like lacey, flowery, drapey things. I do like lace and flowers but only if they are flat and bold and sculptural. And anything I make that is "drapey" is really more structured and sculptural. So I have a certain style. If you like my kind of design, you will get hooked.




Obviously i am still in the get-to-know-the-functions-of-my-blog stage right now, so if you want to read something relevant, funny or actual, come back later :-) I am still working on all the settings. Even the design of the page will change (because i am not in love with the Texaco star in the corner). In the meantime, just link to my website, and start your holiday shopping...........hahahaha

No really, later you will find more musings and less shameless self-promotion. You'll see! Stay tuned.