Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Boutique GenMarie....An interview
Where were you born and raised? I was born and raised in Lindenhurst, NY.
Where do you live now? I currently live in East Islip, NY.
How many children do you have? Names and ages? I have two beautiful little girls, Emma, age 5, and Ava, who will be 4 in September.
What are your hobbies (besides designing and sewing)? I don't have much time for hobbies, lol. I spend any free time I have with my girls.
What is your eBay ID? I no longer sell on ebay.
Do You Have An Etsy Store? I do, it is www.genmarieshoppe.etsy.com.
How did you come up with your ID, is there a story behind it? My id and name of my company is named after my girls. It is a combination of their middle names, Emma Genevieve and Ava Marie.
Are you a member of a design group? How long have you been a member of that group? No, I am not a member of a design group.
How long have you been selling your designs on eBay? I sold on ebay for 1 1/2 years, and on etsy currently. This August marks GenMarie's 2nd Anniversary.
What got you started? I saw on ebay the most beautiful creations by woman like myself, and I knew I had to learn to sew. Most people are surprised to learn that I only learned to sew 2 1/2 years ago. I always loved fabric, so it was the perfect thing for me!
Do you remember the first set you sold on eBay? How much did it sell for? The first thing I sold on ebay was a stripwork dress and pant set which sold for $40.
Have you noticed a change in your designs from when you first started? My designs have evolved over time, and truly reflect my love of vintage style, and all things feminine.
What is your inspiration for your designs? I usually derive inspiration from my girls, fabrics, and current trends.
Is there any other designers you admire? There are so many designers I love. Too many to name.
What is your favorite design you have created? I don't know if I have a favorite. Every time I make something new, it becomes my favorite. I made a beautiful peasant dress for my Fall line, which is currently my favorite.
Who is your favorite fabric designer? I have lots! Jennifer Paganelli, Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, Heather Bailey, Tanya Whelan are just a few.
What is your favorite custom auction on eBay right now? My favorite listinng on etsy right now, is my Darla Knot Dress. I just love the colors.
If you could max out your credit card at one store, what store would that be? Hmmmm...that is tough. I rarely spend on myself, it is usually on my girls. I would say Anthropolgie if it was for me.
What can we expect from you in the future? GenMarie is currently expanding into trunk shows. We have a few trunk keepers across the country and are hiring more every day. The first planned collection, Autumn Sky, is almost complete, and will be available in my etsy shoppe by August. I will also be making a Holiday line available in October.
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Shameless promotion.. The last shirt featured is one of mine. Like always click on the pictures to go to the links. Some are for sale others are just to show the style.
Monday, July 28, 2008
2. BowzNStuff_Boutique ~ "Diva Zebra" ~ MeliMelo, M2MInc, Ateam
3. CarolinesClosetBoutique ~ "Little Red Schoolhouse" ~ Ivylane
4. **Cutie**Pie** ~ "Mean One" ~ LemonLime
5. MyLilPixie ~ "Creepy Crawly" ~ BizzyB, Ateam
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I have really never seen a launch like this, and it is sure to impress many. BijouCo is doing a Back-To-School launch, and here are all the details:
"Each school year thousands of memories are created. Some of them are saved in a folder, journal or scrapbook. But one of the most important memories you will look back on in the years to come will be your child’s school picture. You of course will want everything to be perfect. Bijou & Co. can help you create the perfect memory that will last a lifetime.
Bijou & Co presents Create Your Own School Picture. From July 24 – 31, our talented group of designers will be listing amazing back to school outfits. Perfect for the first day of school, or school picture day! Not only will you receive a one-of-a-kind boutique outfit, but you will also receive an original 11x17 artist portrait of your child wearing her custom boutique design.
What could be better?! The perfect outfit and the perfect photo. Two memories rolled into one. After all a picture is worth a thousand words and in this case a thousand memories.
To see the amazing designs and portraits, go to eBay and enter search term BijouCo Pictures. You can also read about the latest launch news by visiting our blog at http://bijouandco.blogspot.com"
Below are just a few of the sets being offered in this launch:
Congrats to the ladies of BijouCo for coming up with such an awesome and fun theme!
I am very inspired in my design work by nature and life. Summertime conjures up memories of berry picking, swimming at the lake, back yard barbecues. Autumn, raking leaves, the harvest moon, hiking...These are some of the things that I think about when I think of "the perfect life"
Summertime here in NYC looks like: Shakespeare in the park, Billy Joel at Shea (beyond great!), Biking, Outdoor Cafes, Sprinklers and Icecream, Street Fairs, Rollerblading, Birdwatching in the ramble, Macy's fireworks, Movie night at Bryant Park and Day Trips to Fire Island.
What does summer look like in your town?
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Good Morning! Last week, I interviewed my new friend Laura from 7 & Co. They are the 1st group this season with a "Holiday Launch". Read on for more info!
First Laura, tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up in New Jersey, I now live in PA and am happily married with 3 wonderful boys, ages 11, 5 and 18m. I am truly blessed!
Have you always been a designer?
As a child I always loved using my imagination, whether it was looking up at the clouds figuring out what each one was or drawing and coming up with different crafts to do. I also held "art classes" for the children in my neighborhood which usually involved getting really messy with paint or something equally messy & fun.
(Looking back now, being a mom myself, I am sure the other moms weren't too happy with my art classes!)
As a child, I also had a close friend whose grandmother lived with her. She would let us go down and play with all of her wonderful sewing goodies. She had tons of buttons, sewing notions,& all her fabric oh my...
She had these wooden shelves in her work area loaded with brightly colored fabrics...& there was so much! Back then my friend & I just couldn't seem to understand why her grandma would have so much fabric! (Happily I can now say I understand why she had so much... & I think that I now put poor grandma's fabric pile to shame.. Yes i Admit it.. I am a fabricaholic!!)
Did you study design and where do you get your ideas from?
I did take some design classes in highschool and college. I get my ideas from everywhere really. I love to look at euro magazines, and fashion trend sites to see what the new colors for the following seasons will be. I also love to look at fashion shows & try to incorporate elements into my own children's clothing line--park*ave*kidz.
(I do have to admit, usually the best advice I can get is from sitting down brainstorming ideas with my sons at the kitchen table. Just listening to their innocence and creativity is so inspiring. I also get to witness some very innovative sketchwork and project conceptions ;) Usually their designs are for something like a clever monster pillow or something else equally fun..lol)
How did 7&Company get started? How long has it been around?
7&company got its started in 2005 by Liz, she was the leader of the group, her ebay id: rococo*kidz.
Since then it has been passed through a few leaders and weathered the storms of the ebay world.
And I am very proud to say is still going strong. We can gladly attribute this sucessful 3 years to our wonderful repeat customers who have stood by us throughout the seasons.
Were you in another group before this?
I have been designing on ebay since 2003 and have been in other design groups through the years on ebay & have met wonderful friends that I still keep in touch with.
How do you decide on what the launches will be and how many do you do a year?
We brainstorm within the group on ideas for the coming months, whether it will be new fabric lines coming out, a holiday, or theme ect. We try to narrow things down and see what fits right for the season.
Who is your customer and are they from a certain part of the country? I have sold my designs all over the world. The farthest that I have shipped an order was to Hong Kong. Thank goodness fashion sense is international!
Do you all design in the same "style"
No! One of the best things about being in a strongly talented group of designers like 7&company is that the girls are really so great about thinking out of the box and coming up with unique designs that keep the boutique clothing scene fresh and fun!
Does your group also sell on Etsy?
Some of the girls in our group do sell on etsy. We are looking to expand to reach a larger boutique loving client base, so there are several venues that are on many of the 7&company designers' minds
Can you tell us about your Christmas launch?
Our Christmas In July Launch features the work of not only our own great designers but also more than 90 of ebay's best and most creative clothing, jewelry,& accessory designers! The launch begins on July 25th, so be sure to mark your calendars. This launch is sure to be huge!
You have a lot of designers for this launch it sounds very exciting can we have a sneak peek?
Well, in the spirit of the Christmas season I have to say "no peeking" but if you promise not to tell... I will say that I have seen some awesome goodies that I am going to be sure not to miss for my own kiddos!
I want to thank you so much for the time you have given me to talk to you all, I have truly enjoyed it.
All of the girls of 7&company, as well as our 90+ guests look forward to having you all stop by 7&co during the week of July 25th! This launch is sure to have more than a few goodies for all the good little boys and girls!
And new christmas stocking stuffers and clothing will be posted daily so don't miss out on the fun!
Monday, July 21, 2008
1. BowzNStuff_Boutique ~ "Princess" ~ MeliMelo, M2MInc, ATeam
2. TheCharmedChild ~ "Candy Treats" ~ StudioE
3. Maddie*Kate ~ "Pirate Jack" ~ WisteriaLane, AArt
4. Gigglez-N-Grinz ~ "My Play Dress" ~ Ivylane
5. WildByDesign ~ "Spooky And Sweet" ~ ?
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Where do you live now? I have relocated to Southern California...I am an Orange County girl forever...
How many children do you have? Names and ages? I have 3 darling daughters...Ella 4, Ava 3, and Mia 18 months...
What are your hobbies (besides photography)? I love to decorate my home, work out (I love pilates and running), sew, search for treasures at thrift stores, and spend time with my family...
What is your inspiration? Ella, Ava, and Mia and the beauty around us everywhere...
What can we expect from you in the future? What is in my heart...truth in a photo...and a reason to feel, smile, and be thankful for what we have as mothers and women.