Month: April 2015

Events, Emails & Drives..

Hello Everyone. What an amazing night to write this post. Smelling my coffee from my mug, the sounds of the keyboard being stroked and the rain hitting the window is all soothing to end a hectic week. I mean, I am not complaining but working for this firm has been fun and exhausting at the same time.

What I like about this job is that the days are never the same. Aside from all the emails I get to answer, and boy do people love to type emails, it is all interesting to me. Marketing is a cut-throat business. I’m just learning to survive it.

I can share 2 things I did the other day. We had a meeting with Sarar, which is an upscale men’s suiting and furnishing store at a outlet price. I’ve never been to a store that is very posh, trendy and caters all your suits and daily sports jackets wear. This store has it all. I’m sure what ever you need to look sharp when you wear a suit, they most certainly have it. What I liked about Sarar is the quality and luxurious fabrics they use for their suits, ties and the quality of leather goods. It’s expensive looking but affordable. You be the judge.

Sarar.
Sarar.
Bowties and Pocket squares.
Bowties and Pocket squares.
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Amazing sports jacket. Sarar.
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Shoes. Gloves. Hats. Bags.
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Formal Wear.

To end the our work night we got invited to a store launch for SuitSupply, located on Chicago’s prestigious Rush Street. It’s the Street where Prada, Marc Jacobs, Barney’s New York and the likes are located. This is a place that caters, again, to all your suits needs. Here you can get your everyday suits to your weekend getaway wardrobe. The layout and visual merchandising done in this boutique is top notch. I love how the mannequins fill the clothes not make the clothes look lifeless. The Tie Wall, was amazingly done and a major focal point in the space. It was ties rolled and placed in this cubed wall from dark to bright in hues and chromes. That wall looked like a piece of art.

bow ties by SuitSupply
bow ties by SuitSupply
SuitSupply Suits.
SuitSupply Suits.
Knitted Cuff Links. SuitSupply
Knitted Cuff Links. SuitSupply
Formal Wear. SuitSupply.
Formal Wear. SuitSupply.
Wall of Ties. SuitSupply.
Wall of Ties. SuitSupply.

They are stores opening around Chicago that caters to men’s fashion. Wether grooming, accessories, suits and apparel is your thing, I’m sure we have it. I am yet to find a store/boutique/department store that is current, trendy and ahead of the curve. Maybe we are almost there. I want to see a store that pushes the boundaries that showcases some Rick Owens, Yoji Yamamoto, Thom Browne, Kitsune, Margiela. You know, someone that has the courage to say it’s okay to wear tunics, a skirt, jeggins and stand out from the boring crowd. To all say that fashion comes within and not what society thinks what menswear suppose to be.

G!

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A New Chapter

Hello Everyone. It is a fantastic Spring Day in Chicago. Finally, the rain has stopped and the sun is shining and the flowers and trees are starting to blossom. It feels like a new day, like that first fresh of breath air. It is appropriate metaphor for what is next in my life. My days as a retail worker are coming to an end. After more that 15 years of face to face customer service I’m hanging that up for an office job. I mean, I’m going to be interacting with people but it will be more friendlier and less hectic. Customer service either retail, restaurant or grocery is a tough business. You need a thick skin to take on the daily struggles of people.

I am moving forward and focusing more on what college was about. Working in an office that will let me be my own boss yet be creative daily and have some fun doing the things I love. I got a feel of this luxury back a few weeks when working the Black Women’s Expo in March. I was producing two fashion shows for two established designers in Chicago. Both catering that powerful, confident woman but with two different woman in mind. One was Plus Size the other your average slender woman. Designs both modern, elegant and chic.

Jessica Blair, Blair Fashions, has a store in Wicker Park. Selling Plus size fashion to women who are sometimes shun from the fashion industry. Her collection was a little punk, a little glam but sophisticated. Showing that size doesn’t matter, it is all about confidence.

Jessica and her assistant. Black Women's Expo 2015
Jessica and her assistant. Black Women’s Expo 2015
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Jessica’s Rack of garments. Black Women’s Expo 2015
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Backstage. Minutes before Jessica Blair’s Fashion Runway Show. Black Women’s Expo 2015.

Borris Powell, has made a name for himself in Chicago and rightfully so. Designing everything from apparel, accessories and now make up. He is building on that empire of his. This Fall 2015 collection was elegant, chic and for that sophisticated woman. Fur trims, elegant cocoon-esque silhouettes and amazing floor length gowns. It was a collection to die for.

Backstage. First Model Looks before the Borris J. Powell Fashion Show. Black Women's Expo 2015
Backstage. First Model Looks before the Borris J. Powell Fashion Show. Black Women’s Expo 2015

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Evening Dress by Borris J. Powell. Black Women’s Expo 2015
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Borris J. Powell making sure the zipper on the skirt is up. Black Women’s Expo 2015
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Lovely Coat and Pants by Borris J/ Powell. Black Women’s Expo 2015

As I am ready to hang my apron and say good-bye to retail work at the same time I am sadden. I have made amazing work friends, connected with people on a personal level and love the interaction of it all. It has also taught me to speak my mind, to take a step back and analyze the situation and to not take things personal. Most importantly that “Tomorrow Is Another Day” and indeed it is.

I am ready to contribute time, sweat and tears for this new career path I am taking. I am excited to see the outcome of it. I am ready to be challenged. Ready to share all the events, the fashion and the hard work it takes to bring such events to life. I am excited to experience life outside a time clock. I AM READY FOR THIS!!

G!