tentree: An Interview with David Luba

Both revolutionary and authentic, tentree is quickly becoming one of the most environmentally progressive companies in the world. For each item purchased, ten trees are planted. The impact of these trees extends far beyond the environment; it provides communities with jobs, sustenance, and a future.

  1. How did tentree get its start? What’s the significance of ten trees?

This is great video that tells the story of how we started:

  1. You started out with a pretty simple business model: promising to plant 10 trees for every shirt sold. Was it also in the plan early on to promote fair labor practices and safe working conditions? How important is this practice to your brand?

It’s always been very important to us to have fair and safe working conditions while also ensuring all our clothes are produced with environmentally friendly practices. That’s why we started off producing strictly in North America. We did 2 years of due diligence before moving some production to beautiful facilities overseas. We see these things as being just as important as the trees.

  1. 7,000,000 trees have been planted thanks to tentree. Did you guys ever expect it to take off the way it has?

We dreamt big, but never knew it would get this big. It’s a truly humbling experience when you get to help people and the environment on a daily basis and call it “work”. It really doesn’t feel like work!

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  1. Are there plans for expanding your products into more than tentree apparel?

In the future we hope to expand into new product categories but that is years away. We have so much expansion to do within the apparel market that we haven’t put too much thought outside of it yet!

  1. What’s the most rewarding aspect of the business you guys have built?

The most rewarding part is being able to go to work every day, and know that we are working to help alleviate poverty, give people hope in the face of extreme adversity, restore damaged eco-systems, protect wildlife, spark new economic activity in developing countries, and inspire people to get outdoors. Seeing it first hand is an incredible experience we will cherish forever and hope to share with others.

  1. What does the future for tentree clothing look like?

We are planning to be the most environmentally progressive company in the world. For the future, that means employing full community reforestation and agro-forestry projects. We want to be the spark for change environmentally.

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  1. You took a huge leap of faith presenting your brand on the Dragon’s Den and it paid off. What’s the best advice you can give to aspiring entrepreneurs?

Dragon’s Den (US: Shark Tank) was an amazing experience. If you try out for the show, just make sure you know your numbers. We pitched our idea after being in business for only 3 months. We knew our numbers and we had sales. It’s hard going in without any sales and we wouldn’t recommend it. Know your sales, profits, gross margin, profit margin, and projections. Make sure you do monthly financial statements!

  1. Pick three words to describe tentree.

(1) Environmental – Everything we do is a step towards our ultimate goal of helping the environment.

(2) Progressive – We are forward-looking, not dwelling on the past. We are excited about the future.

(3) Authentic – To be credible and do what’s right.

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tentree: An Interview with David Luba

Buyer Interview: Meet Danielle

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Our team at Glik’s is constantly growing and because of that, we have a diverse and all-around dynamite team. With that said, say hello to our newest member, footwear buyer Danielle!

Can you introduce yourself to our readers?

Sure!  My name is Danielle Berry and I’m the new Footwear Buyer here at Glik’s.  I’ve been in the footwear industry a long time and have had every type of position there is, from part time sales up through store and regional management, to marketing and visual merchandising and most recently, buying. I love the footwear industry!  Shoes are the perfect accessory as no matter what you have going on in your life, a great pair of new shoes can do wonders for your soul!

You’re fairly new to the Glik’s shoe buying team. Were you familiar with Glik’s before you started here?

Somewhat, yes.  Working in retail in the St. Louis market for the past 12 years it’s hard not to know the Glik name. There’s a long history in this area so it’s exciting to work for a company with such a rich heritage in retail.  And Glik’s knows what it’s doing when it comes to bringing the latest and greatest to its awesome customers!

Describe your personal style in 3 words.

Modern. Layered. Tomboyish – I love menswear looks but with a few soft touches via color or texture.  I’m just not very girly.  Also I like to wear denim or harem pants all the time, no matter the weather.  It can be 100° outside and I still have long bottoms on!  I’m just not a fan of skirts or shorts and how they look on me-love them on literally everyone else but they are just not for me.

 What shoe trends are you looking forward to for spring 2016?

Even though the dressed up sneaker trend has been going on for a while, it’s growing ever stronger this year and to me, it’s the most fun.  I think it gives a chic “city” vibe to your look when paired with a great jean, tee and either delicate cardi or structured blazer.  It’s a look that works for just about anyone.

What’s one style rule (not limited to footwear) that you love to break?

Really I don’t think there are that many “rules” anymore, which is so refreshing.  Style is all about what works for you, whether it’s “the right look” or not.  But if I had to speak to one it would be that your shoes, handbag and belt are supposed to match.  FALSE.  I know it’s an old-timey rule but it’s one a lot of people feel they still need to follow.  All 3 don’t have to match exactly but should definitely complement each other.

Congrats! You just won the lottery. What’s the first thing you do?

Well, first I would get the lawyers and financial advisors lined up because I mean, if you are lucky enough to win that kind of money, you really should do it the right way!  But immediately after I would take my family on a trip to a really nice beach resort somewhere- just kick around in the sun and sand with my husband and son, make a ridiculous amounts of sand castles, and drink fun, fruity cocktails with cute umbrellas in them – just R-E-L-A-X and kick it for a while!

What’s the coolest place you’ve traveled for a market? Is there anywhere you’re looking most forward to going?

Las Vegas is always fun, and not for the typical reasons you would think.  The Markets there are so big and you get to see so many vendors all at once.  It’s a lot of hard work and A LOT of walking but it’s a blast.  I’m still young in buying so have only been to New York City a couple of times for day trips so looking forward to spending a little more time and getting a chance to see the city!

What’s the worst footwear crime a person can commit?

Ugh, I hate it when people wear sandals that are either too small or too big!  I don’t care how great of a deal they may be, if your toes look like they are being strangled to death or they are sliding out the front and gripping the ground, DON’T BUY THEM!

What’s your favorite thing about your job?

The product!  I’m mean come on; it’s a girls dream to work in shoes, right? But really, the product is super fun, and it is so interesting analyzing and projecting the buying habits of consumers. Your goal is to have the right product most of the time, but you will be wrong some and that is ok, as long as it’s not too often!  But when you are really right it feels great, especially knowing someone is walking out of Glik’s with a smile excited about their latest footwear purchase!

If you could star in any movie or TV show, what would it be?

A movie or TV show with Kristen Wigg, Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake because they are all awesomely hilarious.  I’m pretty sure I could listen/watch anything those 3 have ever done and will ever do!  Aaaand I secretly want to be their BFF…just sayin! 😉

Buyer Interview: Meet Danielle

Yea.Nice Beanies |An Interview with Josh Sherman|

“It’s a Nice Life.”

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With an eclectic group of advocates and an overall brand purpose that goes far beyond making cool stocking hats, Yea.Nice is a company that deserves your attention. I was lucky enough to learn about where the brand started, their purpose, and their plans for the future from Josh Sherman, Co-founder and CEO, of the brand.

We’ll start off with an easy one. Can you tell our readers about Yea.Nice?

Yea.Nice focuses on producing high quality beanies through our 3 yarn stories; acrylic, wool, and cashmere. We also donate 1 polar fleece lined beanie to homeless shelters for every beanie sold on yeanice.com and through select retailers through our Beanies4Life program. We are heavily rooted in Action Sports as JJ Thomas (co-founder) and I used to be professional snowboarders, but we have grown into a lifestyle brand known for quality and expanded to having top musicians and celebrities wearing the brand.

You used to offer a wide assortment of other products. What caused the specific shift to your focus on beanies? Why not another product like gloves or face masks?

We looked into the market place and asked, what is our biggest opportunity? After a lot of research, we felt that no brand was producing a high quality beanie with an authentic message, with JJ and I spending 15+ years snowboarding in the harshest conditions it provides an authentic message our customers can connect with. Combine that with our Beanies4Life program that provides the homeless community with polar fleece lined beanies during the cold winter months we knew that our messaging and quality product could make us the category leader and that has been our mission since. To become a category leader, it would’ve been too distracting to have other categories, so we dropped them all and it’s worked for us.

As with most brands in the beginning stages, success for Yea.Nice didn’t happen over night. What’s the best advice that you could give to other young entrepreneurs?

Can you endure endless years of being sleep deprived? Can you sacrifice your personal time for friends, even loved ones? Are you ok with losing your own money, or living poor? If you said yes to all 3 can you stomach your business failing? If you answered yes to all 4, then maybe you have a chance at making your business successful.

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Was there anyone in particular along the way that gave you a piece of advice that has stuck with you? If so, what words of wisdom did they share?

I don’t have one piece of advice that has stuck with me, however I’ve had the opportunity to work directly with some phenomenal entrepreneurs. I’ve learned from them that there are 24 hours in a business day, not 8 and that every detail is important.

You have a diverse group of people representing your brand. Can you tell our readers about your advocates?

This last week was big for us, we had Justin Bieber wearing Yea.Nice on the Jimmy Fallon show, USA Today show and that was on the cover of every media station globally. We have pro snowboarders like Louie Vito, pro skaters like Boo Johnson, pro surfers like Sage Erickson, we have Klay Thompson from the NBA all wearing Yea.Nice and the list goes on. The support from our advocates and celebrities has been amazing. Why would they wear another beanie? Wearing our brand is a statement, a statement that you care about quality and helping others.

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Do you find yourself being inspired by this group of guys during the design process?

Absolutely, they’re an inspiring group.

The Yea.Nice Beanies4Life program has become a huge success. What inspired you guys to create this one-for-one program? How does this success motivate your plans for the future of the program?

The origin of Beanies4Life was JJ and I used to fly out of Denver, CO airport and one time after coming in from a flight late at night we saw a homeless man outside and it must have been 10 degrees outside and we thought, how is he making it through the night? We did some research and discovered that thousands of homeless people were dying from hypothermia each year and we knew we had to do something. Shortly after we created Beanies4Life, a 1-for-1 program where every beanie sold on yeanice.com and with select retailers we match them and donate a polar fleece lined beanie to homeless shelters across the country. It’s an amazing program and we’re actually doing a huge donation next Friday. We have shut down skid row in Los Angeles from 5th – 6th street on Julian and we’re donating 5,000 polar fleece lined beanies and providing water and basic medical care. We’re on track to donate 75,000 beanies since its launch in 2014 by the end of this year and our goal is to continue to donate as many beanies as we can and help people in need.

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You’ve traveled to a lot of really cool places to promote your brand and attend various trade shows. Do you use your travel experiences for inspiration for designs, fabrics, or new colorways?

Absolutely, you never turn off your product development mindset. Traveling is one of the best ways to open your mind to create better products.

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What does the future look like for Yea.Nice?

To be the #1 beanie category leader with no one in our rear view mirror.

If you had to choose 3 words to sum up Yea.Nice, what would they be?

Change the world.

Want in on the hype? Check out our selection of Yea.Nice beanies on gliks.com.

Yea.Nice Beanies |An Interview with Josh Sherman|

Fripp and Folly: Celebrating the Outdoor Lifestyle

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Photos from Fripp and Folly Instagram

Let me introduce you to Marc Tell, designer for Fripp and Folly, an outdoor lifestyle brand with southern-inspired designs. Not only are all Fripp and Folly designs hand-drawn by their own artist, but they’re also all printed on Comfort Colors shirts in the south. With a variety of designs for every guy,  Fripp and Folly truly represents life in the south.

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Fripp and Folly is new to Glik’s. Can you tell our readers a little more about the brand?

Fripp and Folly started in 2013 and has quickly grown across the South as a brand celebrating the Outdoor Lifestyle. Our unique style and design sets our shirts and brand apart from the rest.

The Fripp and Folly logo is a rooster. What does that represent for the brand?

When we were discussing the logo we wanted something that was masculine and something that would represent who we are. Not saying we are chickens but a Rooster struts around with his head high, and is always confident. That’s who we are, confident, masculine and always have our heads held high.

What sets Fripp and Folly apart from other men’s southern brands?

Fripp & Folly stands out mainly for our unique style and design. Each design has a lot of time invested in the content, art and quality of the print. Our shirts are all Comfort Colors and tag-less. Each shirt has the label printed inside to avoid dealing with the pesky tag sticking up or irritating the back of your neck.

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How do you begin the design process? Where do you find your inspiration?

Product Development, the two owners and myself meet with images, ideas and content. After the content for each shirt has been decided the art department sketches out a few concepts for each design. Again we meet and go through every design but this time to come up with the final design, pick colors and shirt color. Our inspiration comes from our life experiences. Dogs, Ducks, Trucks, Fishing and Guns are all part of the Fripp & Folly’s lifestyle.

What is the meaning behind the Fripp and Folly brand name?

Fripp & Folly name is unique and we often are asked where it came from and what does it mean. Fripp is an island off the coast of South Carolina and Folly is a beach near Charleston. Fripp is very upscale while Folly is very outdoor, fun and family oriented. This is exactly what our brand represents – Upscale, Outdoors and Family.

With the holidays coming up, what would you suggest gifting to a Fripp and Folly fan?

The best selling Fripp & Folly item is our T-Shirts followed by our Koozies. This paired with one of our Vegan Leather Koozies is a solid home run for any guy. Our Car coasters are also unique and a different type of gift (if you have never used or heard of a car coaster, they help keep your cup holders in your car clean and it’s also fun to have your favorite Fripp & Folly design in your car at all time).

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What is your favorite shirt design for this season from Fripp and Folly?

My 2 personal favorite shirt is the Pointer shirt followed by the Largemouth Bass. I honestly cannot decide between the two which I like more.

What does the future for Fripp and Folly look like?

The future of Fripp & Folly has a lot of options. We are introducing SPF/Moisture wicking shirts for fishing and a wooden handled pocket knife. There are a few other items that are also on the horizon and I would suggest checking back early spring to see exactly what we have in store!

Finish this sentence: I raise my glass to Our Military, The Outdoorsman (and Women), and everyone who owns a Fripp & Folly shirt, without you all we wouldn’t be where we are at today!

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Want to get hooked on Fripp and Folly? Head to Gliks.com and check out our newest selection of the brand!

 

Fripp and Folly: Celebrating the Outdoor Lifestyle

Lily Grace Clothing: Compassionate, Stylish, and Witty

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Meet Jess Cruser, Lead Designer and Art Director for the up and coming Southern Prep clothing brand Lily Grace.

With designs that ring true to the southern lifestyle of staying classy, charming, and modern, Lily Grace clothing embodies what every southern girl aspires to be. When I learned that the brand was coming to Glik’s, I had to know find out more about how Lily Grace came to be and where this adorable southern apparel brand is heading.

  1. ­­­Can you tell our readers a little about Lily Grace clothing?

Lily Grace represents our lifestyle. We love to dress up and do our hair, but we also like to dress down and when we do we wear Lily Grace. It is still beautiful and represents us, but in a go to class or chilling by the pool kind of way.

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  1. There are so many “southern prep” brands popping up everywhere. In your opinion, what sets Lily Grace apart from the rest?

Lily Grace began with myself and my best friend working as a team to come up with t-shirts that we wanted to wear. I was born and raised in the south and my bff pretty much is southern at heart and got here as fast as she could.  Everything about us is southern and we like to think classy.  We put our both our personalities into the brand and designs!  And unlike many other brands, we actually design & print our shirts ourselves. We are involved in every step of the process that each individual shirts goes through so, we hope our customers see the love that we have put into this brand!

  1. Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

Our inspiration comes from the everyday. The girls here in the office grew up here in south and appreciate being “Southern” on a deep level. We don’t take breaking tradition lightly- but with that being said we also love new ideas. We live the life we represent in our art and we hope it shows!

  1. How do you begin your design process? Is it a collaborative effort?

Yes! We first make a Pinterest Board with things we are thinking about we take notes and agree or disagree on concepts- then we go to sketch phase-After we come up with sketches we sit around the conference table and pick out what we like and dislike. We make changes and then go to approval to make the final! Even after the final we come back as a team and decide what inks and shirt colors we should do. So all in all we need and want everyone’s input!

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  1. What does the future for Lily Grace look like?

The future looks like the same and better all at the same time. We are a southern brand with southern employees and designers. And for that we know our designs will stay true to those values, but we also know that we want to keep going and make more clothing that both we and our customers want! Expect to see more than just T-shirts in the very near future!

  1. What is your favorite shirt design for this season?

My favorite design this fall would have to be fox with the scarf. I love his sassiness! And the phrase is something that I think really fits where I am in life at this moment. P.S. I am wearing a Scarf as I type this ( i also love scarves)

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  1. Lily Grace clothing has partnered with various charity organizations. How important is it for the brand to stay connected with the community and give back?

Not important. Just kidding! No we absolutely love to give back. We are extremely fortunate in more than just business and we take pride in knowing that we get to make a difference to more than just people’s wardrobes! Both the company and even individual employees have started different events or ideas to find ways to help as a group. It is very inspiring and keeps us working as a team with positive goals! Please check us out on Social Media-we highlight different things throughout the year that we love helping with and also inform y’all on ways that you can help us help them!

  1. Our customers love finding southern preppy t-shirts that boasts phrases they   can identify with. What southern saying do you connect the most with?

This goes back to #6- at the moment it is ” live life to express not to impress” but my second phrase would have to be from last season from Oscar Wilde “You can never be overdressed or overeducated” I actually have my MFA in Illustration so this pretty much describes me to the T!

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I couldn’t agree with you more, Jess!
  1. Lily Grace clothing is based out of South Carolina. Did your team ever dream that the brand would spread so far across the U.S.?

Yes and no. Of course we feel that our designs are universal in regards to all women who love life and having fun would be able to associate with our shirts. We didn’t expect for it to be as successful as quickly as it has proven to be!

  1. Fill in the blanks: A southern girl should always be ____, ____, and ____.

Compassionate, stylish, and witty.

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Lily Grace Clothing: Compassionate, Stylish, and Witty

Elan Clothing: Meet the Man Behind the Brand

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Meet Elan Savir, founder and designer for the high quality womenswear brand, Elan clothing. With flattering silhouettes and a touch of international flair, the brand continues to blow out of Glik’s stores and online. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Elan about everything from his humble beginning to how the brand has evolved and where the future will take the unstoppable design team.

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Photo source: http://www.elan-usa.com/

Can you tell our readers how your brand began?

I began designing and manufacturing clothing when I was 20. I had worked a number of retail jobs and although I had no prior experience designing, I knew that I had an eye for fashion. At age 21, I truly embarked on my quest to become a designer and start my own clothing company. After borrowing money from my parents, I made 150 dresses, loaded them up in my Trans Am, and being trying to sell my apparel door to door. I immersed myself in the industry and began networking with more established wholesalers in the area. In the beginning, the focus was on resort wear for men, women, and children. Today, the brand has grown and solely focuses on womenswear. With the growth of the brand, the design process has evolved into a group effort. Working together with a team has allowed Elan clothing to generate fresh ideas regarding designs and keeping up with current trends.

You mentioned being a self taught designer, how did you learn tricks of the trade?

I learned as I went. I learned it was okay to make mistakes, but not to make the same ones twice. I realized that sometimes you have to fake it until you make it and that others in the industry will start acknowledging you once you actually begin to get your work out there.

How do you stay on top of current and upcoming trends?

We look at magazines and draw inspiration from certain companies that inspire us. A lot of our designs are also influenced by our travels to Europe where we visit high-end stores. Elan clothing is not aspiring to be a trendsetter in the industry, but to design clothing that women will be attracted to for every day wear. We want to make casual, comfortable, and chic clothing that women can wear to run their every day errands, but that they can also wear to a nice dinner. I try to let go of any personal biases when it comes to trends and ask for group opinions to keep everything fresh.

What is the most rewarding part about being a designer?

The most rewarding part is seeing people wear your clothing. It feels great to see women wearing our clothing and loving it. Having that support from your consumers and getting their feedback is always important. I also love to see how stores merchandise our product.

What is the most challenging?

I have found that the most challenging part of being a designer is to find ways to keep outdoing yourself from season to season. As a designer, you have to constantly find ways to make your products better than they have been before.

If you’re in a creative rut, what is the best way to drag yourself out?

Sometimes it is good not to try and force yourself to come up with ideas. You have to change your environment to change your state of mind. I often times will leave my office when I feel stuck and I’ve found that changing your environment will do a lot for your creative mindset.

How would you describe your style aesthetic?

My style aesthetic is casual but dressy. I like to describe it as “casual chic.” I like to create looks that are not form fitting, but more loose and flowy. My designs are feminine and have a bohemian vibe.

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Can you please describe your design process from mood boards to choosing fabrics to production?

We start by going to fabric suppliers and seeing what is new. Sometimes we will buy samples of what we like and begin to create mood boards based from that. If we find a fabric that we like, sometimes we will produce many items from the same fabric.

If you could choose any celebrity to be a spokesperson for your brand, who would it be and why?

Nichole Richie. She is stylish and has the image of a woman that represents our ideal customer.

Where do you see Elan Clothing in 5/10 years?

In 5 or 10 years, we would like to become a more focused brand that has a larger presence in major department stores. We are working on building brand recognition and are striving to improve our social media presence for Elan clothing.

Making in the fashion industry is no easy feat. What is the best advice you could give to an aspiring designer?

My best advice is to put yourself in the proximity of those who are doing what you want to do. Get a job as an intern and surround yourself with people who have valuable experience. Money doesn’t matter as much as the experience that you will gain. Be the best version of yourself and grow as a person. Be part of the world. Don’t sit around and wait for something to happen. It is important to work and find your value. Sometimes, you have to start small and work to grow your company.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share?

It is not impossible to succeed with building your own business! You have to be passionate and believe in yourself first. If you are interested in fashion, there are a number of jobs in the industry that you could do if you position yourself in the right place and work hard.

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Elan Clothing: Meet the Man Behind the Brand

Co-Founders Mandy and Summer Talk Fashion & Amuse Society

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New to Glik’s last November, Amuse Society has since elevated to one of our most sought after brands for spring and summer. Co-Founders Mandy and Summer have created more than just a brand–they’ve built a lifestyle. We got the chance to ask them a few questions about fashion and Amuse Society. Check out their interview below.

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How did you both get started in the fashion industry?

SUMMER: I grew up in a small beach town in the seventies and I only wore bikinis.  That’s where my love of fashion and swimwear began.  It wasn’t until High School that I decided I wanted to devote my education to it and then turn it into a career.

MANDY:  Right after high school, I headed west to California and attended design school. I thought I wanted to be a buyer, but quickly realized I had a love for design. My parents mentored me from many miles away and taught me that beyond just having creativity I had to work hard, put in the hours, and work on building relationships. This was my ticket into the fashion world!

SUMMER & MANDY:  We first met while working at Roxy back in late 90’s. Mandy was a swimwear designer and I was an assistant merchandiser. The two of us have been friends for over 15 years and we have a close group of girlfriends who have kept in close contact for the same amount of time as well.

How would you describe the Amuse girl?

SUMMER & MANDY:  The Amuse girl is a “rock muse on a beach holiday.”  She feminine, yet tough, effortlessly cool and sexy.

Where do you get your design inspiration?

SUMMER & MANDY: We are really inspired by the amazing women around us who are chasing their dreams and making things happen! That is why we formed and continue to form a Society of these women – they are people we want to surround ourselves with, who will contribute to making this journey successful and entertaining!

What are you favorite brands to wear? (Outside of Amuse of course!)

SUMMER: I am really simple at the end of day… I have my go-to jeans and basic knits.  Lately I have been abusing my old school Nikes and wearing flip-flops a lot 🙂 When I need to turn it up, it’s always black and a shade of white. I never leave home without my leather motorcycle jacket within reach!

MANDY: I love mixing my high-end denim from brands like J Brand and IRO with my Amuse pieces as well as Vintage tops and caftans.  I also love Annie Bing boots, Vanessa Mooney jewelry, and Janessa Leone hats!

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Are you an Amuse girl?

Co-Founders Mandy and Summer Talk Fashion & Amuse Society

Meet the Owner of Love Stitch Clothing: Danny Foruzesh

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Meet Danny Foruzesh, the owner of the L.A. based clothing brand, Love Stitch. With innovative designs and quality construction, Love Stitch provides consumers high-quality fashion at a great price. Their breathtaking in-house prints, unique construction techniques, and quality fabrics continually spellbound us. Glik’s had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with Mr. Foruzesh about the Love Stitch brand, their journey, and what’s to come.

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How did Love Stitch Clothing start?

We’ve been in business for about 30 years. Before, we had another label called “Aziz,” which was a junior brand. Just through the course of us doing business, we got tired of working through the junior retailers because they weren’t appreciating what we were bringing to the table. So we decided to restructure our business and come up with a new label. Now we concentrate more on boutiques, and it has allowed us to be more creative and do what we do best, which is bringing good quality product to customers that can really appreciate what we are making.

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Where does the inspiration for your pieces come from?

We have a great design staff that understands the direction of what we want to do. We do a lot of Internet searching, shopping, traveling and that’s where most of our inspiration comes from.

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Photo Source: Love Stitch Clothing Facebook Page

What do you feel sets Love Stitch Clothing apart from other brands?

I think we bring a true perceived value of what garments are worth. We felt that when shopping the market, a lot of brands were charging a little too much than what the garments were actually worth. So we figured there was a niche where we could do the same thing–just as good, but bring it to the price level where it benefits the consumer.

love stitch oversitch saztec sweaterWhat does fashion mean to you?

It’s a way of life. I think it’s a way of self-expression. A person has the ability to really express who they are through the way their clothes and accessories are put together.

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Pictured above: The Love Stitch Genie Jumpsuit Romper

What is your current favorite Love Stitch Clothing piece?

We have this amazing poncho that’s very tribal, and I think it’s a very well executed piece. It has an amazing boho feel that we strive to achieve. IMP5640 is the style number.

 Love stitch poncho IMP5640

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Danny’s 2nd Favorite

What can we expect from Love Stitch next year as far as new developments?

The majority of our own prints are actually in-house designed. I’m very excited about the new print line that we’ve been able to come up with for the spring. It’s well executed and I think it sets us apart from the rest because it’s not a market print. We are actually taking the time to come up with our own concepts.

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Photo Source: Love Stitch Clothing Facebook Page
Meet the Owner of Love Stitch Clothing: Danny Foruzesh

Interview with Mireya: Pink Pewter Jewelry Coming Soon!

We had the pleasure of talking to the Founder and Designer of Pink Pewter, Mireya Villarreal, after her return from her international travels this week. Mireya was excited to take the time to step outside in the beautiful weather to talk to us about her personal style, childhood dreams, and the soon to be released Pink Pewter Jewelry Line! Check out her interview below.

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Personal

Q: Where are you from?

A: I’m from Chicago, born and raised.

 

Q: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A:  I wanted to be a hairdresser, and I did become a hairdresser. But I went to school for business.

 

Q: What was your first job?

A: My mom, for summer, made me go work at a restaurant. And I was a salad girl. So I used to make salads… [Laughs] I only worked there for three weeks, but that was my first job…It’s kind of funny.

 

Q: Where is your favorite place you’ve traveled and why?

A: Let me think about it, because I’ve been to a lot of pretty places…I’m going to say Venice. It’s a romantic city. It’s beautiful. It’s something that everyone should experience–I mean, the roads are water. The architecture is fantastic, and the food is phenomenal. I just love Venice, Italy.

 

Q: Pink Pewter has become super successful internationally, and you’ve gotten to meet and connect with many people. Who is your favorite celebrity?

A: My favorite celebrity, I would say, is Carrie Underwood. I haven’t met her, but I wish I had. She is a very inspirational person that, honestly, I admire. I don’t know if you guys realized yesterday I was tagged in a post with her in Haiti. I thought that the picture she was in was a vacation picture with a little girl. But it turns out, as of this morning I found out that the little girl in that picture was in the hospital. The little girl has, I can’t remember what it was, but she has no muscles in her body. The woman next to Carrie, her name is Sarah and she’s a missionary. She donates her time out there, obviously. But I got so inspired by Sarah emailing me last night that I am going to send the whole hospital Pink Pewter. I’m so moved by everything that she has done. Everyone there has some sort of medical issue and by Carrie doing that…I was just so…I mean it was a fan tagging me in a post thinking Carrie’s hair was so beautiful. But I was more moved by the missionary and that little girl… I wish I could go there to give it to them in person.

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Q:  Out of all your professional accomplishments, what moment of success do you feel has impacted you the most?

A: Honestly, I’m just having a really good time. I mean, the success is just making people smile. I’m enjoying my job, and I’m just so moved by everybody loving our product that it just makes me work harder. The money is the extra. I don’t really care about it. I’m just so happy that everyone is so intrigued with our product. That’s my success, I think.

 

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Q: Describe the first piece you ever designed.

A: Oh my goodness. I don’t know if you guys knew, but I started making hair accessories on my kitchen table for my little girl. And by making so many of them, people started seeing them. It was a flower creation. I actually started with a children’s line in the beginning, and I am going back to it. A lot of my old stores I sold to originally are asking me to start another children’s line. They are pushing me to do it, so I’m going back and doing that for them. But it was a stretch band flower creation.

 

Q: Where do you draw your inspiration?

A: I travel all over the world, and I get inspired by architecture. And textiles. Have you ever been to an old home? The tiles on the floor have so much art in them or even old carpets in museums. You just grab those kinds of designs, and you make something happen. And I go and source different kinds of beads. I was actually just in Asia, and I found the most amazing gems-which you will see in our future line-but they are real stones, and I am going to actually expand our line into jewelry. Our jewelry is going to be really hot. And they will be real stones, so I’m excited about that…but, yeah–I get inspired by traveling. And what I see. What nature gives me. That’s how I get inspired. 

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Mireya on the New Pink Pewter Jewelry Line: “It’s coming soon and they are in the process of making it right now. They are going to be bold pieces. Our line is not simple. It’s more…glitzy with diamonds and sparkle. I’m not the conservative kind of designer, so they are definitely bold pieces. You’re really going to like it, I promise.”

 

Q: What are your favorite mediums to work with when designing a piece?

A: It depends on what I go and source. I get involved a lot with my customers, and I’m kind of excited because as of the last feedback of emails, they were like, “Mireya, I need you to start sourcing and getting me rose gold and AV crystals.” So our line that is coming has a lot of rose gold…so yeah, I really enjoyed working with rose gold and AV crystals.

 

Q: How do you hope to see Pink Pewter grow in the next 5 years?

A: My job is to grow my stores. And without growing my stores, I don’t think I’ll ever be anywhere. So in the next 5 years, I’m going to be expanding more into jewelry.

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Mireya on being involved with her Pink Pewter line: “I don’t believe in not being hands on. At all! I’m not one of those people who likes to buy things that are mass-produced. I like to design every single piece that I own. It’s kind of funny now, as you grow as a brand, you start getting knocked off. I don’t like that feeling, but that’s the world of competition, correct?

Style

Q: How would you define your personal style?

A: I am always in black. I’m kind of Boho Chic.

 

Q: Do you break any “Fashion Faux Pas?”

A: Whatever I feel like wearing I wear. That’s how I am.

 

Q: Who are some of your favorite designers/brands?

A: I wear Armani. I like that. I wear BCBG. And I’ll be really honest. I like to shop at places like Forever 21 and H&M. If I like it, I buy it.

 

Q: Name your must-have staple for your personal wardrobe.

A: Obviously my Pink Pewter! [laughs]

 

Q: Do you prefer Fall or Spring fashion? Why?

A: I like the Fall. I like to dress in dark colors, and you can accessorize more in the fall.

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Mireya on advise to other designers:  “Put your heart into your product and what you believe. Try to make people happy, and you will always be successful.”

Check out our other Pink Pewter blogs below:

Interview with Mireya: Pink Pewter Jewelry Coming Soon!