& we are finally here, the last Parson x Teen Vogue related blog post.
This has been such a bitter sweet experience. I am so happy with all of the knowledge I have gained since starting this course – it has showed me which areas I need to drastically improve on [This post will highlight one of those skills] but it also enlightened me with things I didn’t know at all, and even helped me gain a better understanding of other aspects of the fashion industry.
I totally recommend this course for anyone who wants a basic, overall education on what the fashion industry consists off. It has opened my eyes to a lot.
Today’s post is all about the bag I designed back in the first course. I kind of went all out and purchased real leather, in the hopes of really being able to rock this bag for years to come. After cutting out the pattern, something told me to double check if leather needed a specific needle in order to be sewn together. Turned out, I was right. Leather is a lot thicker compared to other fabrics, so a basic needle wouldn’t be able to survive the stitching. For that reason, I won’t be able to give an exact pricing for the supplies, labor, nor the entire retail cost. I simply placed the pattern together to show what it would essentially look like. With the price of the fabric alone, I wanted to deepen my understanding of how to construct a leather bag to make sure this one turned out as great as possible.
Cost of the Leather: $55
Cost of Floral Fabric: $2/Yard
With the coming weeks, I do plan to treat myself this Christmas season by self hosting this blog and really committing the time this blog – and my passion – deserves. I have so many ideas and themes for future posts – 2017 is going to be a big year for this blog.
I’ll catch you later in another post real soon, and as always, sending all of my love your way!
This post is dedicated to Class 3, Assignment 1 in the online Fashion Essentials course from Parsons x Teen Vogue. The goal of this assignemt is to understand the differences in production costs between both small and large companies.
We were to create an accessory inspired by a mood board we previously created for another assignment; and find out how much it cost to produce it. Once we were done with that, our next step was to find the same pieces at a cheaper price and calculate what it would cost to produce it as whole sale.
Here is my design and what it was inspired by:
The original price for the supplies used to create this necklace are as follow:
Jump Rings/Claw/Chain/Endings: $1
Hemp Strings: $0.50
Production Cost: $4.80
Retail Value: $8.00
I found the supplies cheaper on a wholesale site. The price for the new supplies are as follow:
Jump Ring/Claw/Chain/Endings: $0.50
Hemp String: $0.01
Production Cost: $2.70
Retail Value: $8.00
Finding supplies cheaper and being able to produce more products faster allows you to make a greater profit. The downside on that is that the quality of clothing definitely decreases when more of the same items are produced.
I’ll explain this further in my next assignment blogpost. Keep an eye out for it in the next few days.
Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a peek at a Parsons x Teen Vogue assignment. Hope you enjoyed!
I’m extremely proud of this collection for many reasons. It’s a lot more minimal & neutral compared to my first – I’m sure that has a direct correlation with the growth I’ve experienced in the past few months. I’m a lot more simplistic in the way I dress and I feel like it’s been my passing into full adulthood. I couldn’t be more proud of this collection.
I also added a few pieces for the dudes because it was highly requested after my last collection.
DeadGypsie Holiday Lookbook:
This Holiday Collection consists of:
His & Her’s Wood Bracelet
Amy’s Evil Eye Bracelet
John’s Marble Wood Bracelet
Brooklyn Warrior Buffalo Teeth Earrings
Aztec Princess Skull Earrings
Sun Goddess Sterling Silver Necklace
Mano’s Leather Wood Necklace
Yuisa’s Fringe Hemp Necklace
Abby’s Skull Double Bracelet
Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me thus far, I wouldn’t be able to share my love for jewelry making if it weren’t for you. You know who you are.
I also want to give a huge thank you to both models – Amy & Jonathan – for being a part of this project. I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better pair of models; their energy speaks volumes on their sincerity and love for the arts.
Last, but certainly not least, I want to give a ginormous thank you to my best friend & photographer, Oscar. We only spoke briefly about what I wanted & my overall vision, and without even trying, he managed to capture it and make it my reality. He is the ying to my yang and none of this would be possible if it weren’t for him.
Check out the magic that happened to create this beautiful shoot:
Thank you so much for stopping by. The love is really real, and I honestly can’t get over how blessed I am.
My initial plan was to get this post up yesterday, but to be completely honest, school has been seriously kicking my butt; And I know it’s only going to get worse as the semester progresses.
I will survive. Glendaly, you will survive.
I talked about making this video a year ago on my YouTube channel, when I first started seeing distressed denim jackets everywhere. I loved the looked, but hated the price tag; some places were, and I’m sure still are, charging hundreds for this type of denim jacket. It’s insane.
It’s insane because, from the moment I laid eyes on this jacket, I knew I could recreate it myself. The only con about that is that it’s a bit of a tedious project. But good things come to those who wait, and slow & steady always win. Putting in the time and effort guaranteed that I would have a one-of-a-kind, personalize denim jacket – something that no one would have but me. That alone made this project worth while.
In total, this specific denim jacket took me 4 sessions, an hour to roughly 2 hours long each session. Am I in love with it? Was it worth it? Yes, and definitely yes.
Here’s how I DIY’ed & distressed my thrifted denim jacket:
I know this post is a bit different compared to my usual material, but I really wanted to share my experiences as a first time, table vendor.
Before I started this blog, roughly 3 months ago, I spent a lot of my free time working on both my Youtube channel [I still do upload videos, once a week] & my Etsy shop. I’ve been making jewelry & soap for almost a year now, though, my Etsy shop has only been up and running since May. I filmed a video all about ‘How to Start a Successful Jewelry Business’ which you can watch HERE; I still stand by everything I said in that video, but two tips I would add from recent experiences:  go out & mingle with other artists and  seriously look into spending an afternoon at a flea market or event with a vendor table. Last week I had two events, Tuesday, September 1st & Friday, September 4th, in which I had the honor of having a table selling a bunch of my handmade goodies:
Plasmaville: Hosted by Plasma Slug
Plasmaville was definitely an experience on its own, especially as an attendee. The event took place in a large, open, grassy field, holding the oldest home in New York City [built in 1709], called the Onderdonk House; it’s located between Bushwhick, Brooklyn & Ridgewood, Queens. For more information on the history of the house & field, click HERE. If you’re in the NYC area, I recommend checking out this house. It’s open for touring on Saturdays, 1-5 P.M. with a 3 dollar suggested donation.
The photo above was located at the far end of the field – it was closed off with yellow tape during the beginning portion of this event. There were tons of Plasma toys hidden, waiting to be found by both kids & adults via scavenger hunt. This was just one of the many dope activities that were offered at Plasmaville.
Kids were given an entire area, in the middle of the field, to do all things arts & crafts related. This was, by far, my favorite part of this event. Giving children the opportunity to be creative & use their imagination is something I admire & appreciate. Throughout the entire event, the chairs were continuously filled with attendees – I even peeped a few adults head over there to color, too!
Face painting was also offered, kids & adults alike were being covered in Plasma Slugs.
Through my vendor’s eye: I really do recommend, to anyone, who not only has a business made up of handmade goodies, but if you blog, or do anything via internet – get yourself involved with other artists & creators. This is something I’m personally still working on and I will forever be thankful to both Plasma Slug & the creators of the PBK Art Collective for giving me the opportunity to experience this.
I didn’t have proper business cards for both events, I foolishly ordered them a few days too late; this is definitely something I wish I put more thought into and will be prepared with for future events. Being really familiar with your products is another key component to selling goodies. People love handmade things, but they are more likely to buy your goodies if you speak about your products with honesty & confidence.
I met so many amazing people who bought a few of my soaps & jewelry pieces; but one customer in particular left a mark in my little ol’ heart. Her name was Sophia, and she was my youngest customer. She was between the ages of 4-6. She came over to my table, glanced at everything, asked a ton of questions, then finally saw the only 12k Gold-wrapped Quartz crystal necklace I had. She immediately asked her father to buy it for her, which he did. I put the necklace on Sophia & started telling her all about the meaning & powers behind the Quartz, and I swear, her smile & excitement is something I won’t ever forget. Moments like this, something that I would never be able to experience via internet through my Etsy shop, made me realize that physically interacting with people is a necessity. Sitting behind a computer screen is nothing compared to being face-to-face with your customers, and I am excited to take on the challenge of exploring more flea markets in my neighborhood.
If you don’t already, be sure to follow Plasma Slug on Instagram. He’s defineitly changing the art game & I wish him all the success in the world.
Poor Brown Kids Art Collective Presents the Apartment Series Pt. 2: Portraits
*Photos with artwork aren’t edited; I didn’t want to manipulate them anymore than they already are.
The PBK Art Collective was a completely different experience. This event had more of a gallery style setting – definitely not your typical art gallery, though. What the Poor Brown Kids are doing with this is revolutionary: one of the founders, Nik Antonio, uses one of the apartments from the building his father owns in Brooklyn to host these galleries. This one in particular is the second installment, & again, this is something I can totally see changing the art game. What I love most about the PBK Art Collective is the fact that they only accept artwork from people of color.
So many people came through; I would definitely say that the night was a total success.
Here are a few of my favorites pieces:
I love the rawness of the location – it’s a key component to the overall experience of this show. You walk into this apartment & see art work hung up, everywhere. Such a chill vibe. The PBK are innovative & I can’t wait to see what the next installment holds.
I’m super stoked to annouce that the PBK Art Collective are interested in having me again, at the next installment.
I want to, again, thank both Plasma Slug & the PBK crew for the amazing experiences last week. I’ve learned so much about myself, my business & where I want to head next with my brand; I couldn’t have asked for a better reward.
Key Tips I’ve Learned:
Have a proper, non-misleading business card.
Be ready to answer questions.
Be knowledgeable & honest about your products.
Be friendly, make eye-contact & don’t forget to smile.
Make your table set-up aesthetically pleasing.
Change products out to give customers something ‘new’ to look at.
Surround yourself with people who truly support your work.
Ask friends & family to help.
Enjoy your time & always have fun!
“Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living a dream.” Peter McWilliams