I had a little notebook where I kept notes from the costing class I took at the Fashion Institute of Technology last fall and jotted ideas as they came to me. When it went missing sometime before I left my law firm, I figured it’d show up eventually, but it didn’t. I searched everywhere for it and finally resorted to praying that God would help me find it whenever I thought of it. This past Tuesday it showed up in the bottom drawer of my hairstylist’s station. I hadn’t even planned to have my hair cut that day. I love when things like this happen.
Also, we met for a second fitting with Tina yesterday. The block is almost perfect, and she gave me great ideas for creating the shirt I have in mind. She understands my goal: professional and clean. She and Andrea are insisting that I use stretch fabric, so today my friend is going fabric sourcing with me. I love looking at fabric.
Another good thing: my friend Kate has moved back to New York City. Kate was my initial choice for a patternmaker in 2007, but she lived in Atlanta so we couldn’t work out the logistics. We spent time over coffee last week, and just being with her got me excited about Red Violet’s potential. Kate has such great ideas and is so encouraging. Her special interest is creating bras for women who are 32D and 32DD, so you’ll be hearing more from and about her on this blog.
Finally, I had lunch with a woman about my job search on Monday. The job she told me about was interesting, but what really thrilled me is that her dad is a factor. I had just been wondering how I would find a factor if I ever needed one. For those of you wondering, factoring is a common way of financing in the garment industry. For example, if I were to sell my shirts to Bloomingdales and they were to take months to pay me, I would need money to start the next season’s line. A factor would lend me the money, knowing I would repay him once Bloomingdales paid me.
I hope good things are happening in your week as well.