Hey world! sorry ive been M.I.A but not only did i have an eye infection from my contacts in this dusty harmattan weather (not a good look at ALL) but apparently my keyboard stopped "working".. 2 more days and im out of Lagos...its only been about 2 and a half weeks but i feel like ive been here for EVER!! Already have plans to go fabric shopping with the girls on friday in Newyork..and i cant hardly wait...i'm so excited about our sophomore collection!!! We always said years ago that Summer 2006 will be the beginning of the then unnamed clothing line...and i must say the journey has been quite exciting. The early creations were sort of "testing the waters"..but now we definitely know what we want in terms of our designs, fabrics we like to work with, where to find the fabrics at REASONABLE prices, heck we even learnt how to use a sewing machine (all our former creations were done caveman style....gangsta needles and threads..believe me..it wasnt funny..now we take 5 minutes to do what wed have formerly done in like 2 hours lol).. We've even learnt a lot about sizing...lol before i swear we were sewing for stick figures..we used to cringeee at the CRACKS and POPS we would hear when someone was trying on an outfit..while feverishly praying it doesnt come apart at the seams....sigh...we've DEFINITELY come a long way in only a matter of months...but i guess we have 3 times the brain power aye?
It doesnt hurt that we practice a lot on ourselves as well....when we realised that things we liked to wear were conspicously ABSENT in the stores... we mostly started making mostly everything that we wear..par example:
We get a lot of questions about Cranberry so heres a helpful Cranberry 101 (no not 101 things about cranberry) list ive put together...hope it clears up some "issues"
*** Cranberry is made up of THREE people. Not one...not 2..I know most times people associate it with who they know...but it gets very frustrating to work hard on something and then hear someone make a comment like "oseyis line...or Doreens designs..or Joans clothes"... We dont EVER under any circumstance divulge who sewed what or who designed what..we are an entity and we like to keep it that way. Believe it or not..we mostly have the exact same taste..sometimes it borders on scary..but then i guess thats what makes us gel in the first place***
***We all design and sew all the clothes ourselves. We actually share one sketch book where we put down all our ideas so we dont forget. We might work individually on an outfit or we might work together..it really doesnt matter.***
**! All the shoots and shows we've done so far have been styled, directed and photographed by us..we like to think that we are Jacks of all trades..forget the masters of none bit :p...we are on the look out for an excellent photographer now though!***
***Cranberry began only in summer '06....i.e. we are VERY new at this. We get a LOT of requests about where to get the clothes and a lot of questions about buyin stuff. We dont sell our clothes yet cos we dont even have a portfolio, and we need them for pictures. We are perfectionists to the core....we dont feel that our clothes are ready to be worn yet..... patience folks..very soon stingyberry will be available for sale!***
Okay i cant think of any more to add right now, but i hope that makes things a little bit clearer!
Anyways its Ozzy signing out now...Next time I blog i'll be in America..*knock on wood* and i'll be with my girls yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ive missed them SO MUCH.. my mothers ever dissapearing credit can attest to that...as well as the play i have to act "took ur phone? who? me? it was N30,000 on it and now its 50 kobo?? TRES SHOCKING!!!"
Cranberry kisses all!!!!!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Stay cool!