Month: August 2014

How a designer bag is made, by Delvaux.

Here is part two on Delvaux- how a designer bag is made!

The Merrymakers

If you haven’t read my introduction to the house of Delvaux yet, first head over to my previous post right here!

Now in this post I’ll tell you why it’s a good idea to invest, yes it’s an investment, your money into a Delvaux, above all other designer bags.
I have my fair share of designer bags carefully archived in my closet, but none are more precious to me than my vintage Delvaux and my most recent buy, the Delvaux Brillant X-Ray.

When visiting the Delvaux atelier in Brussels, I discovered that all is created by hand, like the hands of the man you see in the pictures, working here for most of his life, dedicating it to the craftsmanship that is the house of Delvaux.
No industrial feel here, leather is selected from the finest hides in the leather library, scanned for mistakes, carefully cut into patterns…

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Delvaux, from the kingdom of Belgium: An introduction

Amazing insight into a designer bag factory. Meet Delvaux.

The Merrymakers

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Now that we’re all proud being Belgian, thanks Red Devils for the World Cup fun, it’s time to look beyond the football field, onto another terrain we Belgians have been mastering for over decades…

Not to long ago, I had the honor to visit the ateliers of Delvaux in Brussels. It was all I ever expected and more. It made me proud to be Belgian on a whole new level. It made me long for a time all things fashion were created by skilled hands to endure the test of time.

They gave me a warm welcome and took me on a one hour trip through the whole process of making a designer bag. Needless to say I won’t be able to integrate all of what I’ve learned into one post. So I’ll start at the beginning, with an introduction. When your done reading all my posts, you’ll understand why…

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Half Man, Half Woman, A Makeup Challenge

We had to share BuzzFeed’s post of men trying makeup on for the first time.  Watch the video as men comment on their experience while a professional makeup artist makes up half of their face to look like a woman.  Their commentary is the best part.  That, and the long flowing locks they all end up with.

How Melissa Fleis Makes It Work

Melissa Fleis, Fashion Designer

Melissa Fleis, Fashion Designer

 

If you’re looking for a Project Runway alum with edge and drive, Melissa Fleis is your woman.  A finalist from season ten, and a competitor on All Stars season three, she plays with leather, angle and line, often accented with pops of color.  She likes her black, but she’s not afraid to think outside of the little black box that some designers can get trapped in.  Melissa  uses color wisely, whether it’s to accent her desired silhouette, or to draw attention to details.  She’s a badass, sexy woman, and when we look at her clothes, that’s who we envision wearing them.  We caught up with Melissa, getting her fashion hustle on from San Francisco, and she shared more details about what’s up-and-coming in her fashionable world.  Before we give too much away, we’ll let her tell you in her own words.

HOW MELISSA FLEIS MAKES IT WORK

1.  Who are you, and what season/s did you participate in? 

Melissa Fleis, fashion designer based in San Francisco.  I was a finalist on Project Runway Season 10, and designer on Project Runway All Stars Season 3.

2. Please give a brief description of your design style.

Artisanal modern design with a feminine edge.
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From Melissa Fleis' Defiant Collection

From Melissa Fleis’ Defiant Collection

 

3.  What was the most challenging thing about the Project Runway experience BESIDES the challenges themselves?

The most challenging thing for me was time management. I always found myself working until the final seconds before the runway.

4.  Who have you met or worked with during or since the Project Runway experience that you are most proud of or excited about?

I have been showing a lot with Mychael Knight, Daniel Esquivel, Jeffrey Sebelia, and Michelle Lesniak. I can’t say who I’m proud of the most. I’m just proud of us all!
Melissa at Dirty Habit, Palomar Hotel, San Francisco

Melissa at Dirty Habit, Palomar Hotel, San Francisco

5.  What are you currently working on or excited about professionally?

I continue to work on my own collections, as well as, custom orders, and designing uniforms for a new Kimpton restaurant in San Francisco. Hustling to make this all work!

 6.  Besides the basics, what sewing notion or tool could you NEVER do without?

My leather hammer!

 

 7.  Is there anything else you’d like us to know or see?

Some of my pieces are currently being sold at CHURCH Boutique in Los Angeles and Olivia Boutique in Los Altos, CA. I will also be launching my e-commerce site soon, so customers can order directly from the website!
(Update:  Since our interview, Melissa has launched her site!  You can find it here: http://melissafleis.com)
From Melissa Fleis' Defiant Collection

From Melissa Fleis’ Defiant Collection

Thanks so much to Melissa for taking the time to talk to us!  Melissa, we wish you nothing but the best with the Defiant Collection and the new site! – C.Scott
You can get in touch with Melissa on Twitter @MelissaFleis, or check out the website at melissafleis.com.
All text and images provided by Melissa Fleis unless watermarked, linked, or specified.

 

How Ken Laurence Makes It Work

Ken Laurence

Ken Laurence

We were holding our breath last week as Project Runway Season 13 aired, waiting to see which former Project Runway designer would be chosen in the Runway Redemption campaign.  Alas, the brilliant Ken Laurence did not make it onto season 13, but as Twitter fans talked about how much they loved Ken, we suggested perhaps he should have his own show.  Ken’s designs have a clear point of view of elegance, structure, and luxury, and we loved seeing everything he chose to put down the runway in Season 12.  Ken presents himself in a chic and classy way, a perfect representative for his brand.  His time was cut too short on Project Runway, but since his participation, Ken has been careful in choosing which opportunities will propel him on his path to design success.  We caught up with Ken recently to find out what he has been up to and where his focus and determination has led him since the show.

HOW KEN LAURENCE MAKES IT WORK

1.  Who are you, and what season/s did you participate in?  
My name is Ken Laurence and I finished in eighth place during Project Runway season 12.
 2.  Please give a brief description of your design style.
The brand is acknowledged for using luxurious textiles in classic silhouettes with a touch of modern aesthetic to create dynamic dresses, structural jackets, and wearable separates.
Ken Laurence Dress Design

Ken Laurence Dress Design

Ken Laurence Structured Top

Ken Laurence Structured Top

3.  What was the most challenging thing about the Project Runway experience BESIDES the challenges themselves?
Let me start by quoting Michael Kors, “Project Runway is not for sissies!”  The competition is harder than it appears to be on television. But personally, the hardest part for me was adapting to the production schedule; 18 – 20 hour work days bought the pressure, stress, and meltdowns.  However, overall the experience was amazing!
4.  Who have you met or worked with during or since the Project Runway experience that you are most proud of or excited about?
After Project Runway, I’ve had the chance to dress a few celebrities, but I declined the opportunities.  After filming, I had a meeting with investors for the clothing line Baby Phat, and I was enlightened by the business side of the fashion industry on how to keep my brand afloat when I re-launch. So, that’s where all my attention has gone.
5.  Besides the basics, what sewing notion or tool could you NEVER do without?
Well, I could not live without my rotary cutter. It makes cutting so much faster at times.
Fiskars Rotary Cutter

Fiskars Rotary Cutter

6.  How has social media impacted your life after Project Runway?
After Project Runway my followers increased greatly on Facebook and Twitter. (Find Ken on Twitter at @_KenLaurence_ , and on Facebook at DesignerKenLaurence)
7.  What are you currently working on or excited about professionally?
I am currently working on a few projects. I just re-launched my new website,www.kenlaurence.com. I am currently working on my non-profit organization, The GLAM Foundation. My Pre-Spring 2015 collection has just been photographed (awaiting the finished images).  I will be designing a collection for Spring 2015, and showing at Philadelphia Fashion Week in September.
www.kenlaurence.com

Ken Laurence Designs

Special Thanks to Ken for taking the time to talk with us.  Ken we wish you all the best as your brand re-launches and grows! -C. Scott

All text and images provided by Ken Laurence unless watermarked, linked, or specified.

Using Paper Patterns: Doin’ It Old School

Simplicity Sewing Video 1948

Simplicity Sewing Video 1948

Simplicity Sewing Video 1948

 

We’ve gotten requests from our followers to  post more information on sewing and construction.  Well, we thought we’d start with a classic.  If you can just get past the old school pre-feminist ideas of home economics and the nuclear family social construct, you will find that the information about paper pattern use, marking and even basic construction techniques is really fantastic.  We were even reminded about thread-marking for darts, which for anyone who sews, is a godsend.  It takes a little longer sometimes, but it’s accurate!  Enjoy!