Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Right before we open the line for a new season, there's always a frenzy of activity. There's a flurry of fittings and last minute changes to samples and last minute additions to the line that keep everyone in the garment industry working all hours until fashion week and market begin (because we're not the only ones who work this way, it's an industry-wide epidemic). This frenzy sometimes makes me want to change each and every sample before we shoot it and put it on the line. This season, that led to a lot of late-night arts and crafts. In the wee hours after the office was closed, Frank (gryphon's development and production coordinator) and Tom (consultant and special friend of gryphon) and I tea-dyed and bleached things until they resembled something more like good clothes. The real credit for the final results go to Frank. Tom and I deserted him after the fun, experimentation phase and Frank stayed in the disco bathroom tea-dyeing and bleaching the samples that actually ended up on the line.

gryphon sweatpants, a cup o' bleach and a paintbrush.

The end result of sweatpant bleaching:

Post tea-dyeing: Frank's ingenious makeshift 
drying rack in the disco bathroom

This is the end result of our tea-dyeing:

Tom (left) and Frank (right), on set at the 
look book shoot. I think the late nights
and bleach fumes leading up to the shoot 
caused them to seek comfort in my fur accessories. 

Monday, March 9, 2009

What is It?

Cousin Itt


A special thank you to my lovely friend Sylvana, who wrote this very sweet post on her blog for She made me an "It" Girl....which is a phrase that always makes me think of Cousin Itt from the Addams Family. I am truly flattered and grateful for the write-up, though it does make me laugh a little. One of my friends summed it up perfectly. After reading the post, she said, "if I didn't know you, I would think you were so cool." Thank you, Sylvana, for making me sound cool! And thank you, Hannah Thomson, for making me look skinny.