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Feb 25

Hi Friends

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Hi Friends

Please assist, i would to study (Parttime/Short Course) in Millinery. Where can i study around Gauteng?

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Feb 24

!BANG! vs "pOp" Blog continues.....Making history!

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Okay!  Now that I have promised to keep you informed of all my skips, trips, falls and victories, along the way to !BANG! vs "pOp" launch onto Cape Town Lifestyle Fashion Market.... I think it's a good idea to first give you a little history on what we have already learned and accomplished.  My thinking behind this blog trail is to share our experiences with you, and hope that you will also get involved and share any similar experiences, lessons learned etc.!  That way we can all learn together and !BANG! launch onto the CT Lifestyle Fashion market... and then who knows... the world is not enough! LOL!

In 2009 we knew we had great cartoon design, but what do we do with it?  We started out with something small, with little cost.....greeting cards!  That ...... was a bit of a "pOp"!  Okay - not our market then!  Since no-one was really working full-time on the brand it kind of hit a wall right there!  Then, in mid-2010, we decided to put together two concept design Tee's and asked our friends if they would wear it, what was right with it, what was wrong with it etc.  This is a good way to make sure that you don't end up with a suitcase full of T-Shirts that only you want to wear!

The next step shows the value and power of networking!  We had done a thorough search with local suppliers of "ready-made" Tee's to print our design on and had come up a blank!  We wanted to start a BRAND, not a jumble sale!  Compromising on style and quality were non-negotiable options for us! A close friend, who owns a successful brand of clothing, helped us import a small consignment of black & white Tee's. This gave us the quality and style we were looking for, but it came with excessive import duties that sent each unit into about R80.00.  That was before we even had done the print!  Add to that cost the print of swing-tags, packaging, our mark-up, etc.  It was getting pricy!  Lucky we had started with a small run of 80 Tees only! 

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Feb 24

Calling Designers For Fashion Showcase

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Fashion Show Case

Hi guys n gals,

 I'm putting together a conference for women leaders in government.  I will have a fashion show as part of the confence.

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Feb 17

!BANG! vs "pOp" Launch onto Cape Town Lifestyle Fashion Market?

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Is this a question that you have asked yourself?  How do you launch your intangible into a tangible dream and take off with a !BANG! vs a "pOp" and launch - successfully - into the competitive Cape Town T-Shirt market?

Well, if you are looking to me for an instant and fail-safe solution, you've gotta stop reading.... !  If you want to hold my hand and walk/run/trip-up along the way with me on my journey to preferably !B ANG! but possibly "pOp" into the market - then keep reading!  

I don't know the answers YET, but I do have the iron-clad balls to give it a try to launch the intangible into the the tangible!  I heard a line that struck me and motivated me to start this blog: "Rich by what you learn.  Poor by what you keep." 

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Feb 16

Winter 2011 La Motorcyclette

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Fall Leaves

The clouds are rolling by... The sun is setting, and before we know it, the first leaves will be falling off the trees, ushering in the fall, or as it is wholesomely referred to, Autumn.

This years New York runways (and last years) have been screaming 70s revival.
Wide leg pants, platforms (wooden and leather soles), and the slightly more "Spice Girls" leanings from Muicca Prada (Mui Mui) showcases.

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Feb 09

Alluring...

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Franca Sozzani and Italian Vogue have done it yet again. Breathtaking, exquisite and alluring are just some of the words that can be used to describe this February 2011 all-black editorial titled, The Black Allure.

 

Lensed by Emma Summerton and styled by Edward Enninful, the spread stars some of today's top black models including Arlenis Sosa Pena, Chanel Iman, Georgie Baddiel, Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls, Kinee Diouf, Lais Ribeiro, Melodie Monrose, Mia Aminata Niaria, Rose Cordero, Sessilee Lopez and Australian based Ajak Deng.

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Feb 08

Started a business, please help!!!!!

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Hi All

I started my own business from home this year selling clothing that I imported.  I would realy love to rather support local designers but I have no idea where to start and I feel very confused.  I'm in Bloemfontein and would love to bring something different into town as there is not a lot to choose from.  I have realised that people want bargains?  Can anyone help or give advice?

Feb 07

JEALOUSY DOES MAKE U NASTY GALS

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A taste of the fashion industry!

So, I have always had this big dream of being a buyer for one of South Aricas fashion houses right! However, in December 2010 I decided to stop dreaming and start to establish myself but the only problem was were m I gna start? was anyone gona take me seriously since I was completing my degree in Journalism? and etc... I printed my CV and set out to get my first experience in a retail store (Grade R).

 Who ever said getting a job in retail was easy lied! I went to well known high fashions stores all over Jahannesburg ( including Sandton) and I got nothing but mean-ness fron the girls who alsready worked there, "Try next door, apply online, well call you, sorry the manager isn't here..." were the responses I got but that did not stop me - JEALOUSY DOES MAKE U NASTY GALS!!!!!!!!!!!

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Feb 04

Thrift Store.- will it work in Sa

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Will it ever be a success? do people actually mind wearing other peoples fashion? Even Topshop has a section in oxford street mega store selling second hand items. So why would it not work in 'the bluff' or 'rustenburg'.  Are people in SA really soooo picky that we demand brand new high fashion at low prices ..

Jan 31

Beauty in a cruel ,cruel world!

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This is one of the most confusing thing or rather the most confusing stage one can ever go through!Okay here I am,a young upcoming Public Relations Officer,with sky-high expectations of the industry and I am trying to  make my mark in the ever-changing scenes of P.R.!But I am not a fashionista and I will not try to be one!But I NEED HEEEEELP!How does one dress formally to work without wearing heels?I seriously need to work that out cuz having to wear flatties or even gladiators with a pencil skirt creates a smirky kind of image on my Lady boss's face!If there is one thing i am totally loving this season its the nude heels(that i can hardly walk in )even though mustering the courage to strutt my stuff is a problem.The fawns and chiffons and other materials that exude charm just makes it hard for a recovering tomboy like I not to fall in love with these trends.My next stop would be The Fashion P.R Industry!I cannot wait!!!!But first things first----I NEED A STYLIST.iIf there is anyone who can hook a sister up with a graduate stylist who can show me where to get Vintage gear and bags then I am game...Any artist(I mean,fashion artist)looking for a walking,talking canvass CAROL IS YOUR LADY!!!!

 

Signed...Carol

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