women working, boss lady
This is what the business of fashion looks like: besides fabric, it’s buttons and elastic and zippers and more. Unless we sew our own clothes, these are not things we usually think about.
Unless the zipper sticks or the elastic pinches, we don’t much care about them.
But when you’re designing a garment they become very important, because they literally hold things together. This woman working is Sarah, whom I affectionately call “boss lady.” She has an education that includes the Pratt Institute, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the University of San Francisco.
Sarah is an entrepreneur in the truest sense: she juggles several projects at once and each matters. She draws people into her projects and business and makes connections not just to them but amongst them. She has an eye for both the near and far, the details and the big picture.
The fashion business is a very hard one, there are a million reasons to stay away from it.
One of the reasons to go into it is because you have a real passion that will get you through the hard times. Sarah has that passion, she has a passion not just for the details of designing a garment but for the women who will wear it. And I think you’ll agree, that is a very good thing.
women working, at the market
Just the sign posted somewhere, MARKET, automatically draws me to it, like a dog following my nose to a delicious scent. Whether you call it market, souk, mercado, or tirgus, all kinds of markets seem to be coming back, and I’m glad.
For me, markets are the ultimate shopping experience, much nicer than a standalone shop.
Shops, and their larger cousins, stores, no matter how beautiful, seem to have a kind of sterility to them. And don’t talk to me about malls… Markets are about community, a bustle of people, and there is something intrinsically scruffy about them that I love.
I’ve written before how shops are actually becoming a bit more like markets: connecting to adjacent stores, hosting pop-ups and other kinds of collaborations, and adding cafés and other non-traditional amenities. This isn’t just a retail trend, it’s a social one.
Markets allow us to connect, and we all need that more than ever.
This beautiful woman working is at the Canal Street Market downtown. The market houses individual “shops,” really just nice booths. At Canal Street, you can get a great coffee, and chocolate made in Brooklyn—then you can shop for slow fashion and jewelry. Perfectly pleasant.
women working, blue hair and tea
This beautiful young woman was working at T2 Tea in Soho. That cool shade of blue hair against her lovely complexion looked vivid and deep.
I’m a coffee drinker and had never been in this store. In places like this, I always remind myself of the possible beneficial effects tea drinking could have on my usually hyper self. I like the ritual of tea that loyal tea drinkers talk about. Coffee is so much more of a grab and go to wake up affair. Tea drinkers seem to me to be more the sit, sip, and contemplate types.
I loved the little tins of tea, the teacups, and the teapots at T2. The place itself is vivid, a pleasant environment in which to work, I’m sure. I need to drink more tea.
women working, seeing red