December 22, 2014

Holiday Pop Up Store with Kathryn MacCarron!

Thank you so much for coming to the trunk show and also I'd like to thank my friend designer Kathryn McCrron  to have the trunk show together.  She showed the sweaters from her fall/winter 2015 and also her coming spring/summer collection.  You guys gotta check her collections out!  I am going to get the flower pattern sweater in her new collection.  here's her website.
Also we have to say thank you to Caveman!   Foods are courtesy of Caffe Delluchi, where the caveman is a chef at.
Kathtyn took this picture below.    
Gorgonzola polenta with fig and also bacon crab mushroom and caprese skewers.  They were super yummy!  
Here's the website of the restaurant.  Their brunch menu is good and they have different menu at dinner time.  You should try both because both are great!
Kathryn in the bomer.  she said she usually wear black but this brown is not bad! yip this hickory color is so hard to find.
Ash trying on the Niita jacket.  The trick to wear the jackets cute is rolling up the sleeve and show the stripe lining and also the sweaters and shirts underneath the jacket.
knife rolls!
after the long day, chilling on the floor having some vino! 
Also thank you so much for the great space, David!
Great thanks to Fabiola from Peer Space!  Hey artist friends, if you need to book some space to show your artwork, get the app "PeerSpace". They are sharing so many spaces in your budget and hour.  (she pulled off the niita jacket AMAZINGLY!!!)
Thank you for reading --- squirrel :oB

December 1, 2014

snacku + Kathryn MacCarron Holiday Pop Up Store! :o)

hey guys, if you are around Hayes for last minute christmas shopping, hop in the david james to say hello to the squirrel! All items including the leather jackets are going to be 20% off. Only this time! :oB 
Oh! Also! Hey chef friends! it's the chance to check out the caveman's knife rolls!

October 30, 2014

Salute Niita!

It was 12 years ago that I met Niita the cat in a vet in my home town.  I brought him to my mom and dad and since then we loved him as the youngest brother in my family. Especially my mom and his bond became special after my dad passed away and also both of her daughters left to the US. What made their bond the tightest was the disaster happened in japan 3 years ago. i had to say thank him that he supported my mom well during the days but I missed the chance to tell him that forever. He passed away in my mom's arms on a warm sunny day last spring, which was shortly after my mom found that he had a cancer.  He was a well behaved, very smart, tiny gentleman.  We were always joking that Niita would be really handsome in a well made tailored tweed jacket and pants...

The night I completed this wool jacket collection, I was staring at these 3 coats/jacket and found myself thinking, in my exhausted brain, Niita would pull them off very well and that eventually led me to the memory of the days that I was reading poems of the Beat Generation sitting by Niita at home and my eyes went wet a bit. I was going to name the very last jacket simply "hobo" but I named it  "Niita" as an appreciation that i couldn’t tell,thinking of our tiny existentialist philosopher, Niita the cat.

thank you for reading. --- squirrel :oB

October 28, 2014

snacku's hobo symbols

Do you guys know what "hobo symbols" are?   Hobos left some symbols to share useful information for other hobos such as "kind lady lives here. ask food!" "doctor is here!".  It was just so fun for me to watch those symbols and find out a meaning that each symbol has.  In those symbols, i came across a symbol of 2 crossing circles, which means "Don't give up!".  It is interesting to know that hobos were trying to encourage and help someone who they never seen but someone who definitely could be in the same situation as them.   So I decided to create my own hobo symbols to encourage other "hobos" out there who I never seen but are definitely like me...      
Each jacket has it's own name and symbols and also in the previous collection, I think you remember the caveman was in there as "Saint Caveman".  This time you can see the caveman again as one of the symbols.  Check out what the caveman sign means.

Thank you for reading.  ------ squirrel :oB

October 15, 2014

squirrel's preparation for winter

The winter is coming!!  It's the season everybody needs warm jackets. Here snacku have 3 new styles.

We had a photoshoot for this new tiny collection and now I am super busy editing these photos.  you guys will get a new catalog soon.
 it was a super busy 2 weeks but fun!

Brandy styling Veronica's hair.

Taylor  is checking the lighting etc.

Amazing Veronica!

after this studio shoot, I suddenly decided to have an editorial shoot! how crazy! :oB

Luckly, they said they can do it! 
Unfortunately Brandy already had a plan, so I asked Sovantha.  He's an amazing MUA, too!

checking angle

shssh!! found a poor dead crow!!!

 such a beautiful Saturday morning to hang out in the park

after the busy days,  had a break with my sister...having some yummy brunch at caffe delucchi.

their pulled pork is always the best.

to avoid the heat of indian summer, which was even still hot at night,
we ran to bar tartine to hide.

great food and great vino!
nothing can make us this happy especially after the hard work!

it is already getting chilly tonight.  How can the indian summer go this quick? 
The squirrel gotta hurry to deliver you the jackets!

thank you,
Veronica Boyer for modeling,  
Brandy Mcafee
(Brandy Mcafee Makeup)
Sovantha Bun 
for hair/make up


Taylor Reyes.
( Tylershoot Photography)

February 5, 2014

hobo inspiration

It is not leather this time. It's wool.  There are some reasons that I decided to make jackets in wool.
One big reason was that I got so many tiny leather scraps after cutting more than hundreds pieces to make jackets that I can not throw away.  So I decided to use these scraps and make something new. It can be elbow patches or  It can be under collar of blazer jacket.  It can be anything!  The other reason is that my friends in fashion industry always get mad at me and yell at me I am the worst sales representative!!  They slap my butt telling me I gotta bang the door of the stores and buyers more. Be pushy!  They always say my jackets are already great and why don't i push more to sell my jackets?   And these sweet friends always give me some tips to sell my stuff.  They recommend me to send out samples directly to fashion bloggers etc and ask them "hey! could you please write about my jackets?"    I've been too naive/ignorant and didnt know those tricks until recently.  It seems a good idea but the thing is I don't really want to send out my samples. The leather jackets are too precious to send out easily for free because everything is hand made. What I am doing is too old school to fit current trend of fashion business.  I would say  that is what I like about what I am doing but, on the other hand, I can't be that laid back to sell my stuff, you know. I have to pay my bills.   And then coming back to this wool jackets idea...."wool can be a bit more flexible!!".  They let me move around a lil more free comparing with leather.   Maybe it is a good idea to make wool jacket once and become flexible to advertise my stuff. Then people will eventually know this designer is making awesome leather jackets, too.  
Moreover, I was a big fan of poets of beat generations especially Kerouac and Burroughs and wanted to make something inspired by these poets.  To be honest this is the main reason to make wool jackets collection.
Hobo originally means "workers" who are wondering to get jobs around 1890.  The way they wonder around eventually translated into the meaning of "vagabond" or "bums" mainly by beatnik poets in 50's  (correct me if i'm wrong.). 
Researching about Hobo, I noticed they always wear big comfy look wool jackets / coats.   
Also poets of beat generation are always taken pictures when they are in comfy big wool jackets.
↓ as long as I remember, Burroughs was always in his tweed wool well tailored jacket in all of his pictures.  Sometimes with a gun. Sometimes with Bowie.

So I researched fabric mill and hit an awesome fabric mill in New Hampshire.  
Got a great navy color camel hair (so light) and tweed chunky wool and I was ready to go!
continue to the next episode! :o)