Nobody likes a copy cat. And for sure, nobody likes when that copy cat is a Big Company, trying to rip off a really, really rad Little Company.
I’ve been a big fan of the gals from Curator in San Francisco and their fresh, easy-to-wear designs for women. I think I bought my first “Classic” dress from Curator when they were still known as She-Bible, and we were vendors at the same craft fairs. Since then, they’ve gone on to grow and evolve their brand, and have even opened up their own 300 sq ft boutique in San Francisco’s Noe Valley.
All the while, they’ve stayed true to their roots, designing flattering and affordable pieces that are made right here in the U.S. Imagine my shock and surprise when I was searching for sewing patterns and found this:
Butterick, a subsidiary of sewing giant McCall’s, has blatantly ripped off the Classic dress design. I own about six of these dresses in different colors and fabrics, so I know this one when I see it.
Butterick was nice enough to show the dress in the same color as the original, for ease of comparison…
But they didn’t stop there..
Hey, that looks familiar!
Oh, that’s right: It’s the Darling dress, by Curator. Let McCall’s and Butterick know what you think of “their” new designs.. then head on over to Curator SF and pick yourself up something pretty! You deserve it.
A few more images, from our weekend away..
The Minor Thread original ‘California Love’ pillow cover is quickly becoming a classic..
Minor Thread - California Love Pillow
Each Golden State is hand-cut and hand-stitched with love, and just a hint at what’s to come from Minor Thread!
I’m not one to relax, much. I’m not too good at “getting away.” But after a stressful first half of the year, it was agreed that- if only for one night- we could make the time to get away.
First, a cup of coffee at our favorite local coffee bar, Handsome.
Then North, up the coast (and through the woods) to Los Olivos.
Loved this little market in the center of town.
Then over to visit some of our friends in the wine business..
After which we spotted this beauty… A full restored vintage Airstream-style trailer, outfitted to serve.. you guessed it: cupcakes.
And then on to the next…
Having spent so much time looking forward to the brighter, lighter days of summer, I find myself in a bit of a funk. Here are a few things that are inspiring me, today.
:: A brief of Heath Ceramics, and the importance of doing what you love.
:: The story of Tom Gabel of Against Me! and his decision to come out as transgendered.
:: The Apple Sisters sing about Handsome Coffee, featuring performances by The Handsomes (as I call them) themselves. These guys have worked hard, kicked ass and are bringing something amazing to the people. Simply inspiring.
Now go, and get inspired.
And we rock,
Because it’s us against them.
We found our own reasons to sing,
And it’s so much less confusing
when lines are drawn like that,
When people are either consumers or revolutionaries,
Enemies or friends hanging on the fringes
Of the cogs in the system,
It’s just about knowing where everyone stands.
All of a sudden,
People start talking ’bout guns,
Talking like they’re going to war,
‘Cause they found something to die for,
Start taking back what they stole-
sure beats every other option,
But does it make a difference how we get it?
Well do you really fucking get it?
No, no, no, no,
No, no, no, no….
-Those Anarcho Punks Are Mysterious… by Against Me!
Inspired by a question posed by the folks at Baggu this morning, I dreamt up this perfect little outfit for Spring! Of course, the only thing missing is a camera and that airline ticket from LAX-JFK.
1) Haney Dress, Steven Alan 2) Yellow Colorblock Hat, Target 3) Old Tennis Shoe, Swedish Hasbeens 4) Heart Shaped Buckle Belt, Asos 5) Lucite Ball Necklace, Far4
Now, who’s ready for a trip?
You have to love the ‘golden hour’- that window of time where the sun hits just right and everything around you looks amazing.
Traction Street in Downtown L.A.’s Arts District is a perfect place for capturing some truly golden images at this time of day. The streets are full of life, color..
…and just the right amount of whimsy.
Few things make me happier than some good, solid California Love. One of my favorite applique motifs right now is a visual interpretation of this theme.
Each heart and California are hand-cut from a custom-made stencil, and hand-appliqued onto recycled or vintage fabrics. I love how it looks against this salvaged raw denim!
Coming soon to the shop, a new crop of California Love goods, including some awesome throw pillows!
See more California (and Los Angeles, and Bay Area) love at the Minor Thread shop!