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.
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?
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!
A new family has moved into the neighborhood… And they’ve been tweeting up a storm. Well, chirping, anyhow!
We’ve been watching this mama mourning dove making her nest for the past week or so.. and today I see that her chicks have hatched! Looking forward to watching these little guys grow.
Almost three years ago, the whole Minor Thread operation picked up and made the move from Oakland to Los Angeles. Moving here to L.A., this little corner in my neighborhood was one of my favorite places in town.
It might look a little shabby and run-down, but I knew that it was full of history, and history being created, too. I was in love with the way the “wheatpaste wall” was evolving and changing every time I walked by. So bright, so vibrant, so alive.
Now, things have changed a lot. There’s a new market on that corner, replacing what was left behind when Joel Bloom passed away. The funny taqueria is now a pretty awesome pie shop. And even the old Al’s Bar (the stuff of legends) is a venue hosting yoga and theater productions.
Progress is good. But oh how I wish that revolving art gallery, that ever-changing wheatpaste wall, would come back.
A quick Polaroid that I snapped last month…
Things have been busy in Minor Thread land… with a lot of new things on the horizon. Looks for a big shop update in the next month or so, as I’ve been working on a lot of new, great things for you all!
But for now.. a little Polaroid love. Taken with my favorite SX-70 camera.
Taken last month, in Emeryville.
I have this little orchid plant that I rescued, about a year ago… Well, make that four rescued orchids, two of which have survived. I re-potted them and took some cues from Derek over at Plantgasm on how to care for them. Plantgasm is a fantastic plant blog (totally safe for work) and I’ve admired Derek’s photographs and writing for years now.
It took a long time, but one of the orchids finally started to put out new growth and finally bloomed!
From Friday morning:
…Then Friday afternoon:
…And now, Monday morning!
A lovely plum and yellow Phalaenopsis! Of the two surviving plants, I think I’ve just realized why this one has done so well: it sits on a shelf right above/behind my computer at work- getting lots of sun, and lots of warmth from the computer, probably helping to create the humid environment that orchids love so much.
Perhaps the next step is to make room on the shelf for a rather large cymbidium?