This month's hours:
Fri 12-6 Sat 11-6 Sunday 1-4ish
Thank-you for all of your support, love and appreciation.
So far a couple hundred of you filled out the survey, which is a wonderful response.
Overall you're thrilled we're open, you want us open as much as possible although the above days won, and you'd like to see my designs back in the store.
To see in more details and the responses to the questions, look to the end of this newsletter.
What is happening with the production of my label?
Shaye's (my daughter) designs are on the front page of the Guardian this week! and online Premier SF magazine 7X7
A couple of years ago I did begin the process of designing and producing my line again. The
action got stopped last year when it was time to produce the first collection - my investors got cold feet due to the economy. I
believe when times are challenging it is the best time to begin as there is
nowhere to go but up! And rents, salaries and production cost are
all much less and there is also more openness to all kinds of creative solutions. I was working on knit jacquards which we love, with more environmentally friendly fibers.
As things often go, a new avenue opened up to me and I've been working as a CEO (Chief Executive Oracle) consultant. First, for the founder of a huge nation-wide clothing company and recently a stint (with ongoing possibilities) for the founder of another multi-billion... Well I can't talk about it yet, but it has the vision of creating a vehicle for a world that works for everyone -- Wow!
In the meantime, I heard
you all say you wanted pants and that was what I was starting with:
The "Bottom Line". I began with a couple of simple comfy styles and just recently my assistant from my production days, Melissa, has come on board. Together we'll be producing a couple more styles soon.
And I have been helping my daughter Shaye get her line going -- using the fabrics that I had designed and saved all these years. Here is a picture of her (and my cute granddog Keiki) taken for 7x7 in her great new tie style dress using my knit jacquard. Check her out. Her designs are on the front page of the Guardian this week! And in the premier Sf Magazine 7X7 online blog 7x7 click here
Recycled Citron and other info
We will continue accepting Citron pieces and maybe some others labels, but Amira will be extremely picky about the other labels. (so if your sensitive to clothing rejection stick to Citron)
Amira will let you know about events at the store and you are welcome to request to do your thing here as well. In fact, we are also renting the space. For now a women's group has rented Monday nights.
This month we will be open Fri- Sun and if you have special shopping request times (either personal shopping or friends shopping party) you can email Amira [email protected] for an appointment.
I'm off to New York this week to co-create ways of saving the world (while laughing a lot) with Joanne, hang with Paulette, Romio, my brother James, and other friends. To swim with some big fish and do a bit of treasure-hunting and deal-making for you all!
Outback ... In the Temple of venus
Detailed summary on the Survey:
I've been told by
quite a few of you that although you looked at the survey, it wasn't
simple enough and you thought you'd get back to it later and didn't. I
will be sure to make simpler ones in the future.
So what did you all say? Of course the answers were all across the board - there were over 200 written responses and though I can't address them all I've taken them all in. As for the majority vote ... which I will now call "you"...
clothing the majority of you come in for Citron and great inexpensive
deals that I find. Though 25% of you also like the other labels. You
would like me to bring back Cutloose and URU although most of you want
me to bring back my Outback and Devi label and want to know what's
happening with that.
You would like us to continue the "recycle" resale program. You want more large and small sizes. You
like the unusual gifts that I find and come in for scarves, shawls,
socks and tights. You would like us to carry natural cosmetics.
25% of you would like us open on the weekdays, the majority of you said
Sat and Sun.... every Sat and Sun, not just 1 weekend a month. Friday
was the next popular day.
You like the idea of a membership and
would join if $0 - $11 (although 40 of you would pay between $22 -
$110) and that depended on if it was monthly or yearly and included the
use of the space and communication post ability to the rest of the
You would like monthly emails from me and especially seem
to like following my life and lessons as well as to hear about the
clothes. You would like bi-monthly emails from Amira, letting you know
what's new and what's happening event-wise.
Although you would
like pot lucks and movie nights, the majority would prefer nights on
tools to strengthen our "inner environment", our trust in life and our
abilities to make it through these shifting times. Including
self-esteem, beauty and love tips. And doing community projects
Point Richmond seems too far to go on a week night for those not living here.
you want me to point out that coming here is a wonderful getaway and
that there is a beautiful park and walk by the water. And that it is a
very safe town at night.
You really appreciate what I've contributed through Outback to you.