Wedding Preparations!

So.. YES, I am Finally getting married in Jan 2017!  Since we've been engaged since April of last year (2015) , I must say i have been slacking off on my bridal duties.  I like to believe that i am taking it EASY and one step at a time (don't stress!).  

The time is now finally winding down, 3 more months to go.  I have been quite lucky with the fact that I attended a design school and learned many things that came in handy while preparing this and that:

1. Do the Market Research  - 
I did not print out my own Invitations and Save-the-dates , solely because i really wanted Gold Foil on them.  After considering all the supplies, including paper and ink, seemed more reasonably priced when buying off of an online website (we used with a coupon code).  Fish around for the best price !

2. Photoshop & Illustrator - 
Two of my most proficient programs i use on a daily basis - due to my profession.
These Two programs used hand in hand, go such a long way.  You almost don't even need Photoshop depending on how you would want them to look. 
I used these two programs to print out my own Programs, Table Numbers, Party Favors, Escort Cards.  I used my Epson XP830 Ink Jet Printer for the Program and Escort Cards (my fancy textured paper from Papersource is only Ink Jet Friendly). Always remember to consider your Ink cartridge cost!  

3. Wedding Dress - 
Yes, I graduated with a fashion design degree, which included endless hours of sketching, draping, patternmaking, and sewing.  Unfortunately most days were more miserable than glamorous.  On the brighter side, now i am equipped with just the right skills to design and make my own wedding dress. Yippee!  This i am very fortunate.  I get the Dress I want (maybe two) and actually make at a reasonable price. 

In my mind, I have it all planned and under control.  Hopefully all will come to life and without panic.  I can't post any pictures yet, but once the day is all settled and done, I will share pictures and files!

Wish me Luck!

Decline of Apparel Retail

Being a fashion designer in the apparel industry has been quite gloomy since I began working right after college.  Great, I found a low paying assistant level job and got my foot in the door, but seems like the industry is getting smaller and smaller. Its sad seeing many brands go out of business... but i guess it's just another part of life. Things come and go.  Makes me think of Darwin and his theory of evolution.



Recently saw this article on Linkedin/BUSINESS INSIDER(below) and made me think... How can we change the PHYSICAL customer shopping experience?  Seems like UX design is the big thing to get into for e-commerce, but i want to explore what are some ways we can change the retail experience for customers who walk into these stores?

On the contrary, seems like technology retailers like APPLE are doing quite well.  This article focuses more on closing and failures of malls rather than actual retailers despite the title of the article.  the author states that brick-and-motor stores are the solution for these retailers.  Despit this authors suggested solution, to me (for a girl working in Manhattan NYC)  still seems like these brick-and-motors are also going out of business.  



So how can we change to the retail game?  Technology retailers are very interactive and have constant updated hardware. The anticipation and build up to the release of the new item is tremendous!  The updates always seem like a new breakthrough in its industry.  The fashion business no longer has that hype and anticipation from season to season.  The RTW business might still have some of that anticipation but it does not reach the masses like technology... only those who can afford a new Chanel every season.  That hype and anticipation, the emotional need to go out and see the product, the value of investing in a good design and quality clothing has been demolished by the rise of fast fashion retailers.  Can we bring back the value of Great design and quality??  It will most likely be a huge risk for large retailers to make changes on such a level, to make a dent in consumer values.