Today’s Track – After You, Chastity Brown

I usually don’t lean towards folksy fare, musically (well, any kinda way, actually…). But on a perfect summer day like today, this can’t be resisted. A danceable ditty with a bluesy beat to get your toes tapping. After You by Chastity Brown from the album Back-Road Highways, 2012.

Chastity Brown


Atlanta Gift Show – Summer 2014 Recap, part 1

After a nearly 2-year hiatus, I decided to hit up the Atlanta market earlier this month. It was a fabulous experience. Retail in Atlanta continues to evolve, elevate and inspire (along with new foodie options – delish!). And then there’s the show – I forgot how impossibly HUGE that thing is! Floors after floor of decor throughout several buildings served up a feast of beautiful design. Todays post focuses on a few of the color stories emerging for autumn.

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Today’s Track – Circle Down, Ayer

Shazammed last week at Atlanta’s newly opened Bartaco. (SO yummy!) Thought it’s poppy, 80’s vibe would be a perfect complement to this breezy summer’s day. Circle Down (Keljet Remix) the single by Ayer, 2013.

Circle Down Ayer Remix

Fall Winter 2015 – 2016 Artwork Trends from Fashion Snoops

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A cool look at incoming autumnal art style trends from Fashion Snoops, a global resource for style-related insights into the fashion industry. Today I’m sharing the stories they’re forecasting in womenswear & menswear for the Fall/Winter 2015-16 season.


Images courtesy of WeConnectFashion, an awesome company that helps fashion companies succeed through business networking, market research & fashion industry know-how.

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THE ROYALS: “The hand drawn style of our graphics adds a great feminine touch to this otherwise dark and medieval trend, which is strengthened by the addition of Cautionary Tale florals and Damask wallpaper prints.”

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CAUTIONARY TALE: “William Morris was our main source of inspiration when it came to womens Cautionary Tale graphics.”

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RUBIK’S CUBE: “Rubik’s Cube is where the fun comes into play, as we see 80s and 90s inspired geometrics: seemingly random in shape.”

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BAUHAUS BLOCK: “Bauhaus, and in particular Kadinsky definitely inspire here, with a more simplistic version of geometric lines and color blocks with a mathematical element to them, as the geometrics are symmetrical and balanced.”

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PEN AND INK: “Doodles, sketched faces and traditional screen printing methods come together within Pen and Ink.”

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COLLISION: “We have combined an illustrated anatomical element as well as referencing music and science with edited photoreals. Great texture is added with newspaper cut outs and blueprints as backgrounds.”

The full versions of Fashion Snoops Fall/Winter 15/16 Original Artwork reports for women and men are available in the WeConnectFashion Trend Shop. They have carefully selected the top print and pattern call outs for the season and created a series of original inspiring print themes for your use. The artwork has been designed solely for Fashion Snoops and is available for download as a PSD/AI file, copyright free.


Fan Favorite – Atlanta Gift Show

I’ve spent an inordinate portion of the last 20 years or so walking trade fairs. Let’s just say it takes a lot to stop me in my tracks. But it happened last week in Atlanta when I turned the corner and collided with the Design Legacy booth. Suddenly I was confronted with a decidedly unique and unabashed point of view; a sort of Southern-Tricia-Guild-meets-MOMA type of thing with a dash of Vintage for good measure. Vibrant, optimistic and over the top. It boldly stood out in the crowded mart as a breath of unexpected creativity. (Design Legacy is a Texas-based wholesaler, selling to the trade only – so no shopping links this time, I’m afraid! But you can ask your local specialty decor retailer to consider stocking the items, and some pieces will be available on-line with various retailers this fall.)

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Today’s Track – Tell Me if You Still Care, SOS Band

Since I’m in Atlanta this week, I thought we’d celebrate one of my all time favorite groups originating from these parts. The SOS band was in serious rotation among my social set back in high school as a sort of R&B anthem to puppy love. I listened to this particular tune over and over and over again, having taped my vinyl onto cassette so I could handily tote it – and my baby-blue boom box – around as needed. Tell Me If You Still Care by the SOS Band from the album On the Rise, 1983.

SOS Band On The Rise

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