Newsletter for February 2009

What's New at continues to grow!  Our most recent features include:
As a reminder, you can also post information on fashion shows and events on our Calendar of Fashion Shows.

As always, we welcome your suggestions for new features and your comments on all existing features.

The "Featured Member of the Month":
Anne Richardson Collection

Anne has been machine knitting since 1980, and hand knitting and sewing since she was 5 years old. She has sold her clothing in a range of settings over the years. When first starting out, she would place items on consignment and sold at craft fairs.

Then she moved on to using representatives and showrooms in Los Angeles and the western states.   Also, she began showing at the Pacific Designer Collection Wholesale Shows in New York, where boutique buyers from the U.S. and England would attend.

She currently works with knitting stores in Los Angeles where she finishes knit garments for clients, teaches knitting and design and most recently made some garments for a movie being released in June 2009.

She is also launching some of her designs in pattern instructions format and just this week has been asked to collaborate with another knit designer on a new book to be published in June.

Anne strives to use eco-friendly and sustainable practices in all of her designs. She has a vision to blend fashion, functionality and conscience into products that will be treasured for many years.   Part of this vision involves a concept that Anne calls "Santosa".

Santosa is a response to concerns about waste in the fashion industry due to over consumption of fibers used to make clothing. The Santosa Mission involves the use of surplus yarns that might otherwise go to waste. Often this results in limited editions of designs. To learn more about Santosa, visit Anne's site, and if you are interested in incorporating the Santosa concept into your own work, please contact Anne.

Recently, Anne's profile helped her get a new client - an attendee at the Golden Globes needed a cummerbund and tie at the last minute. His stylist had discovered, so she went to the site in search of a local designer. She found Anne, who was able to save the day!

Anne's work is available through her website, and she also sells at the Santa Monica Antique and Collectible Market, on the 1st and 4th Sundays of each month.  She is available for design consultation for those who want to include knits in their collections.

Each month, we will pick a member who has successfully used to grow their business as our "Featured Member of the Month". 

Interested in being featured?  Send us an email (just reply to this newsletter) telling us how you have used in your business.  We'll pick the best stories to feature in upcoming newsletters. 

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See you next month!

The Team - "The Fashion Community"

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