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May. 21st, 2010


An idea I'd like to throw out there to see if anyone is interested.. *crosses fingers*

I've been throwing the idea around (in my head) for some time now about starting a PDF catalog. I didn't start fleshing out the idea until last night and it has sort of grown tremendously in the last 24 hours. I put together a few sample pages and I think it could really work.

Anyway, the reason I am posting here is because I think I stumbled on to an idea that could help a lot of the designers on here, both those with webshops and for those without who would like to go in that direction in the near future.

I was trying to find the US GLB in Barnes & Noble the other day and I realized after looking it up online that it was discontinued. It seems the sales weren't that great in the US market even though its a great idea in theory. The economy still kind of sucks and no one really wants to spend $20 on a magazine these days, even though its filled with desirable content. This is why I think if we were to offer a non-print ezine for free, it would be a great hit! You may be asking, who is going to dedicate all that time into creating such a thing.. but I just graduated today and I've got tons of free time and I was going to do it anyway, except it was going to be an Ichigo Black catalog. If I'm going to be doing all of this work anyway, I came to the conclusion that I should do it right from the start and try to make it matter.

There would only be 4 issues a year since I do still have to do work that pays so I'm not out on the street >_< I was thinking of featuring 3-4 designers each season to start. Each designer would get 1 page for each line they'd like featured (with a max of 3) or just a 2 page spread for their label as a whole. I'd need hi-res flats taken on a plain background, descriptions and titles for each garment featured, prices, and a fashion photo to go with it.

There would also be a page for a list of designers' websites (featured or not), full page ads (which I'm thinking should be free for life for any of the designers who participate from the beginning, but there will probably be a fee for those at some point down the road if this actually works), a designer bio page featuring a new designer each season, maybe 2 street snap pages (1 American, 1 maybe in Europe?), and last, makeup, hair, and nail art.

This would all be free, there's no fee for anything (except for the ads possibly in the future). I'm thinking the only thing I might require (besides the photo requirements) or strongly suggest is 1 tutorial on how to make something. It could be jewelry, an accessory, clothing, a sweet treat.. anything Japanese related. And that's why I think this could be a really great idea. Its free for designers, free for our customers, and hopefully we'll all benefit from having this central resource because its free advertising! If we create something that our target market will want to browse, they'll pass it onto their friends and they'll post about it in forums and hopefully that'll not only raise awareness about the ezine, but most importantly, about us ^-^

I'm kind of going with the flow as I type, this is a work in progress. I'm open to ideas, suggestions, criticisms (as long as they're constructive!), and anything else! Please let me know if you're interested ^-^ I'm really excited but it won't work if its just me... Well, I can still make it and send to my customers, but it won't be as exciting :(

Apr. 9th, 2010



Odile Design Photo Shoot by Marguerite in Strawberry SkiesCollapse )

Mar. 10th, 2010


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New pieces available at Etsy

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all items are available for shipping anywhere worldwide

Thank you for looking

Feb. 17th, 2010



Hey gang, I'm new to the comm.

I've been officially "in business" since '08, but I've been sewing for as along as I can remember.  I've started out with mostly accessories (some lolita-inspired, some not) but I'm hoping to move onto full lines within the next two years.  My business name is "Cosplay Cafe", which I registered with the intention of doing both costuming and fashion, but that desire has changed.  (Cosplay has too many grey areas regarding copyright laws and I'd rather just stay out of it!).  Luckily for me, in the fashion world "Costume" also means "Dress" so I can still whole-heartedly keep the name and not have to go through lots of paperwork with the government to have it changed ;) For the time being, however, I've been making accessories and doing custom fashion & costume commissions as a means to earn capital (fashion lines don't launch themselves!)

I'm a recent graduate with a BS in Family & Consumer Sciences with an emphasis on Fashion Merchandising which is a comprehensive program which offers coursework in a variety of areas including: visual merchandising, entrepreneurship, fashion promotions, textile science, psychology & sociology of apparel, buying, technologies, cultural dress, global logistics, customer service, and professionalism (I'm sure there's more I didn't list).  I've been shopping around for various grad schools, because I've decided that when I'm old and my fingers can't sew anymore I'd like to teach.  I had the pleasure of doing my internship with a US retailer who sells a variety of fashion merchandise (including lolita) at conventions.  During my time with the company we carried both Japanese brands (Metamorphose, Innocent World, Baby the Stars Shine Bright, Alice and the Pirates, & Angelic Pretty) and off-brand merchandise (Sweetheart Slips, Rakuen Fashions, Lolita Princess, Fan+Friend & some handicrafts).  I also had the pleasure of going on a buying trip to Japan where I convinced myself I just needed a full-sized black & blue Usakumya rucksack :)

My original intention was to enter one of our regional fashion week's "Project: Design" competition in which the global public gets to pick their favorites to be seen on the runway.  Unfortunately, they've since decided to make it an annual show instead of a semi-annual show so it'll have to wait until fall if I decide to continue pursuing it at that time.  At this point, I'm wondering where I'd like to launch my line(s) at should I decide to forgo fashion week (or if they decide to forgo me!).  I'm located in the Midwest (specifically Illinois) so I had considered the Khaotic Kouture show at Anime Central in Rosemont (Chicago area).  I'm also open to suggestion for other local venues.  Some of the other conventions I had previously considered seem to have dropped their fashion shows from their programming.

Some valuable resources I've discovered:

My web host in Dreamhost.  I pre-paid for five years so the price was right.  It comes with a lot of ready-to-install software for a variety of activities from shopping carts, to forums, to blogging, to photo galleries, etc. 

I do my business banking with Wells Fargo.  I have a merchant processing account through them which allows me to run credit cards at conventions.  They do have terminals, but I opted for the touch-tone processing method.

I've been thinking up some questions I've been meaning to ask, but I'll collect my thoughts and save that for another post!  I'll also work on getting some design sketches touched up and posted in the next week so I can have something artistically beneficial to contribute :)  I'll also keep my link off the list until I have something more substantial posted ;)

Feb. 12th, 2010

Blasphemina - Pub Crawl Sexeh


Wake up!

Hey, all of you new people who joined! Introduce yourselves!


Jan. 25th, 2010

top hat


Headdress time!

I've finally photographed and listed some of my headdresses. My favorite by far is the steampunk one:

Also, I like this one with a huge flower on it. The rest of it is fairly plain, but I like the idea:

There's more here:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/teatimeinc?section_id=5924310

Let me know what you think!

Nov. 30th, 2009

goth front


Post Fashion show sales post:)

I thought this would be a good time to post our post fashion show sale items, or what is left since its getting right before the holidays!

rest of postCollapse )Read more...Collapse )You can also go to etsy if you would just like to buy them from there:) www.etsy.com/shop/KMKostumes

Nov. 5th, 2009


Kinda sad :(

Helloooooo out there!

No one really posts here anymore, its kind of sad :(

If anyone is reading this, I want to know what you've been up to? How is life as a Lolita designer where you live? I'm finding it kind of hard here in Boston, but I'm thinking of traveling to showcase my work in the Artist Alleys of Anime conventions along the east coast... Good idea? I thought about doing the dealer room (I saw lolita Kisama in the NYAF dealer room and it made me wish I had the $900 to shell out.. heh)

Anyway, I hope all is well with everyone!

Oct. 2nd, 2009


My first real show!!

I just finished up my first real show!! It was insanely exciting and I just wanted to post a picture of me and 3 of the models ^-^ The other 2 were MIA for that pic..

It was called Bishounen's Closet at NYAF.

Aug. 5th, 2009


Some of my designs

I finished up some things that I would love to show you!Collapse )

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