This morning, I spotted Patricia Zapata’s annual mosaic review on her blog, which inspired me to put together this review of our year at Skinny laMinx:
JANUARY saw us get inspired to grab the Cape Town World Design Capital by the scruff of its neck, and get the most out of it! We started by slapping an enormous yellow dot on the front of the shop, and put a call out for other Cape Town business owners to paint the town yellow too! We were just in time for ELLE Decoration France to do a lovely shoot with us for their WDC2014 feature
MARCH was important for taking steps in the direction of creative renewal. After so many years of working at high intensity, I really needed some non-directed creative time in my life. Pearl was back from two years in Paris, which meant that some space was opening up in my working life, so I moved a desk and a chair into an empty studio in Salt River. Peace, quiet, and somewhere to think, which is why I call it the Think Tank. I also started ceramics classes. Hooray!
MAY was high, high energy, as I was shooting up a storm for our impending catalogue launch. It is also the month where my awesome design assistant Melissa really came into her own, as we shot and designed three catalogues and a Lookbook!! Thanks to Charl Edwards for his help, too. Whew!
JUNE was launch month for the Paradise is Here fabric collection, inspired by my 2013 trip to Tokyo. It was a bit of a gamble, releasing such a wild and crazy collection, but those prints sure are popular! We are thrilled to bits with the reception these prints have received.
AUGUST gave me a big thrill when one of my style heroes Abigail Ahern featured us in the business section of her blog. I’m such a fan! So thrilled she noticed Skinny laMinx!
SEPTEMBER was when we really got into the swing of our #FanFridays hashtag, and our fabulous fans sent their pics of Skinny laMinx in their home. I think that Bob The Cat going crazy on a pile of Skinny laMinx cushion covers has to be get the #lookatmyskinny prize!
NOVEMBER was all about getting wholesale orders made up and posted off around the world, and Team Skinny laMinx did us proud! In the background, I was working in the studio, making lots more block prints (and having fun with the lino offcuts too!)
DECEMBER Busy, busy in the shop, and busy busy in the studio, working on ideas and prints for 2015.
And now all that’s left to do is to say goodbye to 2014, with huge thanks to our suppliers, our printers, our wonderful stockists, the Press for the incredible coverage… and most of all, to our incredible team, and to our awesome supporters and fans.
HAPPY 2015 to everyone from Skinny laMinx!