as the year winds down thoughts of family, friends, travels, and resolutions one never keeps and where and what to want for next year are crossing my mind.
my friend andi, who co-owns the fabulous store arboretum in northern california sent me this photo which made me start reminiscing about souchi's 13 year ride and all it's incarnations of labels (this being the second one). i miss the original more than you know. but, thoughts of hand tearing the muslin, rolling into a 50's vintage typewriter and finding/pressing firmly 's-o-u-c-h-i' hundreds of times, then folding and ironing all edges and hand sewing each corner. YES, not so practical when i decided to expand. yet, we did this for years....each employee or intern had to do a hundred labels a week so we had them ready to go. i remember having to decide, well more like admitting it was time to change because we already handloom, hand finish, hand sew labels and all finishes....we couldn't expect to type too.
so, for those of you who have the originals, email/post the pics to firstname.lastname@example.org because i would love to see these originals! bonus points to those who have the typed muslin label 'suzi johnson' or label from my first collection 'brown' which was just a chocolate rayon square.
it's december 21 and the year, as always, flew by! we have not slowed down since tunisia.
feelings.....we are exhausted! cori and i are laughing most of the day watching the souchi mascot, billy brown. these days, at the new studio, he can be found on the couch or his cashmere blanket (stolen from my couch!!) snoring, sighing or breathing deeply. when not sleeping he is showing off to: the sierra springs delivery man with his empty water bottle toy, wagging his tail so fast for the mailman who always brings him a treat...5 days a week (thank you) or holding his tennis ball in his mouth while 'grorting' (growling/snorting) at the cat who sits across the street staring at him.
we are taking a week off to enjoy the last week of the year and enjoy the rest that sweet billy has enjoyed this year. meanwhile, check out the website or the store.......i just dropped off 63 new pieces....YEAH!!
be happy, healthy, safe and joyful. happy holidays to you all.
I am the owner and designer of souchi, (www.souchi.com),a hand loomed luxury knitwear line. The eco-friendly souchi goods are sold all over the world, including the flagship store in portland, oregon or on-line at souchi.com. This blog shares moments from my crazy life, the people, places, work & art i love. These are the people and things who constantly inspire me.