Friday, February 26, 2010
Los Angeles, Himel Brothers and Twitter
So the world stopped while I journeyed the globe. I've been hunting down the best materials for my jackets, meeting with my suppliers and discussing possible sales with , reps and store owners. Along the way I visited some of my vintage clients in Japan, looked at fashion trends and participated in some very very important fashion shows. While on the Mekong River I read a book by Gary Vaynerchuk Called "Crush It". I normally avoid the obnoxious American phenomena known as "self help", however my brother recommended it. I read it mostly because it was a sunny day and the book was short anyway. While Gary is clearly a maniac of self promotion, the book got me thinking...do I share enough of "me" in my blogging. I started researching what you readers say regarding my posting and realize that I have not really shared what I do and who I am enough...thankyou Gary there is genius in between the lines. As a result I am now embarking on some new adventures in sharing. I linked my facebook status to my twitter account and I have joined twitter. I still have not quite figured out the relevance of it, but my voyeuristic enthusiasm is secretly hoping to follow and be followed.
I finished my month long journey in Los Angeles. After arriving in sunny California, Nance and I made a time honoured journey straight to Canter's Delicatessen; one of the last oldies around and ordered a tongue and pastrami sandwich. Anybody who is anybody in L.A. including every great Jewish jacket makers would have sat down and had a sandwich at Canters over the last 70 years. We started planning for the next big day. The next big day was really big! I set up my booth for my leather jacket company Himel Bros. Leather at Rin Tanaka's Inspiration Show at Barker Hanger, L.A. It was an inspirational experience! I met up with my old vintage friends...met some new friends, hung with the biggest names in vintage and fashion design and we all talked Schmata. Anybody who was anybody in what I consider real fashion was there. Im going to post pictures of Nancy and I setting up our booth that we shared with my old old friend Rob Medellin (Robvintage). If you look in Rin Tanaka's Motorcycle Jackets book you will see jackets from Rob! I own a few in the books myself and even sold many of the pieces pictured.
Robert has started a new boot label Ace Boots that will be appearing on my upcoming website and in select stores in Japan. Rob is well respected, understated and a brilliant fashion genius. I will gradually share all my friends booths and more photos over the month so that you can experience the same amazement that I had being in such an awesome event.