Monday, November 30, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Green Is In!
I'm always thinking about how we can make some beautiful designs in Guatemala that use recycled materials. I think I finally stumbled upon an idea that will be fabulous for Spring. Whenever I have visited the various town markets, I always see women selling old huipils (traditional blouses) and other hand woven and embroidered fabrics. In many cases what you find are either scraps or garments that are no longer being worn. Ding Ding. Why not repurpose this fabric to make lots of colorful and wonderful necklaces and bracelets? For January 2010, Dunitz & Company will introduce a variety of designs that incorporate these textiles. Stay tuned! For your eyes now, a preview. ND
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Back from Guatemala
It's been a hectic few days since returning from Guatemala on Sunday. I've hardly had a moment to reflect on my trip. We've been busy getting orders out.... & there was the fire scare noted in my last blog.
Wow. We really focused on a whole bunch of designs for the Spring 2010 season. At first, it seemed like the energy wasn't flowing. And then, the waterfall. I think I'll be showing almost 40 new designs in the Dunitz booth this January! Don't miss that. 40 new designs along with all of our old favorites in 12 new color combinations. It's almost impossible to decide which is my favorite. Previewing in this blog is a new pendant design -- featured here in the color combination I let leak last month. This is one I know I'll wear often. ND
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The Fire was Over Before it Started
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wholesale Shopping in the Windy City
Kudos to the Merchandise Mart team. They slashed their booth fees for 2010 to encourage show growth. They’ve been successful. Instead of exhibitors departing, they’re signing up. I’ve been told that as of today, about 15% more exhibitors have committed to the show. The sales staff expects this to jump to 25% - 30% before the doors open. Get the word out there. What a great opportunity for buyers. They’ll have more choices to choose from. Tell all – come to the Midwest and check out what the Chicago Market has to offer. No more fake corners.
For those of you that believe in buying “Fair Trade”, the Beckman Handcrafted section will have at least 16 exhibitor that belong to the Fair Trade Federation. Yes, Dunitz is among them. Last season there were only 4 or 5 of us. This is just another reason to shop this market. See you there. ND
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Thinking Out Loud about a Taboo Topic
Dunitz & Company doesn’t currently sell retail. We exclusively wholesale. However, we have considered and are considering having an on-line retail presence. Up until now, we haven’t done it because we thought it annoyed many retailers. We are regularly asked by retailers (at wholesale trade shows) if we retail. These stores have made it clear that they do not want to purchase from wholesalers that also retail. It seems almost impossible to get feedback from other wholesalers that retail. Why is this? They must know something I don’t – because so many are doing it.
I understand that most wholesalers that retail sell to the public at prices comparable to what retailers charge – so as not to compete with the stores that carry their line. I have heard the argument that most people like to touch and feel (in our case jewelry) the accessories they buy and prefer to shop at brick & mortar outlets. However, if a wholesaler doesn’t sell to stores in NE or SC, customers from these states would have options for buying.
I’m wondering how wholesalers that retail balance this without alienating the retail stores that carry their line. How many retail under their ‘wholesale company’ name with one website? How many have a retail site that goes by a different name? I’ve notice that many wholesalers known to me have websites that are clearly “retail” with their wholesale sections playing second fiddle. Hmmmmmmm.
I look forward to comments, suggestions and observations. ND
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Thinking About Colors
I never know where I’ll get my ideas for color combinations. Ideas can come from fashion and home décor magazines. I watch the reviews of the
One of my oldest jewelry designs is a twelve stranded bracelet with a toggle clasp. This bracelet has become a Dunitz & Company classic. At times I must admit that I’m bored with it – but I’m sure thankful I have it in the line. We’ve been selling this design for nearly twenty years and it is the “one” design that grounds me every season when I take on the new collection. I use this bracelet as the base for evaluating every color combination. If my colors work on this bracelet, I’ll translate the colors to all styles in my collection.
I’m well on my way to finishing Dunitz & Company’s Spring 2010 collection. Any and all of you readers will have to wait until January for this group to debut. For now I’ll give you a glimpse of the workings of my brain. In this case, I saw an outfit by designer Derek Lam. His colors are bit different than mine. But they did inspire me to combine green-turquoise with a camel-bronze. So here it is – a preview of 1 of 12 color combinations Dunitz will release in January 2010. Enjoy. ND
Saturday, September 5, 2009
2010 Fair Trade Calendar
Thanks to friends, family, clients, vendors, colleagues and photo enthusiasts, two of our photos were voted in for inclusion in the debut Fair Trade Calendar for 2010. The contest (hosted by www.competico.com) was sponsored by the Fair Trade Federation and Fair Trade Resource Network and will raise money for education and operations of these fine organizations. (Note: Dunitz & Company is a member of Fair Trade Federation.) If you’d like to order one or more calendars you can do so by visiting http://tinyurl.com/ftcalendar2010. Printed on recycled & environmentally friendly paper, this calendar features a host of wonderful images of fair trade producers from around the world. I know I’ll love to seeing our beaders up on our wall. ND
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Thinking about Holiday Cards...
Trade Show Marathon
This was the third year Dunitz & Company had been chosen for participation in the New York Gift Show's "Sustainability - design for a better world" display. We've been tagged in the past because we are members of the Fair Trade Federation. This year the jury committee recognized us for using old buttons in our designs. We use loads of Czech glass buttons from the 40's and 50's. These creations have been some our most popular. It seems there are button collectors lurking in every corner – every town.
The marathon continues. We're off to WWIN. Show dates are August 31 - September 3rd. Find us in booth # A2323 at the Rio Hotel. ND
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Getting Ready for WWIN
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I'm sure many of you who will read this blog will be familiar with our line. For those of you who aren't, let me introduce you. Ours is a wonderful glass seed bead jewelry line ranging from Victorian to ethnic. Sophisticated to junior. Sassy to understated. Sometimes simply colored and other times vibrant.
Dunitz & Company is a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation and Green America. Our line is lovingly handcrafted in the highlands of Guatemala.
Our beautiful line retails in a host of museum shops, clothing boutiques, gift shops & other specialty venues. If you're looking to purchase at wholesale, track us down at trade shows around the country -- we'll actually be heading out to WWIN Las Vegas this weekend. Want even more information.... Our website address is www.dunitz.com! Visit us on Facebook and Twitter. Stay tuned - more pearls to come. ND