Friday, July 15, 2011

Loving Byron

I just realized that I've been ignoring this blog....AGAIN. I just wrote a short post about the new O.BYRON line of fair trade handbags Dunitz & Company will be debuting this summer. I wanted to share a photo of that sweet boy (this one taken in the office in 2009) the new line is named for. My love for Byron will shower the same on the O.BYRON line :) -ND

Recycled Rubber & High Design

It's been challenging to bring a new, hip and environmentally conscious hand bag line to market. And, that new line will debut next week at the Los Angeles Gift Show. See the new O.BYRON collection in the Dunitz booth, #1031.
It became clear to me earlier this year that my excitement for my business had been waning. I'm guessing it had just become too routine for me. I've been involved with designing and selling my beaded jewelry line (from Guatemala) for well over 20 years. It's been steady and wonderful...but not unexpected.
Some new found joy was created when I ventured to Peru in April/May. While in Peru, I met two wonderful designers who have a workshop where they have been busy creating wonderful things for home decor and personal use. Better yet, they were and are primarily using recycled elements to create their items. We decided to collaborate on a handbag line made of recycled rubber. The rubber we are using primarily comes from tires and inner tubes. The new designs are fashion forward and fair trade. What is even closer to my heart is I have trademarked the line O.BYRON. To most it sounds like a random (designer) person's name. To those who know Dunitz well, you will know this is a tribute to my best friend of 15 1/2 years. My dog and Dunitz mascot passed when I was in Peru. - ND

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Guatemalan Sights - Design Week, April 2011

I've never measured, but I estimate the distance between the Posada (where I sleep) and the workshop (where I spend most days) are about 2 miles apart. When I walk, it typically takes me about 1/2 hour. Many days I enjoy this week. On this visit to Guatemala I found myself a bit more lazy that usual. Tuktuk (little red motorized tricycles) is a common mode of transport. This trip I snapped lots of photos from my speeding tuktuk. These views are typical of what you might see on any given day. -ND

Guatemalan Sunset- Design Week April, 2011

Twice a year I spend nearly two weeks in Santiago Atitlan
working on the Dunitz jewelry collection. On my most recent trip I realized I almost never snap photos in & around the community I work. Lake Atitlan and the volcano views are breathtaking. I always snap daylight photos. On this trip, I took some photos of the beautiful sunset as well. -ND

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Delicious Copper

It's that time again. For many, snow is still a possibility. Spring has not yet sprung! It's tough to think about the "next" colder season when this one is not quite over. But for those of us that design seasons ahead, we're always thinking about color. We're thinking about which shade might be the next big fashion hit.
I always find it fun to look at the Pantone trend reports. For me, they don't always seem spot on. However, they do provide some fun food for thought and possible direction. Funny, their forecast included "Honeysuckle" as a big color for Spring 2011. They're including this deep pinky-coral shade for Fall as well. (Note: This was my weakest selling shade for Spring 2011! Dunitz did show a combination of "Honeysuckle" with Coral orange.)

The New York, Paris & Milan runway shows are incredibly fun to check out... if even only online. The styles can be riveting. The big shoes are crazy. The makeup's outrageous. But through all that, I see color, color and more color. Brown is not just brown. It can be 'chocolate', 'espresso' or 'burnt sienna'. Grey is not just grey. It can be 'smoke', 'charcoal' or 'steel'. White is not just white. It can be 'pearl', 'swiss coffee' or 'birch'. The finesse comes with the precise shade and the combinations of shades. Shade and saturation of color is so important.

Sometimes you just have to go with your hunches. After looking at the runway shows, studying Pantone's forecast, shopping the stores to see what is "hottest" in home fashion & observing what people are wearing on the street, I begin to piece together my colors for the Dunitz & Company Collection. What I can tell at this point is my Fall 2011 will strongly focus on delicious coppers and a variety of saddle brown. I'll be throwing in a bit of jet black, plum, crimson, gunmetal and verdegris too.
It's going to be a yummy collection! You stay tuned now. From time to time I reveal crumbs on our facebook page. Do follow us there too. I can't wait to show you the big reveal at the summer trade shows. Thanks for reading. -ND