Tuesday, February 24, 2009
As far as what I like to cook, it varies. I was trained in a classical French style so I do enjoy making foods using those techniques. But I also am really drawn to Southeast Asian cuisines. I love working with typical Thai ingredients and trying to make it approachable to Steph and her decidedly non spicy palette while still being able to impart the kick of hot chilies that I crave. I also try my best to make the food look as pretty as I can using our crazy mismatched plates and flatware.
We have a kitchen table, but I love that we take our meals at the coffee table while sitting on the floor. Hey, it works for us.
After I have finally finished creating the only thought that is going through my mind is "I hope this doesn't suck and that she likes it." It makes me really happy when all the elements work together and she does in fact say "it's yummy.". Sometimes she will get out the camera and take pictures of things, I actually really appreciate that she thinks to do that. I guess I never do it simply because my intentions when cooking are centered on: 1. We need to eat something. 2. I hope she likes it. 3. I hope I like it. rather than how to present this to the world.
With that being said I usually never draw attention to the fact that I do these things. But that's not to say I'm trying to be selfish about it. Anyway today Steph just posted this today about last nights dinner. It made me realize that she does in fact enjoy my 'hot stove slav'in' and that it is ok to post a recipe every now and then because maybe someone else would enjoy it. So I think I will try to do this more often and have fun with it. In fact I have planned out this weeks meals and tonight is Curry night. We'll see what happens.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I think we all agree that the American Apparel 50/50 shirts are amazingly soft and their fit is awesome. The only drawback is because they are such a thin shirt things screen printed on the inside will pretty much show through. That's not so good. So I've ordered a few of the classic American Apparel shirts as these are a bit thicker and will be better for designs with inside printing. For sure we'll be using the 50/50 for our one off single print pieces.
Steph and I might buy one of those little Japanese screen printing machines so that we can easily do labels and hang tags with a bit less fuss.
Also, all production items will be printed using water based ink.
And at the end of the post is a little tune that I have had stuck in my head for days. it needed to get out.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
To me anybody can design and sell a Tshirt. If you look at all of the "Busted T" styled sites, that's often the case. It just kills me when I see a T Shirt for sale and whoever is selling it hasn't even bothered to remove the tag from the manufacturer (Hanes Beefy T). UGH! It's all in the details and if you don't care about them then I just don't understand.
AS for the Fondu, it's been going well lately I think. We've finally started some test prints and it looks like our set up will be more than adequate for our needs. The prints are turning out well and just need some fine tuning. I don't mind taking it slow either because I want to get this all done the right way. Plus when you're bootstrapping it, you have to take things as they come. If we had limitless resources that would be different. So we muddle through. We're on to something good here.
As far as some fine examples of good branding and just how cleanly everything flows together to make the whole image of the company, slick here are some examples:
Loyal Army Clothing These guys are great. Steph loves these guys. True the whole brand is marketed towards the teenage "cute" girl crowd and not so much for boys, especially ones my age. Then again, Steph rocks clothes made for bubbly 15 year old girls like nobodys business. Loyal Army is located here in S.F. and they manufacture locally which is awesome and something I strive to do. They recently opened a brick n' mortar in the Haight. As an aside, long ago when my buddy and I were dabbling in clothing lines, we were discussing using the name "Royal Army."
Babycakes Clothing comes to us from far, far away in a land of Druids. The U.K. Babycakes, is another example of starting small and building the brand until you get big. Their designs are uber flashy. I think they like going to electroclash parties. Anyway, I their stuff looks very clean, it's just uber loud but that's the brand they've built up. They've also heard that having peeps with good style and nice hair model your clothes is a good idea. I totally subscribe to that theory.
Lastly, we come to my favorite current brand I am Colin This guy just has it down. He's also from the U.K. and he makes clothes for super electro-nerds, basically clothes for me. I think dude is in the AD game for his day job so it doesn't surprise me he'd have a firm grasp on how to brand things properly. As for his lgo, meh, I'm really not into the whole skull n crossbones thing. I've thought it was played out since it started to become popular. His logo is a pretty clever play on it though.
So yeah, it's nice to have some successful models to kind of gauge things by. No biting, just a litmus test to hold up against our own stuff.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
After an evening at Gary Danko and opting for four courses instead of three. I always insist on taking my lady to a fancy $1000 a ticket charity ball. I'm just that kind of guy. Ok, so it didn't exactly happen quite that way but the Gary Danko, 4 courses, my lady and the charity ball were real.