Category Archives: Random Rants

Houston Shoot Week 2014 – A Black and White Affair

Alright.. so if I hadn’t already spammed everyone with what little photos I have from the past collection and runway show.. I’m about to do it again. Here is hopefully my last attempt at selling my stuff.

So.. Houston Shoot Week 2014 was held July 26th at the House of Dereon and was put together by Touche Studios.

There were many battles leading up to the day of the show (moving apartments, hula competition, no funds for fabric, runway coaches that do not like me and event coordinators that have ulterior motives) but all in all the show was success. I was the first designer to present, so my segment went quickly and I felt that my collection looked professional, sexy, cute, naughty girl next door and all of that jazz. For the time constraint I was under, I was very proud.

This event challenged me not only mentally but physically as well. I had to make the choice to either keep me word, while running up against a deadline, not paying my bills and using what little money I had to buy fabric in hopes of getting a bit further in this fashion world, and to hopefully also sell some of the pieces.. OR..breaking my word, letting people down… but at least I’d have groceries. Obviously you know which side I chose, and I am proud to say that I was able to show 13 pieces, when 2 days before I had nothing to show for the event. If I were to be put in that same circumstance again.. I would have chosen groceries… because still nothing has sold.

Here is what I don’t get… and please enlighten me if you know something that I do not.

You go to Victoria’s Secret and spend $98 on ONE bra.. made over sea’s.. and poor quality. This is not a one in a million bra.. this is a… half of the women you meet in your life has bought this .. bra. People aren’t being pair fairly and the quality is cheap…. yet we still do it.

I on the other hand.. live in your city. I only buy materials that are sourced from small businesses in YOUR CITY. I hand make everything myself, and more often than not I do all custom work. I spend countless hours making sure everything not only fits properly (the most important) but that it also will not come apart.. BUT.. let’s say it does… IM IN YOUR CITY.. you can just call me to fix it. You get a chance to see me face to face, to deal with YOUR WON FASHION DESIGNER directly… that’s a luxury most people will never have.

Did I mention that all of my pieces are ONE OF A KIND… that’s right ladies.. I never make the same thing twice. So, while I ship things all over the world.. if you are wearing one of my creations… YOU ARE ONE IN 6 BILLION.. you are special.. and you are the only one with that exact piece… need I remind you that you get to deal with me directly.

SO…. then why is $200 too much for a 4 piece outfit that can be worn multiple ways?

I don’t get it.. I truly don’t.

But this is why we have a million Forever 21’s that produce disposable clothing.

Do you know why they call it that? Because it’s not made to last more than one season.. unless of course you take amazing care of it…. which is rare for a lot of people. It also clutters our landfills, promotes big business polluting our environment with harmful dyes, AND takes that creative person you have in your life… that one that creates things you’ve never seen… that no one has.. and it forces them to quit their craft.

Why can’t we live within out communities more, support thy neighbor and to stop looking like everyone else..

 

You were born to stand out… so do it already. 

 

… and with that… I conclude my ranting issues with photos from the last collection. I hope you enjoy them. Please share with your friends.

 

Also….. I am fully aware that I started out stating one thing.. and finishing in a completely different area.. yea.. I do that… AND.. this is not just clothing related.. it pertains to all things local.. GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS.. and be kind to each other. We all have to share this same earth.

 

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What is it about ME?

There is a chance that by reading the above title you are thinking this is going to be a whine session about my life.

You….. are partly correct and partly COMPLETELY WRONG.. but first you were correct.

I just have one question…. which may come as a series of questions in a moment.

Why do I annoy myself so much? I literally feel like I am driving myself insane, which means I must drive others insane as well.

I lose motivation in the blink of an eye. I never know what I want (too many choices). Once I do pick out what I want I have no patience to wait for it to happen. I’m a dreamer. I’ve got big ideas and I want them all to happen right now. When I am forced to follow the dreams of someone else, I fall into a pit of self loathing and I just splash around in it until another deadline hits and I need to pull myself out. I want to do what I want, in a way that makes myself and others happy. I do not want to conform.

Is it because I am a girl? Is it because I am a Gemini, or Left Handed… or a Cali girl suck in a beachless town? Is it because I am creative?.. I hear creative minds are the worst to deal with. Maybe it’s a little of all those things????

Or perhaps…. what’s even worse.. It’s just me.

LET ME BE HAPPY UNIVERSE!!

I work my ass off and I try to please everyone… haven’t I earned up enough karma points to give me what I want?

Top 10 List:

  1. Sell the Mini
  2. Buy a new car (cheap, 4 dr, reliable)
  3. Finish paying bills.. between IRS and medical I need 5k
  4. FIX MY FUCKING SKIN…… I mean the older I get the worse my skin gets. I’ve finally gotten myself into a place where my weight doesn’t bother me.. my skin though.. WTF
  5. Expand my business, find an investor, open up a boutique/event space. I have a great idea for how to increase local business, community outreach and to make money for everyone. EcoLocalFriendly BEETCHS!
  6. Travel, find amazing fabrics and inspiration. Meet people.. make friends everywhere.
  7. Spend more time exploring new things with Matt and Isis
  8. Become a better hula dancer. Be more dedicated, thoughtful and dance with passion
  9. Find myself and then get lost in creativity again.
  10.  Read more, spend less time hunched over a sewing desk

After all that marriage, house, kids… blah.. all of that later.

Truly I want a successful business. I’m tired of struggling. I understand that your 20’s this is exactly what you are suppose to be doing.. but my my. they don’t tell you how exhausting it is.

I lied… this is all about me whining about my life.. but you’ve made it this far. so thanks.

rant over.

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Words to remember

This is a passage that has been reposted many times on Facebook and it’s something that I thought I would share to the non-facebookers or to those who haven’t read it yet. It’s true and I feel like sometimes we as humans get so caught up in our own lives that we forget about the needs of the people in our social circles. For those of us, (Like me) who feel these things often… we can feel forgotten by the people who love us most or by the people who call us friends.

Think about it.. tell me how it makes you feel.. Are you one of the people who goes above and beyond for others but inside feel like you need someone to go above and beyond for you? Let’s support each other!

Did you know that the people that seem the strongest are usually the most sensitive?

Did you know that the people who exhibit the most kindness are usually the first to get mistreated?

Did you know the ones who take care of others all the time are usually the ones that need it most?

Did you know the 3 hardest things to say are:

I love you,

I’m sorry, and

Help me?

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Forever 21.. worst pattern making, great for me

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Dear forever 21.

Your pattern making skills blow…… hard. I have purchased higher quality items at kmart that have last longer and whose side seams didn’t travel around my body after I washed it once.

But can I really be mad? Afterall I purchased this shirt for $8.

On the bright side I was given the privilege to have a moment of clarity (i wanted to make my own tshirts) when I decided to cut up one of your t’s to use as a block pattern… To my amazement I got 2 very different looking pieces each time.

The sleeve patterns were different, front halves and back halves were not even close to lining up. Have you heard the expression, twins not sisters? Or in your case, twins not distant cousins…

Gratefully now I have more variety in my pattern block pieces, meaning better for me and my clients… So instead of being mad for creating horrific patterns, I would like to say thanks for giving me so many choices.

Sincerely,
Ashton Miyako

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RANT – Making Money in San Francisco, Possible?

CAUTION: this is a ranting blog.. for the most part it has nothing to do with fashion or my designing.. but it’s frustrating and I am sure some of you might be going through this and can empathize with me.

Ok, here we go

Money is something that I never talk about. In fact I shy away from even trying to tell my clients the prices of their dresses in fear that one of them will tell me that I am charging them too much and demand a lower price, thus making me feel bad and forcing me to lower my price to one that makes them happy. I’m a people-pleaser I can’t help it. Lately I have been in a Last month was very slow on dress sales and I have been struggling to “get back on top”. I know that my generation is one that demands instant gratification so I post dresses on etsy, facebook, blog and tweet it up hoping that suddenly strangers will buy my work and pull me out of this financially induced stress attack. The truth is, THAT DOESN”T WORK. Maybe it happens in fairy tales or maybe it happens in real life, but not mine.

I try to sew new things everyday,anticipate what my clients or new client may be wanting next and try to do that. Truth is.. I work best when I am making money and since I’m not.. I find myself staring at my sewing machine in total angst. “WHY CAN”T YOU MAKE ME MORE MONEY!!!!????”

My next step? Getting  “real” job. Which as most of you know I have been dragging my feet on for several months now. Yes, part of me secretly hopes that my design business will take off and that I will no longer have to worry about money and can actually do the things I want to do but the truth is.. I’m not qualified in this job market. In order to be a waitress.. you must have 5 years experience, a bachelor’s degree and magic tricks up your sleeve. No offense to those who have been waitressing for 5 years or more but that seems like a job you do when you’re in transition into something else.. raising money until you get to do that next big thing. I do not want to be a professional waitress who working until I am 70 at a small cafe serving people who will never remember my name..  *Sigh*

When I asked my friends about what they did the answer was always the same, “Lie on your resume”. WHAT?? I thought that was something people only did in movies. I have never lied on a resume and I am afraid that if I did I would forget about what I had lied about and slip up in the interviewing process. Now when I look on Craigslist for jobs that I could potentially apply for and lie about I can’t seem to find anything that I could do or fake for long enough. I’m not an engineer or an analyst or a director.. .p. maybe I should just stick with trying to own my business because clearly this market has no place for a girl like me.

So now you might be wondering, “How DOES Ashton make her money?” “All this bitching must be going somewhere” Well a couple of years ago I was lucky enough to work at a law firm and when I switch jobs (social media start-up) and then got fired because they refused to promote me unemployment kicked in from the law firm… for which I am very lucky. Granted I make only $1296 a month, pay $700 for rent (Trav gets the rest), $50 for Comcast internet, $300 (usually more) for food, $100 phone bill, $40 for Blockbuster and Netflix (I never leave my house I have to watch something) leaves me with about $106 which usually gets spent on Bart tickets, Zipcar or fabric. If I am lucky to have sold some dresses within the month then I try to go to the movies with Trav or it goes to food, maybe fabric. However no matter what I do I feel like I can never get ahead.. I’m always going negative in my account. UUHHHHHHH…. I have been broke for most of my life. Chalk it up to bad parenting, or lack of college knowledge but I really don’t know what I am supposed to be doing here. I’m 24 (yes I know I am young) but when I see people my age going out, buying stuff, going on trips.. etc. I get super jealous. Where did I go wrong in my life that I can’t do those things??

Since I don’t know the answers to that maybe I will focus on the good things that I have going on.

  • I own my business at 24 doing exactly what I want to do
  •  I work hard and I feel good when clients come over and love my work
  • I live in one o the most expensive cities in America with my awesome boyfriend who will travel to the ends of the earth to make me happy (I’m super lucky on that one)
  • I have a great apartment in a nice part of town
  • I love my clients.. each and every one of them
  • I am not homeless
  • I do not go full days without food (unless I want to)
  • Smiling and laughing is free and necessary

Looking at the list shows me that it could be worse.. but then again it COULD be better.I really miss shopping

Would love to hear your thoughts and stories about how to manage to make money is this city.. or even in the bay area. Help show me that I am not alone in this quest to be better, have more and not be a sell out.

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