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Booze. Beards. Bowties.

Typically my dapper gentleman is either drinking cider with me, or whiskey by himself. He’s new to getting dressed up, but he asked me why I never make him bowties…. Well silly, you never asked me to.

Naturally that started a monster within myself.

I’ve got a million other projects to do before I leave for a month, but how could I resist?! I don’t get to play dress up with him enough… So I made 14 bowties..

Here are just a few.

Yes, they are one of a kind, made from repurposed materials, landfill friendly, locally made, ship worldwide and of course..

For Dapper Risk Takers Only.

Enjoy.

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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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Seam Ripping Learning Lessons

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Man fixing this dress has enlightened me quite a bit.

I have learned that I need to be a part of each and every process. I can’t assume that anyone knows how to do things the way I want them.

I never considered whether or not my sewers knew how to sew an invisible zipper, which is why they were having to many issues with this dress.

More importantly its my fault, my company, my brand and out combine wasted time since I have to seam rip the whole thing out.

sigh I think. Need to teach technique classes before singing people up, or have them provide a sewing sample book.

Have any of you ran into this problem?

I think part of it is just me assuming that everyone is on the same level I am, without taking the time to truly asses skill level. Same goes with marketing interns. I demand excellence at all times. Perhaps I’m asking too much? I don’t know.

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Lace-spiration

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I’ve been dreaming of lace recently for an upcoming fashion show that I’m doing… Let’s just say it’s going to be sexy chic.

I’m still saving pennies to buy materials… But with your help I can do things much faster. Plus, you get a gift with your donation.

Check it out.

Also I’d love to hear about what you’d like to see/wear!!

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Lace-spiration

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I’ve been dreaming of lace recently for an upcoming fashion show that I’m doing… Let’s just say it’s going to be sexy chic.

I’m still saving pennies to buy materials… But with your help I can do things much faster. Plus, you get a gift with your donation.

Check it out.

Also I’d love to hear about what you’d like to see/wear!!

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RawArtists Showcase – Panorama

Panorama Show - Raw Artists Ashton Miyako

NOTICE: There are only 4 more days to buy tickets for the RawArtists Showcase!!

I have been working on creating an entirely new line for this show and I couldn’t be more excited. But first, let me tell you more about what we’ve got going on:

Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014

Location: Stereo Live (Houston, TX)

Time: 7:30 – 12a

Cost: $15 per ticket  – Buy them here

 

 

 

 

What I get for being a “RawArtist”:

Participating RAW artists receive:

  • A profile portfolio on RAWartists.org, upload pics, videos, MP3s and more information on yourself and your work. (reserved only for RAW artists)
  • Promotion on our localized social media outlets
  • Placement in the RAW Showcase Event (a showcase with 500-800+ attendees)
  • An on-camera video interview, edited into a professional video that can be used to tell the world who you are (examples: http://www.youtube.com/RAWartistsTV)
  • Professional head shots and photos of your work, collection, performance, band or whatever you happen to be presenting (also great for portfolios, social media or websites)
  • A free showcase: Once you have showcased in your city and completed your ticket commitment, you can showcase in any other city (within a year of your first showcase) out-of-state FOR FREE! Yep, we want you to keep your work moving. Have your art seen or heard in London, Austin, Minneapolis, Los Angeles or even Sydney!
  • Complimentary admission into any RAW show +1 guest, forever
  • RAWards eligibility at the end of the season. This is our annual indie arts awards season where 9 national winners are honored and receive huge career building prizes like gallery placement, meetings with record labels, and placement in boutiques, etc. If you’ve been selected, you’re automatically in the running.
  • I AM INDIE Blog: We also work really hard to get you advice from the experts on different facets of the creative professional world
  • RAWk Wall: We bring you exclusive deals, opportunities, competitions, discounts and more…
  • We have strategic partnerships with organizations, companies and industry players to continue to bring more opportunities to the forefront

My Idea for Panorama:

It would be impossible for me to explain where I am going without telling you where my thoughts and dreams linger.

I am to my core… an independent designer. I believe in community. I believe in building a future together, and I believe in following dreams without selling out. I never dream of being rich and famous (thought, don’t get me wrong… I wont rule it out) I just want to be happy. That might beg you to ask… well what makes you happy? I am the happiest when I am designing clothing for women that fits amazingly. I love to see how my dresses light up the faces of the wears and boost their confidence. Women with confidence can and WILL change the world. I will always do what I can to help them get there.. obviously through amazing dresses.

I have been thinking for a while about HOW I could partner with my local community here in Houston. It’s a large city, with lots of people and no one seems to be concerned with a local fashion designer trying to change her community. Then I remembered this fantastic woman I had met, Maria Cummings. I met her through a previous job, and I can tell you that we are soul sisters. Somehow her soul just knows when mine is having a hard time digesting new information, dealing with the daily stressors of being an independent business owner, the silliness of interns and she really understands my creative mind. I am, in fact… my own worst nightmare. She gets it, she get’s me.. and she keeps pushing me forward. I am so very lucky to have her.

A few months back she was mentioning to me that she was finally going to start a non-profit. For years this woman has been in the trenches digging and begging for help. She works side by side with people who have fallen on to hard times, or those coming out of bad situations. She helps find them a place to live through Start of Hope, helps get their furniture through the furniture bank, and helps get them clothing through donated clothing from her clients. For a more than just a people looking to go back to school, she has even paid out of pocket for meningitis shots. She stands by the philosophy, “Everyone deserves a second chance”. She pours her heart and soul into each person, for as they grown in live, she growth them them.. step by step.

Now, I have fallen on a hard time MANY times… I am young.. I am inexperienced in some ways, and overly experienced in others. I react quickly to certain things and I have to pay the price for my darting tongue often.  Maria has been a life coach to me for over the past year, and I owe it to her, and to my community to give back.

There is where the upcoming show comes into play.

She has allowed me to go through the bags of clothing  and to choose whatever I want to create new items. For me this means that I am not spending out of pocket expenses on material, with no guarantee that it will even sell (which means I’m negative in my business), I am also forced to get back to my roots, and above all else.. I have to learn to be creative again.

Repurposed, recycled and upcycled clothing can be a challenge. It’s difficult to envision what a leather jacket can be turned into.. or even a hospital gown. However for me.. it’s a transformation… a rebirth, and it’s exactly what I need.

I am going through my own transformation, and the show will be a symbol of what I am going through. Taking something old and worn… then breathing new life into it.

I plan to show the clothing on the runway with before pictures above the models walking down the runway. I am working with a local music artists to have her perform during the show while the models walk. We will be playing a video before the show to show where Amazing Grace Charities as come, as well as Ashton Miyako Designs.

I’m excited… it’s emotional.. and I just want to pour my heart and soul in to it.

I hope that you will come see the show. If you do, you will get a chance to meet me (if you haven’t already) and to also meet Maria and her business assistant and partner, Matthew. They are both amazing people!

If you can’t make it, but you are interested in supporting Amazing Grace Charities, here is how you can!

 

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Green Leather Upcycled Jewel

This 1980’s green leather jacket has been turned into a ferocious cocktail dress! What do you think?

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NaughtyBunny Lingerie – Inspiration Pictures

HELLO!

Sorry for the delay in writing, I will fill you in later. like has been… well to put it lightly… FUCKING CRAZY.. and it’s it’s not slowing down any time soon. 

 

However, I have some great news. I have a few upcoming shows and I would love to see you all out there if possible.

 

The first is June 26th – Raw Artists (Blog to come)

Second is July 26th – http://www.HoustonShootWeek.com – where I will be featuring an all black and white lingerie line. Oh, and by the way… this is where you come into play. 

 

I have ZERO funds to make this happen, so I have set up a GoFundMe page where you can support me and my line in exchange for LINGERIE! Yaya.. I think that is a pretty sweet deal. 

 

But for the time being I figured I would just show you where my inspiration is headed.. so that you can be inspired too! Yippie!!

http://www.pinterest.com/ashtonmiyako/lingerie-show/

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Fleur of England

Welcome to it my loves. I’m so glad to be back.

 

 

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Sheer Camo Two Piece

Welcome to my love for sexy clothing that still make me feel classy and different.

This sheer two piece is one that was made from recycled materials found in San Francisco. It features a high waisted skirt w/ a train and a one shoulder top.

Check out the videos below:

I am wearing bathing suit bottoms… not trying to moon anyone here.

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Pongos Helping Pongos & ADVICE NEEDED

I need some advice on promotions and words to market myself.

ALSO, I have an event on Thursday, April 10th from 6p-9p. For more details, click here: http://www.houstonzoo.org/pongos-helping-pongos/

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