Monthly Archives: April 2008

On going "Green" – a Sue Rock take on things….

When you look in all the magazines, clothing companies are awash with “green” products. Organic cotton tees, silk dresses – an entire Green section of the recent LA Fashion week feature companies using organic products in the production of their products. The changes in our industry continue across the country and around the world.

Sue Rock has taken a multi-faceted approach to the “Green” fashion trend. Being based in New York affords us a unique opportunity to be in the center of production for some of the largest worldwide brands. We have chosen to create our ENTIRE LINE from reclaimed fabrics – both from individuals and companies.

Most people don’t realize the extensive selection process design directors go through to come up with their final choices for their lines. All ideas have to be fabricated and reviewed before the final choices are made. This means that boxes and boxes of fabrics are discarded on a regular basis.

The interior design side of the business regularly discards quantities of fabrics as trends go in and out of season. These beautiful fabrics have a myriad of uses and come in a wide variety of colors and blends. With the trend towards organic fabrics increasing, the ability to reclaim fabrics that include coconut fiber, silk fibers and woven combinations becomes effortless.

These photos show just some of the design concepts of Sue Rock Originals. Most recently, we reclaimed discarded cotton fabrics from a top house. The weight and body of these fabrics, saying nothing of their variety made for a brilliant choice for a delightful selection of spring apparel!
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Mother’s Day Clothing Drive – Honored Volunteer Jacqueline Lemon-Denton

Today I had the opportunity of meeting a wonderful new volunteer. Jacqueline Lemon-Denton is a Queens native, who came out to see just what Sue Rock Originals Everyone is all about!

Jacqueline and her four sorority sisters who are spread out across the US will be contributing items to our Mother’s Day effort. She is an avid crocheter who loves making ponchos, wraps and shawls.
We talked shop – the merits of vertical versus horizontal scarf construction, and plyed over potential color combinations. Both of us marvelled at the “give” in Brown Sheep Company’s Cotton Fleece (a great combination of Cotton and Wool).
After much chatting, Jacqueline left with yarn for her and her sisters and shared her enthusiasm for this cause.

…….and I can’t wait to see what they come up with !

Attending my first photo shoot!

its marvelous working with fine people – normal people – you know, the kind who believe in phone calls, email confirmations and being on time. People like Janine Addison of Draco Photography. Draco Photography is a growing photography studio headed by Janine Addison. Based in Brooklyn, Ms. Addison is one of the growing generation of professionals who has claimed what some might call old school values. Genuine, time-sensitive and with a keen attention to the people she is working with, Janine was my entre into the world of fashion photography.

The shoot started promptly at 10:00am. In a small studio in Williamsburg, I met three models, a stylist and her assistant and the owner of the studio – Tony. Everyone was friendly and talkative and I began to sort through clothes and accessories. There was a rack there and with Janine’s steamer I got out some the final wrinkles in the skirts.

Janine moved happily and smoothly from models to stylist to makeup artist – making sure everyone was accommodated and that Tony was up to date on the timing of the shoot.

Soon the models were ready and it was off for a road trip, Tony with keys in hand. as they set outside on a beautiful breezy April morning for some shots by the water.

Femi, my husband and tailor for this wonderful venture, had spent the week working and reworking our wrap skirt patterns for the shoot. Our line had the theme “Back to Basics”, using that as an anchor to showcase our one of a kind fabrics. Consistent shapes with variable fabrics was the goal. We worked on an A-Line Skirt, Halter Top, Wrap Pants, Wrap Skirt and I came in with a Crochet Bolero with ruffle accents and Crochet Poncho. We had just come into some delicious cotton blend men’s shirting which would work well for both the top and the wrap skirt.

I was able to very comfortably and successfully photograph the majority of items brought, including multiple images of the skirt and pants. A number of key compliments came from those at the shoot about the clothing we brought and I left feeling buoyant and full of hope!

Images from the shoot to come!!

For more info regarding Draco Photography – see http://www.dracophotograpy.com

Mother’s Day Donation Drive BEGINS!!

As the rains come, we begin the steady work of scheduling and planning our MOTHER’S DAY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DONATION DRIVE . Craigslist is our mainstay for seeking volunteers. Their volunteer postings always bring wonderful people from throughout the New York area. VolunteerMatch is also quite good. VolunteerMatch provides non-profits with the ability to post opportunities and provides individuals and groups with opportunities that may appeal to them. The range of opportunities is extraordinary from driving to reading, from knitting and crocheting to sports. It’s really wonderful!

Help survivors of domestic violence get a new take on life!

The percentage of women who actually leave the home is heartbreaking. Women who do are ostracized, devastated and alone. Sue Rock Originals EVERYONE!!!! seeks to restore humanity to women who still have to work, tend to children and maintain normal appearances during extraordinary times.
Sue Rock Originals EVERYONE!!! teams knitters, crocheters and weavers with the raw materials they need to create clothing and accessories for survivors of domestic violence. In the two years we have been in existence, volunteers have contributed over 200 shrugs, sweaters, ponchos, hat/scarf sets, gloves and handbags. Yarn companies nationwide have come to the table and contributed exquisite yarns of every color and description – and needles and findings.
Your hands can help to make another person’s life uplifted. Yarn companies and individuals have already stepped up to the plate donating boxes of yarns and supplies to make this effort happen.
If you are interested in more information and wish to contact Sue for yarn and pattern pick up, email suerockoriginals@yahoo.com or call (347) 365-8747.
Thank you in advance for your creative efforts :))
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