Saturday, June 18, 2011

Winds of Change

I had a productive exciting morning today with my lovely and talented friend Vibeke Brethouwer, we met Melissa Mcintyre (also a mutual friend on our Island) from Buana Satu the daughter and establishing member with her Mum and owner Helen - of this iconic store in Auckland's K'Rd, its been around 21 years.
We're helping Melissa with the web side of business (lack of at the moment) made me realize how much time I spend at my table on these networks seeing whats out there what others are up to and getting my story out too.
The story is what it's all about for me...after getting how it all started for Bauna Satu it made me appreciate how our journey in life sets us apart in business and to sell that as much as the service or product because that human connection is what we crave to recognise the similarity in our lives.

Buana Satu is one of my stockists for imp`ish so I left the samples of the range, to make her order as she sold out of our first range. I feel because  2/3rds of my shipment is here - well at the Auckland Airport I can focus on what's next, or where to put it all next in my house 300 kilos 37 boxes (there small).

Then I got a call from my newest stockist The White Room in Dunedin, who placed there first order and are very excited about have the range in there design store.

What an impact for a store front... The White Room

Its been a incredible week for change seven days with challenges, joys and life lessons to give me more greys, but joys and heart felt connection like never before! I bought my first car (which gave me some trouble), my children's Father moved to Sydney; my shipment was incomplete but sent anyway from India with huge shipping costs at Auckland end (which is not the norm). My first baby and only son Sam turned 14 - yeah legal baby sitter, his application due for Dilworth's college has been grueling.
I postponed my Dragons Den appointment with New Zealand Trade and Enterprises as I'm stuff with mucus and coughing like an old smoker so unable to do my 20 minute pitch. My life is full and i asked for it!
So very grateful for my family, parents, friends and god, who with love and support make me believe so much is possible!

My oldest and youngest Samuel 14 and Lucia 2 - he loves her so Palm Beach Waiheke Island.

Much love Joannexo

Saturday, June 4, 2011

NEW TOPS and SHIPMENT on its way...

Its a rainy Queens Birthday weekend, but my mind is distracted with the buzz of anticipation for my new tops that i got images from my Indian manufacturer a few days ago.
Plus the shipment is supposed to leave on Monday the 7th June wooohooo! Its been sooo long and i'm thankful for my stockist patience.
I'm super thrilled at the collaboration between Faith my 10 year daughter who helped me design the Hello Sailor collar print top. I explain what I wanted thickness of stripes and how the collar and tie could be and she did a fantastic job!
I'm so proud of my creative kids and like there opinion on what i'm doing especially my 12 year old daughter Grace who wants everything in her size too. When I started Organic Island Baby 5 years ago Samuel who was then 9 wrote the text for our logo which i love!

Faith and her original drawing for "Hello Sailor" top in certified organic cotton jersey in grey marle with the collar purple.

Our other new top is our "branded" print in black both new tops are available is sizes 3-6m up to 5 years.
Better pics will come on kids when they land these are on the desk of factory owner!

My design team who will always inspire and help me want to make the world better with our family business.
Now its time for me too to relax and do some knitting!
Much love Joannexo