Hi guys, I took almost 2 years off from blogging because I needed to find what I'm really supposed to be doing on this planet. I mean I love fashion & am planning on launching a line, but I have always been deeply disturbed by the standardization of sizes.
Especially for girls, it is so easy to judge each other based on what size we wear. Do we really care if you are a size 2 and I am a size 14? It should have nothing to do with the quality of a person.
When I was a teen, I remember how vicious a girls' locker room was, comparing sizes while changing into our PE clothes or going shopping with my friends and family was something that I dreaded. I remember always picking a size that was smaller than what I really was and forcing myself to wear it. I was really embarrassed about being a size 9 then. I constantly wished and hoped that one day I would just wake up and be a size 0.
This seeded a low self esteem in myself that took years to overcome. Now, in my adult years, I really want to do something to reduce or completely eliminate this notion of "fat" and "too skinny" based on sizes of clothes. After 2 years of soul searching and reflecting within myself, I REALLY want to shed light onto the technologies that can fundamentally remove this particular social stigma from our society to impact us for the positive.
If we have the technologies that can enable us to have customize sizes at the tips of our fingers.. why shouldn't we utilize it.. or figure out a way for it to happen?
If sizes didn't exist would it help reduce judgement from others?
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What is a magic mirror? It shows a reflection of you but also augments things like: the clothes or make up you are wearing. You would be able to buy things that look flattering to your body, possibly exactly to your size, could test different make ups on your face.. without ever having to leave your house.
Intel created one (not sure what happened there) but ultimately you can see yourself in this mirror wearing different augmented styles.
Think of a world where a mirror takes your size, sends it to a 3D printing shop & you get your clothing shipped. Ok, this is not a reality... yet. But IMAGGIIIIIIINEEEEEEEEEEEEEE that type of simplicity?
I mean it's surreal, amazing even that we can do things like this now. I would LOVE to have this type of supply chain built into my KARISH. line especially since I want to get rid of sizes all together!
Also imagining the next generation of this.... imagine designing your own clothes, picking your fave. fabrics etc. and having everything made-to-order. UNREAL.
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One of the things that I am constantly doing is looking for new inspiration. Whether it's via fashion week, random OOTDs or just online window shopping. Here are some of the styles that really inspired my line.
**DISCLAIMER** none of these pictures are mine, these are clothing items that I am inspired by that I have collected over the years.
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So I tried it... and the Results are in!
When I tell people that this is something that I was experimenting with the first reaction i get is "EWWW you're going to smell bad" and I would shrug my shoulders and say, "well do I smell bad now? Because I use it everyday" and the normal answer is "No".
This is the first shift "health & beauty" related that I made into the brand new year & wanted to share it with you guys because I am SO IN LOVE WITH IT!
Once you go natural, you'll never turn back! I urge everyone to try this.
I know that in starting a fashion line, that part of my strategy HAS to include a technology component. Therefore, I looked at one of the biggest trends that has everyone talking: 3D Printing. But I am not famous and cannot afford higher production prices & all the rumors that I have heard is that this new technology would be replacing the fashion industry as we know it and would be cheaper than the normal supply chain prices. But is it true?
When I first began to research this ideology my understanding of how 3D printing clothes would actually work was skewed. I thought it would be a glorified printer where I could feed it the fabric of my choice and it would print out my design. Boy was I wrong.
I started googling and googling found some cool things but none which could fulfill the KARISH. Line.
From the Electroloom website, I went to BOLT threads (who recently partnered with Stella McCartney).. Since these guys are actually genius scientists, making fabrics from sustainable goods (yeast and such) it would be too pricey for a startup like mine to actually afford using them as a viable option.
I even watched a Ted Talk by Danit Peleg who tried the same thing and found that it's a little bit difficult to find filament that makes comfortable clothing fabric. She finally found something that kind of works but not at the weight of chiffon and silks...and still looked really intricate to put together. Me and her have the same types of visionary goals.
Later in my journey, I found a place that actually prints out clothes & thought where do I get this machine?? I WOULD
D-I-E TO WORK WITH THESE GUYS! They seem to have figured it out.
This machine is closest I found and goes for around $3K, plus all the applications that come with it. If you were just starting is this something that you could afford? I'm not convinced.
As it currently stands there is nothing that can fully replace the fashion line supply chain today. It is too costly & sure maybe worth the investment -- in 10 years this is a possibility but there are a lot of kinks to be worked out.
Of course, there are other technology avenues to explore-- but if the production & customization of clothes piece of the supply chain could actually be worked out, there would be a 10 fold effect on the industry.
I have faith that technology will soon make our lives easier. But in the mean time, I will launch a line that is a hybrid approach that will standardize sizes but also offer to custom size my line at no additional cost to the consumer.