In our quest to build the absolute best local craft store for you, we're putting a lot of time and energy into finding awesome stuff to fill up the shelves. Because we love you, we sacrificed two week days and traveled to warm, sunny, pollen-free Miami to check out DG Expo, a fabric and trim trade show.
It was kind of heaven. We got to touch a ton of fabrics, look through books of current and upcoming designs, and met with reps from some companies we've been interested in for a while, like Dear Stella and Robert Kaufman. We also connected with a lot of companies we hadn't known about, and now we have a great selection of leads on apparel fabrics, cool zippers, buttons, and pom-pom trim, of course.
Lots of what we saw got us thinking about classes to schedule once our sewing studio is up and running. There were SO many bright spandex blends and prints, we definitely want to offer a class on leggings and workout tops. Same goes for swimsuits, though that will for sure be a multi-week class! We found a supplier with really fantastic faux fur, which we decided would make excellent capelets (you know, for the opera...). And even though it was 85 degrees outside, I got a little obsessed with this swatch of coral and purple wool:
It was a great trip, and we even managed to squeeze in a couple of poolside strategy sessions. Lots of decisions left to make, but we can already envision the beautiful bolts of fabric filling up the walls of our new store.