shop happenings august 2017

Things have slowed down a bit for me after a burst of orders and prepping new pieces for fall. It's been tough to get used to the ebb and flow of running a retail business, particularly since I'm the sole employee. It's very exciting when orders come in and you feel like you're in the flow and then things slow down a bit and you sort of wonder if you'll ever get another order again (that's my anxious mind leaning towards catastrophic outcomes). But I try to take the busy times with gratitude and the slow times with gratitude. Slower times mean a quieter mind and more time for knitting and personal sewing. I still haven't had much of a chance to do a lot of the latter in recent months, but I'm so looking forward to showing you all what I've been working on for fall. I'm photographing some of those pieces this Thursday and I'm hoping to have them live next week.

I'm also in the process of hiring a contract seamstress. It was a huge decision for me that was riddled with excitement and doubt. I'm hoping having help means that I'll have more space during busy times to continue to offer new pieces, style and photograph my offerings and take on more opportunities that have been difficult to take on in the past. I will be introducing you all to my new clothing makers once things get finalized. 

One other thing I've been practicing with my business is visualization. I have a powerful imagination that can lead me to imagining very scary situations (see paragraph one), but I've realized that I have the power to imagine things going well for me. In recent months, I've been seeing myself standing strong, feeling confident and calm. What's crazy is sometimes those ideas become manifested and I feel fantastic, which has been an amazing feeling for someone who leans towards self doubt and fear. 

For you local folks (or anyone hoping to travel to Denver in the next two months) I have three events coming up. The first is the Longmont Block Party curated by Yore on August 26th. The next is Prism's Fashion Collective on September 2nd and the third is Renegade Craft Fair on the weekend of September 23rd. Flyers with extra details are below. I love these events because I get a chance to meet people that I never would have if I remained solely an online business. I will also have an additional stockist this fall (my current one is Goldyn here in Denver.) 

Hope you guys have a great week! 

 

the new eliandbarry.com

I can't believe this day is here! Today is the day that the new eliandbarry.com goes live and I'm pretty darn proud of what I've created here (if I do say so myself). I felt like my last website was lacking in a few ways. I wanted to have a simple layout that was visually beautiful, of course, but with slightly more content that what I was providing with my old site. I wanted larger product photos and an easier navigation. I wanted to BLOG again (feels like an old friend to me by now). But, most of all, I wanted to provide a larger backdrop (I've been using Instagram to do this up to this point) to discuss what being a sustainable business means. I want to provide more information on why I'm doing things that way I'm doing them. You'll see that I have an explanation of how my sizing works along with a guideline for how to measure yourself, coming soon will be more information on the fabrics I'm using (i.e. info about the actual plant/fiber used and where I'm getting my fabrics from.) I'm sure there are kinks to work out and I'm working on them, but for now, I'm basking in the glow of this accomplishment. And I'm excited to continue to evolve as a business and share with you all along the way what that's like! 

Below are some lookbook images I shot with lovely model, Emma Meeks.