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adventures in NYC

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A week or so I ago, I went to NYC with a friend to spend the day in the garment district…y’all know me, so you know it was an all day affair that included a dozen (or so) stores. One of them was Global Leathers, where I picked up this lovely stash of pretties:   […]

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my favorite ways to customize fabric

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I’ve been in love with fabric for so long that designing my own has always been inevitable! Digital design and ink drawing have both been preoccupations of mine lately, but they aren’t the only techniques I use in my quest for customized fabric… Here are my top three favorites right now: topstitching on fabric Anything […]

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a sneak peek at the new button scarf

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In the slow process of revamping the Holland Cox line, I’ve discovered that wearable accessories are the most interesting for me to design and to make. I envisioned a cowl-style scarf that would be bold and colorful, but also cozy warm to wear in the winter (I hate being cold!). You can get a big, […]

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a sneak peek at the evolved tote bag

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My inspiration for the very first Holland Cox tote bag is not only my perfect tote, but my longtime fixation on the idea that versatile does not mean plain. A tote bag is the sort of wardrobe workhorse you need to be really functional: it should hold lots of stuff, and it should be easy […]

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drawing inspiration

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One of my new year’s resolutions was to draw more. I wanted to get into the habit of drawing regularly, but also I was intrigued by the idea of drawing on fabric, which I had never done before, and figured I could use some practice before I jumped in. I started by delving into my […]

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a better word than “reformed” or “recovering”

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  I’ve been sewing since 2003, and I have so much fabric. There was a time when I tried to get on the bandwagon of de-stashing…when I subscribed to the notion that my (massive) collection of fabric was something to be ashamed of. Thankfully I was never so delusional as to think myself completely “reformed,” […]

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pattern camp is the only camp for me

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It has been my secret desire for a very long time to design fabric! I have an entire Pinterest board about pattern and textiles. Shopping for fabric (including window shopping) is my #1 favorite past time next to actually sewing. So when I found a link (on Pinterest, of course!) to Jessica Swift’s Pattern Camp, […]

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a sneak peek at my spring 2012 collection

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Last summer, when I first started thinking about purples and blues for my la acquabella collection, I already knew that my next collection was going to be all about green. fabrics for the spring collection: green & gray I’ve been in love with a certain shade of bright, apple green for a long time…probably since […]

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diy fabric envelopes for valentine’s day

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Yes, it’s an utterly made up holiday. But what’s wrong with making up a reason to tell people around you that you care? Nothing. Especially if you do it with something handmade! These fabric envelopes are an all-purpose gift. Whether you are celebrating February 14 with friends, family, or your sweetheart, you can do it […]

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fall 2011 preview: la acquabella

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I can hardly believe it, but I’m about to introduce my eleventh collection for Holland Cox! As always, the collection consists of eighteen one-of-a-kind handbags, in three styles: the classic, the wristlet, and the envelope clutch. But this time, I’m very excited to offer a new look for the envelope clutch! The merrimack envelope clutch […]

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