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Craft Fairs: Musings and Insights

SUMMER 2015Ayana MillerComment

This past weekend Love Yanz attended the Renegade Craft Show in San Francisco at the Fort Mason Center. It was great to see other small businesses, designers, and brands putting their work on display and sharing their crafts with others. On Saturday, August 8th, Love Yanz will be presenting items from the Love Yanz Lookbook at the Jack of All Trades Fair at London Square. We took the show this past as an opportunity to note what to do during a craft fair for both participants and shoppers/observers. Believe it or not, the top 3 list can be applied to both groups!

 

  1. Be friendly! No one likes grumpy people and no one wants to buy or sell to grumpy people. Smile! Say hello and strike up a conversation. As a shop owner, it’s important to draw people into your shop. As a prospective owner, be curious about the shop owner and their development process.

  2. Respect the craft. People work hard and spend lots of money to prepare for craft shows. As a shop owner, you can show respect to other shop owners by not having a messy showing area, not playing music too loudly, and not having obnoxious scents. As a prospective buyer, you can show respect to the crafts by letting an artists know when you like their work and saving your harsher critiques until you’ve left the show. That’s not to say that designers don’t appreciate constructive feedback about new designs, colors, or other ideas you might have, but it’s inconsiderate to simply critique the work of designers because it doesn’t match your personal taste.

  3. Have fun! There were so many smiling faces at the show this past weekend. The atmosphere was high energy and infectious. That’s the enviornment we all want when we go to show as shop owners and prospective buyers. Let’s continue to cherish the opportunities to both buy and and sell and remember to always keep it an enjoyable experience.

 

Much Love,


Yanz

Curating Your Jewelry Collection

SUMMER 2015Ayana MillerComment

When I was in high school, I had one necklace that I wore everyday. It was a vintage pendant necklace with a silver chain. It had just enough sparkle to get someone’s attention, but it was also appropriate for pretty much any occasion. It was very convenient because it matched all of my outfits and I never had to buy any jewelry. The popular jewelry accessory stores for teens (you know the ones I’m referring to) didn’t interest me because I was convinced that the jewelry would fall apart if I looked at it too long. To me, my choice of understated jewelry said, ”I care, but not too much.”

Fast forward to the present and my style hasn’t changed a lot. It wasn’t until many years post-high school that I started to categorize my style as “Classic,” but with a twist. More often than not, you will still catch me wearing a simple, silver necklace. I wear pearls earrings most days too. What’s the twist? The only change is that now I feel comfortable changing it up and adding color when my outfit calls for it. I’ll put on a statement necklace to make my outfit standout and I’m not afraid to play with color, texture, and sizes. You can even catch me looking for inspiration in the popular jewelry accessory stores.

Those same sentiments are what inspire the collections at Love Yanz. The pieces are a reflection of our creativity and colorful-side. For Love Yanz, jewelry is more than a statement about fashion. It’s a way to add expression into any environment. It’s both art and function. We are constantly curating our collections to make sure they reflect what we want to portray to the world. We change our profile pictures and update our resumes, so why not spend some time thinking about how to keep our jewelry relevant too?

Love,


Yanz

Moving with Moxie

SUMMER 2015Ayana MillerComment

What do you think of when you hear the word moxie? Wearing a Moxie bracelet is a bold reminder to stay energized, motivated, and curious.  Merriam-Webster defines moxie as the following: 

1. Energy, Pep

2. Confidence or motivation

3. Know-How

We had all three definitions in mind when we created the Summer 2015 collection. First and foremost on our minds was the notion of energy. Energy is what fuels us to keep going and it awakens our senses. Our pep brings colors to our lives the way the Moxie bracelet brings color to an outfit. 

Spring 2015 Moxie Bracelet Collection

Spring 2015 Moxie Bracelet Collection

Having moxie is also about having confidence. It reminds me of the Lean In saying, "What would you do if you weren't afraid?" Would you take a trip or write a book? What's keeping you from pursuing your dreams? What motivates you? Whatever it is, pursue full-force ahead. never stop moving and don't let fear stand in the way of your goals. 

Finally, moxie is about know-how. This can also be expanded to include know-who, what, where, when, and why. It doesn't mean you have to know everything. In fact, at Love Yanz, we think know-how is more about asking questions that get to the how. Know-how is about navigating your surroundings to learn so that you can share with others. 

Love, 

Yanz