The solitary figure stepped into the room. Before her flickered a computer screen, it's dull lit screen hinting at the potential within. In the glass her pretty face reflected back at her, challenging her, doubting her.
She approached it. Hesitation. It had been so long, would she even be able to remember how to type? She sat down at the keyboard, like an old grandmaster at a chessboard. Memories flooded back. Doubt, fear, desire, passion and curiosity curled and blended into a sickeningly potent ball of emotion that drove her forward. And in that moment, she knew what she had to do.
She needed to blog.
She gently stroked the keyboard, breathed in sharply, and began to type....
1. I DID A THING!!!
It started off like this:
Then became like this....
We added women... (so much better).
Yep, the first BM coffee shop is open. The coffee is so good....
We also have the yummiest breakfast cups, which I helped design! This was my first attempt:
It was delicious, in case you were wondering.
So if you're in Brisbane - come down and get yourself an AMAZING latte.
I drink about 20 lattes a day. Apparently that's way too many.
2. Q: WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH SHARKIECON THIS YEAR?!
A: Good question. Well, I have good news, and bad news.
The bad news is that we're not looking at doing Sharkiecon Vegas or Sharkiecon Europe this year. :(
I'm sorry, I really am. I have been to every sharkiecon we have ever had, and I have loved every one.
But... I guess I really feel like this is a time when we need to get 100% focused on what we have to do best - make great clothes, and post them out. It sounds simple, but we actually have a long way to go to do it really well! We face a lot of challenges and we're not doing as well as we need to. I really want to just get the basics right first before we party. I feel like this year we are going to have our hands full just working to make BM a great clothing company, and so some of these other things we love to do are going to have to (hopefully temporarily) take a break.
Now the good news - Sharkiecon Aus will still be happening! It's a lot easier for us logistically, and we feel like we can do a great job of the event, and still keep doing what we do best.
More good news... you can still expect lots of Black Milk events! Gym events, swim events, pool parties, collection launch parties, eat-all-the-yummy-food parties, pop up sales, sample sales, live art... and much more.
So, sorry again for the bad news, I know a lot of you guys were really looking forward to those Sharkiecons, but fingers crossed we will come back in 2016 with something even bigger and better for you.
Thanks for understanding. :) Hug it out?
3. Okay, more good and bad news.
I've known Captain Cam for probably... 6 years now? And ever since he has had a dream of living and working in London. I wondered if he would lose that dream as time went on working for BM in Brisbane.
And this year he made the decision to take a leap of faith and make it happen. Like I said, good and bad news. Good because you don't ever want to die wondering "what if...?" (and Cam's definitely not the type of guy to do things by halves and regret it). Bad because that means stepping away from all the incredible work he has done at BM.
So although at one level, it kind of sucks, I can honestly say that I'm genuinely happy for the guy. I know the thrill of stepping out to pursue a crazy dream, and it's awesome that he's taking the plunge. Plus, as I think we all know, Cam has so much talent to burn that I think success at whatever he chooses to work on is pretty much in the bag.
I could blab on about how much Cam has done for the BM community but those of you who have spent time with him already know. No matter what - tired, hungry, working too much - if you were a Sharkie, he had time for you. If you think I'm being cliched, I'm not, this guy took caring about people to a whole new level.
So bon voyage Captain Cam, and thanks for building something truly great.
So here, for your viewing pleasure, is a photo montage of the best of Handsome Cam [cue music]:
(p.s. If you want to show some appreciation... I'd suggest grabbing yourself a sweet phone case from The Dairy, they're very cool. ;)
3. Black on top or floral on top...?
4. So a big thing that a lot of girls have been looking forward to is a much better range of BM swims.
Me too. :) In fact, I am told that there are quite a few girls who have taken to their BM swims with a pair of scissors and have made something totally new and awesome! (Please post pics on Facebook, I need to see them!)
So let me give you some good news: THERE ARE LOTS MORE SWIM CUTS ON THE WAY! Including some really cool new two pieces.
I feel a beach party coming on....
p.s. Even when I'm designing modern two piece cuts, those old 80s one piece cuts still keep creeping their way back in . :o
Lol, not sure if this will ever happen.
5. One of the things I get asked about a lot is the Sophia James label.
For those of you who don't know - a few years ago I started a label called Sophia James. It was an uber-cool label that really focused on design, and I personally loved it.
A lot of people worked really hard to make it work - but it didn't. After losing a lot of money, we shut it down. Gone.
But - it seems - not forgotten.
Sophia James became something that meant a lot to a lot of girls, and they missed it. How could you not miss a label that made clothes like this?!
Rest assured, I haven't forgotten Sophia James. I still love it, and I still want to design for it! This year you can expect a few Sophia James pieces to sneak into Black Milk collections, and , in time, we may see a come back. :)
6. A little while ago I invented a character to compete in popularity with Mr. Shark.
We all love Mr. Shark... so why not invent another cool character?!
So I did. I created an awesome new character. I called him Senor Snake. It was basically me with some pantyhose on my hand putting on a really sketchy voice.
No one really liked Senor Snake.
I have no idea why.
8. This is adorbs.
I am thinking of doing one last galaxy print... we have already done eleven of them! One last one and then we're done. :) Probably.
9. So you are probably familiar with the legendary (yes, legendary, for they speak of it by the fireside on many a cold winter's night...) Cthulhu swimsuit:
But did you know that the original Cthulhu swimsuit featured a picture of H. P. Lovecraft...?
Yes it did! I decided to remove it because it looked a little creepy with a dude on your belly when you are poolside. I filled up the space with octopus like tentacles .... because that's much less creepy.
Check out those fingernails!
10. Thanks for reading my blog post - stay glamorous, my darlings!