Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fabric Shopping in the City

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We live in a web of ideas, a fabric of our own making.
~Joseph Chilton Pearce

Last week I went fabric shopping in downtown Houston. If you have been following this blog, then you know that there are quite a few items I have been assuring you are coming that have yet to manifest: shoes with firm soles and items for women and new little girl clothing for fall. Building a business has been an interesting journey for me with a lot of unexpectedness thrown into the mix, some sick-to-my-stomach bad and others over-the-moon good. Not all of which I have been able to share with you, yet. In fact, paradoxically, the most steady constant of a business has been its inconsistency. Having Joyfolie, I wake up to surprises every day. It's exciting and fatiguing all at the same time.

So, let me clear up and recenter a few promises I've made to you. First, that thousands of firm soled shoes are coming. This is still very true. It's just taking a great deal longer than I thought, and, in all fairness, what I was quoted. I am not ready to demystify the manufacturing process just yet, but let's just say we have had to make some big changes to go forward with the measure of quality and attention to detail that is essential for the Joyfolie brand. For a long time I was saying, ETA 3-4 months, but the truth is, I don't know. Quality is more important than speed. When I have an update, I will forward it to you. Just know, a full range of firm-soled Joyfolie toddler shoes is in process.

As the shoe production has dragged on longer and longer, I have been working on other ways to build up my inventory on both a small and a large scale. So, you are going to see more clothing from Joyfolie over the next 6 months, which will include items for women. We will also be introducing a few decorative items on our website. It's all beautiful and very exciting! However, working on these projects has spread me very, very thin. As I build Joyfolie inventory, I will also build my staff. {I can't really build one without the other.} Right now, though, it's a struggle to manage it all. It's a very long way of saying, if you are frustrated {"Why can't I purchase any shoes?? Why is everything sold out? Why do I keep getting this stupid "Either product is out of stock or choose a smaller quantity" message??} just know that I am aware of these problems and working morning, noon, and night to grow our inventory.

That said, back to fabric shopping....
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I went into the city to source some unusual and beautiful textiles for some apparel pieces I am working on. Plus, my inspiration process is sparked by touching beautiful fabrics and seeing pretty things. The fabric store I went to is an enormous warehouse, split into two buildings. Half of one is a store with interesting decorative items. Here's a bird's eye view. {Ahem... try not to marvel at my awesome, slightly blurry photography skills....}
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Isn't this decorative mobile a great idea? It would be so easy to make one out of a wire wreath ring, silver floral wire, and clips. It would look great with pictures of kiddos over the table in the playroom or with inspirational pictures and fabric clippings in a studio/office.
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Some little twig/bird display I thought was interesting...
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So, thank you for your patience with Joyfolie as we go through growing pains. Please put our blog into Google reader/FB or however you keep up to date, and you'll be the first to know as we grow and expand our line.

Blessings!
Jessica

11 comments:

Christina said...

I am so excited to see what is to come. You are doing a great job Jessica. Just know all your hard work is appreciated & I am happy to be on this journey with you, as a huge fan. :)

Amy said...

Beautiful my dear. I am very jealous of your nice fabric shopping experience. My LA fabric shopping is NOT half this nice. :( However I will NEVER complain about the wonderful prices, just the lack of ambiance. :) Keep your chin up!! xoxo

Jessica Haley said...

Ah! Every time I post a comment, web world eats it up!! This is getting old! I just posted really long comment about inventory dates and how I got lost in the city. Ack! I'll try again when I get back...

Karen said...

I love this store! It is always inspirational and full of eye candy! Best wishes to you and your booming business! Hang in there, it will all be worth the growing pains!

Mrs Soup said...

This is all so very exciting. And I am totally ready to help as needed. Seriously. Just email me and I'll be all over it! I love your work, your attention to detail and quality and your images.

Please let me know what I can do to help! <3 Sending relaxing thoughts to you!

emily said...

Your company is gorgeous, your work inspiring and your honesty commendable. Thanks for creating such beautiful things ... hope to have a pair on my baby girl someday soon {her little feet just need to grow!}

Dear Lillie said...

I can't imagine how crazy everything is for you, Jessica but I know how excited I am for the future of Joyfolie! You are doing wonderful and beautiful things!

Dianne said...

I love HF! I get ALL of my fabric "STUFF" there! Such a treat for the eyes...

Creative said...

I LOVE "High Fashion" I could spend HOURS in there : )

Jessica Haley said...

Let's hope this comment goes through... what I wrote last time was that some of these items will be available soon. I expect to have some new dresses within a month, along with a few other pieces and I have several decorative items in stock, I just need to shoot the photos. Some of the other pieces are more like 3-6 months out.

Emily, thanks for your comment. I think I did not reply to your last email. If there is more information you need, just let me know!!

DEar Lillie, right back atcha :)

Jessica Haley said...

Ah, I remember what I was going to write. That it was a snap to get there, but there were all one-way streets, so I couldn't get back the same way. I was in a mad panic because my GPS wouldn't work and I knew I would miss Aidan's bus. I ended up getting lost in the ghetto, and had to call a family member to get Aidan. That part was not so inspiring!

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