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Dredgers Union Summer 2012 Lookbook – Behind the Scenes

10 May

Here are some behind the scenes shots from our upcoming lookbook shot on location at Edgewater Park. We are so excited for everyone to see the results!

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Sean and Danielle both doubled as photographers for the day.

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Jen live instagramed the entire day! (follow us on instagram @Dredgers216)

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“I’m taking a picture of you… taking a picture of me… taking a picture of you!”

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Our very talented models, Samantha and Tom, most likely freezing to death.

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TED x CLE

12 Apr

This is a great article about TEDxCLE which is put on by  two really good friends of the DU.  Eric and Hallie’s event, TED x CLE has grown to become a force to be reckoned with.  And if you feel like getting a little background info on this dynamic duo, below is a link to a video of Eric proposing to Hallie and becoming shall we say, emotional…  awwwhhhhh….  We love you guys!

Here is that romantic video…  It gets really good at around minute 10.  enjoy!

field trip: we visit our factory in Chicago

26 Mar

This past weekend, we took a little trip out to Chicago to visit our factory.  It is where our DU private label is produced.  Sean has been working with this factory for years and years, with Wrath Arcane, and has spent much time there, but I have never yet had the chance to see where ‘the magic happens!”.

It was pretty cool to see where and how it all comes together.  This is Sean’s profession, but I don’t know much about it, so I am glad I finally got to do this.

xoxo

danielle

NYC part 1: work.

23 Feb

This past week I flew back out to NYC for another work related buying trip (and if i’m telling the truth there was also a lot of personal shopping too!).  Typically the trade show’s are so exhausting, short of a little dinner, or perhaps a little shopping or a show, it’s a lot less play and a lot more work than it was in the days of owning just a tiny little boutique.

This time was a bit more special however, because I headed to NYC the weekend before my trade show along with my mother and BFF so that we could shop for a wedding dress for my upcoming nuptials.  In the days before work and in the evenings of my work week, I filled every moment with the best NYC had to offer this time around and soaked up every minute of it.  Wes (my fiance) even showed up the last couple days to make being away from home (and him) a lot easier!

On Monday, our assistant buyer, Jen from Dredgers Union and Jennie from my other store, ROOM SERVICE and I set out to the shows and secured some VERY EXCITING and cozy products for Fall 2012.  I’d like to show you pics of everything we bought, but that will have to wait for a little while longer.

In the meantime however, I’ll share some pics of the shows themselves.  We attend 5 shows in this 3 day period and they run the gamut from highly curated & small venues to HUGE venues with seemingly everything under the sun under their giant roofs.  I always wish I had a pedometer on me when I am there, because I swear we must walk 10-15 miles a day while at these shows!

(ABOVE) The Starret Lehigh building in Chelsea is one of my favorites for its mass and beautifully rounded leaded window panes.  Just beautiful.  Inside this building in a few giant empty studios is one of the shows I attend.  It is a smaller, curated collection of goods. Then, up the street is another building of studios, housing more curated shows.

Below is the view from the Starret Lehigh and below that are a few interior images of the smaller shows.

Below is the very imposing JAVITZ CONVENTION CENTER.  To say it is huge would be a staggering understatement.  We walk it in it’s entirety.  It takes days, of course.

it is very difficult to capture it’s interior scale, but it is long aisle after long aisle of visual and mental stimulus.  When you leave this building your brain will hurt as badly as your feet and legs.

Fortunately, our buying assistant can also double as a model, making some buying choices much clearer and easier to make.  (coat on jen arriving fall 2012 – skirts shown below that will be arriving NEXT MONTH!).

coming up soon will be a few more posts on this particular trip to NYC.

xoxoxo

danielle