Spring 2012

This collection I started getting more into dyeing .. (and photo filters).

Photography: Alex Bukhman
Model: Annie Bukhman
Styling: Annie Bukhman

Early Spring 2012

Oh wow this lovely collection. This whole shoot / collection was very valentine’s day inspired.ย  I feel like I really bloomed as a designer during this time. I had moved on from the idea of using repurposed materials exclusively. But I still was making everything in small batches, only purchasing 1 yard of fabric at a time. The golden silk fabric (the fabric I paired with the peach leather) I actually used the back of the fabric! The correct / or front side was super bright and ugly, but I saw the back side and fell in love with it. This was before people were really using metallics, so the fabrics I was using made the designs really stand out as fresh and unique.

 

The dyed scarves were made with this pretty tedious technique I decided to try. They were made of white crepe de chin silk, then I would dye them in this very specific way (normally done with paper) and then apply dye with a brush to certain areas, creating the most beautiful designs. In hind sight I should have made a few, then had fabric printed from those, instead of selling the originals. They were so time consuming to make, I couldn’t offer them for very long. You live and learn!

 

Photography: Alex Bukhman
Model: Annie Bukhman
Styling: Annie Bukhman

Fall 2011

This is the collection that I really progressed into working with leather. I was still sewing everything on my little $100 home sewing machine. (I was breaking needles daily). The metallic pewter colored leather was hand painted by me. The first in a series of hand painted leathers that I would go on to create. This collection also introduced the ‘2- faced’ fold clutch. They all had leather on one side, and repurposed fabric on the second side. I also started getting into some jewelry around this time, here I was desperately trying to recreate the ‘love actually’ heart necklace (that necklace is so good, right?!) I used all vintage components, I really love the outcome.

 

I set up the camera in my bedroom and a used a remote to take the shots.

 

xx -Annie

Photography:Annie Bukhman (tripod & remote) ๐Ÿ˜‰
Model: Annie Bukhman
Styling: Annie Bukhman

Late summer 2011

For me the beginning was all about exploration of techniques and mediums. For this set I was getting more familiar working with leather, though would continue to sew on my little home machine for another year. All the bags here were made of repurposed clothing I had found at thrift stores. At the time I was considering basing my business model on using only repurposed materials, as environmental impact and waste were hugely important to me. In the end however, as I wanted to grow it proved too limiting for what I wanted the business to ultimately be. Now, even though I purchase all new hides for my bags, almost every single square inch is used for products, we actually throw very little away (aka – very small amount of waste).

 

I was still very into dyeing and bleaching fabrics here. Bleaching creates super cool effects, but it is a two step process – you have to ‘dye’ with bleach (bleach removes the dye from fabrics), then you need to treat the fabric with ‘bleach stop’, which stops the bleach from working. Otherwise the bleach would eat through the fabric forever and create holes. Machine washing after bleaching does not stop the bleach from working – bleach stop must be used. (In case you have dreams of bleaching anytime in your future). All the splatter effect were done with bleach.

 

Another bleaching technique is to mix the bleach with a special thickening agent to create a sort of paint. This can then be used for painting specific designs, or screen printing. Regular bleach is obviously thin and watery and bleeds if you try to put it in specific spots on the fabric. The star print scarf seen below was done with this technique. The solution to make the bleach thicker smells absolutely disgusting by the way. Anyway, I found this incredibly soft, lightweight cotton fabric to make the scarfs. I didn’t have a lot of room in my apartment on so I would lay the fabric down on top of a ton of paper bags so the bleach wouldn’t go through to the floor, (I designed and burned the star print screen ahead of time) and would print different parts of it to make an all over print. I actually really loved the result, and I still have one that I kept. I didn’t make that many though, because it was incredibly time consuming. And there were still so many techniques and designs I still wanted to try!

 

The 2- faced leather pouch ended up being very popular, I ended up selling them all pretty quickly. Again, all made with repurposed leather clothing. Now looking back, I don’t necessarily agree with the color combo choices I made, or the construction quality (haha) but you have to start somewhere, and they looked good to me at the time because I had only just started making bags. Being able to make something I could actually use was so new and exciting!

 

xx -Annie

 

 

Photography: Alex Bukhman
Model: Annie Bukhman
Styling: Annie Bukhman

Summer 11 – First collection (redo)

Ok, then Alex taught me how to actually use the camera. (Please see previous post if you don’t know what I’m talking about). I sat on the heater in our bedroom because its next to the window, with the camera set up on a tripod.ย All the styles were made out of recycled materials like leather, lace, and cotton found at thrift stores Some I thenย  hand dyed – which I had just recently taught myself how to do. The little hankies and the tee shirt I screen printed โ€“ also had just taught myself how to burn a screen and print โ€“ I only did this a few times, so much work! The little wallets were made out of leather from vintage skirts; I then hand sewed on heavy chain across the top (very Stella McCartney, but I swear I came up with the idea organically ๐Ÿ™‚ ).ย  I loved the look, but it took a very long time to make. The bracelets were made by hand dyeing this trim I bought, then I hand sewed on little glass beads, then glued it to a brass cuff bracelet. Again, very pretty and cool looking, but took So. Much. Time.! The shoulder bags I was very proud of (also made up of all repurposed materials) I designed them so you could remove the strap and use it as a clutch, wear the strap long as a cross body, or weave the strap through the ring to hook at the top, making it a small shoulder bag. Ever since day 1 I wanted my creations to be aesthetically pleasing, but also practical and functional.

xx -Annie

 

Photography:Annie Bukhman (tripod & remote) ๐Ÿ˜‰
Model: Annie Bukhman
Styling: Annie Bukhman

Summer 2011 – Debut collection

My first collection ever! This was the first set of images I ever took, I did not know how to use a camera. I also didn’t know that much about editing photography. All the styles were made out of recycled materials. Leather, lace, and cotton found at thrift stores; which I then hand dyed -which I had just recently taught myself how to do. The little hankies and the tee shirt I screen printed – also had just taught myself how to burn a screen and print – I only did this a few times, so much work! The little wallets were made out of leather from vintage skirts; I then hand sewed on heavy chain across the top (very Stella McCartney, but I swear I came up with it organically), I saw hers about a year later. I loved the look, but it took a very long time to make. I only made 2 of everything.

xx -Annie

 

Photography: Annie Bukhman (camera on table with self timer) ๐Ÿ˜‰
Model: Annie Bukhman
Styling: Annie Bukhman