Wow. It's been a while since I have written in this blog. 13 months to be exact. So what have I been up to that's been keeping me so busy and away from Ahoy hoy for so long? Well 2 things.
1. I do Ahoy hoy mainly on Facebook now because it's easier I feel for people to interact with. (https://www.facebook.com/AhoyHoyBlog/)
Because I have been working hard this last year on debuting my own clothing line!
So a little backstory on this thing I'm doing called May68. Oh boy. Here we go.
I've worked in apparel domestic production here in LA for the last 8 years. During that time I have meet the most amazing, smart, talented, incredibly hardworking and friendly people in the factories i've worked with, with the fabric vendors i've bought from, fabric cutters, pattern makers, marker makers, screen printers and everything else in between. It gave me an incredible sense of pride for the people working in apparel in Los Angeles and also taught me the value of quality, local work.
I started May68 because it was a way for me to give back to the unsung heroes of Los Angeles manufacturing. To the very un glamourous side of fashion with it's loud, dusty sewing facilities, late nights staying up to get the project right, and the small businesses that are trying to stay a float in a world were consumers demand, more, more, more for much, much, less.
May68 is completely designed, manufactured, embroidered, screen printed, and finished in LA. I've also sourced LA based photographers, hair & makeup, and our model, musician Pearl Charles, is born and raised in Los Angeles. May68 will be a select capsule collection with only a small, limited, number of pieces available every season. Fabrics are sourced from larger LA based designers and we purchase and upcycle their quality, small quantity fabrics that would otherwise go unused. That way fabric waste is at a minimal when producing these pieces. Once the styles are gone they're gone.
And last but not least, May68 is dedicated to my husband extraordinaireLiam Folan and all the love and inspiration he has given to me. May68 is his birth date (now you know really how old he is) and styles are named after places that have meaning to him and places he grew up. All of these years that have lead up to me finally making this clothing collection would have never came to fruition if it were not for him.