The Masochism Tango

The Masochism Tango

  When I was a dancer on the rise the worst thing happened. My knee blew out. A career ending kind of injury. It was devastating, causing a sea change in my life that rippled for decades. So now that I’m a designer, and a reasonably established one at that… ...
The Long & Short Of It

The Long & Short Of It

While it’s a bit hard to wrap my head around nowadays, once upon a time I was actually a professional athlete.    Yes, really.   A professional competitive dancer, like on Dancing With The Stars.    That crazy world took up about a decade of my life. (It also ate my...
Gelema’s Legacy

Gelema’s Legacy

This post was originally published in 2014. It has been updated to reflect the passage of time. My mom taught me the retail business. She taught me about open-to-buy, how to shop a line, how to rotate inventory, how to keep it fresh, and when to mark it down. She...
Uncle Millard & the New Caddy

Uncle Millard & the New Caddy

Not too long ago in F3 we were talking about how important it is to not make assumptions about your clientele. How just because someone might not be dressed to the nines doesn’t means there isn’t an Amex Black Card hiding in that back pocket.   I was...
30 Years

30 Years

30 years ago – more than half my life – I sat getting ready to go to work. To go to the dance studio where I’d spend the day immersed in music, movement and smiling faces. As I was drying my hair the Space Shuttle Challenger lifted off its pad behind...
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