Thursday, May 26, 2011

Bottom Lines and Plaid- What do they have in Common?

Most of the companies we work with have one thing in common- they all have a corporate culture that is uniquely their own, bringing out the absolute best in their people who end up going above and beyond- helping the companies achieve their goals- efficiently and happily.

 Recognizing employees for what they do well is a part of 
our customers' culture.

One of our most popular recognition solutions we provide to enhance a culture is our signature custom made tartans.
"Tartan?" You may ask, "What?" "Why?"
Tartan is a huge hit with our customers as the symbolism behind the crisscross pattern- family, unity, friendship, community- is a genuine connection they have within their company and want to share this with their employees and customers. 
How can a tartan be uniquely your own?

It can be as wild as you wish! See Don Cherry's suit! 
(no we didn't design that one!)

It can be created in your corporate colors- See DDB ad Agency's tartan (we did design), then produced wool scarves for clients and employees.

 Note the craftsmanship in the tailoring details and woven label adds subtle branding.

It will reflect your culture, values. Read Coca-Cola’s 
and F5's enclosure card messages below. 

"Created exclusively for The Coca-Cola Company, this tartan is a symbol of friendship.Throughout history, tartan has served a s distinct fabric that represents special connections."

 F5 Network's enclosure card

Scarves are just one accessory we have produced. Our latest ideas include commemorative plates, silk ties, umbrellas, blankets, and upholstery.

The process is easy for you as we take care of all details from design, production, prototype, enclosure cards, packaging and distribution.

Ready to have your own tartan designed just for you? 
Contact me today to get started!  604 730 2600

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Vintage Find Brings back Memories and Inspires

I am inspired by just about anything that is well designed- 
a shoe, a font, even a funky spoon has inspired me!
So when I saw this vintage Solair chair at a yard sale- I just had to have it for it's design sure, but it brought back great memories also, reminding me of my childhood. 
My parents' neighbors,The Keiths had (perhaps still have) olive green versions around their pool. I have wonderful memories of summer days swimming with the other neighborhood kids and hangin' out in the chairs.
Solair chairs were designed by architects 
Fabiano & Panzini in 1972. 
The chairs which are part of the permanent collection of the Musee National Des Beaux-Arts Du Quebec are as comfortable as funky!   
The chairs are still in production – 
which is good to know, but for me vintage makes it that much more authentic.
It is a perfect complement to my garden- a west coast design (in progress.)
Ahhh Summer is just around the corner.
To creating new summer memories!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Happy Mother's Day. Life Lessons I learned from My Mom.

My mom in the 1950s
“Use your manners. They will open doors.” 
Indeed they have and continue to do so.
 “Tweeze your eyebrows. It will bring out your eyes.”  
Thank heavens for brow bars!
“Make hay while the sun shines.” 
Work hard, play hard.
“Kiss your husband when he gets home from work.” 
I do, and make us both a martini!
“It always comes out in the wash.”   
Maybe not today, but the truth will always come out. Honesty is best policy.
“Keep your nose clean.” 
I think it means stay out of trouble, which I tend to do- most of the time.
“I’ve signed us up for tennis lessons.” 
I love the game and still play.
“When walking in the woods, hold the branch back for the next person.” 
Saved many an eye with this one thoughtful gesture.
“When buying a blouse with stripes, make sure the stripes match at the seam.” 
Quality over quantity, is my fashion motto.
“These are the best years of your life.” 

Thank you Mom. I am grateful.
Happy Mother’s Day!

A recent photo of my Mom and Dad