Shampoo Bars!

shampoo bars

Hey hey. I want to tell you guys about our new obsession here at In the year 1967. The shampoo bar. It’s a beautiful thing! It’s all shampoo, no added water, no waste, all natural and travels super well. Seriously, have you thought about all the ridiculous waste that we create from our shampoo bottles? It’s crazy!

Shampoo bars are simple to use. You just wet your hair, rub your head all around with the bar, lather up and massage.  And then keep the bar dry so it lasts longer and doesn’t get all mushy. Yup, thats it.

Of course, like any beauty product you will want to choose one that meets your hair needs.

So here are a couple companies that have lovely offerings:

The first one based in the US is Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve Company: http://www.chagrinvalleysoapandsalve.com/products/for-the-hair/shampoo-bars/

Everything is all natural, organic, they have great reviews, small samplers to try and the ingredient lists will make you swoon.

Another great company, from Canada is LUSH: http://www.lush.ca/Shampoo-Bars/shampoo-bars,en_CA,sc.html

shampoobars

Of course, another great option is to support your local soap maker at craft fairs and whatnot or check out etsy. So many gorgeous soaps! I just can’t get enough!!!

Or…You could just make your own bars! I have been making my own, which is great because you tailor your ingredients to your needs! Making shampoo bars is the same process as making cold process soap. But thats a whole other adventure which I highly recommend because it is very satisfying. But I will leave that for another post…

Have you tried shampoo bars? What were your impressions? What companies do you like?

Ciao, ciao! xox Kashi

Quartier Mode Boutique: Promoting Local Fashion

1967 is now being sold at Quartier Mode! Yay, very excited!

Quartier Mode (transl.: fashion neighborhood) is an online shop that carries exclusively Montreal and Canadian made fashion. http://www.quartiermode.com/

“The mission is to support and promote local fashion designers and local production, from discovering new up and coming talents to the well established local designers. I have lots of locally made Montreal designers and more from across Canada! I take pride in having new items each month and carrying often times limited edition and one of a kind pieces as well. When you shop here you are sure to discover a new designer!”

Stores like Quartier Mode are a boon for small designers and really help promote the local economy. And for those of you who are not from Canada, boutiques like Quartier Mode are a great show case of Montreal Designers. The best part about shopping local is that you are really buying close to the source, from an actual HUMAN! OMG. Labour of love.

http://www.quartiermode.com/

http://www.facebook.com/quartiermode

Pinterest & mood boards

Hey, if you’re a designer and haven’t discovered pinterest, try it!

Before I figured out how to use pinterest I would save inspiration pictures on one of my two laptops + on my ipad & my phone, all in different places. Uhhh what a pain. Add that to magazine cuttings and it made for very unproductive, time consuming and disorganised inspiration, let alone a cohesive mood board.

Anyways, as you’ve heard me rant on before, social media is intimidating and there’s a lot to learn and understand. But let me tell you, that if you’re a designer of any stripe or just a very visual person, you definitely want to get in on the pinterest action. It basically lets you visually organize pictures easily on different boards.

It takes like 10 minutes of messing around with to get the gist of it and then, boom, instant visual organization.

Have fun pinteresting!

Eeeek social media!

Wow. Social media. It seems like there’s a new social platform everyday and it can be really overwhelming and intimidating. I’m still not sure I totally understand what twitter is, but I know I’m on it and I post stuff.

Anyways I’m happy to report that all my names are synched on all platforms so far, the name is Intheyear1967 on facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest and here. If you have tips, please share on!

It’s weird because I know social platforms are supposed to be great just not sure yet how they all work yet. But in essence the more you post and interact in an authentic way the more your material will resonate with the public.

I have found social media to be good because it has allowed me  to connect with a broader public. For ex. a friend of a friend on facebook likes my work, she commisioned a necklace and wants to tell 3 of her friends about my brand (this sequence can go exponentially) equating to a larger audience, more brand awareness and sales. Boom, social media.

Back in the day, you know before the internet and all, people would “work a room”, network and go to cocktails to meet and greet. That still works btw. Because word of mouth is king.

And be authentic, it’s not about the “rat-race” because most people can smell a rat. Be in it, to BE, not to win.

xox Kashi

http://www.facebook.com/intheyear1967

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kstar-Feathers/368036396584609 (my side biz)

http://www.etsy.com/shop/intheyear1967

https://twitter.com/intheyear1967

http://pinterest.com/intheyear1967/

1967 Blog post #1

Hey, welcome!

I am creating this blog for the purpose of letting readers into the underbelly of my independent accessory design biz in the year 1967.

See what the design biz is about, how things are for independent designers trying to take off. Of course, I will also share inspiration, creative process and updates with you too.

I am also doing this because audience is really key with new brands and according to an article my friend May gave me, blogs are an important way to create that audience.

Also, I wanted to give a human face and feel to this company so buyers can connect with what I am all about. I also want to create a dialogue, hear comments, ask you questions, give you answers etc.

So stay tuned guys & thanks for visiting!

Kashi