Kremb de la Kremb Designs

Wouldn’t it be amazing to be an actual designer? I can remember when I read my first Vogue magazine… I was probably about 14 years old, and I would draw pictures from what I saw. Aside from daydreams of becoming a designer, I also had thoughts of working for the actual magazine. These thoughts were only in my head; they never escaped my lips. I was a small town girl, the oldest of five kids. There were expectations of me to go to college, but for what I was never really sure. A job in the fashion industry remained as a silent dream, and luckily I found another passion in literature. I wouldn’t have known how to articulate those fashion whims even if I had tried. I don’t have any regrets–my path of life has been extremely wonderful, and it has been with my literature degree that I was then able to become a teacher. With Kevin by my side we’ve accomplished one of our joint dreams which is living abroad. And now at 45 years old, I feel so fortunate to be embracing some of those old, younger self dreams that I only thought of with wonder.

This past Saturday Kremb de la Kremb designed (again) for the high school fashion show. (The first time was two years ago with five formal dresses.) This time around I made ten embellished bandana kerchiefs. I have enough jewellery to fill a treasure chest, so I simply adorned the scarves with costume jewellery that wasn’t being worn. My tailor Yee helped to hand sew them on. Now, tomorrow night, I’ll attempt to sell them with a spring shopping party at my home with three other ladies. Sue will be showcasing her jewellery line, Maria will be sharing her dresses (or frocks!), and Lauren will bring along the Louella OdiĆ© handbags she and her mother create. I’ll share my bandanas and I’ll also introduce Younique makeup to the guests. If you are one of my Hong Kong readers, and you would like to join us tomorrow night, please feel free to come on over. Here’s the evite; we’d love to shop with us at this Spring Shopping Party!

*By the way, I designed this jean jacket. I’d love to make more. All you have to do is ask, and I’ll tailor make one just for you.

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  • Judy Gramith

    I wish you would have also included some of your bandana designs Ann. I love scarfs of all kinds. They are such a great way to bring color near the face, add color to an outfit or bring unexpected colors together. Bandanas are small but iconic little pieces of American history. Please share a photo soon!!
    I also love your jacket. Tell me about the bits you’ve added! What is the large colorful banner on the back?
    Your legs look strong and athletic and your sparkly shorts are very fun and go so well with the jacket. Hope your party was a success and your bandanas were a sell out!

    • I know you’re right! Once I shoot all the bandanas I’ll make a separate post just for them. I’ll try to do that real soon.

      So, what I did for this jacket was I bought a cheesy, cheap purse from one of our local markets. Then, I went to cutting it apart creating patches. I made this jacket during a trip to Thailand. I sat with a ton of bits and pieces to choose from and ended up with just the trimmings and the patches. I then brought the pinned items to the hotel’s front desk and asked if there was a local tailor around. The hotel driver took it off my hands, and the next day the jacket came back with all the bits sewn on for under $10USD! Funnily, the two front panels were pinned on a little lopsided, and the tailor didn’t fix that. He also sewed the pockets shut!! Hahah!

      Here’s the original post of this DIY jean jacket:

      I think in this post I forgot to even mention that this was what I wore to the actual fashion show. My line was festival style, so I tried to dress as if I was attending a festival. How’d I do?

      Thank you for the leg comment. Unfortunately they are quite week right now…oh well! It is what it is.

      Thanks as always for your lovely comments Jude. I’ll try to get some pics of the scarves up real soon. I’m also thinking of selling them on Etsy….

      Love, Ann