in 2004 I had the pleasure of licensing French Bull to a Korean entrepreneur that shared my vision of putting a smile on our customer’s face through the use of pattern on product in our everyday. Since then, we continue to design and produce to that end.
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Here’s a great slideshow of some of the grossest Halloween candy out there this season. Above you’ll see three of my favorites, I have to say that the bloody bandage has to be the absolute worst. Perhaps that one jumps out at me because there is nothing worse to me than seeing a used bandage stuck somewhere on the subway, a real life terror. Candy has really stepped up it’s gross-out game since I was a kid. Candy corn and wax lips have given way to gummy creations that have no boundaries. I’m not quite sure what the connection is with the body part sushi but Halloween doesn’t always have to make sense, it just needs to be creepy. Mission accomplished!
My inspirations are many when I design for French Bull, but nothing turns me on more than a vibe I try to catch as often as possible. To me this vibe’s got a steady beat, a repetitive bass riff. It looks like a shoe so feminine and chunky it becomes a glamorous warrior as it trudges through the mud. It smells like violet candy, and hard won sweat. It glimmers in lights turned down low, and emanates swirls of smoke that gently tug at me to stay under its spell. I first identified it in 75′ when I was old enough to understand it, and use it to create. I can recognize it in people, settings, objects, and music in an instant . Flashes of the vibe flickered in my heart Friday night as I watched the Runaways movie. It was cinematically flat, but for those of you that find inspiration in this vibration, I’m telling you I felt the rush.
We consider ourselves a very lucky brand to have a licensing agreement with American Greetings which was founded in 1906, and run by members of the family since its inception. AG has done a beautiful job making our patterns exude the love they were created with in a French Bull Valentine’s Day card collection now available at their Carlton card stores and Target. American Greeting’s attention to detail including color vibrancy, glitter, foil, ribbons, die cuts, tip ons is astounding, giving us all a big bang for the buck!
Who plans months and sometimes years in advance to attend a trade show? WE DO.
As manufacturers, we design, plan, travel, build, and paint, so that for five days we have the opportunity to see our customers, meet new ones, explore business opportunities, meet the press, and buy a lot of lousy expensive food.
Power to the retailers that fly in, book hotels, and walk every aisle in pursuit of the new and unique that will set their store apart. On Sunday January 25th we’re doing it all over again through the 29th for the International New York Gift Show at Jacob Javits in the Accent on Design section, booth # 3961.
Here are some pics of our last two booths made mostly out of, NO JOKE,,,,,, Foam core. To the king of foam core Mr. Tsah Sharon of Displayology – http://displayology.com, thank you. Any comments are welcome regarding the Trade Show process as it exists in this day and age. I am really interested in hearing how you perceive the state of the Trade Show and it’s evolution.
In January ’09 we’ll be turning seven. Over the years, we’ve designed and produced loads of patterns in our French Bull collection. Several patterns still remain and have achieved “signature” status, while others having had no more than a six month life, I like to think of as “collectables”. Besides our own manufactured product, we’ve had great opportunities to have our patterns appear on highly accessible items other than our core melamine collection like wrapping paper and paper plates. On Tuesday November 18th, for the first time ever in our history, “signature” and “collectable” patterns live in harmony on product from paper to ceramic to textiles- we’ve pulled out all the stops and all our samples! You are invited to join us in our studio and check things out.
Starbucks Coffee, Ben & Jerry’s and other fine American companies are giving away free goods to people who voted today. Unfortunately for all these generous companies it violates election laws to bribe people to vote with coffee and sweets, you can read about it here. This means you can get free stuff even if you didn’t vote, I love America!
In addition to getting your free Tall Coffee at Starbucks you can check out these freebies :