Thanksgiving Day began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. We gather on this day to be thankful for what we have, for the family we love, the friends we cherish, and for the blessings that will come. This year, not only we gave thanks, we wanted to give back too. We volunteered with "One Incredible Family" to prepare Thanksgiving meals for the unfortunate homeless. They've been serving Thanksgiving meals to the LA homeless for 25 years and this year, we were a part of their volunteer teams.
Today we celebrate the launch of our M Fusion Collection. With the intention of designing fresh, meaningful pieces and playing with all different kind of materials, M Fusion was born. We begin the new journey with something very special and exquisite, coming all the way from Copenhagen, Hannah Brown & Heidi Grey Leather Bracelets - our very first design collaboration with a talented Jewelry designer, Anja Dige.
Anja developed her skills and creativity in Milan, where she studied fashion and design. After having explored the Italian fashion industry, she went back to Denmark and turned her focus to jewelry. Inspired by nature, flower gardens and the beauty of the ocean, she creates jewelry for women of all ages with passion for Scandinavian design and great quality.
This early year, we stepped out our comfort zone, wrapped up our jewels and watches and headed to Frankfurt, Germany. We finally had our very first international trade show - Ambiente 2015, the biggest show in Europe. It was a long 5 days show in a giant venture - Messe Frankfurt and we met so many new and friendly European business people and friends there. It was a great experience for us, not only we have learned so much about the differences of how people doing business in Europe, but also collected first hand valuable information for our brand to grow in that continent.
Frankfurt is a beautiful city, mixed with tradition and modern life style. Germans are friendly and warm, and taxis are always so spotlessly clean, not to mention, most of them are Mercedes-Benz. Needless to say, Frankfurt left us a beautiful impression. Will be back and see you again soon, Frankfurt! :)
We packed all of our jewels and watches and headed to New York two weeks ago . Things didn't started smoothly for us first - we missed our fight for the first time ever! And there was no more non-stop flight to New York left on that day and the only option was to get on a flight to Minneapolis–Saint Paul first, and then connected to another flight to New York. Hardly slept for ten minutes the whole night, we landed in JFK as one piece and headed to the show venue immediately... The rest was history.
We met lots of nice people and made friends with our fabulous and talented neighbors. It was super fun, exciting and utterly exhausting - the common symptoms of a professional show goer.
The weather was beautiful in New York. Not too hot and humid in the month of August, we considered ourselves very lucky. The food was always delicious there, and we even tried out the famous "croissant donut". It was yummy!
We always adore New York, and will go back there again soon! :)
If you have ever had a fur kid in your life, you have must seen, touched, or even kissed his/her paws. Paw print has become such a familiar symbol for many animal lovers. And of course we love it too and decided to take on this classic symbol and make it our own. Many sketches and samples later, we finally had something close to our hearts...
We are already back from the SuperZoo show in Las Vegas late last month. As usual, we had a great time despite the triple digit hot temperature while we were there. Mochi and Jolie met lots of people and some new fur friends too. :)
America's Family Pet Expo 2013, April 19 - 21, Costa Mesa, CA
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ivy Cheng is an aspiring graphic designer who has a love for clean and simple design.
She is inspired by her surroundings and enjoys using bright color palettes in her work. Her favorite part about being a designer is the constant learning process that comes along with every project, as there is always something new to learn.
Ivy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
During her free time, Ivy enjoys indulging in sweets and spending time with her Cocker Spaniel, Butter. Being a dog lover herself, Ivy is excited to be a part of the Mochi & Jolie team! You can see Ivy's debut design products this early Fall!
Yay! We have just moved into a new office. All the white walls, like a blank canvas waiting for an artist to start his creation. Slowly, piece by piece, we are happily decorating this creative and playful space. It is still an on-going project, but we'd love to share some of our progress with you. :)
Time to stock some new office supplies! And we haven't done so since the beginning of the year. Not only we want them to be practical, but also stylish too! So this Saturday, we took the "bosses" on a little trip to the Container Store since they are having a "Work Smart Office Sale" right now.
"Look, look! This way, this way! I want that! I want that!" The little boss/office supervisor, Mochi was all excited and ready to give us directions and do some serious shopping, and while Jolie was just cruising along as usual, "No treats, no toys?? This is not a store for me, that is for sure!" :)
With the new collection, new label and many new products are almost ready to debut, scheduling new photo shoots becomes inevitable. Last Sunday (Jun. 20th, 2010) we had a whole day in studio shoot. Here are some of the test shots featuring our super model -- Mochi that we'd like to share with you. :)
We stopped by The Modern Dog (Venice, CA) today and can't help noticing how beautifully they are displaying our new
NOUVEAU Collection pieces. And of course we took a couple snap shots!
The Modern Dog is such a cute and sweet boutique that we adore so much. Check it out if you are in the area!
-The Modern Dog, 1611 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA-
"So, can you please make one for my little pup, JC?"
Everything started from this line.
One afternoon, one of our designers' best friend, Calvin came to visit our studio and showed us his pup - JC's photos. We all fell in love with JC, a very cute west highland white terrier. Calvin loved our new collection and asked, "Can you make one special UCLA Bruin outfit for JC?" "Huh?" "It'd be so cool if JC can wear a Bruin outfit when we are watching all the Bruin games!"
Being a loyal Bruin fan himself, no wonder he came up that idea. "That sounds fun! OK, we will see what we can do!"
Our designers took on this personal project and turned it into such a fun piece. Mochi and Jolie can't wait to put them on first! "UCLA! fight! fight! fight!" We were all smiling and laughing... so cute and so fun!