Last Thursday, the final piece to the puzzle arrived – the zippers, zipper pulls and interior Alesya Bags tag. I was thrilled to be able to approve them all. This is fantastic for a few reasons – but first and foremost, it keeps our timeline on track. Now the factory can officially move forward with production of the final samples. A VERY good thing.
I also just received the news that the final samples bags will be in Charleston on or before June 2nd. This allows me to get the photo shoot scheduled which is a big linchpin in the process. This includes scheduling my favorite photographer and stylist along with other help since I’ll only be two weeks out from surgery.
I also need to find a model or models, scout locations, procure props, schedule hair and make-up folks…the list goes on. People think this part of fashion is glamorous – but it is not. The outcome is glamorous. The rest is just really bleeping important.
The photos are used for everything. The website, press materials, buyers, print materials, emails – you get the idea. And you have one or two days to get it right.
People have asked me “Are you going to take maternity leave?” To which I say “Do the three days I have to stay in the hospital count?” I’m not a superwoman, or super mom, or even Mom Enough – barf, don’t even get me started there. Just a business owner who knows things can’t come to a complete standstill because I’m having a baby.
If you’re on Baby Watch 2012, tomorrow is the big day. I’m feeling very done and the birth can’t come a moment too soon. My ability to keep up with work has slowed considerably in the past week and I’ve hand to throw my hands in the air with a few projects. Big learning from my first child – make your health your first priority or pay later.
When we have any news I’ll post it. Crazy to think I’ll be increasing my family’s bottom line by 25% in just about 24 hours!