Monday, November 17, 2008

pequitobun at the Design Hive

If you live in Boston or its surrounding cities, come visit pequitobun at the Design Hive in Cambridge, MA on the next four Saturdays (11/22, 11/29, 12/6 and the last Saturday that I will have a booth there is 12/13)!

Also, I will be at the Bazaar Bizarre on Sunday, 12/7.

You'll get to see many of my pieces in person as well as get some special discounts.

Hope to see you there! =)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

clothing is art for my soul

i'm putting together my wedding dress.

i'm searching for a simple cream bustier like the one leanne made in her final Runway show.

i'm planning to have it tailored together with an ankle-length, tiered cream lace vintage wedding dress I bought on ebay for $26 8 years ago to make a simple wedding dress for my wedding.

of course, i would love to instead wear leanne's beautiful Runway wedding dress

but, that's out of the question so i will instead put my own together.

so, i started shopping online for a simple cream bustier.

i almost started hyperventilating when i found out that is having a 30% off storewide sale today and tomorrow! it is my favourite shop to browse and daydream that i have a job where it is absolutely crucial to invest in nice clothing. When I went to school in Madison, I spent way too much time in their b&m BOP.

*hands weighing gesture on* wedding dress... or nanette lapore? *hands weighing gesture off*

i think wedding dress wins, but a girl can dream...

all images from

if you guys see a nice fitted cream bustier in a silk or smooth cotton, please let me know!!


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

pequitobun on, the Improper Bostonian and Boho!

pequitobun was featured on yesterday!!

Also, I finally got around to scanning features on pequitobun in two other magazines from the past few months, the Improper Bostonian and Boho!

New designs uploading today!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

pequitobun featured in Audrey Magazine!

There is a small feature on me in the Oct/Nov issue of Audrey Magazine, available in bookstores now! They also feature the Glamour in Goth necklace, twenties necklace and preppy necklace, three of my favourite rhinestone pieces!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

pequitobun in Brides magazine

pequitobun's charm necklace is on page 80 of the current Nov/Dec issue of Brides magazine, available now on newsstands! YAY!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Craft shows means handcrafted by YOU?

That would seem obvious to me, but, judging from my previous experiences and the experiences of quite a few other Etsy sellers here on this forum thread, more and more craft shows are being inhabited by wholesalers who buy wholesale candles/pottery/jewelry etc that is made in China, remove the stickers, and sell them as handmade by THEM in craft shows. I first saw this in at the South End Open Market, and then a Harvard Sq Mayfair market. Some of these sellers claim to have handcrafted these items, but you know it is just not true, when every single candle is layered in perfect symmetrical layers, and it looks every bit like mass produced wholesale crap to you. Sometimes, it's even more obvious, from Mary Kay hawkers to people selling new QUARTZ watches.

Of course, everyone has to make a living. But, to pass off these items as made by you is just downright sad. And the Mary Kay hawkers watch sellers just befuddle me-- did the craft show people just not bother vetting the vendors? Most of all, how do you compete? I can't compete with the prices of wholesale mass produced items, I just can't. Having them there will no doubt hurt the sales of real crafters. And in the sanctity of a craft show, I would think that I will be able to showcase my work, surrounded by all other people who designed and made the items they are selling to. Am I misunderstanding the meaning of the word "craft" in "craft show"?

Do the public care? If I was a candle maker who makes my candles standing next to someone who bought them wholesale and was selling them at half my price, would the public see the value in what I do? Who would they buy from? Could they tell the difference?

Through the years selling my designs, I have come to believe that there are a significant number of people who value handmade. But still, craft shows are for us crafters, and wholesalers should go to their flea markets, and not try to pass off their stuff as handmade and try to infiltrate the handmade market. People do place a higher value on handmade stuff (and perhaps that is why the wholesalers do this, because their is a market for handmade). But I would feel insulted to have my items placed next to mass produced jewelry. Am I just being snobby?

The Bazaar Bizarre in Dec is all handmade though! And there is a bunch of AMAZING vendors. Come visit us then!


pequitobun on Hallmark Magazine Blog!

pequitobun was reviewed in Hallmark Magazine blog last week!

groovy baby!

Sunday, September 07, 2008


Sometimes I think about where pequitobun as a business might go. As it grows, gains more press and grows its customer base, can I keep it as small as it has been? Of course, that day is waaaaay far off, but I believe I should know, at least, where I would like it to be headed.

Quite a few people have told me the inevitable direction that it will have to eventually go is to mass produce my designs in China in order to make it available for wholesale. That was the proposal that I turned down from a sales rep scouting for Urban Outfitters about a year ago (I believed she eventually signed on two big indie names that are now selling their jewelry in Urban Outfitters, with their brands on the tags). "Mass produced in China for $0.34 a piece" is just totally in opposite to the spirit of what I wanted when I started pequitobun, and I can't ever see it going that way.

But, is it even feasible to resist?

My niggling doubts about that were a little assuaged by a piece I read in NYT today about Rodarte, the whimsical fashion line of the Mulleavy sisters, who I remember took the fashion world by storm a few seasons back with their detailed, unique, gorgeous couture gowns. The critics' darling apparently only sold all of 500 pieces, including accessories last year, a very nicely manageable number. In response to the commercialization of fashion that almost requires mass production, they say, “You hear these fairy-tale stories about designers who start selling one day and then three years later, they’re making $20 million a year,” Laura adds. “That’s not in our plan. That’s not the kind of clothing we do. We don’t make a product that can be mass-produced.”

(images from

I love it. Really, I need to remind myself that creative design, quality and the work and detail behind creating does matter to people, instead of worrying too much that in order to grow, I need quantity and mass. Tomas Maier of Bottega Veneta said a while back, "They (the buyers) don’t want something flashy that everybody else has. They are looking for unique handcrafted things that can’t immediately be reinterpreted at every level of the marketplace."

Although I'm obviously nowhere within sight of the leagues of the above two design houses ={, I design because I love it, I enjoy the creative process and the handmade nature of each piece I put out, and it is great to know that that might be enough in the commercial world, by successful designers who live it everyday.

happy day!

I just found out that my favouritest Japanese food place in Boston, Ittyo, DELIVERS, via!!! Oh heavenly happy day!

(image from Atrebor B. at yelp)

Now, I can eat my favourite dish, saba, even more often than once a week.

(image from


Thursday, September 04, 2008

Jacket hunting for Fall



Yes, I am a big Project Runway fan. Having been a fan of Leanne's work for a long time, I'm thrilled that she has now won 2 in a row!! YAY Leanne!

This latest challenge was a huge one, since the winner got to sell her design through American Express with the brand-power of DVF. I do LOOOOOVE Leanne's outfit, and you can buy her dress here if you are an Amex cardholder. However, I wish that they also produced the jacket, not just the dress. It would have been perfect for Fall, don't you think?

Grrrrrr. It's so cute!!!

Etsy faves

While I wait for my paraffin wax to melt so I can embed my samples, here are a few items I'm thinking, kinda, of getting... (the last time I made a post like this I received a comment that said, simply, "Online shopping is very common nowadays."... I was mystified and deleted the comment, but now I think I should have kept it as it is pretty funny!)

Candelabra, sheriscrystals

peacock decal, shanon1972

Mini dress, TailorMadeVintage

Raggedy Ann dress, Mount Phoenix

tulle dress, lynnsrags

Another love, sarahseven (from Portland, of course!)

she's everywhere! iheartfink

Finally, something I DID get (and probably, as always, least likely to wear), from salvagelife:

i can't help it, i collect unusual vintage clothing!!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008


Craft fair application season is around again, and, for the third year in a row, I dutifully in sent my application to arguably one of the most competitive craft fairs around Boston, the Bazaar Bizarre. I was rejected the past two years, so I didn't have my hopes too high, but THIS year, I GOT IN!!!!!! YAYAYYAYAYAYYAYAY!!!!!

So, folks living around the Boston area, please mark your calendars for Dec 7! The Bazaar will be held at an awesome new venue, The Castle, this year, very accessible and in the heart of downtown Boston at the Arlington T stop.

For more info, visit the Boston Bazaar Bizarre site!

See you in December! =)


Monday, September 01, 2008

New for Fall!

Tons and tons of new Fall designs in the shop! I've been working on these for the past few months, and finally put them all in. ::sparkle and berries:: is inspired by rhinestones, rhinestones, rhinestones, and more rhinestones, deep purple and plum berry shades, a dash of punk rock, some gothic elements, simple nature and of course good old-fashioned pequitobun romance, there is a little something for everyone! I made an update a week ago, and another one today. Do stop by to take a look!

To celebrate, I made the pequitobun girl a new dress, in plum and platinum! =)

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Good luck, Kara!

My beautiful Lookbook model, Kara Erwin, has moved to NYC to be a model with Elite Models! I was so lucky to find her on ModelMayhem when she was still freelancing and living here in Boston.

I'm quite tickled that her pictures for my Lookbook are in her Elite portfolio. She just did a shoot for Nicole Miller, woot!

Best of luck to a successful career Kara!! I know you have what it takes. I can't stop raving about her and Taschka. They shot my Lookbook pictures for 6 hours straight, and was full of energy and working it from beginning to end!

Do visit my Lookbook to see the results of their amazing work!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

pequitobun on

pequitobun is featured on, the online site for Glamour magazine! They featured one of my new designs, Rock the Frill.360, which is a super versatile and fun short necklace that is girly with a little bit of an edge!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

olympics mania

Like everyone else, I've been utterly captivated by the Olympics.

I've always been an athlete and was the youngest player on my home country's national volleyball team before I decided to leave and come to the US for my studies. Of course, we were never even close to good enough for the Olympics =), but I know the amount of blood, sweat and tears every Olympian has invested into their training. Even though there are those who think sports is just "games" and a trivial distraction from the real issues in the world, I savour every minute of it that I can catch.

I love the action, of course. Volleyball, gymnastics, diving, weightlifting... Have you seen weightlifting? It is heart-stirring. But I love even more the looks of pride and joy on the coaches' and athletes' faces when they perform beyond their expectations. I can tear up all day watching medal ceremonies. It really is so good for the human soul. =)

On a kind of unrelated note, I was reading about Ricky Rubio, the amazing Spanish basketball teenager who some consider to be the best player in the world outside of the NBA. When I saw his picture, all I wanted to do was to pluck his eyebrows:

Other than the Olympics, I've been busy with work, work, work these past few weeks.

I recently did a photoshoot with a local Boston glossy, and might be a featured designer for their Fall fashion issue, I'm so excited!

Will be trying to wrap up a bunch of work this weekend and the coming week in preparation for my friend's bridal shower and bachelorette party next weekend in NYC! I am making the jewelry for her and all the other bridesmaids, so that will be my after-work task for this week. I have a design idea that will be pretty and quite customisable, so I am hoping that the other girls like it. After that is done, I am really looking forward to unwinding next weekend!

I haven't had a holiday all summer, and so I'm going to treat this as my little summer weekend getaway. With Per Se and Bungalow 8 on the itinerary, this is probably the swankiest weekend I will have in my entire life unless someday Scarlett Johansson wears my jewelry and I become a celebrity designer. heehee.

Ok, got to wrap up work so I can go back home in time to see Phelps clinch his 8th medal. That guy is truly a freak of nature.


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

highly amusing

I can't believe that I haven't checked out Audrey magazine before! I learned about it today and, as an Asian person dating a white-ish guy, found their blog quite entertaining.

It really is puzzling that there are no Asian male "sex symbols" in the US. Growing up in an Asian city, most of our sex symbols were, of course, Asian. The editors mention the ever youthful Takeshi Kaneshiro, who I remember lusting after maybe 10 years ago, and, a new name to me, Daniel Henney accompanied by a VERY intriguing picture *wink wink*.

So, I Google him and find out he's in the new X-Men Origins:Wolverine movie, and this YouTube video result was so highly amusing for various reasons... the lyrics, the strange situation, the enthusiastic Korean captions that I cannot read, and the fact that you can literally see the girls melting into puddles in their seats.

i'm so tickled!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


i went online shopping for my friend's baby shower... it got done, and then i got to browsing... =)

my love for rubypearl goes on and on...

A new love, Claire La Faye...

i love whimsical papercut prints! see misterrob and this beautiful one by elsita:

Awesome lace cuffs ($45) to jazz up any outfit by Grandma was a Floozy:

Want a tutu dress?

lovely things made by creative people!


Saturday, July 26, 2008

Holly Stalder

Portland seems to be overflowing with amazing designers! Holly Stalder is another up-and-coming designer with amazing technical skills and a great eye for structure and colour. LOVE!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Audrey Kawasaki

Audrey Kawasaki is amazingly talented! She does oil on wood (what a lovely medium) paintings of defiantly vulnerable women, and I'm obsessed. I love the detail in her art, and the doe-eyed sensuality of her protagonists. I can't wait for her next print.

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