I missed my usual Monday post but I assure you it was with good reason. A year ago today, I published my first and very tentative post on this blog. I had no idea how it would be received or if anyone would comment but to my surprise and utter delight, people did. Some of those people have since become regulars and even friends despite living in various parts of the world. Blogging has given me so much more than I could ever have hoped for and enriched my life immensely and I owe it all to everyone who ever took the time to read and comment on my incessant ramblings.
106 The Blog was born of a need to promote 106 The Brand and so I feel that now is as good a time as any to tell you a little more about it.
Choosing a name proved to be a lot harder than I anticipated. I, of course, short-listed names that meant something to me but when I discovered they were all taken, I settled on a number instead. 106 just so happens to have been my parents' address at the time of my birth and the first home we shared. I dreamed my earliest dreams there and I have come to view it as being synonymous with a new beginning - an exciting phase in my life.
/Images: Flannery O'Kafka for 106/
Shortly after this blog began, many of you may remember that I signed up for a social experiment called Six Items Or Less. It lasted 30 days and was meant to help me analyse my shopping habits and cure me of my penchant for the mindless acquisition of more and more clothes. As it turned out, it informed not only my habits as a consumer but also the childrenswear I wanted to create.
I decided that each collection should consist of six well-crafted and versatile pieces. Designed to form a coherent capsule wardrobe, I hope that each garment will be just as covetable on its own. I also injected a little something extra for my own amusement. Each collection will be characterized by a mood or colour and the number 6 in 106 will, therefore, change periodically to reflect that.
I am still working hard to get my début collection finished so please forgive me if I am not as visible and/or verbose as I usually am elsewhere. My lookbook (see above) has been shot and I look forward to sharing it with you soon but in the meantime, have a glass of something suitably fluorescent - yet delicious - on me. I cannot wait to see what the next year will bring!