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Missing Marva

This weekend was the final move from our downtown studio, I will truly miss this space, but with remote work and the shop downloads for story and concept boards, this beautiful space just isn’t needed anymore.

Originally my office space was a hub of activity, working with product development to actively creating my lingerie brand.  A dear friend who also occupied a space in the building died a few years back in her office. It was a tragedy not only because she is gone now but because she was a fabulous friend and fashionista, who taught me so many wonderful things about our industry. I often think of her coming down to my office for a morning chat.

We had decided on getting to the office early when the building opened to make sure there was room for the moving truck in the alleyway. We are in a building, that is completely empty. Alone in the office, I open the window to let some air into the closed environment, when my husband walks in. He closes the door so that we can discuss the furniture behind the door, it is closed but left open just enough to peek inside.  There are no other people on the floor, and the building is very quiet, the building supervisor had informed us he was going down the street to work at another building, so imagine our surprise when we hear three clear knocks on the glass door as it swings open. The is nothing there, just the empty hallway.

Could it be, my dear sweet Marva coming by for one last visit, knocking first like she always did. The knock was not our imagination nor was the door swinging open, we discussed as it was happening. Is my dear beloved friend's soul still lingering in a place she loved. I am hopeful that if it was what we felt, when her wondrous spirit entered the room, she flew out the window I had just opened.

I’m going back next weekend for the final clean-up-hoping she doesn’t stop by, not because I don’t believe that spirits linger but because I’m hoping she has left the building for a better adventure.

The Studio

Fashion is…change, inspiration, new ideas. I am taking this week off to recycle and give-a-way stock, fabrics, and all furniture that will not fit into my new 10x12 environment but, my books, at last will surround me with style.

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