Working on new catalog. Graphic design is always challenging for me.
I talked about it to Manami who is my old friend, an experienced professional graphic designer. She gave me great ideas and tips. I could really enjoy working on this project after I talked with her.
This is how it looks inside.
Cover and back.
I also made a sample box which is below.
We are going to Europe tomorrow. My husband has to work for a week there. While he is working, I am going to explore cities and find nice boutiques. If I could find nice boutiques there, I would like to introduce my jewelry. It’s my first time to be in Europe. Super excited about this trip!!! It’s actually our honeymoon plus business trip.
We went to Europe for a business / honeymoon trip!
Our journey started in Amsterdam where we stayed for a week for my husband’s work and continued another one week in Bordeaux (France) and San Sebastian (Spain) for our honeymoon.
While he’s working in Amsterdam, I explored the city’s big and small shopping areas as I planed to find small boutiques to introduce Sayuri Designs jewelry. I tried walking and finding boutiques that would inspire or carry the same type of necklaces, bracelets or hand made pieces that were similar to my style.
During this time I was able to talk to many people in the city. People were very nice and friendly and straightforward. I found out many items in boutiques where I visited were mostly from all over European countries.
My husband who is good at talking gave me some tips of how to introduce Sayuri Designs. I had great chatting because of that. Glad that I got great feedbacks about the catalog from some stores. It was fun and very fresh. I really hope we can find stores where we can work with in near future.
Beautiful city Amsterdam
By the way, during this trip I got inspired by the great painter, Van Gogh, who happens to be Dutch. The Van Gogh museum showcasing his works during the 10 years he worked as an artist were pretty impressive. That’s one of my favorite museums. Check it out when you visit Amsterdam.
I was also very inspired by adorable displays of sweets shops in Brussel, Belgium. It is such a wonderful sweets land. Sweets like chocolate, waffles, candies, macaroons… they are such great displays that everything looks both cute and delicious. I also noticed this with jewelry, they have their own recognizable style of display that makes everything look gorgeous.
Below are some photos from the trip.
Chocolate store in Brussels
Tea and macaroon shop in Brussels
A Castle which was build in 14th century in Bordeaux in France. It’s now a romantic B&B.
Delicious Pintxos in San Sebastian. Eating one or two with a small beer and go to next pintxo bar is their style.
Getaria in Spain
In the end, we’d like to thank to David who is Jose’s friend from Spain. He gave us a wonderful tour in San Sebastian. We loved pinxtos and a cidra bar. You made our trip special!
Sayuri Designs participated in an event called Tokyo Palette ‘Clear’ in Daikanyama, on the last day of this Golden week, May 6th. It was our first time to join an event in Tokyo, and it went very well.
I was able to meet other talented designers, potential clients, and had a really good time overall. Preparing for this event, however, was a little challenging – in a good way.
We got the invitation a week before the event. Since the event had a well defined theme, I realized we had almost no pieces that would be a good fit for this event. I wanted something new, fresh, and fitting with the event, so decided on creating a new collection with new materials and techniques, starting from zero.
I really struggled with time, but managed it by dedicating my Golden Week to creating these new pieces and preparing for the event (sorry Jose…) Eventually, a great new line came out and it was well received – I’m happy with it.
The event turned out to be a great experience, we meet lots of people, got new ideas for upcoming collections, and learned lots.
Thanks for everybody who came to the Tokyo Palette ‘Clear’ event. Thanks to organizers and people who worked in the cafe. Thanks to my lovely husband Jose.
Summerly earrings. Perfect for coming season!
Popular accessories which are made of resin and natural flowers.
Resin earrings made of natural stones and resin.
My sales booth.
With lovely clients. They are so cute.
With Iria and Akiko who were part of the organizers.
The collection made for this event is “resin” based. I thought it would be a good fit since the theme of this event is ‘Clear’. The items are limited, and the prices are great. I’m very happy to be able to meet some of our customers and other designers!!
Resin – They are all natural flowers
Many designers are participating in this event including my good friend otana. It’s going to be fun! I’m so excited about my first event in Tokyo after coming back from Vancouver♫