Hey Sharkie community!
jL from Black Milk here, very excited to blog about all the exciting things that are going on a BM at the moment. Grab yourself a bag of chips, a bottle of Mountain Dew, and another bag of chips, because we have a lot to talk about!
1. September collection: BACK TO THE FUTURE
Remember this awesome movie?
I certainly do. It made me want to ride a skateboard, wear a puffy orange vest and drive a DeLorean (none of which I actually ever did, so disappointing).
We hope that you will find our September Collection just as awesome. :)
You see, our September clothes are all about giving you that retro feel. Maybe a little de ja vu. (Just to be clear, this is a Black Milk designer collection, NOT a Back to the Future licensed collection!)
As you guys are probably aware, we are transitioning at the moment to a completely new (or completely old?) system of creating our collections. We are going back to strong narratives, great stories, and really romancing the releases. I'm excited about that!
Of course, because we are transitioning, there will be a transitional period - and for us, that's September. We looked over the pieces we had coming out in September and asked ourselves - what unifies theses pieces, if anything?
The answer was that there was some element of 'throwback' in all the pieces.
The most obvious one was this:
So we decided to take that as our starting point and envision this collection as 'Back to the Future'.
That means you are going to see a lot of things that remind you of great pieces you have probably seen before.
Now, because we are this transitional month, we aren't going to be able to really tell the story as powerfully as we would like to. Not to worry, it's still a fantastic little collection (I think it's around 26 pieces?) and I'm sure you will find a couple of pieces you will love. ;)
2. So after we have gone Back to the Future, we are going to spend a Night at the Museum.
This idea started off as a little ammo, and then got all growed up - and it's now a beast!
We started off with the idea of bringing back a couple of museum items to celebrate my birthday (Happy Birthday?! Your present is clothes - for other people!)
However, after talking to lots of girls who felt sad that they had missed out on clothes since the weekly releases, we decided that we would give the Sharkie community an opportunity to have another crack at their favourite pieces.
And so we did. :) So Night at the Museum features the clothes we are bringing back for my birthday AND some pieces from the weekly drops. There are some limitations because we are not using any shiny fabric at the moment, but rest assured, a lot of those shiny leggings we have discontinued will be back once we replace our shiny fabric (which we are really close to doing!)
3. I noticed someone posted this pic. This was one of first pairs of printed leggings I ever created!
It was made form this artwork:
Cool, huh? Maybe worth a revisit. I made a swimsuit with it as well:
I still have a special place in my heart for this swim. It was either the first or second one I ever made, I sewed it myself and it took around 2 hours! (Sophee, if you are seeing this, love your pics, thanks for modelling for me!)
3. Speaking of voting on things coming back... this little bad boy seems to have generated a bit of buzz. It is what we call the Black Hole Swim:
UPDATE: The artwork we used for this piece doesn't have great resolution, so we need to rework it a bit. Be patient, you'll see this again once we can enlarge the art!
4. Hello Los Angeles! We have been slowly doing more events in LA, and one of them was a recent pool party at the Roosevelt!
I think I need to visit LA. How does next week sound?
And another thing - Angelenos, get ready for a SAMPLE SALE.
Because it's happening! :) Details here
5. I'm not sure if people realise how much it means to us when peeps take the time to something as simple - and as powerful - as to express something positive, kind or encouraging about the job we do.
It means a lot. Working in an independent fashion company isn't easy, and when people take the time to say something nice about us, well, it's pretty special. :)
And we will never say no to donuts...
6. Do you Periscope!?
Imagine if you could tap into live video broadcasts from Black Milk every day and see sneak peeks, cute outfits, and the Black Milk team generally just having a blast - all live! Well, you can. :)
Q: What is Periscope?
A: It's a live feed app that allows you to receive notifications when someone you follow (Black Milk in this case) is broadcasting, allowing you to get into the feed and watch it live!
It's connected to Twitter, so if you have a Twitter account it's pretty easy to sign up. Check it out here.
p.s. I know a lot of girls see this stuff and think "ANOTHER social media thing I need to get.... ugh... srsly..." But this one is really fun. Give it a go, I think you'll love it.
7. What is this I hear about Sharkiedam 2015?!?!?!
Poling on poles!
Hanging out with Vincent!
Um... doing this... thing.
Well, my friends, it seems that Sharkies love to travel to cool places, and have a good time - who am I to stand in the way!
We see pics like this all the time that get us excited about bringing girls together for good times:
I know there has been a lot of talk about the future of Sharkiecon and Black Milk events in general. It's really simple, we are kind of in a transitional period as a company so we don't feel like we are in a position where we can do great events and feel confident that we can really nail it. However, we are in the middle of building an awesome new events team at the moment and I am confident we we will succeed.
Stick with us guys, the fun times will roll in 2016. ;)
Having said that, we will be having a big Sharkie party in November for our birthday!
8. Okay, let's talk about Green Galaxy. Peeps love green Galaxy, and here's why:
We were going to bring back some Green Galaxy clothes, but then we thought "Hey, there is so much love for Green Galaxy, why don't we create some brand new GG stuff, and let the Sharkie community vote on what they want to see?!"
Watch this space.
9. GYM! This got sneaked and girls love it.
It's moving to the top of the list...