News from Paris

Chanel just showed a slew of PINSTRIPES……..jackets, pants shorts and sweaters…..You’ll have yours before his see the light of day.

Home Safe and Sound

It is so good to be home after a whirl wind day at QVC! We woke up Monday mkorning at 2am to be at the Q by 3:30am. Then I had to work with Abby, the stylist assigned for my show. She already had all of my sketches I sent with the models assigned so when I arrived the clothes were lined up for me to check….I added the accessory bags to each outfit…..went through it one more time with Abby, and we were ready to go. Then off to the salon to get my face spray painted…LOL……………Next my meeting with Alberti! We had never met and I had never seen him in action so this was going to be a new experience. He was terrific, and I knew immediately we would have a good time. With Alberti….what you see is what you get. He is the nicest guy…and he know what he is doing! He knew everything about the line and was well aware about the “Linea Body” and “Linea Jewelry”……which was refreshing. The models love him so that was a good sign….a good time was had by all and the show exceeded what we hoped for…..One down…three to go! Next up FEW with Pat and Rachel…..your on…your off…..They are always fun to be with even if it’s in the blink of an eye……..next!…..On to a 1 and 1/2 hour meeting with the buyers to go over Spring 2015 which went very well, and a brief break back to the hotel to change clothes and wash the goop off my face…….Then back to the Q by noon to start all over again………worked with Erika, the stylist for the 2pm show, and again she had it all lined up according to my sketches, so it was quite easy. The accessory bags were put on each out fit ans we discussed special instructions, especially  some quick changes for the models……….back to the salon to get spray painted again!……A quick meeting with Leah and the show was ready to start. The show did exceedingly very well….thanks to all of you! Then I had to run to a 3:00 meeting…..and right on to a 4pm jewelry meeting . I saw the first samples of spring made by the new factory….I think you will be happy……It’s a long way off….so my lips are SEALED!!!!!!!….Next up PM Style…..Salon for a touch up. I was able to spend some time with Bob, as in Mackie, in one of the Green rooms, and we caught up on the Hollywood gossip…..He has great stories, but Joe his assistant, who’s a hoot, has even better ones! It’s always a pleasure to work with Sandra even if it was too brief…………………………………Then I had to pack up the caravan….pack the car, and back to the hotel where, alone, I watched the VOICE and went to bed……..Got up early….got myself a Starbucks,  and drove the three hours home to my three babies who were so happy to see me. Unfortunately, Jac had to leave after the 2Pm show and drove home by herself which I was not too thrilled about. We took two cars down to PA so she could get back for another appointment…………….All in all it was a spectacular day….and everyone was pleased……………I hope you all enjoyed the shows, and were able to order what you wanted. Now, let’s keep our fingers crossed that when you get it you are happy with what you receive!…………………………Don’t forget……I will be on PM Style this coming Monday………Six more ours of driving…..To bad you don’t get the equivalent of frequent flyer miles for driving…..LOL…………………………enjoy…………………and I’m hoping it all works out for you…………….much Love, Louis

!!!!!!!!!!!! UPDATE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good morning everyone………….I have some news, and I’m afraid some of you will be disappointed. The bad news is the Swing jacket was pulled from the PM Style show on Monday night. I didn’t get the whole story, but it had something to do with wrong paper work and the jacket could not be processed into the system…..I know stupid stuff. Why does this always happen to an important piece…it never happens with a tank top…LOL… The good news is as soon as the paper work is corrected the jacket will be placed in another show….don’t ask me when…I have no idea. I will say…the jacket is fine and looks great…….as my father always said to me….”Men make plans and God laughs”. I can not tell you how many times that phrase has popped into my head! The other good news is I will still be on PM Style with the animal jacquard jacket, A230025, so that is some small consolation……………..Sorry to all of you who have been patiently waiting for the jacket to be shown.,….The situation is totally out of my control……..See you Monday….early!………………..Love, Louis

Happy Rosh Hashanah

To all of my Linea Ladies of the Jewish faith….Jac and I want to wish all of you a Happy Holiday!

“THE SCARVES HAVE BEEN POSTED”

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The scarves have been posted, and I just wanted to emphasize that the idea was the scarves would be perfect for “gift giving”……so……a beautiful box, tissue and a silver elastic cord will come with each scarf as shown it the photos above. It’s a signature print box in Black and White  glossy paper so it looks very upscale……….sometimes…..the best presents….are the ones we give ourselves………..enjoy……much Love………Louis

!!!!!!!!!!!!! UPDATE !!!!!!!!

There is an addition to my September 29th schedule. It is now as follows:

5:00am one hour show with Alberti. I’ve never worked with him or a man for that matter…..it should be interesting

6:00am FEW with Pat and Jane. * This has been added……the new TN A259110 will be one of the items.

2:00pm, one hour show with Leah….the show is ALL new

PM Style…….the new Boucle swing jacket

So….I will be making 4 appearances in total

FYI

This information is those of you who may have received a beaded necklace that came broken. Instead of sending it back to QVC you can, if you choose to, send it to the head office and they will make sure it is fixed properly. You would need to enclose a short letter with your name and address. Just state you are a Linea QVC customer and the necklace arrived broken. If there are any reorders on this necklace my new manufacturing partner will make them. Of course if the returns are too high it will be discontinued, and that will be a shame, because it is a fabulous necklace that will only become a more and more important accessory in the coming months. The address to send it to is:

TCJC

3B Industrial Drive

Smithfield, R.I. 02917

If you choose to send it to be repaired, please let me know how it turns out……………………………….regards, Louis

 

“THE STONE TUNIC SWEATER”

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CASUAL….CASUAL….CASUAL….that is a word that gets bantered about a lot, but casual means many different things to different people. It can mean a sweat shirt and sweat pants to some or a pair of trousers and a turtleneck to others. I think this new TUNIC SWEATER is some where in between. With all of the LEGGINGS I am doing….and selling…. there is a need for tops that you can wear with them…and your jeans of course. I call these my SATURDAY SWEATERS….you know what I mean……The sweater you pull out on Saturday morning…. this time of year when it starts to get chilly, and you need to start layering….It’s that kind of weather already here in New England, and I’m sure in other parts of the country. While it may be blistering hot in So Cal……Montana had SNOW!……..This is the sweater you throw on over a T shirt with your jeans or LINEA BODY LEGGINGS, A260034. This is the sweater you throw on over a TN when it gets even colder, and  in the evening….to see the newest movie you have been wanting to see. This is that comfy cozy sweater you just hang out in. The new STONE TUNIC SWEATER, A259108, above is that kind of sweater.

I wanted a casual looking YARN…..a HEATHER SHETLAND type yarn without the WOOL. I sent out the word to my sweater manufacturer to find me such a yarn, and they did just that. The yarn is 83% acrylic and 17% Nylon. I know to some acrylic is not equated with quality, but that is incorrect. I designed and manufactured sweaters for AK in Italy for twenty years, taking four to five trips to Florence a year overseeing the making of each new design. There are as many different types of acrylic yarns as there are any other type of yarn….that means many. EVERY designer line uses acrylic yarns….KRIZIA, an Italian designer know for her whimsical sweaters, used many different types of yarns in her intargio sweaters and many were acrylic. Once again….it’s not the name of the yarn, but the quality of the yarn that makes all the difference. This sweater has all the attributes of a Shetland sweater, but none of the deterrents. It is super soft, and though it looks substantial, it is very light in weight. The instructions say “hand wash and lay flat to dry”…..don’t they always. I know you all have your own tricks and methods for washing your apparel…..that do not require hand washing……..The sweater has a FUZZY SURFACE as any Shetland sweater would…..THAT IS THE LOOK…that’s what gives it the casual SHETLAND vibe……You could say the sweater also has the look of a ……”BOYFRIEND SWEATER”……..That means…..yes, it is generous and slightly over sized….that’s the way it should be! However, because it is light weight it is NOT bulky. Ladies…you do want the ability to layer as the weather changes, but  you can still wear it with nothing but a cami and it will look good.. Size down one size if you must!…..BUT you will be missing the POINT! The sweater is approx. 30 1/2 to 31 inches long….PERFECT FOR LEGGINGS…..It is made exactly the way I would make this type of sweater in Italy……FULLY FASHIONED with a TUBULAR finish attaching the ribs to the V-NECKLINE is the sign of quality……The sleeve is finished with a 2×1 ribbed cuff….approx. four inches…..Now this is IMPORTANT…..the sleeve can be worn many ways….Straight down covering part of the hand…or….rolled back once….twice….three or four times depending on the look you are going for….It really looks good rolled back a lot….even to a 3/4 length when wearing a TN underneath……ALL of the different lengths are RIGHT and give you VERSATILITY….Notice above how I have the sleeve rolled back along with the CUFF of the new PALE BLUE WING COLLAR SHIRT, A259103, for a more relaxed casual look…. If you think the sleeves are too long…. you’re not wearing it correctly……..Wear it as is or play with all kinds of belts….hip belts or wide waist cinchers all look good………wear it with leggings, jeans, trousers , mini, maxi and boho skirts…even leather pants and skirts…..boots, shoe boots….sneakers…. Wear it however and with whatever makes you happy……………….have a good weekend!…………………….enjoy much Love……………….Louis

“THE GRAY TUNIC SWEATER”

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……………………………….Now that I have totally convinced you this is a CASUAL SATURDAY SWEATER…..I’m flipping the switch!……………Above is the GRAY HEATHER V-NECK TUNIC SWEATER, A259108….still worn with a relaxed attitude, but a little more dressed up………….This time I have the WING COLLARED SHIRT, A259103 in WHITE with the BLACK & GRAY PINSTRIPE TROUSER, A259098 for reg. length, and A259099 for petite length…………………Add my new REVERSIBLE CROSS in the GUNMETAL above …..my new SHRIMP EARRINGS  in the GUNMETAL with the gray stones, and you are ready for the office, dinner or any special occasion where casual/dressy is the required dress………….It really is super CHIC, and very CLASSY…..I could see a wonderful quilted velvet slipper worn with this or a Black patent tuxedo flat……….

………………………………………………………………….enjoy……………………………much Love……………………………………Louis

“THE PERSIAN BLUE TUNIC SWEATER”

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The third color is………………PERSIAN BLUE, and yes it is the same color as the PEA JACKET….only heathered……Jean friendly….check…..Legging friendly….check ….especially with my GRAY, NAVY or BLACK LINEA BODY LEGGINGS, A260034…pant friendly….check….especially the new navy PINSTRIPE TROUSERS or solid Ponte Knit…WHISPER KNIT Pencil skirts…long and short….check…..PONTE SKIRTS short or MAXI, A239318 as above….check, even the FEATHER JERSEY MAXI SKIRT, A233970 reg, A233971 petite, would make the perfect transition maxi with this tunic sweater. Above, the Gunmetal Love Knot necklace if you own them, or two of the 18 inch Love Knot necklaces in silver and gunmetal look wonderful with this color, J270122, and they are still avail…………………………PERSIAN BLUE is a fabulous new color………………………………………….

…………………………………..enjoy……………..much Love………………………….Louis