Podcast

247 – Fashion Snoops With Jaye Mize

Today in the Lounge, Nick is joined by Jaye Mize of Fashion Snoops, from New York City, to talk trend forecasting. Tune in to learn more about current trends in the design world and why you need to be paying attention as a designer to improve your practice!

What is Fashion Snoops?

Trend forecasters by trade, the team at Fashion Snoops observe consumer behavior and predict product development. Since 2001, the agency has been working with major retailers across the US and Europe in the beauty, fashion, and design industries. Collecting data from buying patterns, top-tier market activity, and all the latest in art & fashion, they predict what’s next.

Consulting for clients, Fashion Snoops aims to figure out why things are going to happen and recommend concepts for brands to build around. Forecasting connects the dots between culture and product, to be on the front line of fashion.

Get to know Jaye

After interning throughout high school, Jaye went to New York City at 19 and was hired on the spot at Fashion Snoops during her interview. Using her North Carolinian roots, she was first tasked with guiding a Kenny Chesney line for J.C. Penny.

While she initially went to school to study journalism and fashion merchandising, she transferred to earn a fashion design degree, while also taking art history, psychology, and business courses along the way. Jaye always finds herself going back to school to continue learning, as she needs to be on her toes at all times. In addition to continuing education, she uses Feedly to curate a feed of art, blog, article, and magazine content to gather data for analyzing.

Why pay attention to trend forecasting?

Designers need to be able to understand their client better and know how to make them feel validated at the finish of the project. Becoming educated on forecasting is necessary to learn the reason behind trends and where they are heading.

Learn more at fashionsnoops.com or on Instagram.

You are in an art theory or color theory course all the time because you constantly have to keep up with culture

Chaise Lounge Updates

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Wrap Up

If you would like to hear more episodes, please visit us on iTunes or on our website at TheChaiseLoungePodcast.com. Lastly, find The Chaise Lounge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or post a review on iTunes, you may even hear your review read live on our next podcast. With that said keep dreaming big, and keep designing a great design business. See ya!

246 – Lori Weitzner: Ode to Color

Today in the Lounge, Nick speaks with Lori Weitzner from her studio in Chelsea, New York, and Edmond Hagopien, owner of Detroit Rug Restoration. Edmond chats with Nick about the family business and the vintage market. Nick and Lori discuss her journey into textile design, getting a book deal, and her color quiz.

Watch Designer Chad James Talks Color to learn about some of his favorite Benjamin Moore paints!

Getting to Know Lori

As a girl, Lori wanted to be a fashion designer, so made her way to Syracuse University to study fine arts. One mentor, whom she attributes much of her success to, recommended her to switch to textile design. After graduating and working for Fieldcrest, she went on to sell her textile designs, or croquis, at a fair in France. Her career took off from there with her own business and she went from selling to licensing her designs. To focus on creative and design aspects, she partnered with Pollack to take over the business side.

Ode to Color

Ode to Color The Ten Essential Palettes for Living and Design, Lori’s book, was carefully planned over two years. She encourages readers to understand color better and implement the tips after taking her Color Analysis Test. Through the psychology of color, the test helps you to find what works best for you. Lori believes color is a tool that allows you to be more productive in your personal life and work.

Beyond her upcoming trip to Nepal to collaborate with artisans, forthcoming projects include a painter series, woven and printed Weitzner products, and rug work with Perennials. Come November, her jewelry line will be available!

Detroit Rug Restoration Company

A third-generation Armenian, whose grandfather started the Hagopien and sons business in 1939, Edmond specializes in rug and carpet cleaning services. Employing a company of 150, the successful business has been running for over 80 years. Evolving the original family company, the Hagopien brother-sister team manage the e-business and Detroit Rug Restoration, a spin-off from their other business. Edmond says the secret to running the family business is a lot of love, trust, and hard work.

For more information about Detroit Rug Restoration, check out www.detriotrugrestoration.com or https://www.originalhagopian.com/

Learn more about Lori on her Instagram and website. Don’t forget to take her Ode to Color Test here! Share your results on Instagram with #thechaiselounge and @LoriWeitzner.

Go for what you want, not what you think is possible.

Chaise Lounge Updates

We’re gearing up for High Point Market fall 2018. Stay in the loop on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

The Student Lounge is up and running! Visit us to hear podcast episodes produced for students, by students.

Wrap Up

If you would like to hear more episodes, please visit us on iTunes or on our website at TheChaiseLoungePodcast.com. Lastly, find The Chaise Lounge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or post a review on iTunes, you may even hear your review read live on our next podcast. With that said keep dreaming big, and keep designing a great design business. See ya!

245 – Shirry Dolgin and Toma Clark Haines

Today in The Lounge, Nick catches up with Toma Clark Haines, The Antique Diva, and chats with Shirry Dolgin, an HGTV regular and owner of ASD Interiors. Nick and Shirry talk about getting into the interior design business and television fame.

244 – Parker-Torres Design

Today in the Lounge, Nick sits down with the dynamic duo leading Parker-Torres Design, Barbara Parker and Miriam Torres. Barbara and Miriam are the very definitions of opposites attract as far as their design style and method. Taking advantage of their differences, the two build on each other’s strengths to create beautiful, functional, and dynamic designs. In today’s episode, we learn a little about the development of the firm, how the ladies collaborate on designs and came to be the successful team that they are.

Parker-Torres Design

Parker-Torres Design is an International Design Firm based out of Boston, MA. They specialize in hospitality but have also designed commercial, office, and restaurant spaces. At Parker-Torres the projects do not have a single look, but instead, is designed to fit the client’s needs and personal style preference. The firm initially began as a residential firm in an effort not to compete with their previous employer, but they quickly came to realize that was not for them and instead decided to focus on hospitality.

Barbara Parker

Barbara was born in Massachusetts and didn’t stray far from home, going to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and is living in her hometown. Her background focuses mainly on architectural interiors such as master planning, space planning, millwork and project management. Barbara is considered to be the business manager within the firm, taking care of the technical side of the business using her keen research and analytical skills to discover the functional needs of their clients.

Miriam Miriam Torres

Miriam was born and raised in Puerto Rico and came to the US to get her interior design degree, then elected to stay. Her primary design background is in developmental design, focuses mainly on FF&E, furnishings, and color. Miriam is the relationship manager for the firm and uses her abstract mind and a keen eye for artistry to bring the designs to life.,

Chaise Lounge Updates

We’re gearing up for High Point Market fall 2018. Stay in the loop on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

The Student Lounge is up and running! Visit us to hear podcast episodes produced for students, by students.

Wrap Up

If you would like to hear more episodes, please visit us on iTunes or on our website at TheChaiseLoungePodcast.com. Lastly, find The Chaise Lounge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or post a review on iTunes, you may even hear your review read live on our next podcast. With that said keep dreaming big, and keep designing a great design business. See ya!

243 – Alene Workman and Vicente Wolf: Ground Up Leaders

Today in The Lounge, Nick chats with Alene Workman, president of Alene Workman Interior Design and Vicente Wolf of Vicente Wolf Associates, ground up leading designers in the industry. Nick talks about the wonder of the Datacolor ColorReader with Vicente and the art of interior design with Alene.

Get to Know Alene Workman

Though she left for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, several years ago, Alene says New York never leaves you, and visits her hometown often. Alene enjoys being involved with the neighboring Miami art scene, shopping, and gawks at the city’s architecture.

Following earning her bachelor’s degree in fine art and art history, she worked at Bloomingdale’s, then began design school. Afterward, she worked as a draftsperson, then later at a firm. Eventually, she broke off to chase her love for residential designing, where she could carry out her visions better. Keeping the shop small and relaxed at Alene Workman Interior Design, with a full-service shop they focus on fewer large projects to do well. She finds being a good listener and finding the marketing mix that works and is comfortable for you are the ways to grow.

A Bit About Vicente

Originally from Cuba, Vicente came to the US following the revolution, in 1961. After living in Miami for a short time, he made his way to New York City where he’s been a designer for more than 40 years and has had the opportunity to see the industry change radically with the advent of AutoCAD and other technologies. With a team of 10 people, at Vicente Wolf Associates they focus on commercial, residential, product design, interior design books, and photography. With architects and even landscapers on staff, he has a full-service shop.

Datacolor

Whether with wood, mirrors, metals or fabrics, Vicente and his team use the Datacolor ColorReader tool. On about 75% of projects, it helps him find the perfect color matches to tie everything together. Especially when traveling, it comes in handy to reference colors – rather than looking at photos that may be misleading, colorwise. 

Weekly Wisdom

A good designer listens to their client, that’s how you get the best result

Chaise Lounge Updates

The Student Lounge is up and running! Visit us to hear podcast episodes produced for students, by students.

We’re already excited for High Point Market Fall 2018. Stay in the loop here, and recap Las Vegas market with our latest blogs!

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Upcoming Markets

High Point Market – October 13 – 17

BDNY  – Nov 11 – 12

Wrap Up

If you would like to hear more episodes, please visit us on iTunes or on our website at TheChaiseLoungePodcast.com. Lastly, find The Chaise Lounge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or post a review on iTunes, you may even hear your review read live on our next podcast. With that said keep dreaming big, and keep designing a great design business. See ya!

242 – Industry: Phyllis Harbinger

Today in The Lounge, Nick chats with Phyllis Harbinger from Harbinger Design Consulting. The two get down to business about competition in the digital world with Phyllis.

Where Will Your Line Shine?

So, you’re a designer with products and options that need to live in a space. If you’re going to have lines to represent, consider how you want to display them. There are more options than you might first realize: open a showroom, start your own brick and mortar shop, find a vignette space in a larger showroom, or become a stocking dealer. Nick and Phyllis go into more depth about the pros and cons each come with from rent and insurance to collaborating with other merchants and vendors.

Competition in the Digital World

The market is continuously evolving, and you’ve got to keep up if you want to run a successful business. Think about it, where would you be if you still only used Yellow Pages to market? Take time to understand your target markets and how to reach them best. In 2018 there are vast amounts of resources available to contribute to your business, so take advantage of them!

Set Yourself Apart

Keep in mind, finding a niche and something to set you apart is about more than just your designs. Having excellent customer service, creating project books, doing extra things on the side, and hosting events are all ways to add value for your clients. Doing these things will make you memorable, and someone people will want to work with again or reference to a friend. What do you have to offer?

Weekly Wisdom 

“What do you have that you can bring to your community that’s not out there?”

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Chaise Lounge Updates

The Student Lounge is up and running! Visit us to hear podcast episodes produced for students, by students.

We’re already excited for High Point Market Fall 2018. Stay in the loop here, and recap Las Vegas market with our latest blogs!

Resources

Head over to www.datacolor.com/may for a twenty percent discount or use the code may.

Click here to see what our sponsors can do for you.

Upcoming Markets

High Point Market – October 13 – 17

BDNY  – Nov 11 – 12

Wrap Up

If you would like to hear more episodes, please visit us on iTunes or on our website at TheChaiseLoungePodcast.com. Lastly, find The Chaise Lounge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or post a review on iTunes, you may even hear your review read live on our next podcast. With that said keep dreaming big, and keep designing a great design business. See ya!

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