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www.ceciliajane.com

1.Where are you located and what is your age?

Charlotte, NC 26 years old… ooops, should a lady tell her age.. aw what the heck!

2.How did you come up with the name for your label?

Cecilia Jane was chosen to represent the long line of fashionable females in my family. Both names have been used for generations as first and middle names. I chose to continue the legacy with my label.

3.Where do you draw inspiration for your designs?
I draw inspiration from the women I meet in everyday life. I listen to what they like and don’t like. I also love looking at nature meeting man made structural design.

4.What is one of your favorite indie brands?
I like little odd Forest.. it for the little girl in me that wants to come out every second full moon.

5.What’s next for your designs?
Man please don’t make me say… don’t you want it to be a surprise.. actually I’m working on some leather bag designs.. I’m thinking fem rock star!! What do you think?

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Another great indie find Machine Machine, by a sweet gal named Shannon! Here’s a little bit about her and her designs: don’t forget to support her by visiting her etsy shop www.themachinestops.etsy.com

1.Where are you located and what is your age?
I live on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. I am 26 years old.

2.How did you come up with the name for your label?My label originates from many things. Primarily its about the handmade aspect of my designs and execution—by calling my line “machine machine” i am giving a bit of respect to the machines which help me with the handmaking. Repeating the word “machine” verges on a joke wherein the respect nears a lament or even a chant…signifying how slippery it can be to retain the personal human touch when relying upon machines.

3.Where do you draw inspiration for your designs?Colors and stories.

4.What is one of your favorite indie brands?
Fiume….based in Honolulu—so fantastically incredible (www.myspace.com/fiumeclothing)

5.What’s next for Machine Machine?I have a lot of ideas that i need to empty out of my head…so i am trying to slowly allow those to become garments. I would like to venture into textile surface design in order to create custom fabric for some of my dresses. And also menswear! I need to clothe men! Oh oh, also to get more venues for my label….get into boutiques and shops.

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I found Zulu Rose on myspace…I just love the pic. above of the two girls, a true depiction of African beauty :)….Zulu Rose started in Los Angeles and is a lifestyle brand…The line consists of t-shirts, dresses, and accessories for men and women…One of my favorite tee’s is the zoom zoom tee which depicts two African women on a scooter…This pic. is so real, it took me back to Lagos Nigeria where I visited when I was a kid…You rarely find t-shirts that show the true lifestyle and essence of a place, pure reality…Another great find is the scorpion sting belt for men…a real scorpion embedded into the belt buckle, fabulous! I’m sure Zulu Rose will continue to create innovative and informative fashion, please support and visit www.zulurose.com