Infovore links: 8/8/2006

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this site before but it’s called Trendwatching. I just can’t say enough about it. They have over “8,000 trend spotters scanning the globe for emerging consumer trends”. They’re the ones who discovered such trends as InfoLust, Twinsumers and Customer Made (well, I discovered “customer made” –DEs – myself back in 1995). Best of all, the trend reports are free! And these aren’t just any trend reports. They’re incredibly detailed and lengthy, complete with photos and stats. Sign up for their trend report newsletter for monthy delivery and don’t miss the archives. Caveat: this is a lot of reading. I wasn’t exaggerating when I said the reports are lengthy and detailed. This month’s report is entitled Innovation Overload. September’s is called “Status Skills”. I don’t know how they’re making money; sign up while it’s still free.

I found some interesting links (and entries) on a blog called right sides facing. First there was the link to an incredibly detailed tutorial on how to make a perfect replica of Captain Jack Sparrow three cornered hat (pdf). Then there were the links to a very compelling site of a Japanese doll maker who handily provides tutorials and free patterns for many small items such as gloves, caps and dolls -including anime dolls .

Speaking of crafty blogs, there’s a new blog for craft entrepreneurs called Make It. Shannon includes news of what’s happening in the crafter business community with extensive links to other sites in the business. See Make It for the latest contests, interviews with other successful crafters and business tips for small enterprises. Chatty, friendly and supportive.

Another newish blog is Some Small Sense from Amy in NYC. Amy describes herself as “a picky consumer of the petite persuasion who’s spent a great deal of time documenting experiences as a 4’10” 87 pound shopper”. Accordingly, her site provides in depth notes from shopping trips and the like. She says she plans to expand her focus to include the perspectives of those who are really petite, such as “furniture, dating, viewpoint, social inequalities”. I realize she has a point but I hadn’t ever thought of it before. Something I found particularly interesting were her self photos. Remember the discussion of petite sized models? From her photos, she doesn’t look petite at all. Cameras lie.

Julia Szkiba O’Connor would like to know if there are any cruelty-free fashion designers out there who would be interested in participating in a cruelty-free, eco-friendly fashion show on November 18th in Las Vegas at a local nightclub. If anyone is interested, you should email Julia directly. If you’re a buyer or store owner interested in attending, Julia would also like to hear from you.

Speaking of fashion shows, I’m feeling used by the people over at San Francisco Fashion Week. The deal was, I promote the event and they were going to give my co-bloggers (Miracle and Zoe) tickets to attend -which was to the show’s benefit since M/Z would be blogging about it. Even if they weren’t blogging the event they qualified because Zoe is an established designer with a prominent company in SF and Miracle is a buyer. Miracle (who’s attended in the past) did say there was a problem with the people running SF Fashion Week because they should have announced the event to past attendees before putting it out into the community. I’ve written various people associated with the event several times -even called- and have yet to hear back from anyone. Hmmmm. I’m guessing the SF fashion week people aren’t very aware of just what blogging means. We can publicise good stuff about you -and bad.

Phil Black is a virtual friend of mine from way back. He’s the editor of The Apparel Strategist and reminds me to tell you about it. The Apparel Strategist is described as “the premier business journal of the apparel and textile industries”. I used to get it way back when. Pricey but on target, opinionated and succinct. You can read sample articles and download a free sample issue. Recent features are a performance profile of Liz Clairborne, the future of sourcing in Clear as Mud (China may not be the foregone conclusion) and an analysis of Target’s innovation.

Speaking of analysis, if you enjoy the discipline of constructing arguments (logic) and analyzing the factors of cognitive dissonance, there’s a list of cognitive biases on Wikipedia that you may want to bookmark.

Speaking of lists, waste some time reading this lengthy humorous list of slang and acroynms used by doctors and other medical professionals to describe their patients.

And speaking of time wasting activities, Molly sends a link to The Infinite Cat. Cats watching cats watching cats watching cats. There’s also a game called “stack the cats” which I didn’t get. However, the video of the cat playing with the toilet (Gizmo flushes) is a riot.

Feel free to email me any links you’d like to share for next week’s edition of Infovore links.

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  1. aiar says:

    Kathleen, first off – thank you for the link! I don’t have enough experience or expertise to contribute much in the line of comments to your blog, but maybe my foraging around the internet can provide something to your readers.

    “Make It” is a great find and I’m bookmarking it pronto! Trendwatching *is* a lot of reading, but sooo interesting and absolutely worth the time spent. I love “wasting” time there.

    Your infovore posts always manage to uncover some gem I’ve never seen before!

  2. Karen C. says:

    Sorry to hear about your experience with the folks at SF Fashion Week. I’m hoping their workshops don’t reflect their disorganization, because they have one on sourcing in the Bay Area on the Saturday of Fashion Week that I’m attending (and paying for). Just hoping it’s better than the recent fabric show that was over half quilting fabric and only took 20 minutes to walk the whole show. Disappointing when you’ve driven almost 2 hours. But there’s an organization meeting for all local designers this coming Monday at the Renaissance Center, so maybe we can all help the industry here improve.

  3. Kysha says:

    I love the article on Target. Innovative is a great word to describe their marketing efforts.

    Karen, thanks for the workshop reminder. I’ll be at the rencenter meeting as well.

  4. Amy says:

    Hey Kathleen, thanks for the link as well! I’m hoping that my petite-sized interests will be, at the very least, amusing for more normal sized people, and conforting to those of us that aren’t! I’m wishing that at some point soon, semi-customizable clothing will be a cheaper and more plentiful option for all of us, and sizing becomes less of a problem for anyone.

    And for the record, I am, of course, provably petite.

  5. staci says:

    Hello – I am new to the site and absolutely LOVE all the info I have collected. I am jewelry designer looking for more trend info. I was told by a PR agency that was interested in my work that upon working with them, they would supply me with trend reports for the coming seasons. In your blog on ‘how to get publicity’ I realize that these firms do, help but are $$$. My question is, how do I go about looking finding info on upcoming fashion and color trends to ensure my designs are on-trend when I go to sell them. I don’t have $$$ to spend on reports. Thanks!

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