Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Designer On The Road To Success.....

Hello readers! I noticed that I have 70 followers today! Can I get a woot, woot!!!!

I've gotta thank all of you who stop by to read my posts on The Creative Mixx. I truly appreciate it:)

My blog has been up and running for 3 months now and I am so pleased to see the support that I've been getting. I have many plans for the future of The Creative Mixx so stay tuned peeps~

Now, tonight I've got an interview with a talented fashion designer who takes the historic craft of crocheting and gives it a modern twist by creating trendy innovative pieces.

I'd like to introduce you to Renaissance Austin of Raghouse International. Ren is a woman of many talents - she is a singer/songwriter, fiber artist, photographer, makeup artist, hairstylist, and more....

This evening's interview will expose Ren the designer.....

So sit back, relax and enjoy the read~

What city are you based out of?
I am based out of Los Angeles, California.

How did you get started? And how long have you been a Designer?
Well I was first taught crochet when I eight by my grandmother. I never dreamed I would be crocheting and knitting the way that I am today...

I created my first sketch when I was eleven years old. I was highly inspired by my uncle who is an unknown but super awesome designer. But I can also say that before then, I would pull curtains from the windows to make skirts and I would always rearrange the hand-me-downs that were given to my father for me. He was a single father and there were many women that were very generous. They helped him out greatly by giving me bags and bags of clothes. I know that that is where my passion and love for clothing comes from...
My grandmother (being an awesome seamstress) sparked my interest in clothing as well. She would make my prom and homecoming dresses, which I all designed.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get my inspiration from all things beautiful whether it be beauty ads, gorgeous fibers, music, color, nature, road trips, LOVE and God. I also love watching Youtube. I am pretty addicted. There is a lot of inspiration there. I also love just being out and around people, especially in mall settings. Anthropologie is my absolute favorite shop. I love the catalogs and going to the store and hanging out for an hour or two...

Are you ever uninspired? If so, how do you get over the slump?
I am hardly ever uninspired or in a slump, but there are times when I can get mentally stagnant and I begin to wonder what else is there out there. That is when I turn to Youtube for great videos. It doesn't matter if it is singing, crafts or hilarious stuff to get my belly hurting with laughter...

Name one fashion item you can't live without?
Wow! How can I just chose one? lol. One thing I know I always have to have is lipgloss! I am putting it on my lips after I eat, drink, and sometimes I apply lipgloss for no reason at all...

Have you got any special projects on the go right now?
I have a few things that I am doing in collaboration with my brother. We are throwing a huge Thriller Nights party at the end of this month. I am also very excited to be part of a Designer Collective shopping event in about 3 weeks. I am also trying to put my brand on track as far as fashion season, so I am already preparing for Spring and I have the campaign tag line already in place, so one by one I am getting pieces ready for an awesome photo shoot. Then we are planning a fashion show for next year. There are definitely a lot of plans in the works...

Any advice for newbies starting out?
One thing I would have liked to do before opening a store is to have had more research under my belt. I would say to research as much as you can at least one month before you even open a store. That would be enough information to get you going at least. In December of this year, it will be my two year anniversary selling online, and boy have I learned a lot. You must first believe in yourself, your product, and know business and business trends. Do not think hobby. People say promote, promote, promote, but I say research, research, research. You can promote without research and miss many targets, but if you promote with research, then you are more likely to hit the target you are aiming at. Learn enough about photography to help you take great photos for your shop and make sure you make things that are marketable. Overall every person is different and every story is different as well as successes. Be you, never copy and find a great niche that works for you. Whatever it is that you do, be passionate about it...

I've been trying to incorporate the "whatever you do, be passionate about it" rule, cause it is so true.

Here are some of my fave photos!!!

Click HERE to visit Raghouse International & Click HERE to visit Ren's blog~

1luv peeps! I'm out~


  1. I love the red dress! It doesnt look to hard to make eighter, I think I have to try:)

  2. @Christine....yes the red dress is hot!!! If you try making it, let me know how it turns out:)

  3. Wow, there are so many great pieces, and she has a lot of great business advice to share. Great interview!

  4. @Adrienne S....Thanks! You're right Ren had great advice! Check out the links cause she designs jewellery pieces as well!

  5. Thank you so much for the interview! Great site...


  6. @Renaissance_a3.....Thanks:) And you're welcome:)

  7. Great Interview .....

    the service at Raghouse online is great and the fact that you send out thank you cards for purchases thats a good thing ....


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