Monday, September 29, 2008

The Never Ending Work Week....

Since the store opened last week, my life has been crazy busy! I've practically been living at the store trying to make sure it's up and running the way I want it to be.  In a perfect world, it would run smoothly with no issues, but unfortunately, I don't live in that world. Everyday we're tackling something new.  Yeah, story of my life.  Sighhh......

Here's a glimpse of my life last week working in the new shop and in what I call "my new office."  Ha!

It's getting chilly in New York, time to pull out my sweaters! Here I am rocking Jae Basilio! I LOVE my Dolce Vita sandals, who happens to also be one of my neighbors-yaaaay!!! I know I'm going to be doing lots of damage in that shop.

10:45AM:Look at this HOT MESS!  We had to open and sort through 21 boxes of candles.  I hate doing inventory count!
2PM, met with Mayra to reorder jewelry for the shop.  I LOVE her stuff.  It's suuuper cute!
7PM, in the YUMI KIM shop catching up on emails. 

Wow, the first week flew by! Thank goodness there were no major issues...whew!  I had a great time working in the shop and meeting my neighbors. It's been such a great learning experience for me.  I have to say, it helped inspire me to design my Summer 09 in a different way now that I'm spending a lot of time in the L.E.S. I LOVE being in the Lower East Side!  You ladies rock and are so fashionable!

I wanted to dress cute and comfy for the event.  My outfit...

10:30AM- I got in new fabric strike-offs of potential Summer 09 prints.  Here I am draping it over me trying to visualize it as a long maxi dress.  This is usually how I decide if I want to move forward with a print for my collection.  "Hmmm, is this too much?  Do I like how it looks as a dress?"
Rachel working in my new office =)!
Yumi's cousin, MIZU, hanging out in the YUMI KIM shop!

6PM- the shopping event starts!  Awww, thanks ladies for coming to show support!
My office staff came down to buy some shoes from DRU NEW YORK!
Ladies having a good time.  Nothing like wine, cheese & shopping!

We love Voluspa candles! Great prices and amazing smell!  You know what I'm giving all my friends and family for the holidays =).
My co-host, Tiff from DRU NEW YORK in tha house! I'm so proud of you, missy!
Isi came by to give us a good luck charm....a LUCKY CAT!

By the end of the night I had a nice surprise!  My old friend Benjy stopped by my new shop.  I used to work with him back in the Arista Records days. Wow, I can't believe it's been almost 5years! Congrats, Benj! I'm so proud & happy for you!!! Don't forget us little people when I see all those Platinum Records on your wall!

Thanks everyone for coming out to our first event at the YUMI KIM shop!  Thank you so much for all of your support! Great times, guys!!!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Coterie Trade Show 2008

I can't believe the opening party came and went. 
We are officially open for business now...WOW!

The day after the party I stopped by Coterie to check out the last day of the show. It was so weird for me to not work it this time around. I always like being at the shows because it's a good way to see what registered with the buyers. One thing I learned from working the shows is that the items you least expect to do well sometimes become the biggest seller. 

Business Tip of the Week: It's important to take notes and get feedback so you can keep it in mind when designing your next collection. You always gotta look at new ways to improve your product! 

My outfit for the day....

Here I am at my booth getting some feedback from my team on the "HITS and MISSES" of Spring 09. So far I'm hearing nothing but wonderful news. Thank goodness! I'm so excited to hear that my buyers are LOVING the Spring 09 collection and that we had a BUSY show. Yaaaaaaay! Thanks guys! I really worked hard on this collection and I have to say, it is my favorite collection to date!
 I always stop by my neighbors' booths to say hello and network!
ooooh, DEGAINE's booth was right across the way!  I tried on Greg's famous "BOYFRIEND" jeans. He said "Kim, if you wear my "BOYFRIEND" jeans, I guarantee you will find a BOYFRIEND!"  So I said-"SOLD,done deal! I want 2 pairs!"  LOL

Awww, look at Twnz's cute little give aways! Too Too cute! You know me, all about spreading LOVE & good energy!
Ok, gotta run back to the shop and see how things are going.  I'm such a control freak! Here I am working at my shop after the show.  Gotta make sure everything is running smoothly!
We also have vintage goodies in the YUMI KIM shop!  It's so hard to resist keeping all the good finds for myself!  

Ok, time to head home. Yumi and Auntie Janet are exhausted! I know girls, it's been a long week!

Marc Jacobs & KAWS Ballet Flats

Marc Jacobs and the artist KAWS collaborated on a pair of sleek patent leather Mouse Flats to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The flats features pink stitching and KAWS' traditional "XX" icon.

Limited to 200 pairs worldwide, Colette (Paris), Original Fake (Tokyo) and Marc Jacobs flagship stores (US and London) will be the only stores to carry the shoes.

Release date: Monday, September 29th, 2008. 

Friday, September 26, 2008


I can't believe this is really happening. I have a store in New York City! OMG! It hasn't hit me yet! I keep pinching myself and saying-
"Is this for reals? We actually made it happen?!"

It's been a crazy roller coaster ride the past few weeks.  I can't believe I actually made it happen!  I have so many people to thank.  I owe my staff and friends BIG time for being there for me.  Thank you so much for staying all those late nights and working those long days.  You guys seriously are the best! I can't thank all of you enough for help making my dream come true! I am truly blessed to have such an amazing team and friends! I LOVE you guys!

Now onto the BIG night!  Check out the pix....

September 17th, 2008: 
8PM 105 Stanton Street   NY, NY 10002