>> Aaages ago, fellow Hong Kong-er Penter Yip sent me an email about his idea for a sketchbook for fashion design students, compiling a useful compendium of information as well as a moleskin-esque pages that had templates laid out ready for sketching. I think I may have shot back a somewhat skeptical email questioning whether there was the need for a tempated sketchbook. I pooped over this entrepeneur's idea and now I'm eating my rotten words, pungent with the stench of stinky tofu.
The resulting product Fashionary is now in its second revised edition with rave reviews a-plenty and demonstrating that there is in fact a need for the product. Steve bought one for me and one for himself (they come in men and women's editions) from new London cutsey/gifty store 3939 in Clerkenwell to encourage any creative juice spillage onto its pages. Whilst the bulk of the pages with dummy templates caters specifically to fashion students and designers, it's the front section of Fashionary that surprisingly throws up a good amount of information that any fashion enthusiast/blogger/journo will appreciate such as a guide to pocket shapes/styles, illustrated seams and stitches, size charts, fashion week calendars and brand/label indexes. It's not wholly comprehensive but there's enough information to feed the brain some general fashion fodder that it sometimes needs – such as knowing the difference between an Imperial collar and a Mandarin one or knowing that the American, Eureopean and Japanese standards for care labelling. I may not fill the pages with anything other than normal Moleskin crap such as lists for Waitrose shopping or books-to-borrow but I definitely appreciate some of Fashionary's practical info that will see me peppering posts more fruity fashion language.