>> 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. 








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  1. kam

    2010-11-29 at 3:48 PM

    Dear santa… please note what the lovely miss Bubble has brought to my attention. Have added to my list. Thanks muchly!

  2. Daniel9798

    2010-11-29 at 3:58 PM

    anyhting for men like this??

  3. AngieMontreal

    2010-11-29 at 4:00 PM

    I bought one of these back when they used to sell on Etsy (under the supplies category) and LOVE mine! I’m also looking forward to one day having a shelf full of them that I can browse back through and see my past collections in sketch form…I would have LOVED this when I was in fashion school!

  4. jessica

    2010-11-29 at 4:31 PM

    that is so cool! i’ll have to add it to my xmas list!

  5. Emy Koster

    2010-11-29 at 4:33 PM

    Great idea!! I’m def a big Moleskin fan! Gonna check it out

  6. Miss Voucher Code

    2010-11-29 at 6:39 PM

    Fantastic idea, definately one for Xmas I think!

  7. Kenny

    2010-11-29 at 7:36 PM

    ohh wow! i definitely need one of those 🙂

  8. olivia

    2010-11-29 at 7:51 PM

    I love this book I wish I had one!! Maybe I should get it for myself for christmas 🙂

  9. Rave Clothing Store

    2010-11-29 at 8:09 PM

    Good Post, I guess this book is good for student’s of fashion designing.

  10. Alisha

    2010-11-29 at 8:17 PM
  11. C

    2010-11-29 at 9:45 PM

    Thank you for posting this, it’s really great. I just bought one for myself and the men’s version for my boyfriend.

  12. Anne

    2010-11-29 at 10:32 PM

    Gosh, I want that

  13. Jin Lee

    2010-11-29 at 10:59 PM

    it will be bery useful if I have one.
    I want it..!!
    Can I get it if I visit the websiete you write?

  14. Girl Can't Talk

    2010-11-30 at 1:04 AM

    I’ve just started fashion college and this is genius! I’m adding it to my Christmas wishlist right this second. x

  15. Lourdes

    2010-11-30 at 4:19 AM

    That’s awesome! What a great idea — love it!
    Love your blog, btw.
    Please feel free to stop by my blog if you have a moment. Thanks!

  16. Cynthia

    2010-11-30 at 8:16 AM

    A Have a big hope on fashion …U always satisfy me with ur stuffs coz they all are Amazing idea for design… I feel very proud and lucky to visit ur blog!!!

  17. purselovers

    2010-11-30 at 9:33 AM

    Well said ! I also like the post. You have described very well about Rules of Fashion.

  18. S.Ella

    2010-12-01 at 1:22 PM

    I’ve been meaning to get this for a while now. I first saw it on the collette site, but now I know it’s sold in London I’m putting this on my Christmas wishlist.

  19. NaughtyBaubles

    2010-12-13 at 7:18 PM

    Although my design skills are somewhat questionable I feel compelled to have this and will definitely have to track it down. Who knows, maybe its sheer chicness will lend me a few more drops of sketching talent….lol

  20. Sourijah

    2010-12-13 at 8:36 PM

    As a Fashion & Design I love this! And just bought it <3 Can't wait to use it!!!

  21. Emily M

    2015-03-09 at 10:31 AM

    I like the practical guides at the front, but I’m skeptical of the increasing stylisation of the fashion design process. I think Fashionary jumped on the bandwagon early.

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