2014 Year In Review

Greetings, loved ones! 2014 was a year of true excitement for 23 Skidoo, with lots of growth! Below are some of the highlights. Thank you for sharing in the dreamz of this infant company, that celebrated turning one years old!

23 Skidoo started the year with a bang as a super stellar feature on Making Nice in the Midwest.
>>January 2014

Making Nice in the Midwest 23 Skidoo

 

Katie from Skunkboy Blog rocked Stella’s Date Dress for Valentines Day.
>>February 2014

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When spring rolled around we got an email entitled “Elijah Wood loves 23 Skidoo!” A lovely little Skadette (who interviews, by occupation) wore her Dede’s Record Dress while interviewing Elijah and his crew. At the end of the interview Elijah complimented her dress. Yes. 23 Skidoo’s dress hugged Elijah Wood!!!! Listen to the interview here.
>>March 2014

Elijiah Loves 23 Skidoo

 

I was chosen to be a Raw Artist and 23 Skidoo was featured on Raw Artist’s site, over many other designer candidates worldwide! Click here and here for a couple short videos highlighting 23 Skidoo’s fashion installation at the show in Cleveland.
>>June 2014
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The Story Is included me in the Cleveland Flea video to showcase the Cleveland Bound fabric I created with Adam Vicarel.
>>July 2014

 

Over the summer, 23 Skidoo landed its very first wholesale order at Emerging Thoughts featuring an exclusive dress for their online shop!
>>July 2014

23 Skidoo Emerging Thoughts Skunkboy Katie

 

I had the pleasure of filming and hosting the PBS show It’s Sew Easy, to be aired later this year!
>>August 2014

Many designers are thriving in Cleveland, and 23 Skidoo has joined the party. In August I became a part-time designer for FOUNT here in the city, which has been one of the best experiences I’ve had as an artist, maker, designer, entrepreneur, and business owner. What a privilege and inspiration this new venture has been to the 23 Skidoo creative process, from behind the scenes.
>>August 2014

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Skadette Noelle over at Noelle’s Favorite Things featured the Cleveland Bound Dress on her blog and wrote some very kind words about our company.
>>September 2014

Noelle 23 Skidoo

 

I made the cover of THeREAD Online Magazine.
>>September 2014

23 Skidoo THeREAD Cover

 

In October I got fantastic news that 23 Skidoo’s Party Crownz won 2014 BEST OF CLEVELAND!!! The Party Crownz were then featured in Cleveland Magazine.
>>October 2014

23 Skidoo Best of Cleveland

 

23 Skidoo made it to the FINALS of Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards–what an honor!
>>October 2014

Martha Stewart American Made Finalist

 

Cellar Door interviewed me about being nominated for Martha Stewart American Made. That was one of the best interviews I’ve done–such fun gals with whom to conversate!
>>October 2014

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23 Skidoo went to Los Angeles! We were so proud to be a part of The African Millennium Foundation’s event Building Hope. The whole event was for the purpose to start building needed schools in Africa. I love having opportunities so support such influential causes.
>>October 2014

23 Skidoo AMF Building Hope

 

Skadette Noelle featured 23 Skidoo again, this time wearing Betty’s Red Sailor Blouse. What a doll!
>>October 2014

Noelle's Favorite Things 23 Skidoo

 

To close the year the way it began, 23 Skidoo went out with a bang at the Cleveland Flea’s Holiday Show. The 23S team built a little tree house installation mock-store. Lots of fun dancing happened in the tree house all weekend.
>>November 2014

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All this craziness ended with the most successful month of sales, to date.
>>December 2014

In 2014 we saw much growth on the business end of 23 Skidoo: we shipped to Skadettes in Switzerland, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Italy, France, and Mexico, not to mention various states all across the USA. There were lots of hopes created for the future, with good vibes all around! So here’s to 2015!!! Thank you for being a vital part of the realization of this dream, Skadettes… You make the dream… You are the dream. I’m so happy we’re in cahoots together. It’s our little secret!
>>Wink, wink!

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23S Summer Check In

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DSC_2196Yoo hoo! Why is summer going by so fast?!?! **sigh…** Well anyway, I think it is about time for a little 23S Check In!

Say hello to Betsy’s Summer Night Magic Dress above! Isn’t it just magical? I picture fairy dust surrounding this dress at all times. Abby looks so divine in it with her pearly blonde hair! There is currently only ONE of these dresses left and guess what! It’s ON SALE!!!!!!! (–“BEST DAY EVERRR!”, they all exclaimed at once). This is the sample dress which means it was the first dress to be made so there is a small teeny tiny sewing tweak but nevertheless still beautiful and filled with fairy dust! Check out more details HERE.

In other VERY exciting news!…

9773 23 Skidoo has an EXCLUSIVE design on Emerging Thoughts!! Sizes XS-L are being sold. Doesn’t Katie look cute in it? Then again, she always looks cute, so ya know. Red and mint together is something that needs to happen more often. So, go get yourself this dress then wear it everywhere so you can be known as “that women in the dreamy mint dress”. Shop for this dress HERE.

I’ve been busy at the Cleveland Flea every month this summer. It is never ever a bore meeting new Skadettes every month! The next one is in just a couple weeks on August 9th, come on down!!! Just about anyone and everyone goes from kids to punks to grammies to tourists so you should come too! Click HERE for more details on The Cleveland Flea.

Now I am off to more sewing! What are you looking forward to the second half of summer?

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The Skadette Life: Behind Cleveland Bound

23 Skidoo Adam Vicarel

Hey Skadets, this one is for you! This past week I got together with Adam who designed the Cleveland Bound Fabric that this 23 Skidoo shirt is made out of. Adam is one of the most real life Adventurers I have ever known. I was able to snap some pictures of him in his element at the skatepark wearing the shirt we collaborated on…

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The patch on his hat is one of his designs as well. Check out his Instagram for constant updates of his daily designs and work right HERE. It is very inspiring. It has been fun to see this shirt range on so many different kinds of men. It is a true Anywhere Adventure Wear piece!

Dream on, my dear Skadettes…

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23 Skidoo Party Crownz in Kent

23 Skidoo Party Crownz at Kent

Skadettes, you sure are fun! This past Monday I brought the one and only Party Crownz to Kent for the “Infinity Is Still Confusing (or: Help My Brain Hurts)” performance. It was quite a time! It was themed as the ultimate 90’s girl sleepover. As if that doesn’t sound amazing enough, it was all you could possibly dream of in real life. The Party Crownz fit in perfectly! When you get a “slumber party” packed with dancers and metallic crownz with funny sayings, you know it’s gonna be a good time. One woman actually bought the Yolo Party Crownz and is saving it for her 50th birthday party coming up this year. That made my heart quite exuberant!

For the Party Crownz station, I built a tiny 3×3 room made with walls from metallic gold fabric. Skadettes had to go into the teeny little gold room to see the Party Crownz and try them on. It made for a mini magical time! I hope to do fun little events like this more in the future! It was inspiring, personable, and refreshing to be among these young, passionate creatives!

Dream on, my dear Skadettes…Let this weekend fulfill your spring fever…

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23 Skidoo-Adam Vicarel Collaboration Story

Oh, Skadettes… there is much to be said…

Sit down, grab some tea, and let’s chat. Hear ye a tale… of a dream within a dream, all coming true…

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One of my school projects during my first year of fashion school was to design a print for fabric, then design a garment to be made with that printed fabric. The project didn’t entail making the actual garment, just designing it on Illustrator. From the depths of love for Cleveland, out of me came a nautical story print about fleeing to the CLE. The print isn’t that great, it’s mostly stolen illustrations of ships and maps from the internet that I put together on Photoshop. But the idea of the dress has stuck with me ever since.

Adam Vicarel Designing

Last May (2013) when I was in my last quarter of college, planning 23 Skidoo, I messaged my long-time friend and neighbor, Adam Vicarel. Adam is THE most motivated, passionate artist I have ever met, ever. One of my original plans for 23 Skidoo was to collaborate with other artists in each collection. I decided to team with Adam in my first collaboration. Though Adam is an artist of many kinds, graphic design has been his main focus, so I presented the idea to him of designing a fabric together to get printed and create garments.

Over a course of many months we chatted more about the project. Though it was never my intention to bring my school project to life, the idea of my Lake Erie Nautical print came to life in a clash of creativity!

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Adam sketched concepts, some of which you can see above. Slowly it came together as a flowing masterpiece…

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Here is the story…
Men and women all around the world feel the need to flee to the CLE.

 

 

That’s basically it, but do you even need anymore information?? No? That’s what I thought.

The red X is where Cleveland hits on Lake Erie. The numbers are Cleveland’s actual longitute/latitude coordinates. And basically, dreams come true here, so I want to wear Cleveland on my sleeve with pride as an adventurous Skadette! Don’t you??

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Finally, we got the design printed on many yards of fabric by the gentlemen at Superelectric (Ben, David, and Nate). They built a custom silk screen to make this fabric. David used to design maps, which came in handy!

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Now, there are not only women’s dresses of the Cleveland Nautical print, but men’s button-ups too.  Throughout the summer season you will see this print pop up in various ways!!

I can’t believe this is happening. I hope you all feel the Cleveland love when you wear the garments, as much as I do!! Pieces will be for sale in person April 12th (ONE WEEK) at the Cleveland Flea, then they will be available online April 15th.

If you want to be inspired/motivated/amazed, follow Adam on Instagram @adamvicarel … You will not regret it. Three months ago Adam quit his job and traveled to Asia, to live by the seat of his pants, until the money runs out. The life of a true Skadet–every minute is an adventure. Come summer, he too will FLEE TO THE CLE!

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