Swag or sweetheart?
Amid the bustle of preparing to go out of town tomorrow (remember, I’ll be gone all week, posting will be slow to non-existent) Fed Ex arrived with a box. Just for me! Opening it…
I thought it was something sweet from one of my lovely visitors. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, maybe from my husband? There was no card so I don’t know although it shipped direct from Ketchum -so could it be swag? I thought the packaging was lovely. Quite a bit of effort went into it if that’s the case.
It’s my very own Mattel Barbie iDesign CD-ROM and game! I’ll bet none of the other fashion bloggers got one.
See why I’m wondering who sent this? There’s more to the story I guess. I’m known to have a peculiar gift giving habit. When a friend who has everything is having a birthday, I often buy her a Barbie doll. The look on their face when they open it is priceless. I explain I wanted to be sure to get something they didn’t already have and a Barbie doll usually fits the bill. In my defense, I’ll say I’m a creature of habit and this one predates the advent of Amazon wish lists and gift cards.
In the event this is swag, this product deserves a blurb for nothing if not entertainment and surprise value. The product comes in a binder. And you know how little girls love sets of anything. Boy, I wish regular software came like this.
If you have a six year old, I’ve got to admit this is pretty snazzy. Forget point and click design. Barbie’s I-Design comes with styles pre-loaded on barcoded cards and a card reader. And it’s PINK. PINK I tell you!
I couldn’t wait to get the software loaded, I was dying to try out the card reader. I mean, how nifty can you get? The downside is that the software wasn’t happy with my dual monitor set up. It’s designed to hijack your whole desktop (no minimize or resize button) so not knowing what to make of my dual monitor configuration, it settled for jumbling the open windows of my second monitor into a garbled mess, throwing windows every which way. Clicking on the desktop of the second monitor sent Barbie shrieking to black on monitor 1. I got her back though, fairly easily once she recovered from her fright. Barbie doesn’t like being pushed off center stage. I’ll keep that in mind.
I’m taking Barbie with me to MAGIC. Really. I can’t wait to show everyone else my new toy during happy hour. I do like whizzing those cards through the reader and watching Barbie’s outfit change as fast as the screen can refresh. I know Barbie will be thrilled and she’s sure to be a hit between toasts. Here she is, a new designer already she’s off to Las Vegas to rub elbows with fashion’s most successful designers at the world’s largest wholesale apparel market.
So, who sent it? Was it a sweetheart or swag? I’m wondering if Mattel’s people found the entry I wrote about the six year old fashion designer and sent it. Either way, it was a fun diversion. I’m wondering if I can play with the config of the card reader and get it to read other things. Remember those Cue-cats Radio Shack was giving away free? Those are quite the collector’s items now, they can be used in other configurations. The company that developed them hit the market ten years too soon and went under. I have two of them if I could only find them. They’re going for over $20 apiece last I checked.
Speaking of six year old designers, Timo sent this:
Models have posed outside the Houses of Parliament to highlight a skills shortage in the UK fashion industry. Skillfast-UK says many fashion graduates lack the technical know-how to turn their ideas into workable designs. It wants fashion colleges and universities to put more focus on pattern-cutting, garment construction and other practical skills.
Then just this morning, Jasmin sent another piece saying much the same thing:
The New Zealand rag trade, once rapidly retrenching under the overbearing shadow of cheap third world imports, is now so desperately short of skilled staff that a group of apparel companies is setting up its own sewing school in Levin.
The local apparel and textiles industry has reinvented itself to focus on niche and high end products, and is now crying out for skilled people. The historical picture of it as a dying industry has put off many from entering or returning to the trade.
Maybe we’ll end up with Mattel lobbying Congress in support of the domestic apparel industry? Ah, I need to get back to work. Enough task avoidance. Have a good week!