Swatch Selections Revised

This week I had to revise my swatch selections. After all that gushing over Amaranth Pink in the previous post, just take a guess which color swatch the factory doesn’t make anymore. Arrrgh. Of all the colors in this awesome material that is no longer in production…

The Amaranth Pink was quite possibly my favorite color from the selections. Darn it!

Apparently this happens a lot. Well, good lesson to learn for future endeavors. Leathers production is kind of like department store makeup: cosmetic companies introduce you to something new and it seems to be quite popular, yet a year later, they take it off market for reasons utterly unbeknownst to the consumers who have already come to swear by those makeup products. Like Shiseido’s Creamy Eye Shadow Duo in C1, Blackest Sand. Anyone remember that?

(sources:; yahoo! shopping)

Wow, that used to be one of my favorite products. Then one day I walked up to the Shisheido counter asking for this and the lady told me Shiseido no longer makes it. What the–!? Noo!! And that was the same reaction I had to finding out Amaranth Pink was no longer available.

So I had to unload all my boxes of samples and prototypes and find alternative swatches.

Ah, I remember these bags! The faux croc:

Here’s a better snapshot of the material:

Hubby and I disputed this swatch. He likes the faux croc leather a lot. I dislike it for being faux croc. It’s like being a vegetarian and eating that fake meat stuff that’s made out of tofu.

That’s what this material is. It’s a tofu burger seasoned to taste like beef. Faux croc is vegan and synthetic, but intentionally made to imitate the backside of a crocodile. What is up with that?

Well. Hubby likes it, and he thinks it’s marketable. Guess we’ll see, because that’s what we ordered for all the Peripatetics and one Precisionist color option.

(above: previous Peripatetic sample in Lilac; no faux croc here)

Above are the swatch color combinations we picked out for the Peripatetic.

(very first sketch of Precisionist satchel)

Here is a better look at that light green swatch, seen in a first prototype of the Precisionist using the jade green faux croc:

We’re bringing it back, with a few updated design changes. Here’s a glimpse at the updates:

(Precisionist satchel redux)

(image taken from design briefs to factory)

Spot the differences? 😉

It’s been tough, very tough to go through the painstaking process of choosing swatches and colors, struggle for months with samples making, confirm your swatches and colors for production, and then find out that the swatch color you chose, your favorite out of all of them no less, no longer exists. That then gets exacerbated further with a demanding, high-pressure day job. Day job work has consumed me this summer, which means I haven’t been able to put in the attention that this TZ venture requires. For instance, running due diligence for one of our deals had me up past 1 am yesterday. Forget TZ; I hardly have time for myself.

Ah, but let’s end on a happy note… a kitty pic!

I snapped that photo of him with my phone while sifting through the samples and swatches. Doesn’t it look like he’s saying to me: “You’re doing this…again??”

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