Dear Samantha Wow, when I heard that Missbehave would be no more I was very disappointed. From an outsider and fan perspective It's very sad to see such a unique magazine just fall by the way side. From a business owner and editorial contributor perspective, I understand that running a company is no small feat and I commend you on your achievements with Missbehave. Perspectives and life directives change, but I can't help but wonder why Missbehave wasn't sold, or put under new editorial guidance. I think that the mag and online presence could have flourished under the right direction and allowed you to concentrate on your family. One of the most disappointing aspects of Missbehave's closure is that so many people non 'visible minorities' (for lack of better wording) capitalize and gain notoriety on urban culture as a trend. If they are smart enough to do it and have the gusto to pursue than I guess they deserve it, but at the end of the day as a non-white female I don't really have the option of dropping the 'urban' side of me because I started a family. Guess it's just a placed persona and not a chosen one. In no way am I trying to get all up in your personal business nor turn this into a white/ black thing. I don't think it's as binary as that. I'm just bringing it up based on the hegemony of urban magazine editors in relation to their respective media content. Personally I would have been thrilled to assist in any ethical transition that the magazine would have needed to continue. You don't owe me nor anyone an explanation and ultimately, I respect your decision on the matter. For what it's worth I'm thrilled that the mag existed and I'm sure it's made way for more innovative media outlets in the same vein.
I'm grinding my booty off in junkprints land. I've just completed the design of my summer/spring 09 junk. This will be the first group of items that is not entirely created by me. Over the last year and half I have made/printed over 1000 garments and accessories. I pretty much sleep an average of 5 hours. To me life is suppose to be about sustainability and balance, but somewhere along the lines of demand, fulfilling wholesale orders, selling goodies on line and making stuff I stopped being balanced. Upon returning from Colorado in August I decided that it was time to clean up my act and pace my life and work. I had a hard time coming to the conclusion that all my goodies will not be made in house by me. I guess I felt like if I didn't make it, it was not guaranteed to be ethical, but working 75+ hours a week isn't ethical either, and I'm getting tired. So I did some leg work and found some amazing local printers, sewings and makers and the new line will be made domestically by folks who have health insurance and comfortable work environments and along with them I will be presenting spring/summer 09 slated to drop in over 35 stores world wide. This should give way for more amazing limited edition accessories and creative endeavours. I'll keep you posted on the journey. In the mean time it's freakin Holiday season. I've been making tons of accessories and remixed items because I'm gonna be all over NY metro region til santa comes and delivers your junkprints goodies to your door. Thank goodness for Rai she's a ray of light in junkprints land and her mom makes some bomb ass cheesecake. Today Rai and I made pins! Tomorrow who knows? These will be available at all my vending dates.