Working hard to get more inventory!

April working late

April working late getting parts calculated, ordered and shipped.

We had a great Christmas season this year and as you know we are out of stock on several styles.  We want you to know that April has been working nights with the factories to get the product you want back in stock. Thanks for all the emails.  It makes nights like this easier when we know people appreciate it.  Be patient, they are coming!!!  Sign up either on facebook, pinterest or our mailing list to be notified when stock comes in.

When you see a product you like on our site don’t wait because some styles are ordered in limited quantities and don’t ever come back!

My blog is back! Attacked by cyber bullies but they can’t keep determination and passion down!

If life isn’t challenging enough we have to deal with attackers in so many ways. My blog was destroyed and taken down by cyber thieves but they and any other force can not hold back determination and passion. Aprilspring.com blog is back up and just in time for some new subjects. I will be back with a story about manufacturing in the USA. YEAH!  Also, our new partners in the EU selling FOXERS like wildfire. I hope you’re having a GREAT year too.

Alicia Keys charity Keep A Child Alive fighting against Aids around the world

World of beauty and peace is beneath all of us

World of beauty and peace is beneath all of us

http://www.youtube.com/user/thealiciakeysmedia#grid/user/30282CEF78800D9F

This link is to a FANTASTIC interview with Alicia Keys post a London concert for her cause. What a beautiful and purposeful woman she has become. I hope to be so much of what she is in my days ahead. Her passion is music and her gift is Keep a Child Alive based on the lack of support and medicine for Aids patients in not only Africa, but world wide. God bless her she is an angel. We should all follow our passion and give back to a cause to make this world the best it can be for everyone equally.

My passion is fashion design and my gift is to stop abuse all in all sense of the word from World Peace to the child bully but my first drive is to give the people driven to shelters a purpose in life by providing a trade house where they can learn and/or use or find their passion to make something beautiful while making products in a local artisan’s depot like making FOXERS for salary and to learn a trade that is soon to back in the United States full speed. Let us all follow our passion and gift to the world and then we will live in peace and highest quality of life.

The Alicia Keys of the world are paving the way. Thank you, April Spring

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Me and My Rolling Rack

Hey There! TGIF! What’s new!

I have this love hate relationship with my Rolling Rack.

After years I realized that my Rolling Rack(s) (I have three) are the one constant in my life as a Designer; it makes me feel really silly when it collapses on my head or twists me into a pretzel. I didn’t always hate my rolling rack in fact some times it makes me so proud. As you see in the photo; I used it as a GROCERY GETTER ;-) and it worked GREAT; for that day I was grateful and happy with my rolling rack. I admired it many times during the loading and moving of the groceries. Last use was a drape for a window in our condo, an all glass high-rise which can be viewed by an office building. My husband finished hanging one drape and then off he goes. So I rolled my rack into the room extended it as high as it would go and put a set of drapes over the rack. Perfecto! Privacy in minutes.

Usually, I don’t have help going to trade shows or traveling to a fashion show or event; it’s just me and my rolling rack. But what happens when no one is looking is not always a pretty site. I actually feel like a blooming idiot with this rack and I’m an expert! In fact, I am usually laughing or cursing when setting it up and it collapses about three times on my head and I curse and then laugh because no one cares. When loading it the items fall off or

when rolling it down streets and maneuvering unforgiving doorways I never know what’s going to happen.

So it came to me last week…I’m going about this all wrong.  I have to start appreciating my rack.  Really? did I just say that! I mean my rolling rack. So I started to take a photo each time I’m using my rack (rolling) and show what really happens when no one is looking..or are they? So here you go!

The latest of me and my “rolling” rack…the other rack is there too but not shown in the photo, YET!

I hope you have a great weekend and always laugh at yourself ;-) it’s o.k.
April of FOXERS

Samples Arriving on time are Key

An early FOXERS sample a for a holiday collection

house model Allie during a fit test -- holiday 2007.

In over 3 years of building FOXERS, I have learned A LOT about developing products.

Having your collections ready in time for trade shows (for me Curve) is critical. This is where I am today… market started this week and my factory promised the samples here and YES, you guessed it… no samples… no market. Although trade shows are VERY costly, we find it’s the fastest way to reach a large number of our customers. That said, most of our buyers like the one-on-one relationship if you have time to call them. I enjoy chatting with them briefly and hearing how they run their boutiques/departments/sites/parties, getting their feed back from their customers and on our product; as well as taking the order of course!

So, FOXERS’ new looks will be showing in August… but not at the shows.  They will be shown through email, pdf catalogs and lots of phone calls from yours truly and Sales team. If you want to see the new collections they will be in a boutique near you in the FALL and photos will be on our FOXERS.com site after they hit the stores. You won’t want to miss the new styles. As a designer, this is my favorite time, seeing my new designs come to reality and hit the racks… even better is seeing them walk down the street on a GREAT customer, YOU!

Lesson: stay in touch with your factory representatives or you’ll be the one falling through the crack. Never again!

One more note…
Don’t let the market get you carried away with their ideas if they are not your vision. Listening to your heart and your customers (i.e. buyers who know their customers is the KEY). When I say ‘the market’ I mean… trade shows, color trends, factories and rumors of what is in and what is out. Just make great looking, good quality, and nice fitting clothing and you’re there.

I wish you a great time wherever you are and whatever you love doing, I hope you’re doing it well and learning every day like me.
To our success,
April :-)

The 5 Minute Dress

O.k. friends and family I finally made a video about the dress I made in 5 minutes for a night on the town when I had nothing to wear. Since that first dress in 2005 I have made several for models and friends. So now everyone can see how I make the dress and I would LOVE to see your version of the “5 minute CAR WASH dress!” Post photos at facebook.com/FOXERS. Please pass it around to your friends. Hugs, April

Model Fion wearing the 5 minute dress

Model Fion wearing the 5 minute dress

Dressed for success…especially the shoes!

I was honored to be invited as the Keynote Speaker for Dress for Success.  I do events like this pretty regularly and enjoy helping others to pursue their dreams.

The morning of the event I was trying on different shoes to decide which to wear. I left the house, went to the office and got a ride to the event with some friends.  While mingling in the crowd a woman says “nice shoes” (directed to the woman with whom I am speaking).  As I looked down to see her shoes, I caught a glimpse of my own.   I could not believe my eyes.  I was wearing black heels, one peep-toe and one closed toe.  Can you imagine?   I’m the keynote speaker…  at DRESS FOR SUCCESS!

The photo below was SMSed to everyone I know in minutes.  In case you missed the text… here it is.

One peep toe one closed toe!Photo sent out via SMS during the event.

The long version
I had these lovely, long, wide-leg, white slacks on with a beautiful black beaded sweater and pearls. Hummmm… which shoes are the best fit for the look? I pulled out anything I think would work and choose my top three to try them on; normally you may try one pair at the time; but noooooooo I decided against the white pump and that left two black pumps one peep toe and the other closed toe. I choose one of each to see which I liked most. Then final touches on my makeup, hair, and preparing my handbag, all while reviewing my speech. My husband was sitting downstairs ready to go so I thought I’d better rush and get down there so I can be well ahead of the group coming to my office to ride together for the luncheon. So not only did I wear two different shoes to an event, I had them on running around working from 8 a.m. until the moment of discovery around 12 p.m. in the Middle of the banquet room where the luncheon was about to begin with over 100 perfectly dressed women and men.

A beautiful woman also dressed in white slacks and some really great shoes was talking to me of how we met long ago and that I had told her that I wanted to create a new hospital gown without the opening in the back. Another guest came from across the room saying “I knew you would have the greatest shoes in the room.”  All three of us bent over to look at the shoes and all I could see were my two DIFFERENT shoes and the shocked, sick feeling came to me, thinking Oh MY! I road here with others and I’m too far from home or my office to fix it. I laughed, then turned to my table of 10 “friends”. Well…I thought they were my friends. As soon as I lifted my pants to show them, two of my girlfriends shot photos with their cell phones and then the world knew (before my speech) that the Keynote speaker for Dress for Success was wearing two different shoes.

If you want to know, I did OWN it and incorporated the blunder into my speech. After all, my speech was about making your own success. If you have success, you earned that success by using what was available to you. I wish everyone the staying power it takes to make it through the tough times and persevere into great times. Then pay it forward, backward and sideways to help others gain their success too.

Wearing two different shoes made me laugh and others too. I say thank you Dress for Success for giving me a GREAT day to give back and bring happiness to all of those who there that day and who read this blog.

Cheers, April :-) LOL

P.S. Thank you BCBG and Ashley Simpson because both of your shoes were equally comfortable.

Enjoy,
April

I am Retired! From working that is…Design is my passion and I love it every day.

Keeping the dream Alive is toughest part of an entrepreneur’s life; in my case a designer’s own brand. This means that every day you have to DREAM. What the business books call following a vision by writing a business plan (the worst part of my career but the necessary part).

Most of the time following your passion means after you have earned a living, continued to work on current projects or taken care of family. I was fortunate to have the perfect time in my life where I had to leave my career to follow my husband’s career. This break of up to 2.5 years in another country while my husband was working there could have been a time to relax but I took it as my ultimate opportunity to change careers. When I hit the new ground of our new home half way around the world I was dying to learn something new to help pursue a career in fashion design or running a fashion house something I wanted to do since I was ten years old.

So here I was in Malaysia half way around the world from Florida where I left my home behind and all of my friends. The first classes I embraced where Malay and Mandarin. Then one night while hosting a group of women for business in Malaysia, the former President of the club told me about the local Fashion Design School and that I could attend. I started immediately. The fact that the classes where held in Mandarin didn’t stop me from learning and loving the field, in fact I LOVE the Malaysians and they were so patient and kind. I had a GREAT time and cherish my friendships from the classes as much as I do my American university, FAU friendships. It took me weeks to make one illustration and I thought this is going to be tough but I knew I wanted to be able to illustrate my ideas and the only pressure was my own because this was for FUN! because I am retired ;-). Mental games you might call them but life is all about perception so I told every one and I still do “I am retired!”  What I mean is I’m retired from working a job that I don’t love doing. Perception is everything.

Success following your passion starts with believing in yourself 100%. You are at your best when you love what you do, you beam excitement and enthusiasm. I see this in others all of the time. They are working all day and then on weekends they follow their passions and that is what they talk about. Different is good too, that’s why there is no end to number of passion followers on earth. We naturally look for new and different. So tell yourself you’re retired and then follow your passion with a vengeance! Now go! Make me proud and make something new and different. Be inspired by others but don’t copy them. I would love for my designs to inspire you to make something great that’s all you and I will help you if you ask. Are you retired yet? I hope to see an invitation to your celebration for your new idea.

If you know me now and most of family would say, April works a lot! But to me  “I am retired!” Because I love every day even if it’s a nightmare of a day and believe me I have days where things fall through and I am tested to a breaking point but somehow I just manage to think positive and keep going because I believe in what I am doing and I’m passionate about my business. I have learned that the only difference between success and failure is perseverance. I have been told by some of my successful mentors to just take a walk when things seem like they are over whelming. Then come back and start again. A dear friend once said  “When you return from traveling or a trade show or finish a long project, you think you’re never going to catch up on the projects that you left for a week or up to 8 weeks. The trick is to just start working on your list and  “much faster than you think” you realize “hey, I’m almost caught up and I’ve almost finished all of my projects.” This is a great feeling.

Another Movie I recommend that really depicts what a passionate person does in his life if he knows no boundry between “work” and “play” is “Meet Joe Black”.  Play close  attention to       ‘s character. He never stops managing and growing his business from the moment he wakes to the moment he sleeps again. This is the life of a passionate business owner.

I am retried; I am a passionate business owner; I am a designer. I love what I do and wish this for you.

April :-)

Valentino: the last emperor

I admit it! I’ve watched the Devil Wears Prada 6 times.  I love the inspiring fashion ideas as much as the humor and fashion culture.  Watching fashion based movies is more than just entertaining, it’s inspiring because we get so many ideas of great looks of what to wear.  In fact, for Thanksgiving I wore a Devil Wears Prada look when I layered my White FOXERS western sheer with a 3/4 quarter sleeve black scoop neck sweater, a Nancy Parker necklace, long earrings, FOXERS black leggings and knee high Calvin Klein boots…oh and of course the News boy black hat. Thank you DWP stylist.

My new favorite movie (filled with great fashion for evening plus GREAT business lessons) is “Valentino!”  I watched it Monday and again Tuesday night!  If you know me, you know that I like to read biographies and business case studies like the great cases from my entrepreneur (I have spell check this word every time ;-) class books and from magazines like INC and Fortune.

What I learned and loved from Valentino the movie is the art of hand work on evening gowns is beautiful and it is possible to make a great garment completely without a machine; that a fashion show can be more elaborate than your basic white background and still look basic enough to showcase the designs; that every great design house has some key personnel including the designer/visionary, a talented seamstress/tailor, a business manager who manages the marketing and the financing arm. As for fashion to take home with me I loved Valentino’s rule about “No ankles” showing for an evening gown. Can I add that I only love long dresses and I even love a slight drag on the ground look for BRIDES Maids….come on Brides it’s the one time you can really be Haute Couture so take the opportunity and make your day as glamorous as possible, make it a Valentino wedding even if it’s on the beach. Fairy tales with princesses don’t have three quarter dresses.

Back to “Valentino”, the movie reveals that designers, when given the opportunity, continue to grow as they are developing a line and up to days before a show may develop the most outstanding piece for that show. I have heard this happens with many major designers. So business partners keep the business going and let the creative force run it’s limit because as the energy builds the creations continue to develop. Only exhaustion can stop the flow or when that one piece says “This is it!” to the designer. Giancarlo Giammetti, never stops Valentino when he’s on a roll and he seemed to admire that ah ha moment too. The same courtesy is given to Giancarlo from Valentino when he was building the stage and to our surprise the looks turn out amazingly fantastic every time now that’s a great fashion house recipe, Valentino and his partner Giancarlo Giammetti along with his very talented dress makers. Get the movie! If you’re in the apparel business in any way this movie is a must see. If you love beautiful clothing it’s a must see; and if you love to see passion at it’s best it’s a must see.

Until the next great read or view, I am only a post away. Live, Love, and Laugh, April

Click the link below to find out more about the movie from Amazon.com

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