1. A COMING INTO PLACE,VIEW OR BEING
THIS BODY OF WORK IS BAGTAZO'S COMING OF AGE COLLECTION. I HAVE INTRODUCED COLOR IN MY HATS FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME, AND AM THRILLED TO SHARE THEM. I'VE ALSO CREATED A LIMITED COLLECTION OF HANDMADE STERLING AND VERMEIL JEWELRY.
NATIONALLY, WE SEEM TO BE COMING OF AGE as well: PEOPLE ARE FINALLY STANDING UP TO ARCHAIC BOOMER MENTALITY. THOUGH PERIODS OF CIVIL UNREST AND CONFLICT ARE LESS DESIRABLE THAN PEACE-TIME, THE FORMER APPEARS TO BE NECESSARY IN ORDER TO FACILITATE CHANGE. and i welcome this type of change.
TO ME, given the CLIMATE, BOTH PERSONALLY AND SOCIALLY, it feels LIKE A CEREMONIAL RIGHTS OF PASSAGE of sorts. AS IF A NEW LIFE IS JUST ABOUT TO START.
FROM THIS SENTIMENT, ADVENT WAS CREATED.
DIASPORA – FW17
1. any group that has been dispersed outside its traditional homeland, especially involuntarily
2. the spread or dissemination of something originally confined to a local, homogeneous group, as a language or cultural institution
this collection was created during the syrian refugee crisis. as people were being displaced from their homes, fleeing for their lives, I was able to work on my fashion brand from the comforts of nyc.
in a much less significant way, during the designing of this collection, i too had dispersed from my traditional homeland of california, still finding my footing in new york.
from my feelings of empathy and my own experience of depravity, i was moved to create paired-down, moody jewelry and imperialist & militaristic based hats.
thus diaspora was born.
1. SEASONAL MOVEMENT OF ANIMALS FROM ONE REGION TO ANOTHER.
2. MOVEMENT FROM ONE PART OF SOMETHING TO ANOTHER.
THIS COLLECTION WAS CREATED IN PART AS A RESPONSE TO MY MOVE FROM CALIFORNIA TO NEW YORK. I LIVED IN LA FOR 14 YEARS, AND THEN SF FOR 2. I WAS BORN AT THE BEACH IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, I ONLY KNEW CALIFORNIA'S WAYS.
WHY MIGRATE? WHY NOT?
WHEN THIS COLLECTION WAS DESIGNED, A LOT OF AMERICANS WERE TALKING ABOUT LEAVING THE COUNTRY BECAUSE OF DONNY. HUMANS WERE FLEEING THEIR NATIVE LANDS BECAUSE OF WARFARE AND PERSECUTION. IT SEEMED LIKE MOVEMENT WAS HAPPENING ALL OVER.
THUS MIGRATION WAS BORN.
1. A DISTINCT PERIOD OR STAGE IN A PROCESS OF CHANGE OR FORMING PART OF SOMETHING'S DEVELOPMENT
2. ADJUST THE PHASE OF (SOMETHING), ESPECIALLY SO AS TO SYNCHRONIZE IT WITH SOMETHING ELSE.
THIS COLLECTION WAS DESIGNED WHILE I WENT FROM BEING A FIANCÉ TO A BRIDE. THIS WAS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT RITES OF PASSAGE I'VE MADE IN MY LIFE.
LIKE THE MOON, THINGS GRADUALLY CHANGE, BUT THEY ALSO SEEM TO STAY THE SAME. I FELT AT ONCE CHANGED AND ALSO UN-PHASED.
WE WERE ALSO PLANNING OUR MOVE TO NY DURING THIS TIME, BUT WERE TEMPORARILY LIVING IN LOS ANGELES. DANIEL HAD NEVER LIVED IN LA AND WAS VERY UNHAPPY. I ASKED HIM TO DO IT FOR ME BECAUSE I COULDN'T FATHOM MOVING FROM SF (WHERE I MOVED TO TAKE A BREAK FROM LIFE MORE OR LESS) DIRECTLY TO NYC. I NEEDED TO INCH MY WAY THERE.
I WAS ALSO DEATHLY AFRAID OF WINTER. PEOPLE LIKE TO SAY THAT LA DOESN'T HAVE SEASONS, BUT IT DOES: FIRE SEASON, THE SANTA ANA WINDS SEASON, THE KIND-OF-COLD-AND-SOMETIMES-RAINY SEASON (WHERE THERE'S SNOW IN THE MOUNTAINS), AND THE FLOWER SEASON. I FIGURED I COULD HANDLE A REAL WINTER IF I COULD HANDLE MY FACE BEING BLOWN OFF BY THE SANTA ANAS BEFORE GLOSSIER'S BALM DOT COM EVER EXISTED; PLUS I LIVED THROUGH DECADES OF 101 DEGREE DAYS DOWNTOWN. I JUST NEEDED TIME.
FROM THESE TRANSITIONS CAME PHASES.
1. OF CHIEF IMPORTANCE; PRINCIPAL.
2. EARLIEST IN TIME OR ORDER OF DEVELOPMENT.
THIS COLLECTION WAS NAMED SUCH BECAUSE IT WAS THE FIRST SEASON BAGTAZO TOOK IT TO THE STREETS. IT WAS MY FIRST TIME SELLING TO WHOLESALE ACCOUNTS, MY FIRST TIME DOING TRADESHOWS. BEFORE PRIMARY, I WAS JUST A GIRL IN HER STUDIO MAKING THINGS AND SELLING THEM ONLINE.
PRIMARY WAS ALSO DESIGNED RIGHT BEFORE THE PRIMARY ELECTIONS. WE ALL KNEW WE WOULD HAVE TO PART WITH OBAMA, BUT DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS COMING NEXT. I WASN'T SCARED, BECAUSE IT SEEMED LIKE THE FEMALE REVOLUTION WAS UNDERWAY.
GAY MARRIAGE HAD JUST PASSED, AND CHELSEA MANNING WAS MAKING HER TRANSITION.
THE WORLD SEEMED FOR THE FIRST TIME TO ME, STARTING TO GET BETTER.