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#71- Like attracts like

Today at the Class Trade Show (apparel trade show in Santa Monica, I had a great time. I felt like I was attending a party!

Jason who is an owner of this show was nice to me (he always gives me a great interview), Alex who is a PR of this show was nice to me as well (she also always gives me a lot of information and she gave me a lunch ticket today!) and Karen who is a vice president of Fred Segal (at Ron Robinson) gave me a lot of tips and information of this show today.

I met many great people and got great news at this show as well! (I can’t write people’s names and brands names in my blog today, because I am going to write about them in my article for Senken-newspaper which is major Japanese fashion trade newspaper.)

This show rocks!

The show has positive vibe, like Fred Segal. Products and people who exhibit or attend are fabulous! You know why, Jason picks great products and people for this show. Like attracts like, really!


For example, there was Sam who is an owner of ATRIUM (stylish NY boutique) and a founder of PROJECT (stylish apparel trade show in Las Vegas) at this show. Jason took me to the booth where Sam was making a deal, so I had a chance to talk to him.

Me: OMG…you are here???

Sam: Yeah, I am buying!

Me: You are going to have your own show in Vegas next week, but you are buying here???

Sam: This show is great! So relaxing and here is California… (I can’t write about his comments in my blog today, because his comments are my materials for my writing/work.)

Me: Wow…You are really nice!!! No compete to each other!

Sam: We help each other, right?

Then I saw Andrew who is a reporter for California Apparel News and my friend.

Me: Hey Andrew!!! He is my great friend. He always helps my writing!

Sam: See…you too. Help each other!

Yes, Sam, nice people always help each other!!!


Tonight, when I came home, I got two great messages and one package!!!

One message is from Matt who is a co-owner of FREEDMAN (I only write this brand’s name from Class Trade Show in my today’s blog, because I really want to share his nice attitude with my readers.)

He sent me a nice email after the show (please see below.)

”Hi Yoko, I just wanted to say that it was a pleasure meeting you. I appreciate your interest in our line and our story. I have already thanked Karen for the introduction. If you need anything at all, please do not hesitate to call me. I hope to see you at our Sept. 10th Vogue Event at Ron Robinson at Fred Segal on Melrose. Have a great weekend. Talk with you soon. Regards, Matt.”

I could tell that Matt and his brother, Randy will make it well. FREEDMAN has great quality products and great attitude for their business.

At the Class Trade Show, I felt “like attracts like” a lot.


Oh…one other message and package was…from Kimberly, Erika and Andrew (who is a brother of Erika and owner/designer of Andrew Hanson’s F)

They sent me a custom hoody (pink body with white daisy patchworks which my taste!) with “We love you!” message.

I interviewed (for Senken-newspaper) Andrew at Kimberly’s office (you know, she is my great friend and an owner of PR company) in June. Erika is working with Kimberly, also she is my great friend and helped me for the interview with Andrew (Erika’s brother.) Erika is a great PR like Kimberly, so she talked about Andrew’s clothing line well at the interview with Andrew.

After the interview, Andrew promised me he will present me a custom made hoody.

Andrew: Yoko, what would you like?

Me: I love pink and daisy! Like my business card! (My business card has pink daisy flowers in my name logo.)

Oh…my pink hoody is soooooooo cute!!!

White daisies are on the front, back and hood!!! I am sure that many people will ask me “where did you get it?”

If you want to order a custom made hoody, denim and Tee, please visit at Andrew Hanson’s F website at .

Andrew rocks too!

He has a live show on web to show you how he makes custom clothing!

I really appreciate people who really respect and care for me. Especially, Kimberly is the best! When I had busy schedule for my translation book project for three weeks, she congrats me on this project, then she didn’t call me or write me, because she didn’t want to bother me. She knew I was soooo busy, so she was let me alone for three weeks, even though she really needed my translations of my articles for her clients, she didn’t bother me at all. She is the best PR and friend. Thank you Kimberly!


Next week, I am going to Las Vegas for fashion trade shows. I can’t wait to meet more nice people!

P.S. I have no energy to write an article for my work right now, but I wanted to share my today’s nice feeling, that’s why I wrote my blog today. I hope you had a great day today and have a wonderful weekend!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
August 28, 2009

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