Once a year there is a charity event here in Portland called "Power of the Purse" to raise money for Girls Inc Northwest. Local celebrities are paired with local designers and each team creates a handbag that is auctioned off the night of the event. I've been pleased to participate several times:
In 2009 Arielle Schnitzer and I created a color- ful and fun fuschia faux fur handbag decorated with silver sequins and metallic glass beads.
In 2008 Ann Edlen and I designed a very fancy evening bag made with pleated silk organza and a sterling silver handle with over 270 swarovski crystals. What a thrill when it sold for $4000.00!
In 2006 Tracy Barry of KGW-TV and I designed an Asian-inspired purse made with a beautiful mudsilk fabric and fresh water pearls
I just entered one of my hat designs in a Talenthouse competition hosted by Dillion Wallwork and HATalk e-magazine. Milliners from around the world were invited to create a hat inspired by the Queen of England's Diamond Jubilee. The entries can be seen on the Talenthouse website and viewers can vote for their favorite from May 4th-11th to help it receive consideration by the judges when they pick the final winners. Winners will be announced on May 14th.
My entry was inspired by the Crown Jewels...and the Imperial State Crown in particular. I incorporated elements of the Royal Collection to create a modern day tiara-styled cocktail hat that can be worn in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee...I used royal blue velvet, a cross pattee brooch and a "royal sceptre" hat pin. I made everything by hand...from the wire frame inside that supports the hat to the brooch and hat pin that I used to trim it. Here is a peek...and you can go to my entry page for more info and to view the other milliner's creations: Crown Royale by Suzanne Sherman
Portland Fall Fashion Week 2014 is almost here...and I will be participating in the Fashion on the Square Event Sept 5th-7th. Come to Pioneer Courthouse Square to check out my hats and other accessories...and listen to bands competing for the opportunity to perform at Fall Fashion Week and vote for your favorite. Here is the Portland Fashion Week website for more info: Fashion and Music on the Square
My hats, headpieces and other accessories are now available at Cocoon Silk on NW 23rd here in Portland...a beautiful bridal salon and special occasion fashion boutique where they create custom gowns and tailored men's clothing. I have both bridal designs as well as some more suited for everyday wear on display for you to consider. I also will be glad create a custom piece to compliment a gown or suit you have made by the the salon: Cocoon Silk 602 NW 23rd Ave Portland, OR 97210 (503) 241-4905