As the 2008 Fall and Winter season comes to an end, the excitement for another great season awaits us for 2009. Weeks ago, the art team, design team and Annie all met at Canaan Farm in Tonganoxie, Kansas to kick-off the new 2009 Fall and Winter season. Here we begin discussions on the upcoming collection, encompassing all of the finer details such as cuffs on jackets to the more broad aspects such as finding locations for our photo shoots and developing initial catalog layouts.
Being the Wisconsin native that I am, I check the five-day forecast to see what the weather will be like during my visit to Tonganoxie. As nice as it appeared to be, the 45-60 degree days did not make me want to bring my cold weather apparel. Besides, I have been more accustomed to the frigid 20 degree and below zero days. A 45-degree day is referred to a “heat wave” in my part of the country. So as the weather was predicted, I left the warm, fuzzy sweaters at home in Wisconsin.
Upon my arrival to Canaan Farm, I quickly find myself chilled by the unexpected weather change. Of course, my counterparts Amy S and Annie were bundled up in their Frascati Cardigans from the 2008 Winter Collection. They looked so warm and comfortable! Not to mention they were complemented by their hip, yet stylish skinny jeans, black tees and boots. What was I thinking…not to bring my warm fuzzy? I took notice of the cardigan they were wearing because it was a great buy in the winter catalog and now it was ON SALE! I did have the boots, jeans and a white tee to match them, but no cardigan. As my body temperature continued to cool and before I got too cold, I placed an order for the warm cardigan. A staff member from our order center brought me my cardigan within the hour. The three of us proceeded with our discussions in style, comfort and most importantly, warmth. An unpredicted cold day in Tonganoxie, Kansas could not stop us from completing our project.
Now that I’m back in Wisconsin, the cardigan has been a hit! All my girlfriends, even my mother, love it and want to know where they can get one of their own. Peruvian Connection, I say…and the best part about the cardigan is the little suede elbow patches. They remind me of what I saw on Mr. Roger’s cardigans years ago when I was a kid. The suede elbow patches cannot exactly be seen very well in the catalog or on the website, but they are there and it does put them a few steps higher than the typical boyfriend cardigan I am used to seeing. And of course, it is super soft like all my other Peruvian Connection sweaters, made from a cozy combination of royal llama and wool…nothing like any other wool sweaters. –Krista C