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Monthly Archives: January 2010

4 01, 2010

Rent What? does the “Mark and Brian Christmas Show”

By |January 4th, 2010|Projects|3 Comments

Yes, I will admit it…I am a classic rock fan, and my radio station of choice (here in the Los Angeles area) is 95.5 KLOS.  Every weekday morning on my way to work, I listen to the Mark and Brian Show (based here in L.A. on KLOS, but syndicated throughout the country).

So, after listening to M & B talk for weeks about the Christmas Show being held on December 16th at the Nokia Theatre (and wishing I could go), you can imagine how excited I was to hear that Rent What? was renting drapery to the show.

And not just any drapery…this was drapery from the Silver Satin Series.  If you are a regular reader, you know that I absolutely love the Silver Satin drapery pieces that Sew What? made for Rent What?  Most recently, I posted in November on the Silver Satin Austrian and Swags that Rent What? provided to the Maxwell tour.  Well, here they are again, looking as spectacular as ever!


Under minimal lighting, there is only a slight variation in the color (the drapes appear more of an opalescent white than a silver).


Change the lighting, and suddenly they appear red…


…or green…

Pretty amazing, don’t you think?

I was also excited to learn about a YouTube video of the drapes.  Most of the videos that we find on YouTube that feature our drapes are shot during the show – which is great for seeing the artist, but doesn’t always give the best shots of the drapery!  That is why I was so excited to learn about this video – since it was shot during sound check for the Mark and Brian “Super Group”, there are lots of angles and closeups of the drapery.

So, here I am – the show is over and I am regretting that I didn’t buy tickets and go.  Not only would I have had the fun of attending the M & B Christmas Show in person, but I would have also gotten to enjoy the drapes in person.  Oh, well, maybe next year…

1 01, 2010

Happy New Year!

By |January 1st, 2010|Company, Sew What Team|1 Comment

Well, here we are, the first day of 2010.  It has been a challenging year for many of us, given the state of the economy, but I am proud to say that Sew What? has weathered the storm and come out strong.

One of the elements that has really helped Sew What? in this tough economy is the implementation of lean manufacturing principles.  While other companies faced red ink, our ability to become more efficient through lean manufacturing has allowed us to cut costs (without cutting staff) and remain profitable.  The assistance of our lean manufacturing consultant, Angel De Sevilla, and all of the folks at CMTC (California Manufacturing Technology Consulting) has been invaluable.  CMTC really is a terrific resource for small manufacturing businesses like Sew What?

Even more important, in my opinion, is the dedication of the staff here at Sew What?  Everyone here has contributed to the continuing success of the company, from the cutters and sewing machine operators, to the quality control team and project managers, from the Shipping & Receiving Coordinator to the Production Manager and Director of Operations, to the Sales Team, Bookkeeper, Purchasing Agent, Human Resources Manager, Sales Support, and the Sew What? Management team.

Do you remember that old cliche (I think it came out during the Clinton administration) – it takes a village to raise a child?  Well, Sew What? reminds me of that.  The products we produce – custom stage curtains, digitally printed backdrops, exhibit booth drapery – aren’t produced by just one person, or even one department.  It takes the entire team to make this company shine, and I am proud to say that (despite the occasional squabble, as will occur from time to time in any family), we really are a family.

So, from our family to yours, here’s wishing you a Happy and Successful 2010!