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31 10, 2012

Layer Stage Drapes for a Unique Look: Part 1

By |October 31st, 2012|Products, Projects|1 Comment

A popular trend with a lot of stage productions, special events, and concerts this year has been to layer different styles of drapes to create a dynamic and unique look for their stage design. I wanted to give our readers some examples of how amazingly creative our clients can be with layering our rental drapes. Each drapery collection contains a varied selection of drape sizes and styles, all of which work and play beautifully together to create a fully designed scene. You can order as many or as few pieces from the collections as you wish. (Yes, you can even mix and match if you like!) The more interesting the stage design is, the more it helps to make an exciting look for their audience to remember long after the show is over.

The first example in my “layering” series is with Rent What? Inc’s Silver Satin Series, which is one of the most diverse series of large scale theatrical rental drapes that we offer. Stage designers near and far are appreciating how radiant and eclectic these drapes are, and that they stand alone just as beautifully as they do layered with one another to make an extremely captivating display.

Jennifer Hudson rocked these gorgeous drapes for a recent concert tour, and her designers were thrilled with how well it worked for their vision. Using the dramatic 30h x 60w Silver Satin Austrian almost as a backdrop cyc, then creating an ornate look by adding 24h x 40w and 16h x 30w Silver Satin Swags, and then finishing the look with two beautiful 28h x 10w Silver Satin Legs, her stage designer created a stage style that was both glamorous and exciting for her audience. Mixed with various colored lighting designs, they were able to seamlessly change the mood between different sets, making the show that much more enthralling.

The Cranberries also were able to recently utilize the same Silver Satin Swags, Swagettes, and Legs on their tour, but also complimented the look by layering them all in front of our Low-Tech White Voile LED drapes, too. As you can see, the lights were able to shine through the material, creating an extremely textured and vibrant stage design that helped create the exact look they were going for.

Our Silver Satin series of rental stage drapes all layer beautifully with one another to help create a very unique and classy look for any special event. Next time you are interested in renting a Silver Satin drape, consider layering it with other drapes in the series to help make a truly dazzling display that will completely blow your audience away!

26 10, 2012

Meet the Rent What? Staff, Part 7: Rosalie

By |October 26th, 2012|Company, Rent What Team|1 Comment

Next in our “Meet the Rent What? Staff” series, I would like to introduce you to Rosalie Zigman. She is very special to us, because not only is she a wiz with flame certificates of all kinds (which are absolutely integral to our business), but she has also proven to be a wonder with the bookkeeping too. Please take a minute to read a little bit more about this amazing woman, and we guarantee you will love her as much as we do!

When did you first start at Sew What?/Rent What?

March of 2010–researching flame retardant fabrics for printing for Sew What?. Then in July of 2012 I officially became Rent What?’s bookkeeper.

If you could take a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Cruise the Greek Islands – the food, the views, the food, the sun… did I mention the food??

What kind of work did you do before coming to Sew What?/Rent What?

After starting my career as a dental hygienist and moving into dental office consulting, I was lured into corporate event planning – that’s where I met Megan.

I loved the variety of the work, and seeing the big picture. I understood that every event was “the most important event” to the customer. I got to use my organizational skills and attention to detail.

What is your favorite memory from being part of the Rent What? family?

It’s all about the people… You get the job done, but you have a good time doing it!

What is your favorite sports team/TV Show/Book/Movie?

I’m a native of Boston so the Red Sox, of course!

What are some of your hobbies?

I love being a Bubbie (Jewish grandmother) and visit with my grandchildren every chance I get. I enjoy reading, especially Vince Flynn and James Patterson. And I am my photographer husband’s favorite assistant.

24 10, 2012

Rock Out with Low Tech LED Drapes

By |October 24th, 2012|Products|3 Comments

Rent What?’s Low Tech LED Voile Drapes (part of the Starlight LED collection) are great for weddings and special events.  In natural or pastel lighting, they are romantic and ethereal, setting a beautiful backdrop for the event.  Here’s an example of the drapes in a special event setting:

The interesting thing, though, is how versatile these drapes are.  While they are gorgeous in a special event setting, they are equally interesting and dramatic in a concert setting.  Recently, these Low Tech LED Drapes have been a featured part of the stage set for the Marilyn Manson Tour.  In a rock ‘n’ roll setting, these drapes look incredible!

Under sophisticated stage lighting, the voile fabric disappears and the LED lights glow like fireworks.  Change the lighting, and suddenly the lights look almost like stars behind the artist.  The contrast of the edginess of the artist and the softness of the LED lights is a brilliant way to emphasize the hard core metal music.  I love this photo that demonstrates this contrast.

I am continually amazed at the ways that concert set designers can think outside the box and utilize a wide variety of custom stage curtains (both purchased items and rental drapes) to create amazing set designs for artists, and I am so honored that we are able to work with them to achieve their vision.

19 10, 2012

Meet the Rent What? Staff, Part 6: Bill

By |October 19th, 2012|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

Next in our series of Meet the Rent What? Staff is one of the most adored people to ever come and grace us with his incredible loving presence and extremely hardworking spirit. It is our owner and CEO Megan Duckett’s father Bill Rowe, also known by one and all as “Papa”. He comes to visit for several weeks every year, and it’s something we all look forward to every single time! Please read on to learn a little bit about this amazing man, and why we truly consider him such a valuable part of the Sew What?/Rent What? team.

When did you first start at Sew What?/Rent What?

I started working at Sew What? pretty much the first year that Megan and Adam started the business. It was 1996. I remember Maria Martinez as being one of the first employees. Megan’s mother Delice and her grandparents would travel to visit also – and they would all get put to work. No family member was safe from cutting, folding, grommeting, bagging. I think there is a photo somewhere of Grandpa Charlie installing grommets into drapes – the drapes were huge – and he was about 90. It has always been a family affair, you might say.

If you could take a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I don’t mind where I travel to – so long as they have LINE DANCING. I like country AND western dancing.

What kind of work did you do before coming to Sew What?/Rent What?

I was a professional driver for the better part of my career – I chauffeured the chief executive for the Victorian Roads Authority. As a young man I was a mechanic and worked on gear boxes for Repco.

Do you have a special talent?

Of course! Singing – dancing – cooking white rice. But mostly dancing.

What is your favorite memory from being part of the Rent What? family?

Watching the company grow over the years has been very exciting for me – each time I come to visit I see changes and growth – new faces and old faces. Some fun memories include seeing Megan’s face on the side of the building in Times Square as part of the Dell computer campaign.

What is your favorite sports team/TV Show/Book/Movie?

Oh – no sports – not really. But I do love to watch movies – I have thousands of them collected. Too many good ones to have a favorite – but The Man with the Exploding Arm is a good one. The Grey Gardens documentary is also wonderful – such a terrific timepiece.

What are some of your hobbies?

Over the years I have maintained interest in photography – both still photography in 2d and 3d, as well as film. I used to enjoy playing and making home movies of Megan and her brother Michael when they were kids. The 3d photography hobby included being in a hobby club – and the equipment was very specialized. Megan and I would develop our own black and white still photos in the laundry room in the house when she was young. I had all the equipment. Not any more – I am a digital man – and trying to keep up with the new age times.

What project have you worked on recently that was interesting or challenging?

It was really great a few years ago – as Megan was installing and checking on drape at the Great Western Forum for Rod Stewart. So I tagged along like a good papa…. and low and behold Rod Stewart was actually there practicing! I got to watch him rehearse and then we hung drapes together (Megan and I – not Rod and I – Ha!) and it was a blast. The SW? custom stage drapes were red “Stewart Family” plaid. Those are some great memories.

Anything more about your time here at RW?

Excited to see the company grow – in just the 3 or so short years of rentals it seems to be rocketing along. Of course I don’t expect anything less. It seems to me that the entire What? team (both sewing and renting) are a pretty dedicated group of people….. I don’t doubt that the group would succeed at anything they put their minds to!

Oh – and did I mention that I taught the sewing room a new line dance? It is called “Pick a Bale” – we had a so much fun! Next time I come over I will bring another new dance to show everyone.



16 10, 2012

Bonding at the House of Blues

By |October 16th, 2012|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|2 Comments

About a week ago, Rent What? and Sew What? had their first official combined company annual dinner at the House of Blues on Sunset, in Hollywood, California. Our president and CEO Megan Duckett’s band Without Warning has performed there a few times, and we thought it was the perfect place to celebrate a wonderful and successful year together, officially combined now under one amazing leader. It was an extremely fun and crazy night to remember for years to come!

Raul (SW Shipping), Gwen (SW Sales / RW Rentals), Juan (SW Driver)

Everyone was dressed to the hilt and ready to party the night away, as we started our evening with drinks in the super chic and ultra exclusive Foundation Room upstairs. With woven fabrics adorning the walls, skyline views of Downtown LA, and comfy sofa seating around a beautiful fireplace, it was a gorgeous lounge and the perfect setting for our cocktail hour. We were able to really talk with one another on a more personal level, and it was great to see everyone having such a good time. Following drinks in the lounge was a private dinner party in one of the adjacent rooms, called “The Captain’s Room”, as it was an exact replica of the lush Captain’s dining room on the sister ship to the Titanic. Beautiful dark wood paneling, mood lighting and candles on every table, and unique wall decorations from that time period made it incredibly lush and very festive. Grilled chicken with roasted vegetables, steak with a rich mushroom sauce, or summer corn risotto all made for extremely decadent dining. The meal itself was simply incredible, and practically not a morsel was left on anyone’s plate! Then when we felt we weren’t going to be able to eat another bite, out came the molten chocolate lava cakes and apple spice bread pudding with whiskey sauce. Absolutely delicious!

Adam, Megan & Lynda (SW / RW Management)

After this amazing meal, some of the staff needed to get home, and some stayed behind to continue the night’s festivities. There was a really local great ska/punk band called Tomorrows Bad Seeds performing on the main stage who kept people dancing and moving into the wee hours of the night, and were a really fun way to end an incredible evening of camaraderie and bonding. Sew What? and Rent What? is definitely a “Family of Whatters”, and being able to really celebrate ourselves as one big family was a night that none of us will ever forget!

Chris (RW Receiving) and guest