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24 09, 2018

Meet the Sew What? and Rent What? Staff, Part 22: Kim

By |September 24th, 2018|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

For our next installment of “Meet The Staff”, I am very happy to be able to officially introduce you to an incredibly important—and very much appreciated—member of our Sew What? / Rent What? family, Kim Curran. We’ve been extremely lucky to add Kim to the “Whatter Family” a few years ago as our Senior Purchasing Agent, and it’s been a perfect match ever since. Her diverse background as a buyer has immensely helped with her transition into this slightly different field of “theatrical fabric purchasing”, giving her an invaluable insight and perspective on successful vendor relations, and in turn, what we need to help make this company run smoothly—fabric! Please take a moment to read a little more about Kim, and learn why we are so thrilled to have her as an absolutely vital member of the SW team. ?

When did you first start at Sew What? What were you originally hired to do, and how have your duties changed since working here?

I started in May of 2015 as the Sew What Purchasing Agent, and have remained in that position ever since.

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

It would definitely be Italy—I love the food……All of the food! Pasta, fish, desserts, and everything in between. ?

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

I was a sporting goods buyer for a major national sporting goods chain—mostly focusing on fitness products of all kinds.

Do you have a special talent?

I love to dabble in baking and cooking of all varieties—and I try to use my powers for good and not evil. (my colleagues seem happy to take on my baking experiments) 😉

What is your favorite memory/circumstance/event from being part of the Sew What? family?

My husband and I had the most wonderful time attending a company dinner at the Bull Pen last year. It was a sit-down dinner at a spectacular steak house with much of the company there, and their spouses and significant others. And it was such a blast!

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

I am not too die-hard of a fan for any particular sports team…. But I AM a huge fan of all kinds of cooking programs—especially the reality competition cooking shows. Give me some Chopped, Iron Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, or any baking contest on TV and I’m there!

What are some of your hobbies?

I love to cook—if you haven’t been able to tell by now! Main courses, desserts, snacks, and anything else that sounds yummy. My husband and I have newly started experimenting with Blue Apron (home delivered ingredients and recipes) which has really gotten me to wear my “chef hat” more than ever. It’s been a fun way for us to try out interesting new styles of food and cooking that we normally probably never would have done on our own.

Plus—more importantly–this summer we also added a new member to our family…our new puppy Stella! She’s a 7-month-old Chiweenie puppy (Chihuahua and Dachshund mix), and she has been the light of our life since we brought her home to be our furr-ever little girl. She has so much contagious energy, so much excitement over everything, and gives so much love to us both–and everyone she meets. It has been so much fun adding her to our family! ?

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

The most challenging aspect of my job is the short turnaround time we have for some of the orders for our clients—the tours especially. Many things can “go wrong” when it comes to procuring the exact right substrates that our clients are requesting, such as material availability, damages to the fabrics we receive, delays in shipping, size inaccuracies, etc. Thankfully, we have an amazing team here that will do everything they can to find a way to work through any issues that might come up in order to be able to get our clients the beautiful custom theatrical stage draperies that they are requesting — how they want them, and on time.

Anything more about your time here at SW?

There is a strong feeling of having a second family here at Sew What, Inc., which is just so nice to experience every day!

23 04, 2018

Winter Wonderland – Sew Whatters show their style in some SW? Swag!

By |April 23rd, 2018|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

Over the years, we have had so many fun and unique T-Shirt designs. From tongue in cheek catch phrases to blinged out wings, we all have a mighty fine collection of SW? swag.  Each design has had a unique twist – as different staff have stepped in to design the theme and in many cases craft the design too.  Not only can our team create amazing drapes and backdrops, but they have rock’n fashion style too!

So, when the weather took a cold turn recently, we decided that some fun SW beanies were just what the doctor ordered! Perfect antidote for the chill, and we can’t help but smile when we all bop around in our logo beannies together.

Kim Curran, our Chief Purchasing Agent, and Andrea Fraser of our Customer Care Department look adorable rocking their branded beannies ?

For those of you who visit our facility – these were a custom short run…… and there are just a few left.  Ask for yours at the shipping and receiving office before they are all gone.

30 01, 2018

Did you know………. Some fun facts from our Sew What? / Rent What? company archives

By |January 30th, 2018|Company|1 Comment

WORLD RECORD! The largest and heaviest single drape that we have ever made was for the Guiness Book Of World Records? Event producer, Steve Solomon of Upstage Right selected Sew What? Inc. to create the giant terrycloth towel for the record-breaking event. Measuring in at an incredible 131 feet by 78 feet, the towel displayed giant graphics for sponsor Nabisco Toasted Chips. With over 1,200 yards of fabric and 7,300 feet of thread, the towel literally covered the sands on Hermosa’s beach from strand to ocean. At a whopping 1500 lbs, the drape was moved with industrial forklifts to get it out of the sewing room, into the truck, and then onto the sand!  Want to read the press release? Check it out here: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2006/07/prweb410911.htm

Beachgoers are the first to lay on the newly unveiled World’s Largest Beach Towel, made official by Guinness World Records, Wednesday, June 28, 2006, in Hermosa Beach, Calif. The towel measured 131 feet by 78 feet and weighed over 1,000 lbs. (AP Photo/Kraft Foods, John Hayes)

FINAL TOUR! We produced the softgoods for Motley Crue’s FINAL TOUR ever?! That’s right – these rock heavyweights retired in 2015 – and we were so pleased to be a part of it.  With pentangle appliqued sharkstooth scrims and printed drapery elements, we bid farewell to the legendary band with some of our most unique custom mixed media backdrops yet. Read all about it: https://sewwhatinc.com/company/press-room/stage-drapery-manufacturer-sew-what-inc-bids-farewell-to-motley-crue-on-its-final-tour/

ON TELEVISION! Did you know we were featured on CNN’s “Passion to Portfolio” series?  A recent video piece titled “The Woman Behind Rock Bands’ Backdrops” on the CNN Passion to Portfolio segment, focused on Megan Duckett – founder of Sew What? Inc. a theatrical draping company outside of Los Angeles, California. Sew What? provides concert backdrops worldwide for A-List musicians like KISS, John Legend, Rod Stewart and Madonna. Read the full press release: https://sewwhatinc.com/company/press-room/sew-what-inc-s-president-megan-duckett-appears-on-cnns-passion-to-portfolio-business-series/

SUPPORTING UNSIGNED MUSICIANS! At Sew What? Inc., we love the idea of “giving back” by supporting the arts and recognizing notable musicians in our videos, as well as putting something out there that shows off our products. Since 2012 we have exclusively featured unsigned artists, both local and nationwide, in our videos.  Rich Cole, James Lugo, It’s OK! The band, Thomas Underhill and more.  It is a pleasure to put back into the musical community! Want to know more about it? Read the full press release.

https://sewwhatinc.com/company/press-room/sew-what-inc-stage-drapery-videos-to-feature-less-recognized-local-and-unsigned-musicians/

About Sew What? Inc.  Sew What? Inc., located in Rancho Dominguez, California, is a well-known stage and theatrical drapery manufacturer known for its dramatic theatrical drapes and fabrics used in major rock concerts, top fashion shows and other artistic staged venues. Their drapes have dressed the stages of Madonna, Kings Of Leon and the Killers to name a few. The company has received numerous awards for innovation, including the Dell/NFIB Small Business Excellence Award, and was featured on the 1000th cover of Rolling Stone. For information, contact Sew What? Inc. at (310) 639-6000, or email inquiries@sewwhatinc.com.

About Rent What? Inc. Rent What? Inc. is committed to providing an ultimate experience in drapery rental products and customer service. The firm, located in Rancho Dominguez, CA, has set the stage for artists including Green Day, Miley Cyrus and Michael Jackson. In addition to its large inventory of Inherently Flame Retardant stage drapes, traveler tracks and portable dressing rooms, the company is widely regarded for its basic pricing schedules, innovative damage waiver policy and fast and friendly service. For information, contact Rent What? Inc. at (310) 639-6000 or visit sewwhatinc.com/rent-what-inc/.

20 11, 2017

Thankful All Year Round

By |November 20th, 2017|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|0 Comments

As nice as it is to be thankful all year round for everything wonderful we have going on in our lives, it’s always especially good to have a “gentle reminder” from a federal holiday to  remind us to stop, take a moment, and truly appreciate everything that we have, and are able to accomplish, on a daily basis here at Sew What?/Rent What? Inc. We are so very grateful for many things indeed, as it has been a tremendously exciting year here for the entire company. We have been able to finish the streamlining and revamping of our website to now be compatible with all things electronic, which helps make it a lot easier to navigate and access all of the really cool information available. Internally, we’ve had several positions be modified to better utilize some of our employees’ best skill sets and talents, which we are delighted to say has turned out to be quite successful. We’re also very proud to have been able to steadily increase our Specialty Rental Drapery Collections to include some new beautiful, one-of-a-kind drapery elements we can now offer our amazing and creative customers.


Also, we are beyond thankful when our clients share photos and videos from their special events and tours, and we get to see—and then get to share with ALL of our clients—some of our beautiful custom-built and specialty rental draperies and soft goods “in action” with all of the imaginative and spectacular ways that our clients decide to design them with. And as for the staff themselves, we’ve had some fantastically fun events and occasions here as well, which is always a special treat for everyone and a great way to really connect with one another on a more personal level. Coming up soon is our VERY popular Thanksgiving Potluck Celebration, which we look forward to all year long. And soon after that is our Christmas get-together, which is always a festive way to get all of the hard-working “Whatters” in our offices and warehouse in the holiday spirit.


Being sincerely thankful on a regular basis has been proven to be very good for your overall health, as well as your heart, mind, and soul– and luckily for us we have a LOT to be thankful for around here! But most of all, we are thankful for our incredible customers—some whom we have been working with for a decade or longer, and some that we’ve started new relationships with just this past year. We look forward to what the new year will bring us, and hope that you and yours have a delightful holiday season, followed by a successful and joyous year to come!

25 09, 2017

Sew What? Featured in Online Magazine

By |September 25th, 2017|Company, Digital Printing, News, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

A few months ago, Megan was contacted by Visual Connections, a not-for-profit trade association for the print and graphics industry in Australia. Since Megan is from Australia, they were interested in telling her story, and the story of Sew What?, in their online magazine, Visual Impact. Of course, Megan was happy to assist, and so (working with the time difference between here and Australia), they scheduled a time for a phone interview.

The resulting article, included in the Sept/Oct 2017 edition of Visual Impact, discusses how Megan started Sew What?, the growth of the company, and how the company added Grand Format digital printing to its offerings.

It really is a well-done article. Want to read it? Click here for a link to the article.