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    CK Bradley Blog

    Are you there Dale? It's me Camilla

    Are you there Dale? It's me Camilla

    I wonder where Judy Blume is now? I spent my youth reading her books. I mean, Ramona and Beezus! I never had a sibling but I always imagined it so vividly through the words of Judy. These days I don't have time to read much for pleasure, but I did recently re-read a book I would suggest to everyone, especially young entrepreneurs. How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. This book was written 80 years ago and every word rings true and applicable to this very day, AMAZING in and of itself. The title can come off or sound a little smug...I mean who sets out to read a book with such a title? Well lots, MILLIONS SOLD:) And with good reason. This book will help you succeed both in business and your personal life. This book will teach you new interpersonal skills, with memorable examples and stories while reiterating and affirming basic social skills and cues that you don't even realize you are using (or should be) everyday. It brought important life skills to the forefront of my mind. Reminded me to be a leader and encouraged me to achieve my maximum potential.  In this wonderful age of technology, which I take full advantage of everyday, I encourage everyone out there, to freshen up their interpersonal, REAL people skills. It's refreshing and feels good to speak and engage with people face to face. It's not a lost art yet, but I think that focusing on not letting it become so foreign is very important. And although I love all that this information age has brought and allowed me to do, I am so happy to read a book like this and sit down with people (friends I've won and influenced:)) and shoot the breeze or talk shop.

    Over & Out

    ~ Influential Bradley :) 

    Props

    Props

    Props. Where would I be with out props? Our photo shoots often happen and come together organically. Thankfully, do to my slight hoarding problem ;), our warehouse is chock full of interesting and remarkably useful things. It doesn't cease to amaze all involved with every "find" as we dig deep into the archives. Sometimes, I'm even amazed myself! We've got it all covered, from old sleds and antlers to ski gear galore. Vintage roller skates and bar stools, lamps and lemons. Boats, oars and all things "sailing". Bamboo this. Bamboo that. Even a bamboo bike. With every shoot I worry/wonder if I still have what we need or if we've actually exhausted the resource. But so far, so good. I should probably start trolling vintage shops....or Awosting soon, just to hedge my bets. And speaking of props...I need to give props to my amazing team who make it all happen. Without them I'd be a wreck and I certainly would not laugh as much or have anywhere close to the amount of fun I have while they are around, propping me up in more ways than one. And to my best find, my most invaluable prop...Vieve! Thanks for organizing everything always and appreciating and encouraging my inner pack rat. First stop "American Pickers", next stop "Hoarders". 

    ~ packed to the gills Bradley

    Where did February go?

    Where did February go?

    Well, they say time flies when you're having fun so I must have had the time of my life in February. (PS ~ "I've Had The Time Of My Life" Radio a la Pandora is SO GOOD!)

    Anywho, back to my time lapse...The past month or so had me putting miles on The Whomp like the good ol' days. For the first time in a longtime, I had deadlines to make, shows to do, prints to produce, fittings to fine tune, slopes to ski and last but not least two baby boys to play with! Traveling between Newport, Marblehead, Vermont and NYC sounds good at first, but whoa, sometimes I wake up and don't know where I am! 

    With the holidays behind us, and just when you think you can breath, the fashion wheel keeps turning! It's constant, and apparently I must have had amnesia in regards to this. But with a few gentle reminders and a couple nudges (ok hard pushes) from Vieve, I was back in the swing of things.  Tweaking samples for Fall/Holiday 2017 and developing for Spring/Summer 2018, setting up shows and appointments, making line sheets & look books, meetings for production, meetings for this, meetings for that....MEETINGS! I need a personal assistant for my personal assistant (and I don't even have a Personal Assistant! lol) ! But alas, everything just seems to miraculously fall into place, reminding me I'm on the right path. And amidst the chaos and hectic schedule and designing for a season thats a year and a half out...I'm also reminded to live in the moment, take deep breaths and, regardless of how much fun I am having, be present. So off to yoga...in my AMAZING CKB leggings:) Did I mention they are high waisted? They are and they suck EVERYTHING in...

    Over & Out

    2017 ~ Whoa!

    2017 ~ Whoa!

    I can't believe it's 2017! It seems like yesterday that I was sewing ribbon belts in my dorm room at Trinity College. And, although so much has changed since those sun filled days on the quad, so much remains the same. 

    Recently I went through my old inspiration books. Volumes of sketches and magazine cutouts. Fabric snippets. Prints and more prints. It was awesome. I hadn't looked at these books in years. Funny enough, I still loved, and was inspired by, everything in these old books. My vision and esthetic remains constant....which as a designer is encouraging. It reminded me that I have remained true to myself, even when sometimes I feel like I'm lost and all over the place!  I was so rejuvenated and inspired...by the same pictures that got me going in the first place. It was AMAZING. 

    In short, the road has taken me from New York to Newport, to Aspen, back to Newport and now Marblehead (with pit stops at Awosting Reserve, obviously). I got Married. Had two beautiful baby boys. I've made ski suits (that I want to wear everyday), dresses for every occasion, pom pom hats and MORE pom pom hats, peanut butter balls for days and MY OWN WEDDING DRESS! 

    BUT...The more things change the more they remain the same. 

    Feeling lucky and grateful, like the world is my oyster...like I'm still 20! But I'm not, and that's ok. I'm just as inspired to inspire. Here's to another year!