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Sneak Peak & Thanks

Here’s a little Christmas surprise: pictures of work in process here at Quellebelle! I’m preparing some new products for spring (and maybe even earlier). This is round one of samples and I’m already excited about the way things are going. The colors are rich and saturated, and the chiffon is incredibly soft and light. I’d…

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Crepe de chine & dupioni: Varieties of silk fabric

Crepe de chine is a fine, light-weight, soft, and lustrous fabric. It can have either a glossy or matte satin surface. It drapes extremely well, and is therefore often used for garments that hang perfectly, move with the wearer, and follow the contours of the body. Dupioni is a slightly more textured silk, with tiny…

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What’s up with the name?

First things first: Quellebelle is pronounced “kell•bell.” There’s a fairly common idiomatic French phrase “Quelle belle histoire!” which means, literally, “What a lovely story!” and has the sense of “That’s quite a tale!” But Quellebelle is also a wink-and-nod toward the name of my incorporated business: Something Beautiful LLC. I chose it because it’s fun…

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Pssst… wanna buy a scarf?

Today is Quellebelle’s soft launch, and I’m thrilled and a little terrified. Please have a look around, explore the shop and read all about this new enterprise. Above all, please leave a comment and let me know what you think, especially if you find something that seems broken on the site. Thanks so much for…

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Giving Thanks

As Quellebelle hovers on the brink of launch, I’d like to take a moment to thank all my loved ones for their support. It’s been a long transitional period, and your patience and generosity have meant the world to me. I know full well that without your kindness and help I would never have gotten…

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Box of Beginnings

Inside this box there are sixty yards of silk fabric. But it contains much, much more than that. It contains my hopes and dreams for the future. It holds the promise of hard work: physical, creative, intellectual, and entrepreneurial. It bundles up my belief that self-reinvention is always possible. This modest-sized, ratty-looking cardboard box is…

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