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Monthly Archives: July 2011


80%20 seeks Full Time Studio Coordinator

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We’re looking to hire a full-time Studio Coordinator to manage the day to day functions for our New York studio.  We’re a fun, creative team in a fast-paced but casual entrepreneurial environment.  It’s an excellent opportunity for someone who wears multiple hats with ease, works well with little supervision.  We are seeking a pro active and solution minded thinker with demonstrated ability to work under time pressure and meet set deadlines.  The right candidate must be a responsible self-starter and team player who values detail and accuracy, with superior follow through skills.

We are seeking candidates with previous experience in office management, bookkeeping and/or shipping and distribution.

Job responsibilities and duties:

*  Answer phones and/or route daily communications from customers and colleagues

*  Responsible for day-to-day office operations and upkeep; support administrative needs

*  Data Entering item skus into QuickBooks and inventory management system software

*  Review sales orders, obtain credit approvals, and approve orders for shipping

*  Data and order entry and maintenance of customer database

*  Ensure bookkeeping is up-to-date and accurate for current reporting. Cash and credit card receipt entering

*  Customer support for retail and wholesale customers

*  Assist with the EDI and compliance process with major retailers as it relates to receiving purchase orders, sending invoices electronically, and meeting other compliance

*  Analyze methods and process to uncover problems and inefficiencies; proactive in researching and implementing cost efficient strategies

*  Communicate with customer point persons from the order process through completion; invoice and follow up on Account Receivables

*  Human Resources support including employee attendance tracking

Qualifications:

*  Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university

*  Proficient in Microsoft Office programs, Quick Books database systems (or other); apparel/footwear industry software-EDI a plus

*  Excellent communication skills

*  Time management skills.

*  Proactive issue resolution with results

*  Work well under pressure

*  Flexibility and ability to manage changes in priorities and schedules

*  Ability to learn new systems quickly

Please send cover letter and resume to info@8020nyc.com. Salary commensurate with experience.  Benefits include vacation and health care options.

Check out Ce Ce’s Q&A with Karmaloop!

Posted on by Kristina

Karmaloop copywriter and blogger Susie Kostaras caught up with Ce Ce to get the inside scoop on how 80%20 came to be and what’s to come. Check it out at the Karmaloop blog!

See the interview below too:

We caught up with Ce Ce Chin, founder of 80%20, to get some insight on her approach to running a successful shoe brand celebrating it’s 5th birthday this year!

Share a little about your background and “Eureka!” moment. Did you always envision a creative career?
I always knew I would start my own collection.  I was trained as a handbag designer, so I thought I would do an independent bag line.  But about 6 years ago I spray painted stencils on Chinatown slippers and wore them out just for fun.  Someone from Daily Candy noticed and then wrote a story about me and the shoes.  Suddenly I got a ton of emails and calls asking about my collection.  This is was Eureka moment- I felt the Universe spoke to me and said, we need your shoes, you need to commit to this!

How did the hidden wedge become 80%20′s signature feature?
Originally 80%20 started as a response to the sneakerhead trend- I felt that there wasn’t a cool feminine sneaker for girls.  However the line has evolved as my own fashion sense has well, grown up.  I loved the comfort of sneakers, but they were just, well… flat.  I’m 5 foot 4 and I wanted to appear taller, but heels weren’t really my game either.  So the hidden wedge sorta grew out of my own need.  It’s kinda like the padded bra of footwear!

You recently celebrated 80%20′s 5th anniversary. How do you envision the brand 5 years from now? What about 10 years?
In 5 years I’d like to have 80%20 retail stores dotted around the country, in metropolitan hotspots.  And the stores would sell a larger lifestyle brand offering- bags, socks, and some apparel.  Maybe even stuffed animals!  In ten years, well Jesus……  I hope by then I’ll have more time to play house, but in the coolest way possible, ya know!

Jet setting is crucial part of a designer’s job in our global economy. To date, what has been your most memorable travel opportunity?
Doing the back stroke inside a large fresh water cave on my most recent vacation to Tulum, Mexico.  I remember staring at the rocky stalagmites on the ceiling and feeling completely in touch with nature.

80%20 tends to pick up on a versatile silhouette and adjust the shoe to fit seasonal trends. Which particular style is your favorite to work with?
This season I’ve obsessed with our newest platform sandal wedge with a molded cork footbed.  I swear I can run in this shoe- I think it feels even better than a sneaker.

We like some mystery…give us two truths and a lie!
On my bucket list: surfing a crazy long big wave by assistance of a tow ride jet ski; making baby shoes; running in the NY Marathon.

Any advice for aspiring designers trying to make a splash in contemporary footwear?
The sexy advice is, Believe in yourself and others will be believe in you.  On a less sexy note, but equally if not more important-  plan your expectations and logical steps to meet them.  For example, how many units do you need to sell to make X amount of money?  What is the plan of action to sell your product?  How will you make yourself and your product known?

MOVIE WE LIKE | Another Earth

Posted on by Kristina

Last Thursday, I was invited to a Fox Searchlight screening for the film Another Earth directed by Mike Cahill who also wrote the film with Brit Marling (stars in the feature as Rhoda Williams).  I didn’t know too much about the film but I had read Manohla Dargis’s review in The New York Times calling it “a coming-of-adulthood story that improbably blends a plaintive drama with romantic longing and far-out science fiction.”  Enough said, I was into it.

Have you ever wondered if there is a parallel universe that mirrors our Earth?   What if you could meet another version of you from this parallel land?  Very trippy thoughts, right?

On the evening of the discovery of a duplicate planet in the solar system, a drunken high school student with big dreams, Rhoda (played by Marling) gets into a tragic car accident with a composer, John Burroughs (William Mapother) and his family. John is left in a coma but his pregnant wife and son do not survive.

Four years later Rhoda is released from jail and takes a janitorial job at a local high school, while Burroughs has been wallowing in sadness and in a deep depression. She seeks John out to admit to her crime and ask for forgiveness but chickens out. Instead she poses as a maid service and eventually helps John recover. Their relationship later blossoms and Rhoda wins a contest to board a space shuttle to the other planet.  She secretly hopes that the accident didn’t happened in the other Earth and that our worlds do not mirror one another.

I won’t give anymore away but damn it’s really good.  The sci-fi aspect of the film isn’t too crazy. There aren’t any special effects or aliens. It’s a drama that examines the human condition and emotions with a sci-fi backstory. And Brit Marling is so good, she’s definitely going to be starring in many more movies to come.

I highly recommend you see this movie!  Check out where to see Another Earth near you.

Sneak Peek: Fall 2011 at Solestruck

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Solestruck.com launched in 2004 and strives to make footwear special by carrying creative brands that push the envelope, so when they contacted us to participate in their Fall 2011 lookbook, we jumped at the chance!  What we love about Solestruck is their creativity!  They took their campaign to the streets and held an open casting call.  I mean who better to model the latest footwear offerings than ladies who love them!

Kip is a new 80%20 style debuting this Fall.  It’s a tumbled nubuck leather boot with a faux leather wrapped wedge and bright, contrast platform.  We love this boot because you get the height you need without losing the comfort of a flat.  It’s so easy to walk in.  We had such great success with our Spring 2011 pre-sale with Solestruck that we’re doing another pre-sale for Fall 2011.  We’ll keep you posted on when the pre-sale goes up, but keep an eye out!

See the full Solestruck “To The Source” lookbook here.

Wild Style: Très Awesome Does Pitchfork 2011

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Festival season in Chicago is my favorite time of year. Summer’s in full swing and it’s a great excuse to hang with friends in the sun and listen to live music. Also there’s no better place in Chicago to scout street style. This past weekend I attended the Pitchfork Music Festival, an annual three day affair that features the best acts you may have never heard of sprinkled in with more established groups.

This year’s headliners were Animal Collective, Cut Copy and TV on the Radio. I was on assignment from Elle.com to capture all the stylish people attending Pitchfork this year when 80%20 asked me if I wanted to wear their shoes while doing it. I of course said yes!

EMA was one of the first artists I got to shoot. Not only did she kill it on stage, she looks adorable here in her fishnets, orange socks, and diy red shorts.

This festival goers look is all her own. She looks so cool with this vintage camera.

I heart this woman’s purple frames and red lipstick.

The mix of brown aztec print and  pink shades is really doing it for me.

This is the fabulous Taylor Brode, Zola Jesus‘ manager. Check out the Elle.com interview with Zola and my accompanying photos here.

Here I am gettin’ her done.

My friend Maggie was thrilled to get two pairs of 80%20 shoes. Here she is on day one looking very serious and windblown.

She wore these on day 2. So sweet.

No matter how stylish the shoes, at music festivals sometimes you have to kick back on your blanket barefoot style. Thanks 80%20 for making me look good at the fest.

Check out more of my street style shots from Pitchfork 2011 on Elle.com and on my Chicago street style fashion blog Très Awesome.

More photos below of James Blake, Andrea of Twin Sister, member of Ariel Pink, Chrissy Murderbot, Zola Jesus, and more…

Find Très Awesome on Twitter and Facebook.

GUEST BLOGGER: Meet Emma Arnold of Très Awesome

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Last weekend music lovers came out in droves for the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago.  I would have loved to attend the festival but we’ve been hard at work gearing up for our upcoming collection.  Then we thought, let’s team up with one of our fave style blogs, Très Awesome and collaborate with founder Emma Batia Arnold!  We’re so happy she was into the idea!  Meet Emma and keep an eye out for her wrap up of Pitchfork Music Fest!

Très Awesome is a Chicago Street Style Fashion Blog created in 2010 by Leo Burnett Art Director and fashion expert Emma Batia Arnold. Très Awesome is a perfect combination of Emma’s life long loves, photography and fashion. Fashion obsessed from an early age, she comes from a long line of photo enthusiasts. Her grandfather was a news photographer in the 1930s and owned a Camera store in Chicago.  She started taking pictures when she was 12 with her Dad’s classic 35 mm Nikon F and was hooked.


“I want people to read my blog, not only to look at the pictures, but to find inspiration in them. I want the person who has the fabulous 80′s bolero in their closet, that they bought from the resale shop because they HAD to HAVE it, but have always been afraid to wear, to put the damned jacket on and ENJOY it. I would love it if my blog could encourage people to become more comfortable with experimenting with style and embrace what is truly an enjoyable part of life…self-expression!”

Meet the Team: Erica Holland

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Meet Erica Holland! She is our Showroom Manager for Place Showroom (our new West Coast sales team). She is a homegrown California girl who settled in Los Angeles just four years ago. Recently, Erica has been a busy lady between work and planning her wedding! We are so excited for her.

We welcome Erica to the 80%20 family!

Name: Erica Holland
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
What do you do at 80%20: Showroom Manager at Place Showroom (West Coast Sales)
Favorite 80%20 shoe: RINA in Natural!  (It’s a new boot from our Holiday 2011 collection, wait until you guys see it!  I know we’re totally teasing you.)

Current Obsession: My vegetable garden….I’m growing zucchini, squash, tomatoes and cucumbers!
Favorite Movie: I Love You Man
Favorite spot in LA: My neighborhood, Silverlake.
Any summer getaways planned? No, I’m too busy planning my wedding :)
Staple piece in your summer wardrobe: Destroyed jean shorts and a straw hat
What trend do you want to see come back? Scrunchies….I heart the 80′s.
Favorite spot in LA: Cliffs Edge restaurant in Silverlake…their jalapeno margaritas are to die for!
What is the most fun thing about your job? I work with an amazing group of girls and I get to see upcoming trends before they hit stores!

ART OPENING: Open Sesame (The Blue Floor Show)

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There’s an exciting exhibit opening at the Asia Song Society in Chinatown (owned by the artist Terrence Koh) tomorrow evening.  The exhibit Open Sesame (The Blue Floor Show) curated by Tim Barber, the creator of tinyvices and photographer has selected works from a superstar group of artists.  The show includes works by Ryan McGinley, Andrew Kuo, Matt Keegan, Aurel Schmidt, and Sam Falls – a diverse group of talented artists that work in multi-media, photography and painting disciplines.

Asia Song Society is located at 45 Canal Street, New York, NY (between Orchard and Ludlow Street).

The Strokes | Taken For a Fool

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This past March, The Strokes released their highly anticipated fourth studio album, Angles and our favorite song (and arguably the best off the album) is “Taken for a Fool,” which just happens to be their latest single.

Their first album “Is This It” is still our favorite but when we listen to “Taken For a Fool” – it reminds us of why we still love this band and keeps us routing for them.

Check out their trippy video for “Taken For a Fool.”

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